Be on the lookout for our catalog with all your vehicle exhaust products, codes, leasing and AFG grant information. Over the past 30 years we’ve provided Fire Departments, First Aid Squads and Public Works facilities with solutions for protection against diesel exhaust exposure.
We’ve consolidated the majority of the information into a single source booklet as a quick reference for why you should protect yourself from breathing diesel exhaust and the numerous ways we’ve done it over the years. These booklets will be mailed directly to the station. If you would like one mailed to your home simply send your request with the form below.
The World Health Organization declared in June of 2012 that diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Your fire apparatus salesmen tells you the onboard filtration system works so well you no longer need an exhaust system. Who do you believe?
The facts are onboard filtration devises were developed and required by law under the Clean Air Act to reduce particulate emissions outdoors. Particulate matter 2.5 microns, commonly referred to as PM 2.5, have had a significant impact over the years on the respiratory system of the general population, specifically in heavily populated areas. There is a well-documented increase in cancer, asthma and other respiratory ailments that have a direct correlation with diesel exhaust.
While your on-board filtration device does reduce the particulate emissions, the emissions are NOT safe to breath. The particulate is now much smaller in size and now able to penetrate deeper into the alveoli cavity of the lungs. The bottom line is we’ll pay $500 to anyone that can get the engine manufacture to put it in writing that it’s safe to breathe. If they can’t put it in writing…then you know your answer.
The Pneumatic Grabber® Exhaust System has been offered by Plymovent for almost 30 years and has dominated the industry. In 2010 Plymovent released a Magnetic Grabber® system which has proven extremely successful. So why choose one over the other?
Both types are equally effective at eliminating diesel exhaust from the station and both are almost equally priced. So what are the pro’s and con’s?
The Magnetic Grabber® Pro’s & Con’s
1.The Magnetic Grabber® is a simple click and seal attachment. The attachment process is the easiest in the industry. By using earth magnets and eliminating the compressed air all of the maintenance associated with compressed air is gone. No draining condensation from the air compressor and no air leaks.
2.The Magnetic Grabber® is tailpipe size specific. If you’re dealing with multiple size tailpipe diameters for various types of vehicles rotating from apparatus bay to apparatus bay this poses an inconvenience. The 5” Magnetic Grabber® will not fit on the 4” ambulance tailpipe. While there are solutions and work arounds I would still view it as a con. You would either use a 4” Magnetic Grabber®, or increase the 4” diameter tailpipe to 5” or swap lower hoses from another vehicle.
The Pneumatic Grabber® Pro’s & Con’s
1. The Pneumatic Grabber® has proven itself over the last 30 years as an extremely durable product that allows a sealed connection around a wide range of tailpipe diameters allowing vehicle attachment flexibility. No other system on the market is as durable and flexible as the Pneumatic Grabber® System.
2. The pneumatic design requires air dryers, compressor maintenance and a bit more oversight. There are more components that are required to provide an adjustable release of the Grabber®. There are more components required to provide a pneumatic system so if maintenance is viewed as a con than that is it.
We offer onsite demonstrations of the Plymovent exhaust system, grant writing assistance and a purchase payment plan for long term capital expenditure. Contact us today for a free estimate and product information.
Purchasing an exhaust system is an investment in the health of your greatest asset…your firefighters! It reduces liability against negligence lawsuits should someone develop a respiratory ailment, or worse! It reduces maintenance in the buildings and promotes moral by providing a better environment to work in.
Diesel exhaust is a well-documented carcinogen and current codes require protection from exposure. Historically, departments would seek municipal funding or apply for a grant for these systems. Now more departments are spreading the cost of their investment over 4 & 5 years with our lease/purchase program which has proven less expensive than the increase cost of labor and raw materials. Health care costs have gone up driving up labor rates. Departments are getting smarter on their budget forecasts and analyzing insurance premium reductions. Contact us today to have a payment plan proposal prepared for your department so you can evaluate your investment.
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