Benefits of a Battery Firefighting Fan
While fire ventilators are already numerous on the market, battery-powered fans have been able to address certain operational issues and find a place in firefighting trucks.
Each year, more and more firefighting stations choose the battery fan. For its compact design and its autonomy in the field.
- So, why choose a battery-powered fan?
- What are its strengths?
- Why are they more and more used by firefighters all over the world?
BATTERY FANS ARE COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT
Battery-powered fans are lightweight, compact and handy fire ventilators.
Lightweight, they are designed to be easily moved by a single person and used in relay position as close as possible to the fire.
Some models, such as the LEADER BATFAN, are also equipped with a carrying harness (“front” or “back carrying” type backpack) in order to distribute the load evenly and protect the backs of users. The PPV battery fan is thus quickly and easily transported and installed by a single firefighter within the volume to be ventilated. It is ideal for intervention in boats (navy).
Compact and not cumbersome, they respond perfectly to the daily interventions of firefighters and are easily stored in the trunk of pump units.
Two BATFAN occupy the space of one conventional fan.
THEY DON’T REQUIRE ANY ELECTRICAL SUPPLY NEARBY
Choosing battery-powered fans means getting rid of the problem of supplying fuel and / or electricity. It is now no longer necessary to waste time looking for an electrical supply (electrical outlet or generator) to carry out smoke removal / ventilation operations. In fact, all you have to do is install the firefighting fan in front of the opening, insert a charged battery into the device and press the “On” button.
While there was a time when autonomy and power were a problem, those days are over with the advent of LITHIUM-ION batteries! These are lighter, more powerful, have an excellent lifespan and recharge quickly.
However, Lithium batteries can be considered dangerous in certain environments, LEADER has kept the BATFAN 45 ventilator in its range, which is equipped with a NIMH battery. So this device with a battery without transport constraints can be transported without constraint in planes, submarines …
In addition, more and more fire departments are removing generators from their trucks.
SWAPPABLE/REMOVABLE BATTERIES TO STAY UNPLUGGED INDEFINITELY
It should be noted that some battery blowers are equipped with removable batteries that can be changed during the ventilation in just a few seconds and without tools. Several batteries give the possibility of multiplying the autonomy of the fire ventilator according to the number of charged batteries in stock.
THEY DON’T REQUIRE ELECTRICAL CABLES THEREFORE HAVE GREAT FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
This type of PPV fan allows more freedom of movement compared to wired electric fans. Indeed, it is not necessary to provide a power outlet or a large extension to move with the fan. In addition, the absence of a cable on the ground prevents accidental falls and thus preserves safety in the event of an intervention.
Moreover, the supply of battery-powered equipment is now extending to extrication equipment for the same reasons.
However, it may be useful if the battery-powered fan is also equipped with a mains power supply in order to connect it to the electrical network for long-term operations.
BATTERY FANS DON’T EMIT EXHAUST GAS
As they don’t emit exhaust gases, battery-powered fans can therefore be used inside different volumes. They can also be used for the rehabilitation of rescue teams without any risk of CO poisoning. It is ideal for intervention in boats (navy).
BATTERY FANS ARE QUIETER THAN PETROL-DRIVEN / GAS-POWERED FANS
Battery-powered PPV fans have an electric motor that is quieter than a heat engine, thus facilitating operational communication during the response.
BATTERY FANS ARE MAINTENANCE FREE
Choosing battery-powered devices also means choosing low maintenance. Indeed, the electric fan does not require, by definition, any oil change, does not include a timing belt, filters, spark plugs, mufflers, etc.
SOME BATTERY FANS ARE VERSATILE
PPV battery-powered fans, when paired with accessories, are more than just fire ventilators!
For example, LEADER BATFAN portable ventilator can be used:
- in Positive Pressure Ventilation alone (PPV) or combined with other firefighting fans,
- in blowing or in extraction thanks to ducts,
- as a generator of high expansion foam (thanks to the foam adapter) to fight against fires located:
- in underground installations: cellars, basements, confined spaces, etc.
- in installations accessible through the roof in order to spread the foam in halls or foyers such as a medium-growth foam generator.
- or as a mister (thanks to the mist system) in order to:
- cool the atmosphere and the smokes,
- or to facilitate the rehabilitation of workers.
OFTEN ERGONOMIC, BATTERY FANS ARE EASY TO USE
Once the battery is charged / placed in its housing and the battery-powered fan located in front of the opening, all you have to do is press the “On” button and the fire ventilator is operational. No need to prime the fuel pump or pull a long length of electrical cable to find a power outlet.
Today, firefighters are increasingly choosing lightweight, simple and practical firefighting tools. As you will understand, choosing a battery-powered fan means choosing a fire ventilator:
- compact and lightweight,
- non polluting,
- with very low maintenance,
- quick to install and easy to use!
LEADER, firefighting equipment manufacturer since 1985, offers a wide range of PPV battery fans.
LEADER firefighting battery-powered fans are entirely designed and manufactured in France (in Normandy) with the greatest care and with a high level of quality and performance.
They are all CE compliant and their flow rates are all AMCA 240 certified by official independent laboratories: AMCA – USA – Chicago, LOMC (Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes) FRANCE.
For more information visit www.leader-group.company