www.ushalonbank.com  1.800.433.1751                                         September 2015 - Vol 2, Issue 44                         
Feature Story: Know When, Where to Specify a Clean Agent System
British Airways Fire: Jet's Suppression System Didn't Work, Source Says
Ex Siemens Exec, Huron Capital Launch Fire Detection Services Platform
US to Prohibit Oxy Reduct Fire Suppression
Tyco Signs Global Agreement
Commissioning Commercial Buildings: Fire and Life Safety
Saudi Arabia Passive Fire Protection Materials Market is Expected to Reach US$ 131 Mn in 2023
Ferguson Fire & Fabrication Adds Alabama Business of Central Pipe & Supply
Fire Protection for Steel Structures in the Oil & Gas Industry
Gas Station Fire Suppression in NY Could Be Extinguished
UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers
Fire System Discharge Sends 20 to Hospital
Video of the Month: Fike ECARO 25 Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems
FSSA Corner
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Heard on the Street
Most Popular Stories from July/August 2015
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Feature Story: Know When, Where to Specify a Clean Agent System


By Allyn J. Vaughn, PE, FSFPE
JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas

Fire protection engineers should use NPFA 2001 to direct the specification of clean agent fire extinguishing systems, which are typically used in mission critical facilities.

Clean agent systems were initially developed to address emerging technologies related to the computer, aircraft, and marine industries. Halon 1301, one of the most common clean agents in its time, was developed in the 1960s. Its primary use was to provide fire protection to sensitive equipment related to computer mainframes and telecommunications equipment on aircraft and marine vessels. It was a very efficient means of fire protection that left no residue after discharge, and was a relatively lightweight means of suppression. As technology advanced and environmental concerns became important, the need for alternative agents became evident.

Modern clean agents were developed to replace earlier gaseous-based systems that had been determined to have a detrimental impact to the environment. Halon 1301 and 1211 were found to deplete ozone when exposed to the atmosphere. There was a clear need to provide alternative fire-extinguishing agents that were safer to the environment, or cleaner. Hence clean agents were developed. They are defined as an electrically nonconducting fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation.

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British Airways Fire: Jet's Suppression System Didn't Work, Source Says
Thick black smoke billows out of British Airways Flight 2276 on in Las Vegas.


By Greg Botelho and Rene Marsh, CNN

The British Airways jetliner that caught fire on the Las Vegas airport's tarmac had suppression equipment, but it just didn't work to suppress the flames, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday.

Twenty-seven people associated with British Airways Flight 2276 were treated at the Nevada city's Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, spokeswoman Sylvia Song said. All had been released by Wednesday afternoon.

Most of the injuries came as passengers slid down the four inflatable chutes while evacuating the Boeing 777, Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Jon Klassen said.

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Ex Siemens Exec, Huron Capital Launch Fire Detection Services Platform


PR Newswire

Huron Capital Launches Fire Detection Services Platform In Partnership With Ex Siemens Executive

DETROIT -- Huron Capital Partners ("Huron Capital") announced it has formed a partnership with industry executive Terry Heath to build a platform company in the fire detection services industry. Through a holding company, Sciens Building Solutions, Huron Capital plans to capitalize on the increasing focus on fire safety for commercial and institutional buildings. Fire detection services include installation of fire alarm products, inspection and test services, ongoing maintenance and monitoring.

"We are excited to partner with Terry to build a national platform focused on exceptional customer service and specialized capabilities within fire detection," said Jim Mahoney, Partner at Huron Capital. "We believe demographic and regulatory trends will drive growth in the fire detection space, and Terry is an experienced executive in this market who will provide strong leadership to the platform."

Heath served as a long-time executive at Siemens Corporation, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Technology USA. His Siemens experience included 18 years in the Building Technologies division, where he focused on building fire and security detection systems.

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US to Prohibit Oxy Reduct Fire Suppression
Source: Pulsant


By Ian Bitterlin
Datacenter Dynamics

Oxygen makes up 21 percent of the atmosphere at Sea Level.  OK, so there is no point arguing the toss, OSHA (the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration) says that people can't work in oxygen levels lower than 19.5 percent and that's the end of the conversation.  

Breathing masks required?

You can use oxygen reduction to prevent fires in for 'unoccupied' spaces or areas that are infrequently visited - such as museum archives - but you would have to equip the personnel with oxygen masks etc. In explanation of the 19.5 percent limit OSHA uses quite alarming language:

"Human beings must breathe oxygen ... to survive, and begin to suffer adverse health effects when the oxygen level of their breathing air drops below [19.5 percent oxygen]. Below 19.5 percent oxygen ... , air is considered oxygen-deficient. At concentrations of 16 to 19.5 percent, workers engaged in any form of exertion can rapidly become symptomatic as their tissues fail to obtain the oxygen necessary to function properly (Rom, W., Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 2nd ed.; Little, Brown; Boston, 1992). Increased breathing rates, accelerated heartbeat, and impaired thinking or coordination occur more quickly in an oxygen-deficient environment. Even a momentary loss of coordination may be devastating to a worker if it occurs while the worker is performing a potentially dangerous activity, such as climbing a ladder. Concentrations of 12 to 16 percent oxygen cause tachypnea (increased breathing rates), tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat), and impaired attention, thinking, and coordination (e.g., Ex. 25-4), even in people who are resting."
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Tyco Signs Global Agreement


By Ian Garden
MD RigDeluge Ltd

I am pleased to announce Tyco have acquired the exclusive global rights to manufacture, distribute and install RigDelugeŽ Concentric Flow Technology™ and Free Flow Nozzle Technology™.

RigDelugeŽ is an Aberdeen based innovation specialist focused on delivering efficiency and safety for the Oil and Gas Industry.

The official announcement was made at the eastern hemisphere's largest Oil and Gas production and exploration event - Offshore Europe 2015 on 10th September 2015.

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Commissioning Commercial Buildings: Fire and Life Safety


Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Ideally, all nonresidential buildings would be commissioned, and the team would start at the onset of the project. Because that's not always the case, commissioning authorities and experts offer advice on building projects in various stages of commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning. Fire and life safety systems are discussed.

CSE: What unique fire-suppression systems have you commissioned?

Brian Lindstrom, PE, DCEP, National Director of Commissioning, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.: Fire-suppression systems serving industrial facilities such as aircraft hangars are among the most unique systems we have the opportunity to commission. Because proper functional testing of these systems often involves a full discharge, high-expansion foam systems especially tend to draw a crowd during commissioning.

Paul Meyer, PE, CBCP, LEED AP, CEM, GBE, Senior Vice President, WSP, New York City: We have commissioned all types including clean agent systems such as Inergen.

CSE: Describe any unusual detection and notification systems you've commissioned. What drove the design?

Lindstrom: Shielding requirements and coordination can make smoke detection in anechoic chambers challenging. In one such chamber, incipient-air-sampling smoke detection was used throughout the chamber including sampling ports at the ceiling level and in multiple levels on the chamber side walls. Air-sampling detection was chosen due to the desire for incipient detection and to eliminate wiring and electronics from the chamber. Sidewall sampling ports were provided to account for smoke stratification due to the height of the chamber.

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Saudi Arabia Passive Fire Protection Materials Market is Expected to Reach US$ 131 Mn in 2023


Industry Today

Passive fire protection (PFP) is integral to any structural fire safety measures. Structural fire protection, compartmentation, opening protection, and fire stopping barriers are the four major areas where passive fire protecting measures are generally implemented. Passive fire protection materials are used in accordance to building code and fire code enacted by local governing bodies.

Rise in construction activities in Saudi Arabia is estimated to boost demand for passive fire protection materials in the region in the next eight years. Additionally, increase in the number of rig counts in the Middle East is anticipated to drive the passive fire protection materials market in the region in the next few years. However, stringent governmental regulations over emission of volatile carbon compounds (VOCs) are projected to hamper market growth. Furthermore, long time taken to test products is likely to impede the passive fire protection materials market. Technological and product innovation are anticipated to provide immense opportunities to manufacturers operating in the passive fire protection materials market.

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Ferguson Fire & Fabrication Adds Alabama Business of Central Pipe & Supply


Industrial Distribution

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Ferguson Fire & Fabrication announced the acquisition of Central Pipe & Supply's Mobile, AL business in an asset transaction completed Aug. 24. Ferguson Fire & Fabrication will operate its business from the former Central Pipe & Supply location in Mobile, AL and the existing management team and all associates will remain in place.

Atlanta, GA-based Central Pipe & Supply was founded as a fabricator serving the fire protection market in 1998 by David Elkins and Steve Sheppard. The company began with one welding machine, one threading machine, one grooving machine and zero inventory. Today, it has more than tripled in size and has become the leading independent fire protection supplier in the Mobile market.

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Fire Protection for Steel Structures in the Oil & Gas Industry


Australian Mining

An accidental fire is a very real threat to offshore oil and gas operations, something that can come about without warning and escalate rapidly. The demanding conditions of the upstream oil and gas segments provide unique challenges to ensure safety is assured.

The 2006 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in which 11 were killed and dozens more injured was an example of insufficient fireproofing and the devastating consequences.

For this reason, the structural elements of oil and gas rigs need to be able to withstand the effects of fires, to minimise the likelihood of structural collapse. In order to protect steel structures against fires in oil and gas applications, steel must be fireproofed with passive fire protection (PFP) coatings that have been fire tested to adhere to standards.

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Gas Station Fire Suppression in NY Could Be Extinguished


By Dave Greber, News 4 Reporter

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The foam used by firefighters to extinguish gasoline fires is similar to chemicals used in fire suppression systems at gas stations. But more importantly, those systems give fire companies - especially volunteers like Cheektowaga - critical time to save lives should a fire break out at the pumps.

That could change, however.

"Unfortunately, there's a bone-headed decision made by the state of New York by the Fire Prevention unit and the Building Codes Council that we're calling on them to change," said Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo."This proposal, which has progressed too far already, will force our state to take a large step backwards, putting fueling station customers and their neighbors at risk."

The process is already underway, Kennedy said. The proposal received an initial vote for passage during the Code Council's Aug. 19 meeting, which moved it into the mandated public comment period.

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UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers


By PR Newswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified below bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety. It is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.

Although the fire sprinklers bear "TYCO" on the wrench boss and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5", the fire sprinklers were not manufactured by or for Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.

Name of Product:   
Upright T-ZSTZ-15
Upright TY3151
Pendent TY3251

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Fire System Discharge Sends 20 to Hospital
Fire retardant foam covers cars and the pavement at the Al Prime gas station, 81 Summer St. T&G Staff Photo/Steve Lanava


By Elaine Thompson
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER - Fourteen people were taken to the hospital with minor respiratory problems Saturday after they were blanketed with a dry fire suppression chemical following a Dumpster fire at a Summer Street gas station.

The Fire Department was called to Al Prime at 81 Summer St. shortly after 2 p.m. for a report of a building fire.

District Fire Chief Samuel W. Richesson said firefighters found a fire in a Dumpster next to the gas station. An employee had activated a dry-chemical fire suppression system. The yellow chemical "had blanketed about 20 people getting gas, walking and at the convenience store," said District Fire Chief Richesson.

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Video of the Month: Fike ECARO 25 Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems

FSSA Corner

Boost Your Fire Knowledge at a More Affordable Rate!

The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is committed to providing our members access to timely, applicable educational offerings, which is why the board of directors recently decided to restructure the cost of the FSSA's Online Training Program. Now, our members can take advantage of the same great information at a much more affordable rate, which means they can train more employees at a lower cost. Additionally, non-members interested in the program can also take advantage of the great knowledge the FSSA has to offer!

Members can now pay $479 for all four training modules of the training program while non-members can pay $879. For those familiar with our old pricing structure, this is a significant savings!

FSSA's Online Training Program is designed to educate and train personnel within the fire suppression industry. Not only is the program available as a package, but the association has also made it available to members in separate modules. Individual modules can be purchased should a member company have an employee who is looking to strengthen one area of their safety skill set rather than purchasing the entire package.

The training program is a result of several years' work and the efforts of many people. It is divided in to four work areas: two basic and two advanced.  Click here for the course overview. These custom courses are based on our products, procedures, practices and systems. FSSA has teamed with Flex Training to offer training that adapts to a person's learning.

To learn more, click here.

FSSA Educational Foundation Announces 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients



BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- Annually, the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) Educational Foundation provides financial support to outstanding young students connected with the fire protection industry in an effort to assist them in meeting the ever-rising cost of a college education.

To qualify for an FSSA Educational Foundation Scholarship, candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before Jul. 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who will be participating in the fire protection programs at accredited colleges and universities. Students already enrolled in college are also eligible to apply. Awards are made on the basis of candidates' academic success, interest, special abilities, financial need and other factors.

From among all of the outstanding candidates that submitted applications, the FSSA Educational Foundation awarded five scholarships to the following individuals:

    $5,000, in name of Jim Boyer, to Breanne Thompson, University of Maryland College Park
    $5,000, in the name of Chuck Hooper, to Taylor Bateman, California Polytechnic Institute
    $3,000 to Selena Chin, University of Maryland College Park
    $3,000 to Chad Lannon, University of Maryland College Park
    $1,000 to Peter Raia, University of Maryland College Park

Click here to read more about the winners.

The FSSA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions and grants from individuals, companies and business groups in the fire protection industry. All monies received are used 100 percent for scholarships. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made in recognition of special events or in memory of a loved one. Single contributions of $25,000 or more will be honored by an annual scholarship named after the contributor. Contributions should be sent to FSSA headquarters at 3601 E. Joppa Rd., Baltimore, Maryland, 21324.

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