Wide-ranging fire safety measures

Michael Kamtner, commander of the in-house fire service Michael Kamtner, commander of the in-house fire service: “In the event of an emergency, we are also able to give the municipal fire service a clear overview of the incident.”

Around 30 employees – roughly half of the permanent staff – are trained members of the in-house fire service. It is their job to initiate safety measures, and extinguish and contain a fire before the municipal fire service arrives. The in-house fire service also uses an automated alarm system to notify all of its members of the precise location of the fire via smartphone. Michael Kamtner, commander of the in-house fire service: “Fire fighting equipment is also installed on site. Meaning that on-site members of the in-house fire service can get to work extinguishing the fire immediately using the equipment we have at our disposal here. In the event of an emergency, we are also able to give the municipal fire service a clear overview of the incident.”

Multiple fire safety installations at the Austria Center Vienna provide an additional layer of protection. The centrepiece is a fully-automated fire protection system extending throughout the venue. Comprising more than 5,100 smoke detectors in all parts of the main building and exhibition halls, it also features a direct line to the Vienna fire service. The control desk is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

258 fire alarm call points are installed on the designated escape routes so that the alarm can be raised manually in the event of an emergency. There are around 750 fire extinguishers at the Austria Center Vienna, as well as wall-mounted hydrants and wet standpipes in the larger halls. Around 1,500 fire doors and numerous smoke extractors are fitted at the Austria Center Vienna to contain fires and slow the spread. Taken together, these measures ensure the greatest possible degree of fire protection for our customers and participants.