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The author is flanked by NFPA President & CEO Jim Pauley (second from the left) and members of the Metro Chiefs after receiving the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Mason Langford Award last year.
Firefighter fatalities: Some positive signs from NFPA

  NFPA recently released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which…

Disaster-area 1991 at Culemborg: unexpected explosion of fireworks, lessons could and should have been learned: 2 casualties. mage courtesy of Rob Jastrzebski
The Beirut explosion; an inconvenient truth for the industry and authorities

The devastating explosion in the Beirut harbour area was a dramatic wake-up call for the…

ARFF crews attend a helicopter undercarriage pinning exercise.
Providing aircraft rescue and firefighting services during a pandemic event

The global aviation business was among the first industries to be immediately affected by the…

Risk Critical, Complex PPE.
Control the virus, stop the spread!

During these challenging times Firefighters, Police, Medics and other first responders remain in the front…

Figure 1: Polystyrene (PS) a thermoplastic with very poor reaction to fire, image displays poor unsafe site management.
Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe,…

ZIEGLER Watertower WT 330.
The challenges of urbanization and other megatrends

Sooner or later, every company has to deal with the megatrends that concern our world.…

Firefighters must remove toxic soot from their skin on-scene with fit-for-purpose decontamination wipes.
Wipe it off, don’t take it home – dealing with toxic soot on-scene

The fact cancer is now the leading cause of death amongst firefighters globally owes principally…

Large diameter hose systems for industrial fire services

The explosion of new technology has dramatically benefitted the fire service, in this article Daniel…

A lightweight particulate barrier hood that offers breathability, protection and comfort.
Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the…

Complete plant destruction as a result of a dust explosion.
Dust explosion mitigation methods

A dust explosion is the rapid combustion of fine particles suspended in the air within…

Chubb Fire Qatar Headquarters.
Bristol in the Gulf

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, looks back on more than 40 years…

An example of the BS 8414 Test being conducted.
A strong foundation or building on sand?

You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation – a strong foundation is…

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…

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

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.

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