Gulf Fire Magazine – Issue 12

ATEIS Middle East – Approved for growth

ATEIS Middle East, manufacturer of Fire Detection Systems, Pro Audio Public Address, Voice Evacuation, Speakers…

Figure 4. FM-200 and Global Warming.
GWP 101: Global warming and the impact of hfc-based clean fire suppression agents

In this article we examine the concept of global warming potential (GWP) and its implications…

Firexpo West Africa – The exhibition and conference shaping the Nigerian fire and safety industry

Co-located with Securex West Africa, the exhibition as a whole is recognised as the region’s…

Before entering, ensure that an acceptable level of oxygen exists in the confined space. Testing should occur continuously, or at frequent intervals, during the rescue. The first set of tests should be performed by extending the sensor into the space before anyone enters.
Confined space rescue and the decisions that can save lives

It was supposed to be quick. An internal routine inspection. In and out. Minutes inside…

Grenfell inquiry points to significant fire safety failings

Readers will probably recall that in the previous edition of Gulf Fire, I reported aspects…

Dubai Downtown – successful future planning.
IFE GCC UAE Branch Update September 2018

s the summer months come to a close in the Middle East and we look…

Andy Dean moderating a panel discussion in Muscat with Abhishek Chhabra (TBW), Peter van Gorp (AESG) and Jonathan Scopes (Samara Training Center).
Safety Design in Buildings

Gulf Fire recently took the opportunity to speak with Andy Dean following his presentation to…

Visit from Jordan Civil Defence

On behalf of Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil…

Bristol’s new Particulate Protection Hood filters harmful smoke particles.
Bristol Uniforms – Safety in the hood

The first duty of firefighting PPE has always been to protect the crew from the…

The ANSUL PIRANHA system’s high proximity nozzles allow agent discharge nozzles to be installed out of view while providing the same reliable protection.
Restaurant fire suppression: Achieving complete reliability

Commercial kitchens are highly susceptible fire risk areas, and incidents in such environments can incur…

Mavili Electronic – Maxlogic intelligent addressable system Mimic Panel

Maxlogic Mimic Panel is a repeater panel with a 7” TFT screen that allows graphical…

Ambulance, Fire and USAR crews working together.
Realistic multi-agency training and exercising

Realistic training is an often-used phrase in the emergency services. Most would define this as training…

Olympia Electronics SA manufactures different types of conventional fire alarm panels and a full range of peripherals according to EN54 which are certified by European Third Party Laboratories LPCB, VDS, EVPU and HEEQAC.
Fire detection: Codes and standards

The last years all manufacturers of Fire Safety and Security Systems follow strict regulations in…

LNG being loaded into ship’s fuel tank.
LNG in your Port

I have written about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the past. Earlier, I discussed the…

The increased pressure of SAPPHIRE PLUS systems reduces the number of containers required and enables extended pipe runs.
SAPPHIRE PLUS Launch

Following the SAPPHIRE PLUS launch earlier this year, Gulf Fire catches up with Alan Elder from Johnson Controls and Bart Goeman at 3M, to learn more about this new product and discuss the impact on the fire protection market and related industries.

What changes have you noticed in the fire industry over the period of your careers?

Alan: When I started in industry, the assets we were protecting were mainly industrial types, whereas over time we’ve transitioned to the protection of electronics and higher value assets – data centres, art galleries, etc. In the early years of my career, one of the more popular agents was CO2. Halon 1301 was introduced early in my career, a very good fire-fighting agent and at that time considered to be the first real clean agent. There were other chemical agents prior to that, but they had issues, mainly related to toxicity. As environmental issues became better understood, Halon was eventually phased out and replaced by the next generation of clean agent – HFCs and HCFCs. They then came under scrutiny themselves as the environmental landscape shifted towards climate change, not just ozone depletion. This is where Novec 1230 fluid from 3M came in, as a ‘third generation’ clean agent.

Fuel shedding fluorinated foam agents are critical when attacking major oil storage tank fires like this 82m diameter gasoline tank, which burnt for 12 hours while the foam attack was being co-ordinated. Using AR-AFFFs this massive fire was quickly controlled and fully extinguished in just 65minutes from the start of the foam attack, minimising firewater runoff issues into the environment, and saving over 25million litres of valuable gasoline.
How could two states come to contrary conclusions over PFAS?

2017 saw South Australia propose a limited ban on PFOS and PFOA based firefighting foams.…

Addressable Notification – higher efficiency, greater flexibility.
Five things to know about the 2019 edition of NFPA 72

The 2019 edition of NFPA 72 is on its way. Are you ready for it?…

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