Fire protection. The experience of fire protection begins with the outer skin. Every 5 minutes, a 20-second light and sound installation starts there, putting the visitor in an alarm situation and also drawing attention to the topic within the overall exhibition. The rhythm and the timing of the installation also correspond to the theme of the 2nd level of the Konti-Haus Zeitarbeit (“working in shifts”). The existing entrances and the routing of the exhibition area will be retained. The visitor enters and leaves the room from the side.
The space is divided into two exhibition zones: Linear exhibition zone “History” with a chronological order Personal protective suits and fire protection along the rear wall parallel to the access zone of the exhibition area. Free exhibition zone “Present and Future” with current objects and personal protective suits in the opposite room. The basic element of the room is the locker which is placed on a surrounding plinth. The lockers can be opened and closed independently by the exhibition visitors. The lockers are labeled and are equipped with different exhibition contents and exhibits. Sensitive exhibits are also protected behind glass. A contact turns the light on when the locker is opened. Further exhibits (control room, PC workstations) are integrated into the surrounding base of the room.
The central objects of the exhibition area, the PPE test suit and the chemical protection suit are freely placed in the room. Another PPE with oxygen bottles is placed in a transparent cylinder in which the smoke development of a fire and the work situation of a firefighter are simulated (smoke machine with smoke fluid and suction system in the base or ceiling element, foot switch for visitors on the floor in front of the exhibit). The situation inside the transparent polycarbonate cylinder makes it clear to the visitor how quickly the on-site perception is reduced and how survival depends on experience and technology. In connection with a supporting sound installation, the isolation of a firefighter becomes clear: his heavy breathing under the oxygen mask, his distorted conversations over the radio.