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Protect First Responders from Cancer

Dover - New Hampshire, September 16, 2019

Fire stations across the country are focused on removing toxic diesel fumes in an effort to reduce the risk of cancer for firefighters.

“It’s actually like a hidden killer. If you’re not getting hurt in the fire, it’s something that absorbs into your skin that if you don’t get rid of later, can build up and cause cancer,” said Scott Venderbrook, Fire Chief, Estero, Florida. Estero Fire installed the AIRVAC 911 engine exhaust removal systems in all of their stations to keep their crews healthy. “We wanted to keep the smoke from the exhaust of the large fire trucks from being in the bays, where guys are breathing it in and where it’s being pushed into the living quarters or where their gear is stored.”

Air Vacuum Corporation’s AIRVAC 911® hose-free engine exhaust removal system controls the spread of hazardous contaminants. The system hangs from the ceiling and doesn't require any hoses, building modifications, outside exhausting or vehicle attachments. A sophisticated UL Certified "Smart Timer" control panel automatically activates the system so that particulate and gases are constantly removed 24/7. There's no intereference with daily operations.  

In Tennessee, the City of Chattanooga Fire Department has 20 fire halls. They have the AIRVAC 911® System installed in four of them and a new fire hall also includes the system. “We have been more than satisfied with the systems’ performance and the ease of service. The AIRVAC systems are phasing out the current hose systems we have and are much more efficient and cheaper to maintain,” said Steve Harvey, General Supervisor for the Fire Department.

The AIRVAC 911® System comes with four fully adjustable air return vents for maximum airflow. Filters include:

• Three-ply polyester pre-filter
• High efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA MAX 3000) UL rated at 95% to 99.7% efficiency
• Two-stage carbon gas phase extractor (MULTISORB 3000) for both high weight molecular gases and a gas phase extractor to treat light weight gases

“From the maintenance side, all that is required is to change the air filters in a timely manner. We feel like the AIRVAC 911® system removes the fumes inside better than the hose system because of the area they cover. This eliminates having to hook up apparatus,” commented Harvey. “In my opinion, these systems are the best by far for safety concerns about the air in fire hall bays.”

Learn more about the AIRVAC 911® System and request a free proposal.
Air Vacuum Corporation will be at a number of events this year, including FIERO Sept. 23-25, Booth #1; Firehouse Expo Oct. 8-12, Booth #1338.


About Air Vacuum Corporation
Founded 25 years ago, in 1994, Air Vacuum Corporation designed the AIRVAC 911® Engine Exhaust Removal System to protect first responders by removing hazardous gases and particulate matter from fire stations and EMS facilities. Today, controlling the spread of these contaminants is critical to the health of firefighters and EMS personnel who are at increased risk for cancer and other diseases caused by prolonged, uncontrolled exposure to these contaminants. AIRVAC 911® is the only hose-free, fully automatic system with a multi-directional airflow design that maximizes particulate and gas removal from the breathing zone. There is no need for building modifications, ducting or outside exhausting and the system is virtually maintenance free. AIRVAC 911® targets Hot Zones and “Engine Exhaust Backwash”, engine exhaust that re-enters the station when vehicles depart and return to create a clean air environment for first responders. This energy-efficient system is manufactured in the U.S.A. and meets NFPA 1500, OSHA, IBOCA, EPA and GSA standards. Air Vacuum Corporation is a member of the NFPA and a GSA Contract Holder. Visit:


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