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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.

Fire extinguisher wins design award

Ergonomics and quick-release mechanism recognised by the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards programme.

NFPA posts two videos showing upcoming changes to NFPA 13 and NFPA 72

VIDEO The videos outline changes to the 2016 editions regarding standards for the installation of sprinkler systems and the US national fire alarm and signalling code.

COMAH 2015
A guide to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 2015

The UK Health and Safety Executive has published a guide to the new regulations that came into effect on 1 June 2015. 

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ replaces its gas suppression and detection system

When Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (UK) was tasked with replacing an ageing gas suppression fire detection and alarm system in its headquarters’ server and control rooms, it had to look for the most reliable and cost effective solution.

Infrared detection for lifestyle hub in Singapore

INSTALLATION NEWS: The wide field of view of the flame detectors enables the large areas within Jem Mall to be protected by fewer detectors.

Detecting both hydrocarbon and hydrogen fires – with one device

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: the 40/40M Multi IR detector is the only detector that can detect both these hazards simultaneously.

Patent awarded for light cancellation technology used in smoke detectors

Technology prevents false readings by filtering out ambient light

Single European services standard for fire and security gains support from international trade body

Euralarm adds its support to the CEN/CENELEC/TC4 project committee which has been working since 2011 on a standard that defines the quality of services provided for fire safety and security systems: “Services for fire safety and security systems”.

Preventing hydraulic shock in ammonia refrigeration systems

CSB’s new safety video offers key lessons.

Tunnel fires: preventing explosive spalling of concrete

Engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) discover how to measure the action of polypropylene fibres inside concrete.

Keeping a sharp eye on Naphta Storage Tanks

Spectrex SharpEye 20/20MI flame detectors have recently been installed to protect dome type naphtha storage tanks.