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Allied Market Research published a report, titled, North America Fire Protection Systems Market by Product (Fire Detection Systems, Fire Management Systems, Fire Response System, Fire Analysis & Software, and Others), Service (Consulting & Design and Installation & Maintenance), and Industry Vertical (BFSI, Automotive & Transport, Manufacturing, Energy & Power, Healthcare, Oil & Gas and Mining, and Other Verticals) - North America Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecas...
Logistics and warehousing solutions witnessing substantial demand from the e-commerce industry that involves the integration of material handling, stocking, packaging, transportation, inventory management, supply chain management, procurement and shipping security aspects, is triggering the sales of fire protection systems, at a global level. "The E-commerce is far from saturation, considering that even mature markets like Japan are making efforts to create a sizeable share among total retail s...
Very high packing density, intelligent networking, complex processes: Automated warehouses present new challenges for fire protection concepts. Conventional solutions are usually not sufficient to meet the protection goals of logistics providers. These include maintenance processes and a delivery capability, preventing business interruptions and protecting goods and investments. The WAGNER Group will be presenting solutions specially adapted to these requirements, from 19 to 21 February 2019 at...
Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have been working together since 2012 to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need through the Globe Gear Giveaway program. In 2018, 52 sets of gear will be awarded to 13 departments to help better protect their responders. Providence (NC) Fire & Rescue and the Strong Volunteer Fire Company (Mount Carmel Township, PA) are the latest gear recipients. Providence F...
Christmas trees start more than 200 fires every year and one in every 31 results in death. Many people don't know the important safety tips, but since Sher Grogg tragically lost 6 members of her family, including her brother, Don, his wife and their 4 grandchildren in a fire caused by an overly dry Christmas tree, she has made it her mission to help other families celebrate their holidays safely. Watch Sher tell the story in her own words. #DoItForDon Holiday Fire Safety Campaign Fire safety ad...
Scientology churches and missions from throughout California continue to activate volunteers to help firefighters and those displaced or affected by the Camp and Wolsey fires. More than a thousand people are still missing in Northern California. The death toll there is now 76 and nearly 150,000 acres have been burned by the fire that is now 60 percent contained. Aid for firefighters and victims Volunteer Ministers are providing food, water and support to firefighters and to thousands displace...
Earlier this year, Johnson Controls partnered with a third-party consulting firm and research group to successfully test a new technology that could potentially save countless lives with early fire identification and intervention for rapid fire protection to the external facade of a building. The standalone system was designed to quickly identify and accurately pinpoint the location of the fire and deliver water to that exact location within seconds. In addition, the system may use existing building fire protection infrastructure to minimise the need for additional water supplies, pipework and pumps. Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBWIC) in cooperation with the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) conducted a full-scale fire test program to assess the performance of this new SPRAYSAFE Autonomous Fire Suppression (AFS) technology, licensed by Unifire AB. Small Target Fires Testing occurred from January to March of 2018 at the TBWIC facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The purpose of the test was to validate the ability of the new SPRAYSAFE AFS technology to autonomously detect and locate an early-stage fire, distribute water to its location and prevent it from spreading on the exterior surface of a building with combustible facade materials. The objective of the targeting tests was to verify that the system could automatically detect and accurately direct water spray at small target fires Two tests were conducted – a targeting test series and a large-scale fire performance test -- using combustible fire cladding. The objective of the targeting tests was to verify that the system could automatically detect and accurately direct water spray at small target fires within the limits of the coverage area at both minimum and maximum operating pressures. Prevent Fire Spread The large-scale fire performance test was conducted to verify the system could adequately prevent fire spread on a simulated full-scale facade. Three different attack types were assessed – vertical downward, diagonal downward and horizontal. A free-burn test was also performed to verify the combustibility and response of the facade material without suppression. The testing validated the new SPRAYSAFE AFS technology has the capability to rapidly and autonomously fight an early-stage fire anywhere within its coverage area. Additionally, the system also effectively contained flashover fires, prevented fires from spreading via the exterior of the facade surface and limited severe fire damage to the point of origin. “As buildings continue to reach new heights, the need for early fire detection and intervention of the facade is critically important,” said Fredrik Rosen, marketing manager, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants. “This revolutionary technology from Johnson Controls can quickly and effectively fight fires in high-rise buildings, which is a major challenge in today’s environment.”
Standards are being set with fire and rescue services in the UK adopting escape hoods to protect trapped and injured people from toxic smoke during evacuation at fires. Latest figures show in the year 2017/2018 firefighters attended 717,890 incidents in the UK, with 213,464 being fires. Fire related fatalities totalled 401 and there were 5113 non-fatal fire related casualties requiring hospital treatment. The London Fire Brigade is the first in the UK to carry the PARAT 5550 to protect members of the public from toxic smoke at fires. The fire service will be rolling out approximately 600 fire escape hoods across 102 fire stations in London over the next few months. Fire Escape Hoods Assistant Commissioner Richard Mills from the London Fire Brigade said: “Smoke from fires is extremely toxic and can render people unconscious within a few breaths. These hoods filter out four of the most dangerous gases, including what we call the ‘toxic twins’ of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.” Fire escape hoods will provide firefighters with vital extra time to consider their priorities “Rather than having to carry out every rescue as fast as possible, fire escape hoods will provide firefighters with vital extra time to consider their priorities and plan the safest exit route. We’ve worked closely with the Fire Brigades Union to introduce these fire escape hoods as part of fire fighting kit.” Fire-Related Gases With standards being set in the London region, Dräger is committed to assisting fire brigades around the UK and Ireland with adoption of fire escape hoods. The PARAT 5550 from Dräger is a fire escape hood packaged in a flame-retardant holster that has been specially designed to be carried without restricting freedom of movement of the firefighter and ready to be used whenever it is needed. The fire escape hood offers people who are trapped in fires protection from toxic fire-related gases as well as particles and vapours for a minimum of 15 minutes.
The lead theme of AFAC18, ‘Changing lives in a changing world’, proved to be well chosen, with nearly 3,000 visitors from 25 countries attending AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ in early September. A keen audience of professionals seized the opportunity to discuss the current challenges facing emergency management and public safety, as well as to discover the latest products in this area. Deutsche Messe, working in partnership with the AFAC, has brought its extensive expertise in tradeshow management to the event. The AFAC thus also serves as an international offshoot of the global trade fair, INTERSCHUTZ staged in Hannover, Germany. AFAC18 Powered by INTERSCHUTZ A total of 170 companies used the opportunity to showcase their products and services to interested professionals Australia's renowned exhibition and conference for emergency management and public safety returned to Western Australia's capital city, Perth, for the first time in six years. A total of 170 companies used the opportunity to showcase their products and services to interested professionals. Several of the 44 exhibiting companies from outside the host nation were from Germany or Austria. For the first time ever, there was a German Pavilion at the AFAC, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and organised by the German Fire Prevention Association (vfdb). The companies that took part in the pavilion commented favorably on the joint display and reported numerous promising business talks. Participating companies were Alro Engineering, askö, the GFPA (German Fire Protection Association), Haix, Jakob Eschbach, protectismundi, Luitpold Schott, VTI Ventil Technik, the Wagner Group and Zapp Zimmermann. The German companies present with their own stands were Rosenbauer, Bauer Kompressoren, Dräger Safety, ESKA, the LHD Group and Mercedes Benz. Explosion-Proof Robots And Robot Technology AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ was positively received by the professional visitors The Perth event also featured a high-caliber conference program organized by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum. For the first time the AFAC Conference was staged together with the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. In the parallel exhibition, participating companies not only showcased their latest solutions in emergency management, but also offered live demonstrations. Highlights included simulated accidents and emergency incidents as well as the use of robot technology – for example, explosion-proof robots for firefighting applications. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ was positively received by the professional visitors. At the close of the event as many as 84 percent said they would recommend it to others. In fact, this response was even higher among conference participants, as 97 percent stated that they would recommend it to their colleagues. The exhibitors were also satisfied: 88 percent rated the whole event as ‘very good’. One factor that may have influenced the positive response of the exhibitors was the high proportion of decision-makers (70 percent among the visiting public). The next AFAC – AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ – will take place from 27 to 30 August 2019 in Melbourne.
October 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week and Andersen Windows is encouraging homeowners to familiarize themselves with ways to prevent and prepare for home fires. As part of its LookOut For Kids window safety program, Andersen offers materials and tips to help educate homeowners and caregivers on window safety and home-related accidents. "People tend to feel safest in their home, however, it is also the place that poses the greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home, according to the National Fire Protection Association," said Annie Zipfel, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Andersen Corporation. "Through the LookOut For Kids window program, Andersen reminds parents and caregivers about steps they can take to prepare for the potential of a fire in their home." Family Emergency Plan Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working condition The LookOut For Kids program offers some helpful dos and don'ts to protect your home and family from fires: Do- Develop a family escape plan which includes two ways out of each room Check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working condition Consider adding a carbon monoxide detector Don't- Apply energy-efficient films and coverings to windows designated in your family emergency plan as escape or rescue windows Paint, nail or weather-strip windows shut Andersen and the LookOut For Kids program support the National Fire Protection Association's campaign, ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,’ which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.
E2S Warning Signals, the world’s independent signalling manufacturer, is featuring the latest product introductions from its extensive range of alarm horn sounders, beacons, loudspeakers and call points for fire and gas warning systems in offshore and onshore hazardous area installations. On Stand 8620 at ADIPEC Abu Dhabi, 12 – 15 November 2018, the booth will feature the D2x family beacons and combi units, UL464 and UL1638/UL1971 approved for public mode fire alarm systems. Also featured are the GNEx family corrosion proof GRP sounders, beacons and manual call points with extensive global approvals and the D1x family Xenon strobes, the brightest UL1638/UL1971 approved signals available for Class I/II Div 1 and Class I Zone 1/20 explosion proof applications. Power supply requirements The D2x family beacons are available with a high power Cree LED array and 5 and 10 Joule Xenon strobe beacons that offer exceptionally low inrush and operating currents to optimise cable selection and reduce power supply requirements. All the GNEx visual signals utilise a polycarbonate UV stable prismatic lens which are field-replaceable The GNEx family is approved by IECEx and ATEX for Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 use. All the GNEx visual signals utilise a polycarbonate UV stable prismatic lens which is available in Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow and are field-replaceable. Automatic flash synchronization The Xenon strobes from the D1x family feature an innovative lightweight, marine grade, corrosion resistant enclosure that can be either conduit or surface mounted as supplied. For complete mounting flexibility an optional stainless-steel bracket enables the light to be positioned in any orientation. With automatic flash synchronization, low inrush and low operating current more units can be installed per circuit, simplifying system design and reducing cost. Darren Mann, International Sales Manager, and Neal Porter, APAC Sales Manager, will man the booth.
In advance of The Emergency Services Show at the NEC (19th-20th September) Armadillo Merino, who supply pure merino base layers to firefighters, the police, special forces and even NASA is campaigning to promote the benefits of wearing natural fabrics as part of a Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) layering system and to dispel the marketing myths regarding ‘wicking' fabrics in emergency situations. Armadillo Merino is exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show - Stand D-78. Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) In extreme temperatures, the next-to-skin garments are the last line of defense against heat and flames Many emergency services personnel wear basic t-shirts or a synthetic base layer under their protective outer clothing, which at high temperatures can melt and drip onto the skin inflicting severe burns. In extreme temperatures, the next-to-skin garments are the last line of defense against heat and flames, so the performance properties of garments need to be looked at more closely to prevent unnecessary injuries or potential loss of lives. Protective clothing prevents heat burns Andy Caughey, Managing Director of Armadillo Merino, commented: "Following this long dry summer, the wellbeing of our emergency services has never been more important. Climate change will continue to put them in more dangerous and inflammatory situations, so they need the best kit possible to help ensure their health and safety. At Armadillo, we are trying to understand the dangerous situation that is currently happening within uniform procurement, of specifying polyester blends and in particular next-to-skin layers, when they know that the users are likely to face dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations." He continued, “There is an existing school of thought that claims synthetic based materials such as polyester effectively ‘wick' sweat through tiny capillary like tubes in the fabric, moving moisture away from the skin and releasing it into your outer layers of clothing, or into the air. This is factually incorrect.” Emergency service uniforms Merino wool is naturally flame resistant to 570 degrees “What actually happens is that the wearer, sweats with physical exertion, the skin and ultimately the garments gets wet. Once the garment is wet the sweat evaporates off the outer surface of the fabric. If you are wearing another layer on top, as in the case of emergency service uniforms then the sweat has nowhere to go. What actually happens is that the wearer in a high heat environment, with a synthetic layer next to the skin will suffer severe steam burns to the body or worse from the melting, dripping synthetic material.” Merino wool is naturally flame resistant to 570 degrees; it is a hollow cellular fibre that absorbs your sweat in two ways, initially in the vapour form and then liquid before releasing the moisture to the outside. Your skin stays drier for longer. Merino wool for effective moisture management Another advantage of merino wool is that the fibre can absorb up to 35% of its weight as moisture before the fabric starts to feel wet compared to only 5% for synthetic fabrics, so you feel the wetting sensation almost straight away when wearing your synthetic next to skin. Andy continued, "Essentially, a synthetic garment does not wick moisture the way it is promoted while merino base fabrics keep you more comfortable by managing moisture and by a significant margin over synthetics. However, synthetic fabrics don't only pose a burns hazard, they also contribute to the likelihood of the wearer taking in poisonous toxins through the skin.” Synthetic fabrics release toxins at high temps It's a lesser-known fact that poisonous toxins are taken in through the skin, the body's largest organ There has been much research done into the hazards and respiratory issues relating to the inhalation of smoke and poisonous toxins. It's a lesser-known fact that poisonous toxins are taken in through the skin, the body's largest organ - covering about 2m². When heated to a high temperature, synthetic fabrics worn as a base layer release clothing toxin directly into the skin. So, adding a synthetic layer inadvertently raises the chances of the wearer absorbing poisonous toxins, not just from the fire but also from their own clothing. Research has shown that many incidents of cancer occur around the body's natural ‘hot spots' - the groin, underarms and in the cases of female firefighters, under the breasts. In the US, statistics show that female firefighters have a three times higher incidence of developing breast cancer than the societal norm.
While whole room protection – sprinklers or gas systems – is a common choice, there is an argument for thinking smaller; taking fire detection and suppression down to the equipment, enclosures and even the components where a fire is most likely to start. Traditional Fire Suppression Methods A traditional water-based sprinkler system is the most common form of fire protection found in commercial and industrial buildings. They offer reasonable cost, large area protection for entire facilities, safeguarding the structure and personnel by limiting the spread and impact of a fire. Every square foot of the protected area is covered equally regardless of the contents of the space, whether it’s an empty floor or an object with an increased risk of fire. Sprinklers aren’t always the most appropriate choice. Not all fires are extinguished by water of course, and in some cases, water damage can be just as harmful or even more so than the fire. They are an impractical choice for instance for facilities housing anything electrical, such as data centres and server rooms. There is also the risk of accidental activation, with an estimated cost of up to $1,000 for every minute they are left running. Water damage can be just as harmful or even more so than any fire, so sprinklers may not be appropriate Targeted Supplementary Fire Suppression An alternative method to protect whole server rooms and data centres is gas fire suppression, which either suppresses the fire by displacing oxygen (inert) or by using a form of cooling mechanism (chemical/synthetic). These aren’t without risk; in the case of inert gas, oxygen is reduced to less than 15% to suffocate the fire, but must be kept above 12% to avoid endangering the lives of personnel. Similarly, clean agent gas can be toxic in high doses. There are smaller, focused systems that give the option of highly targeted supplementary fire suppression within fire risk areas. Installing a system directly into the areas most at risk, means that fires can be put out before they take hold and cause serious damage. Both sprinkler and gas systems can contain a fire, but micro-environment or closed space systems are completely automatic, detecting and suppressing the fire so rapidly that activating a sprinkler or gas total flooding system often isn’t necessary. The most popular enclosure fire suppression systems achieve this though the use of a flexible and durable polymer tubing that is routed easily through the tightest spaces. The tubing is extremely sensitive to heat and, because it can be placed so close to potential failure points, detects it and releases the fire suppression agent up to ten times faster than traditional systems. An airline was forced to cancel over 2,000 flights after a “small fire” in one of its data centers Cost-Effective Fire Protection Highly customizable, small enclosure fire suppression is specifically designed to protect business critical spaces and equipment. It is typically used inside machinery like CNC machines, mobile equipment like forklifts and inside server rooms and electrical cabinetry but is suitable for any hazard that’s considered to have an elevated fire risk. Some may question the need or cost-effectiveness of protecting micro-environments. However, examples abound of where fires that have started at component level have gone on to cause damage of the highest magnitude, and the cost of downtime can be crippling to many time-sensitive facilities and processes. An airline was forced to cancel over 2,000 flights in August 2016 when what was described as a “small fire” in one of its data centers ultimately led to a computer outage. The cost of that small fire, and the domino effect that quickly escalated from it, has since been announced as $150m. Admittedly that number is unusually high - the average cost of a data centre outage today is estimated at a more conservative $730,000 – but this is still an expense businesses can ill afford. Preventing Major Losses Staying with the transport industry, newer metros systems have redundant systems in place to prevent interruptions. However, older metro lines, such as the one in New York City, have experienced electrical fires that started small, but grew to such a magnitude that service was affected for months.Older metro lines, such as New York City's, have experience electrical fires that start small but grew exponentially A wind energy customer experienced a fire in a turbine converter cabinet. The loss of the cabinet was valued at over $200,000 and disabled the turbine for six weeks. Following investment in fire suppression systems inside the electrical cabinet, a subsequent fire was detected and suppressed before major damage could be caused. The cost on this occasion was therefore limited to a $25,000 component and downtime was less than two days.Equally - happily - there are also many instances where the installation of small enclosure fire suppression has prevented disaster. In the manufacturing world, CNC machines are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars and need to be constantly operational to justify the investment. Oil coolant used in the machines can create a flash fire in an instant due to failed components or programming errors. The fact that many of these facilities are run ‘lights out’ with no personnel present further exacerbates the risk. If a fire is not dealt with immediately, the machine will be destroyed; sprinklers don’t react quickly enough for this scenario and would be ineffective. Ensuring Business Continuity One such flash fire occurred inside a protected CNC machine at a machine shop in Iowa. The polymer tubing ruptured within a fraction of a second, releasing the suppression agent and extinguishing the flames. The machine was undamaged and was operational again with a few hours. Contrast this to a previous fire at the same facility in an unprotected machine; it was out of operation for 4 days, costing the business thousands of dollars in downtime In short, fire protection is an essential element of our industrial and commercial environments to ensure both safety and business continuity. However, the nature of that protection is changing, as capacity increases to cost-effectively protect specific areas where fires are most likely to start. Risk mitigation analysis needs to look beyond what has been accepted in the past and find ways to further limit the impact of a small fire using this next level of protection. The benefits can really have a positive effect on the bottom line in the event of fire.
In communities of all sizes, fire crews are always in need of finding ways to improve preparedness and reduce risk. When fire departments use software systems that meet these needs, they stay safer and more informed on the scene. They also ensure that citizens stay safer during fire emergencies. Since the first organized response to a fire emergency began, firefighters have always made it a point to prevent injuries and minimize fire-related damage. However, since that time, technology has improved virtually everything about fire response, from the way crews get to the scene, to the information they have in transit about the emergency, to what they need to do upon arrival. This knowledge means fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information. Instead, they use mobile data terminals (MDTs) and mobile fire software apps on smartphones, laptops, or tablets in their ladder trucks, fire engines, and other vehicles, which provide them with instant access to the data they need when it’s needed. Fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information Mission Critical Data For Emergencies MDTs work directly with a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system to show first responders information about an emergency. With this technology, mission-critical data with real-time information about an emergency is available for fire crews. Having this data on hand helps keep crews safe, protect citizens, and reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the structure involved. For example, if fire crews respond to a structure fire and dispatchers receive information while on the call that the roof collapsed before crews arrival, fire crews are made aware of this information in real time. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews using an MDT. Information included in an MDT includes location of hazardous chemicals on site, knowledge of any hazardous materials on site, owner contact information, building entrance points and floorplans, and hydrant location. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews Advance Planning For Fire Rescue MDTs are vital components to fire rescue. These ruggedized laptops are often mounted in a firetruck and crews communicate with one another regarding the data dispatchers share. When fire crews do not have access to an MDT, they rely upon radio transmissions, cell phones, and pagers to share information. Without a way to share this information in transit, fire crews create attack plans on the scene. This results in more time being spent planning rather than tackling the fire emergency, which could result in more damage and injuries or loss of life. For instance, fires double in size every 30 seconds. When technology can be leveraged so fire crews can create an attack plan while in transit, they reduce risk on the scene. Advanced planning helps each member of the crew know what he or she is doing on the scene based on their roles. Mobile Communication Apps Another way fire crews improve preparedness and reduce risk in a fire response is through the use of a mobile fire software application that can be used on smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and works seamlessly with MDTs.Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all members of a fire crew Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all members of a fire crew. Plus, with a mobile app that knows who’s using the device, it can automatically populate the information the user needs based on the location of the user and the user’s role. That means personalized information is delivered as it is needed, which helps crew members to begin their attack plans before arriving on the scene. Crews that use mobile apps arrive on the scene better prepared to attack the fire immediately, thereby saving time and reducing risk. Another benefit of using mobile fire apps is that they are less costly than other software solutions, which helps fire departments purchase more for crews. Many fire departments use MDTs and mobile fire apps so that crews are well-equipped with informational tools. With this opportunity to arrive more prepared on the scene, fire crews can reduce risk to themselves and those involved in the emergency. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine Accessible Information For Fire Crews Both mobile fire apps and MDTs work together to harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine. Plus, mobile fire apps can be used by volunteer firefighters, which helps ensure they are as connected to details about the emergency as possible.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together Fire crews using both have vital routing information, data regarding the structure involved, pre-plans, history, access to their own maps, and anything else that enhances contextual awareness for crews.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together. While both harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews, an app is more accessible for crews in the back of the rig or ladder truck. Considerations When Purchasing Mobile Data Terminals The most important thing for fire departments to consider before purchasing an MDT or mobile app is this: Ensure that the software allows for users to take their own CAD information, so they can extend its functionality. These fire software systems should also be intuitive so that they know who is using it and what information they need. They should also be hands-free and understand spoken commands and have the capacity to take those commands and escalate to the next level. By making use of the software systems available to fire departments, crews experience a better use of their time, access relevant information for all roles, and stay safer on the scene through better preparedness and risk reduction.
Within traditional commercial and industrial firefighting systems, engineers have primarily focused on permanent installation designs rather than entertaining alternative or supplemental mobile firefighting systems. Permanent installation design is typically better understood, supported, and supplied throughout the fire protection engineering and manufacturing community. However, mobile firefighting systems provide unique solutions and advantages compared to their permanent installation cousins such as flexible deployment, simpler servicing, improved economy, and much higher performance availability. The combination of both systems is frequently the most strategic solution for the facility operator. Limitations of fixed installation systems Permanent installation (fixed) systems include everything from sprinklers, foam systems, primary watermain pumps, and the plethora of piping in between. A large refinery complex will need to address various hazard mitigation and control problems that span both hardware and personnel needs. In the event standard hazard mitigation safety procedures and equipment have failed, the facility immediately initiates a hazard control operation. Passive fixed systems automatically engage the hazard through an array of sensors, mechanical triggers, and control algorithms. A properly designed system with adequate hazard coverage, preplanning, preventative maintenance, and testing will successfully terminate the hazard, while firefighting personnel respond and ensure no further hazards develop. This conceptual approach relies on hardware and personnel all operating as planned…. Combining permanent and mobile apparatus “According to plan” would never have any failures or fires, but history has a different script. In the worst-case petrochemical scenario, fixed systems fail to extinguish a hazard putting the entire response on human and mobile hardware resources. This would include but is not limited to firetrucks, mobile high-flow pumping systems, large mobile monitors, foam proportioning units, and large diameter layflat hose. This type of response escalates into a larger scale operation, sometimes involving agencies beyond the facility operator itself. Although a low probability event, the risk to life and property is significantly substantial. Fixed systems may be rendered inoperable due to the loss of electrical power or actual physical damage Reducing fire-related expenditureMore typical than the worst-case scenario, facilities experience both maintenance-related system downtimes and natural phenomena damage such as extreme weather and seismic events. In this case, fixed systems may be rendered inoperable due to the loss of electrical power or actual physical damage. In any of these situations, mobile fire apparatus may fill the gap requirements of the facility as their flexible storage and deployment would protect them from everything but the worst natural disasters. Their further benefit is that a smaller set of mobile apparatus resources may be used to protect a larger amount of infrastructure, especially while in use in a mutual-aid program between facilities and communities. According to the NFPA’s report “Total Cost of Fire in the United States”, fire-related damages and expenditures from 1980 to 2014 have risen from roughly $200B (adjusted for inflation to 2014) to nearly $330B. The greatest expenditure is in fire safety costs in building construction, amounting to $57.4B. Although the overall losses per year as a ratio to protection expenditures has dropped by roughly 70% over the past 30 years, petrochemical facility losses have continued to rise over the same time. In the worst-case petrochemical scenario, fixed systems fail to extinguish a hazard Petrochemical facility challenges According to the NFPA, refineries or natural gas plants had reported an average of 228 fires or explosions per year through the 1990s. Furthering this data with Marsh’s “100 Largest Losses, 25th edition”, refinery losses have continually expanded throughout the last two decades with 11 of the top 20 largest losses of the past 40 years happening during or after the year 2000. Two primary drivers of this trend are the advanced age of petrochemical facilities and their staggering complexity. As oil margins fall, upstream operational businesses are detrimentally affected by reduced investment in everything to new equipment, maintenance and passive safety systems. There is an observable correlation between a major oil price drop followed by upstream facility fire losses. Even with reduced investment and oil throughput growth rates, US refinery utilisation at the end 2017 was at 96.7%, the highest since 2005 (Marsh, The Impact of the Price of Oil). The short story is that systems and personnel are being asked to do more with less with each passing year. Cost-effective mobile apparatus systems Mobile fire apparatus is generally more cost-effective to procure when using standardised designs and application methodology. They can access open water sources by either drafting (when in close proximity to the water) or using floating source pumps (for variable level or difficult access water sources). Mobile fire apparatus is generally more cost-effective to procure when using standardized designs and application methodology With this open water access, they can provide significantly more water (upwards of 10,000 GPM or more per system if necessary) than any typical fixed fire pumping solution. Moreover, as their primary benefit, they are easy to move and deploy. This benefit allows them to be utilised at the point of hazard as needed while being easily accessible for service. While fixed systems are installed at “every known” hazard and must be continually maintained to operate effectively, mobile systems may be used sitewide or across facilities. This flexibility reduces overall capital expenditure requirements and establishes a valuable primary and secondary firefighting system depending on the hazard and facility resources. Combining fixed and mobile systems Permanent installation fire suppression systems are a mainstay of modern day firefighting. They provide immediate passive response with little human intervention. However, as facility utilisation is pushed to maximum capacity while fixed systems continually age out without adequate replacement or maintenance, mobile systems will need to both fill the response gap and provide a final wall to total loss incidents. The reality is that both fixed and mobile systems need to work together to provide the safest possible operation. Service and training requirements need to also be maintained to manage an adequate, or even better, exemplary response to hazard control incidents. Managing major facility uptime requires continuous oversight and to drive hazard mitigation standards throughout the organisation, including executive management. A safe, reliable and fully-functional plant is also a profitable and cost-effective plant much like a healthy worker is a better worker. Protect your people and property and you will protecting your company’s future.
KIMTEK's FIRELITE and MEDLITE units installed aboard emergency vehicles KIMTEK CORPORATION, manufacturers of modular skid units for firefighting and emergency medical transport in ATVs / UTVs, and brush trucks, recently implemented their latest line of skid units that support energy efficient electric vehicles. KIMTEK's commitment to environmental sustainability, quality construction and convenient, modular design features provides important advantages for makers of electric vehicles such as Polaris GEM and Ranger EV models and, most recently, for the California-based Tropos Motors team. KIMTEK FIRELITE Transport 300 series truck skid units Tropos Motors has just debuted its ABLE FRV and ABLE EMS fire and medical first responder electric vehicles with KIMTEK FIRELITE Transport 300 series truck skid units and the MEDLITE Transport MTSTR-104 Transport Cot Units aboard. Ideal for first response coverage at large events, parking garages, commercial buildings, and entertainment venues featuring smooth or paved surfaces, electric vehicles allow fire and EMS personnel access to hard to reach areas where standard full-size fire and rescue vehicles do not fit. "Our latest pairing of MEDLITE and FIRELITE skid units with electric vehicles is part of KIMTEK's history of partnerships with American manufacturers to serve the varied and emerging needs of public safety professionals," KIMTEK's Founder and President, Kimball Johnson, said. "We are constantly seeking relationships that reflect energy efficiency as well as product combinations that best adapt KIMTEK equipment with the needs of our first responders in the many environments in which they work." For more information about KIMTEK's full line of public safety skid units for fire, rescue, EMS, and brush trucks, including those specifically for electric vehicles, please visit the KIMTEK websites at kimtekresearch.com and brushtruckskids.com.
The protection of subways with stationary firefighting systems is becoming much more urgent One Seven® introduces new ways of fighting fires in confined spaces. The catastrophic fires with numerous fatalities and high property damage in tunnels in recent years have clearly thrown up the necessity for more safety in such structures. The terrorist attacks in the underground train systems in London and Korea added a new dimension. The protection of the strongly frequented subways with stationary firefighting systems is becoming that much more urgent, especially since the fire brigade personnel is not able to quickly reach the core of the fire because of the huge amount of heat and the fast spreading of the fire. The long search for an effective firefighting method has been ended by special One Seven® tunnel firefighting system. The application areas are: An automatic firefighting system in the tunnel should fulfil several objectives Subway tunnels Subway stations Street tunnels Railway tunnels Mountain railway tunnels Supply tunnels An automatic firefighting system in the tunnel should fulfil several objectives. Firstly, it must allow the approach of the fire brigade on the "upstream" side. Here, at a distance of about 20 m (range of a hand-held hose) the conditions that prevail should be such that they allow the presence of the fire brigade personnel with suitable protective clothing. Secondly, it must effectively prevent the spread of the fire on the "downstream" side. Depending on the tunnel length, the tunnel is divided into any number of desired extinguishing zones. These consist of several sectors. One sector consists, for example, of 4 cross-pipes, which are fitted with the special patented multi-channel full spray nozzles. These sectors are then foam-sprayed intensely for short intervals. The potential of danger is increasing month after month through: Terror attacks Assassinations Higher traffic volume More transportation of dangerous goods Sabotage The specially developed tunnel firefighting systems that can be used in any tunnel can be deployed for the protection of: persons, tunnel structure, goods and merchandise and retention of the infrastructure.
FLAME-SIM Mobile Center has made training more accessible for firefighters The easy to use FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center is giving fire departments across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to decrease costs while increasing training time and experience. FLAME-SIM is proving to be a valuable investment for Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, Canada. Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) is a full time department that has 5 stations and 140 suppression members. In September 2009 RDES purchased a 5 unit FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center and are finding its mobility and training a strong asset to their department. The FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center (RMC) has allowed the Red Deer training staff to take training to their firefighters instead of always having to bring their firefighters to the training center. This easily transportable system allows them to train fire ground communications, decision making skills, onsite and on duty, saving their department time and money. In addition, the simple RMC set up, along with the easy to use FLAME-SIM Scenario and Configuration Editors, allow for RDES to get a training session up and running in a matter of minutes. FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center has decreased training costs and increased time "We start with a quick intro to get the guys familiar with the controls then we begin the scenario training, which includes basic radio communication on the fire ground for the firefighters and command functions for the officer in charge, "said RDES Chief Training Officer, Mike Godwin. "Following the basic scenario we can then add a MAYDAY call or another serious fire ground occurrence, all in one afternoon. Impossible, if we attempted all that on the fire training grounds." The true cost of training is often miscalculated; the cost of payroll frequently gets lost in the cost of tower rental, instructors, transportation etc., but payroll is often one of the most expensive aspects of training. By integrating FLAME-SIM into your training regimen you can increase the repetition of your training while decreasing your payroll and other costs, which often enables FLAME-SIM to pay for itself in less than a year. Chief Godwin added: "Since we run EMS as well, call volumes are high, so it is difficult to take the crew out of service for an entire day of training. With the FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center I am able to take the FLAME-SIM systems to each station and train with the crews, in quarters. No relocating, no out of service costs, just hands-on fireground and command training." The easy to use FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center is giving fire departments across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to decrease costs while increasing training time and experience! Join the growing list of departments by adopting the leading fireground training software in the U.S. and see the results for yourself.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has strict regulations for heliport safety One Seven® firefighting infrastructure meets stringent heliport safety requirements. For heliports, there are strict directives of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. In the framework of these regulations, there are also stringent requirements for the stationary firefighting equipment for heliports. All One Seven® systems fulfil the ICAO requirements! The One Seven® firefighting system meets all these requirements in the best possible manner and the heliport thus has optimum protection. The ICAO demands, for example: Two foam monitors with a rating of per min. 250 l water/foam concentrate mixture per minute, which can additionally also output 500 l water/foam concentrate mixture per minute. Additional hand-held pipe also with a volume flow of 250 l water/foam concentrate mixture per minute. Full power of the stationary foam extinguishing system over min. 10 minutes extinguishing time. Other convincing properties of the One Seven® firefighting system are: The stable, weather-independent ejection ranges of more than 30 m. The ease of starting with a central triggering button on the control console. Two One Seven® foam monitors that are remote-controlled from the control console. Electrically operable hose reel (hand hose) with 60 m very light, dimensionally stable One Seven® hose and One Seven® C spraying pipe. 120 l foam concentrate tank, which corresponds to 5 times the usage reserve.
The CAF test was aimed at showing the fire fighting capabilities of compressed air foam The Upper Austrian Fire Protection Office recently performed a decisive fire test in cooperation with Rosenbauer. The test involved igniting cotton reels stacked on pallets to a height of seven meters (23 ft). The aim of the fire test was to demonstrate the effective extinguishing capability of CAF (Compressed Air Foam) systems. The test was prompted by several large-scale fires at a spinning mill in Linz, additional fire protection equipment is under investigation, due to the damage caused. POLY CAFS Trolley SL35/50 The use of two POLY CAFS SL35/50 Trolleys proved to be highly efficient and effective in this fire test. These mobile fire extinguishers have a tank capacity of 35 or 50 l (9 or 13 gal), a throw range of approx. 16 meters (53 ft) and a throw height of approx. 10 meters (33 ft). The operating pressure is 7 bar, the cylinder pressure 200 bar. The extinguishing agent is a premix (water-foam agent mix) with AFFF 1%. The mix is forced by compressed air into a mixing chamber where it is actively expanded. The mixing chamber specially developed for the POLY Trolley helps to create an extremely homogeneous and thus durable CAF with an expansion ratio (ratio between foam volume and liquid volume) of 8:1. This guarantees excellent cooling and suffocating properties. On top of this, it extends the available supply of extinguishing agent by a factor of 8 (one part of water-foam agent mix becomes eight parts of CAF). The fire test The test was prompted by several large-scale fires at a spinning mill in Linz After a pre-combustion period of approximately 5-1/2 minutes, the extinguishing trial with the POLY CAFS SL35 and SL50 Trolleys began. Thanks to the excellent adhesion capabilities of CAF, which is similar to razor-foam, the incipient fire was completely extinguished within the shortest possible time. Another test, using water as the extinguishing agent, clearly demonstrated the advantages of using the CAFS. The water actually "washed off" the CAF that covered the burning material. The incredible result of this test was that the fire immediately broke out again and flared up. POLY CAF Systems are perfect for fighting incipient fires due to their efficiency and mobility. While pump-operated fire-fighting systems are starting their engines, priming their pumps and ramping up to full delivery, POLY CAFS are already hard at work because the extinguishing agent is forced into the hose line by compressed air. This takes just seven seconds! On top of this, the systems are independent of any energy sources; this substantially reduces the deployment overhead and guarantees best-of-class reliability. Convincing arguments for the use of CAF fire fighting technology: CAF suffocates the flames Great throw height Extinguishing from a safe distance thanks to excellent throw range Excellent flash-back safety due to good adhesive properties of the foam This fire test was another impressive demonstration of the CAF system's incredible firefighting performance.
PPG Industries paint re-finish plant has a new automatic sprinker and foam enhancement system Client's core business The site at Stowmarket is PPG's main UK manufacturing plant which produces aqua-based paint and highly flammable solvent based paint for the automotive world. Contract description To de-commission, remove the many existing sprinkler systems which were over forty years old and the designs out of date. To design, supply, install and commission new sprinkler systems, deluge systems, foam enhanced sprinkler systems and water supplies acting in the capacity as Principle Contractor. Services provided SPIE Matthew Hall delivered a turnkey package incorporating Automatic Sprinkler and Foam Enhancement systems and all associated building and civil works.