Status: 05.12.2023, 15:56 PM
By: Kathrin Hauser
Unusual operation for the Peißenberg fire brigade: The roof of the secondary school had to be cleared of snow. © Ralf Ruder
The Peißenberg fire brigade had a complicated operation: The roofs of parts of the secondary school had to be cleared of snow. A structural engineer had sounded the alarm.
Peißenberg – On Sunday evening, Philipp Reichhart, the commander of the Peißenberg fire brigade, received a phone call: whether it would be possible to clear the roof of the secondary school in Peißenberg of snow on the same evening. "But it was already dark then, so we postponed the action to Monday," says the commander when asked by the local newspaper.
On Monday morning at 7.30 a.m. with sunrise, it started: The Peißenberg fire brigade arrived with around 20 men, the rescue vehicle and the turntable ladder and set about this unusual task for the fire brigade.
Structural engineer sounds the alarm at the secondary school
A structural engineer, who had checked the roofs of the secondary school on behalf of the district office, which is responsible for the Peißenberg secondary school, had sounded the alarm: The school in Wörth consists of three building sections, for two of which the structural engineer ordered that their roofs be cleared of snow. These roofs do not have as large a load capacity as the other roof. The large amount of snow that had fallen on Friday and Saturday was so heavy on the roofs that the load capacity was exhausted. "The two roofs have so little static load that the evacuation was necessary," says Commander Reichhart.
But this operation turned out to be more complicated than expected: One side of the affected roofs is covered with photovoltaic systems, which makes clearing more difficult. "We can't climb on top of that," says the fire brigade commander. On this side, it is only possible to work from the basket of the turntable ladder. In the afternoon, another crane was used.
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For this reason, the action lasted longer than expected. By 14:30 p.m., a good half was done, as Reichhart said. At that time, the first fire brigade was still on duty. "We're going to replace the people soon," the commander said. Since the afternoon was already slowly moving towards closing time at this point, Reichhart was confident that he would also find enough firefighters to deploy on the roofs.
Two smaller gyms were closed as a precaution
At the secondary school, lessons were held in full despite the roof-clearing campaign. For this purpose, rooms were used in the basements or in the part of the building where the roof has a higher load-bearing capacity.
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As a precaution, the market town has closed two smaller gyms, as the mayor of Peißenberg, Frank Zellner, announced yesterday. Both the gymnasium of the primary school "St. Johann" and the Wörther gymnasium were not used yesterday due to the high snow load. "A structural engineer has to check the roofs, then it is decided whether they also need to be cleared," Zellner said.
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According to the mayor, it is not possible to say when the halls can be used again. That depends, among other things, on the weather. "When it rains, everything becomes even more difficult because the snow gets heavier," Zellner said.
It also depends on whether the ice rink and the deep tunnel hall can continue to be used. However, their payload is far from exhausted, said Zellner.