Rescue operations in and on skyscrapers pose major challenges for emergency services and building managers alike. In order to be prepared for an emergency, Schutz & Rettung Zurich practised rescuing cleaning staff from a window cleaning gondola at the Prime Tower at a height of about 80 metres.
"The surface heat of the tower poses a serious problem, especially in the summer months," Andi Birrer, head of operations at Schutz & Rettung Zurich, explained to the crowd of media present right at the start. The approximately 21,000 m2 green surface of the Prime Tower consists of 4,388 individual facade elements. On very hot summer days, these can heat up to 100° C. A problem for the material used as well as for the rescue workers themselves.
At least on this summery Friday morning, the heat problem was not an issue. In mild temperatures, the height rescuers from Schutz & Rettung Zurich arrived in front of the Prime Tower, where they were immediately welcomed by Michi Isenring, Head of Facility Management Zurich West of Bouygues Energies & Services in Switzerland. Since 2010, Bouygues Energies & Services has been integrally providing all infrastructural and technical facility management services in the former tallest building in Switzerland on behalf of the owner Swiss Prime Site.