Founded in August 1996, Dave Melton the inventor of Firetrace, could never have envisioned the success his simple invention would have grown to become. 23 years later sees Firetrace Ltd manufacture and install their 100,000th Firetrace Automatic Fire Suppression System. And not only this, it was exchanged to reinstate a system which had expired its lifespan at Discovery Park, Sandwich. Electrical control panels Dave Melton, Inventor of Firetrace says, “I don’t believe it. Originally we started back in the 90’s just fitting a few Firetrace systems to combine harvesters; it must have been a while ago because I still had hair. We then found they were also useful in electrical control panels and before we knew it customers were also asking us to protect CNC machines, dock side cranes and every other sort of machine you can think of.” “All of a sudden here we are up to system number 100,000!! Typically everything has become more complicated with rows of buttons and flashing lights, but we at Firetrace have stayed with our original concept of standalone simplicity, totally pneumatic with no need for electricity or external power supply ensuring our equipment is always ready for action the moment a small fire occurs before it becomes a disaster.” Firetrace Ltd manufacture in Ipswich, Suffolk however install and maintain Firetrace automatic fire suppression systems nationwide with an established team of engineers. They would like to thank all their clients, customers and agents for all the support and trust in their product.
Over the last few years, Firetrace has been privileged to be involved with the 52 Express project. The objective of the project is to bring the Motorcycle World Land Speed Record to the UK. The 52 Express is a turbine powered streamliner motorcycle designed and built by Alex Macfadzean former holder of the British motorcycle land speed record. The intended rider is retired British racer and two times World Superbike Champion James Toseland. Dave Melton Firetrace’s founder was originally asked by Alex to design and install a bespoke fire suppression system for the vehicle. Currently the streamliner is being built and tested at the project’s base in Essex. They are very close to being able to conduct tow tests and push tests to ensure everything works before moving on later in the year to first low speed powered tests. Recently, Dave, along with Firetrace engineer Michael Brame, visited the team to install the final fire suppression system. rechargeable compressed air unit Initially the fire bottles were temporarily mounted which enabled the build team to check runs and couplings. The images on their website shows that the bottles have been properly and securely mounted but are still easily accessible if they need to be changed. The one behind the bulkhead is actually a rechargeable compressed air unit to operate the retractable skids. As it can been see from the pictures of the front suspension and steering and rear swing arm and final drive unit, it takes all 1,200shp to the rear tire, the engineering is first class throughout. For further updates on this exciting project and for the progress reports, the company website and their Facebook page are the places to be visited.