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How to make fire suppression look easy

Mobile/portable extinguishing technology seems to be on a roll at the moment - Ann Marie Knegt reports on some interesting innovations that promise to make fighting fire that much simpler and safer.

Proactive monitoring and control

Known as the “project of the century”, the BTC Pipeline Project in Turkey plays a critical role in the transportation of oil to the world from Azerbaijan through Georgia and Turkey – helping position Turkey as a strategically important energy bridge. Selcuk Sandan, Quality & Communication Manager, Honeywell Fire and Gas (Istanbul, Turkey), writes.

Monitors in the spotlight

The new Angus Fire desk-top computer simulator allows a design to select monitors and foam cannons under operating conditions. Chartered Engineer and Product Manager for Angus Fire Michael Mills writes.

A new era for video smoke detection?

Smoke and flame detection using video analytics has been around for about 14 years, during which time the technology has found a useful niche in aircraft hangars, turbine halls, and road tunnels. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks to the man often dubbed by others in the industry as “the father of video smoke detection”, and to a company that is poised to take the technology to a whole new level of applications and ease of installation, where VSD will be available off-the-shelf and without the need for specialist cameras – or indeed specialist installation personnel.

Following the Incus trail

Ultrasonic pressurised gas leak detection technology is now widely recognised in the oil and gas industry. A leader in this technology is Groveley Detection who recently launched the unique GDU-Incus, which incorporates four independent sensing heads. Jose Sanchez de Muniain talked to Managing Director Robert Bennet about latest developments in this sector.

Improving early warning for fire systems

Rowland Davies, Marketing Services Manager at Apollo Fire Detectors, explores how sounders and beacons have developed and their application as early warning devices in modern fire detection systems.

Slick solution for oil spills

With at least 250,000 gallons of “anti-freeze-like” synthetic dispersants having been pumped into the Gulf of Mexico to mitigate the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, and serious concerns raised about the effect of this type of technology on the marine food chain, has the time come to look at alternatives? Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain speaks with a company that has a multi-purpose, eco-friendly “bio-agent” with bioremediative capacities that turns the slick into marine food.

A world's first in PPE

In today’s climate, it is entirely possible that a firefighter can come into contact with CBRN materials at any time – and if so, there is a valid argument that a firefighter’s turn-out gear should include a level of CBRN protection. In the event of an incident, this type of combined garment would allow him to vacate the area safely, rescuing injured personnel while escaping. Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain talks with Karen Lehtonen, Director (Products), Lion Apparel, about a new piece of kit that is said to be the world’s first fully certified structural firefighter CBRN ensemble.

LNG series - part two

John frame has created and delivered LNG Fire Response training courses and also produced the original book LNG Fire Protection & Emergency Response (IChemE). In this part two of his LNG series he focuses on rollover; international standards; and likely incident scenarios including refrigeration; jetties cargo operations; and tankage/piping.

Are we prepared for the challenges associated with the broad introduction of ethanol?

In many countries the use of ethanol has increased significantly as a means to fulfil climate goals by replacing fossil fuels with renewable fuels. However, although ethanol is a well known product, it poses new fire-related challenges to the oil/fuel industry and first responders. Even if the industry and first responders are aware of these problems there is a lack of experience or regulatory guidance, in particular with regard to ethanol tank fires. This article describes what we know today and gives some suggestions concerning necessary research project to ensure safe implementation of ethanol on a broad basis. Such a research project is best suited to an international effort, both due to the magnitude of the work needed and to ensure that different national safety issues are dealt with appropriately and challenges solved. Henry Persson, from the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, writes.

Eco solutions for large tank problems

Encapsulating volatile substances, hydrocarbons and dust to prevent a fire’s devastating effects on the ecosystem is the new frontier of scientific research into new applications on the fire safety field. A new low pressure watermist system has been launched that happens to do just that.

LED to safety

What does the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, have in common with Madrid Metro and Amsterdam Metro? The answer is a low-level lighting system that is currently taking the evacuation world by storm. Welcome the dynamic guidance MILS system from Finnish company MariMils, which is making its way into both indoor/outdoor environments in offshore platforms, refineries, and road tunnels amongst others: Jose Sanchez de Muniain finds out more.

Facilitating a safety culture

At the end of April, just ten days after explosion and fire erupted on Deepwater Horizon, President Obama directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a thorough review of the event and to report, within 30 days, on what additional precautions and technologies, if any, might be required to improve the safety of oil and gas exploration and production operations on the outer continental shelf. Carol Debell reports.

Recyle it!

The Gulf spill has put the spotlight on pollution control like never before – or at least since the Exxon Valdez spilt nearly 11 million litres of crude. One of the side effects of the massive effort to neutralise the disaster has been the adoption of innovative clean-up methods and products, writes Jose Maria Sanchez de Muniain.