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Under pressure

A new fixed foam system can extinguish a refinery fire, full surface tank fire or rim seal fire without the use of pumps or external energy.

Secure IT

Q&A: Chris Wellfair reveals some of the challenges, technologies and trends in the selection, installation and maintenance of fire-protection systems for data centres.

Hurricane ready?

Survey reveals that senior financial executives at major US companies with operations in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico were not prepared for last year’s hurricanes.

Hope and fire

On the day that it received its PAS 7 certificate for organisational fire risk management, Jose Sanchez de Muniain was invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the world-renowned Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.

All hands to the pump

The world record for the highest pumping capacity fire engine has been broken with the aid of Darley’s new 2ZSM, a water pump whose design was conceived, developed and manufactured in a matter of months.

StocExpo Europe, 20-22 March

Promoted event: World’s leading event for the international storage sector announces all new features for 2018

Lessons from Deepwater Horizon

HSE report on fire and explosion issues of the incident in the Gulf of Mexico recommends eliminating reliance on human responses for gas detection.

From ship to shore

The largest pump/monitor package in the world is transferring from the marine world to high-hazard land applications; Jose Sanchez de Muniain finds out more details.

Robotic fire risks

Fire-protection guidelines for warehouses containing automatic storage and retrieval systems have been published by FM Global.

Refinery explosion

SEE VIDEO: Safety video of the 2016 ExxonMobil fire at Baton Rouge Refinery

Vapour-cloud explosions

A review of major vapour-cloud incidents has been carried out by the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Fire initiatives launched in Australia as a result of Grenfell tragedy

Government probes will investigate the compliance and enforcement challenges facing fire safety in building and construction sector.

Lessons in risk

Insurance company takes loss-prevention training to a new level with state-of-the-art training centre.

Pumping data

Financial and data sponsors are sought by the US Fire Protection Research Foundation for a project seeking to use inspection, testing and maintenance data of fire pumps for reliability-based decision-making.

Keeping it clean

Delegates at the recent foam management seminar in Queensland, Brisbane heard how a new, environmentally-neutral disposal method for fluorochemical waste that costs as little as US$1 per litre could revolutionise the way companies handle the disposal of fluorinated foam concentrates and contaminated soil and water.

Planning for high hazards

A new handbook that describes common scenarios for assessing risks associated with industrial sites has been published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Flammable mists

A research proposal focussing on flammable mists is shortly to be released by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive.

Turbine robot sees action

The successful deployment of a mobile fire extinguishing turbine prompts the delivery of a second unit to the largest site in the Bavarian chemical triangle.

Passive fire protection group expands

The Passive Fire Protection Network holds US inaugural meeting in Houston, Texas.

Oil company fined £1.65m (US$2.1 million) following refinery explosion

The blast caused internal structures to collapse and led to damage totalling more than £20 million (US$25 million).

The SMART protocol

A new test protocol based on the concept of simultaneous monitoring, assessment and response technology (SMART) is about to be published – and it is expected to kick-start innovation in fire protection for high-risk areas.

BIM
Fire goes BIM

COMMENT: As the construction sector embraces the digital age, where is the fire detection industry? Charles Smith of Apollo provides an overview of BIM’s introduction and fire detection’s progress within the new world.

Nine hundred foam users in Australia to be surveyed about fire-fighting foam

Queensland Governments extends efforts to remove contamination-causing per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the state.

Fire safety in commercial buildings

BSI has revised BS 9999: 2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice.

The dangers of non-compliance

Owners of the fire-hit Lacrosse Apartments are ordered to remove non-compliant cladding.

Asset protection

Specialist high-hazard protection and response company announces multi-million dollar contracts with three of the world’s largest chemical, plastics and bulk storage companies.

Help with curtains

The UK's Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is looking for assistance to develop guidance on the use and specification of active fire curtains.

EN service standard for fire safety and security sectors approved

The standard defines basic levels of competence for people charged with the planning, design, assembly, commissioning, system verification, handover or maintenance of fire safety or security systems. 

Raising standards in passive fire protection

The Hydrocarbon Passive Fire Protection Network was officially launched in September during a one-day technical meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.

Etankfire update

Latest research results for extinguishing large-scale fires involving ethanol; common test standards for foam ’do not really reflect tank fire situations’. Report by Henry Persson and Magnus Bobert, SP Sweden.

Operational management for site managers

A pilot masterclass that aims to help site managers better manage their industrial firefighters has been piloted in Rotterdam. Rob Jastrzebski joins the students on their final day.

Fire Prevention Plan for waste

New strict requirements have been issued for all waste site operators handling combustible waste in the UK.

The Indian Space Research Organisation selects Spectrex flame detectors

A number of detectors with built-in-test capabilities are now in place protecting key areas within the Indian Space Research Organisation’s facilities.

Dutch stadium gets infrared protection

Sharpeye detectors have been installed at the Gelredome soccer stadium in the city of Arnhem, close to the German border in east Netherlands.

Clean progress

HFCs may be following the path of halon in a global phase-down but there are alternatives, writes Kurt Werner.

A tourist Odyssey

How do you protect a site that ranges over several kilometres and which includes four palaces, four parks, an equestrian centre, a convent and even a castle? João Paulo Ajami presents a unique Portuguese challenge.

Fire robots

A futuristic stadium for Zenit St Petersburg FC in Russia scheduled for completion this year will also be the home of an innovative fire suppression system. Has the age of the robotic fire brigade finally arrived? Jose Sanchez de Muniain speaks with Yuri Gorban, director general of the Engineering Centre of Fire Robots Technology (FR) in the city of Petrozavodsk, Karelia, northwest Russia.

Sprinkler Save and Fire Map

An online interactive map that shows UK premises that have been saved from fires by sprinklers has been launched by the Business Sprinkler Alliance.

Car manufacturing win for Spectrex

An unnamed Korean car manufacturer has installed a number of flame detectors made by Spectrex at a factory currently under construction in Chihuahua, Mexico.

30,000 nozzles at the ready!

The world’s largest water-mist system is being installed in a new hospital in Denmark – and the solution is expected to save the hospital millions. Jose Sanchez de Muniain reports.

Frank Ryde
Investing in green extinguishers

Could the days of the standard fire extinguisher be numbered? During Intersec Dubai Jose Sanchez caught up with a bee-loving entrepreneur looking for investment in a solution which would eliminate the need for multiple extinguishers and reduce both the cost of maintenance contracts and the discharge of chemicals into the environment.

Buncefield – ten years on

A report summarising the improvements made following the Buncefield disaster has been published on its tenth year anniversary.

Protection above the rest

SPONSORED FEATURE: Tyco Fire Protection Products takes restaurant fire suppression systems to new heights with the new Ansul Piranha.

Fire protection for warehouses

After three years of research FM Global has released new fire protection guidelines for warehouse owners that it claims could reduce fire-related costs by millions of dollars.

First UK qualification for sprinkler installers

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation is aimed at individuals employed in the mechanical fire protection sector that wish to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role.

Remote services for fire panels

Bosch launches an IP-based solution for remote diagnostics and remote maintenance.

New optical flame detectors to meet Ghazlan Power Plant’s expansion plans

Spectrex’s SharpEye Optical Flame Detectors will protect four new 600MW oil and gas fired steam turbines as well as the fuel handling infrastructure and transmission equipment being installed at the plant in Saudi Arabia.

Safe training for effective response

What qualities make an effective training ground? Nico Zorzetto of Italian manufacturer SANCO SpA describes a training ground recently installed in a gas treatment facility in Algeria, north Africa.

New video is triple hit

SEE VIDEO: After nearly four hours of extreme heat the protective panel withstands three separate impacts.

Raising standards in passive fire protection - PFPNet

Why MMI Engineering intends to establish an industry group for users of passive fire protection.