It is 160 meters long, and has enough space for 25 vehicles and around 100 firefighters: the new plant fire station on Strasse 37 is now open for business. “Construction has finished one-and-a-half months ahead of schedule,” says a delighted Niko Meinke-Marquardt, Head of the Wolfsburg Plant Fire Department.
Why did the plant fire department need a new station? The answer is quite simple: “A normal fire department is expected to reach the site of an incident within eight minutes of the alarm being raised, but we have to be there within five. But because the plant has continued to grow, it was becoming increasingly difficult to stay within that time from our previous site at the East Gate,” says Meinke-Marquardt. But that’s not a problem from the new, central location on Strasse 37.