Fire Station Forsthaus West-Bern - KNX Award Winner 2016

November 2, 2017


Automated operating sequences for lighting, doors and signals in the event of a fire alarm


If the fire brigade goes into action in the Swiss federal city of Bern, KNX has already done some good preparatory work. In the new fire station Forsthaus West-Bern an alarm automatically triggers switching operations, which support a rapid deployment of the fire brigade: corridors, bed and recreation rooms switch automatically to alarm light, KNX push buttons flash red, loudspeakers provide information about the operation, the doors of the vehicle hall open automatically and the traffic lights of the main street switch on red.


The approximately 140,000 citizens of Bern can rely on their fire brigade. In the event of a fire alarm the firemen should be – according to the instructions – in any city district within ten minutes. The professional fire brigade moved into the new fire station in 2015. It offers a traffic-favourable position and a technically sophisticated and modern infrastructure for rescue missions. The fire station equally serves as a common room, training centre, workshop and storage facility. Central element of the building complex is the logistics building with its big vehicle depot, operations centre and the office, sleeping quarters and recreation rooms for the firemen.