FEATURE Conclusive research tests show a reduction in false alarms when sophisticated multi-sensor detectors are used, write Bernard Laluvein and Robert Yates.

A study has been released that aims to establish the cost of false fire alarms in different European countries.

Research that aimed to shed light on oil mist to control risk of ignition has found significant gaps in existing models and has identified a higher risk from kerosene.

Fire Protection Association Australia publishes information bulletin on the selection and use of fire-fighting foams.

During the early days of my career in the fire industry, I was fortunate to witness the start of a sea change in thinking. I saw the emergence of a radical departure from the prescriptive codes that impacted in every aspect of fire safety and protection. A British Standard Committee had been tasked to develop a standard heralding a new, and more flexible approach to fire safety for buildings. The result was new British Standard Draft for Development DD240. Whereas prescriptive codes were often seen as obstacles, DD240 gave the fire engineering profession an alternative way forward.

Delegates attending the highly successful PPE & Duty of Care Forum held in Birmingham in February experienced the complexities surrounding the evolving process of ensuring that firefighters remain safe not only today but also throughout their lives. Highlights by Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

BRE briefing paper investigates the causes of unwanted fire alarms and provides 35 recommendations.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has published the 2014 overview of marine casualties and incidents. 

The many challenges of shaping an effective ARFF suppression strategy for lithium battery fires means that the aviation industry’s concerns are unlikely to go away for some time yet, writes Ronald M Butler, CEO of Energy Storage Safety Products International, Detroit, USA.

A ground-breaking practical model for reducing firefighters’ exposure to chemical and biological substances is now available in English.

Download a free guide for visual alarm and indicating devices sold in the European Union.

Ammonia cooling in the food industry. Piho Engineering.

PAPER: How toxic gases can be detected with open path systems, by Ian Buchanan, European Manager, Spectrex.

The most popular solutions, which include intumescent paints, board-based systems, as well as cementitious and gypsum sprays, are evaluated in the 18-page document.

New FIA paper sets out how the use of these agents can be used to reduce the extent and duration of fires involving biomass storage.

SP has carried out tests to investigate the effect of heat from leaks of burning gas on hoses carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG).  The results will be used as a basis for new rules for the design and construction of fire resistant filling stations for LNG powered vehicles.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) revised their fire test standards recently, with changes to their Level B fire test and introduction of a new higher performance Level C fire test (1). Mike Willson, of Willson Consulting (Tasmania), questions whether a more comprehensive standard could have been delivered. 

Decades after clear evidence of unsatisfactory performance have emerged, some stakeholders still specify, supply and install an obsolete arrangement that may be inherently unsafe - namely hollow encasement, says MMI Engineering’s PFP experts; Graham Boaler, Richard Holliday and Edward Walker.

Groundbreaking research from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University will enable firefighters to examine community fire risk behaviour with a pioneering computational simulation programme.

Groundbreaking research will answer questions such as where to place smoke detectors. 

PAPER: Rim seal fire protection for floating roof tanks with new developments in fire fighting foams containing water-soluble high molecular weight polymers, by Armi Haran, President, Orchidee International.

For Robert Lewin, Fire Chief, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County the lessons are clear: protection of nuclear facilities by skilled full-time onsite fire departments and well-trained and equipped offsite fire departments needs to be significantly increased. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must require that industry, local, state, and federal fire fighting services review and participate in comprehensive improvements to the way nuclear power plants are protected. Summary of Fire Chief Lewin’s presentation at the NFPA 2014 Conference and Expo.

Over the past two years, international attention has been focused on the tragic fires and building collapses that have occurred in the ready-made facilities in the developing world - what efforts are being made to protect the workers and improve the fire and life safety in Bangladesh? PRESENTATION REPORT

Fred Hildebrandt of Janus Fire Detection tackles the thorny subject of choosing the correct detection technology for protecting industrial facilities.

CSB releases analysis showing cause of the rupture and hydrogen blast in 2009 Silver Eagle Refinery accident in Woods Cross, Utah.

Fire consultant Pat Cox outlines the many ways that fire resistance can be compromised.

Study looks at whole-life cost benefit analysis for fire sprinkler installation in differently sized warehouses in England.

Stuart Lloyd ran through the impact of business interruption (and associated costs); how insurance companies react to claims; and suitable protection as accepted by insurance companies.

The first Market Conditions Review by the Fire Industry Association reveals gradual recovery as well as an increase in third-party certificated companies.

FIre Loss in the US

Sylvain Pedneault

Figures show decrease in number of fires, fire fatalities and injuries, but increase in property damage costs.

Earthquake protection for fire sprinkler systems, by Daniel C Duggan, VP Seismic Design Group.

Prysmian’s Product Manager Simon Hopkins reviews cable standards which promote high standards of cable and fixings throughout public buildings. He advises that low smoke zero halogen cable should be designed and installed into electrical power and control circuits as the responsible choice as opposed to PVC.

The lithium (ion) battery fire problem, by Ron Butler, partner with LithFire-X.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust, a new, informative booklet that outlines safe procedures for emergency responders who may face fires and explosions caused by combustible dust. 

This guide has kindly been provided to Hemming Fire by Nigel Holmes, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Australia.

Marcelo D’Amico, Fire Protection Engineer/Principal at Orcus Fire Protection LLC, Houston, Texas, writes on the benefits of project collaboration on emergency response planning.

Conference papers presented at the IWMC 2012 that took place 14-15 November have been posted online.

These are the first state-of-the-art books on the new discipline of hydrogen safety engineering. 

Summary of the presentation by NFPA Staff Liaison David Trebisacci at NFPA 2012, Las Vegas.

Video by CSB examines how industry can eliminate or reduce hazards.

The study considers water expected to be used in various buildings with and without automatic sprinkler protection during a fire condition, and estimates the water used per year for commissioning, inspection, testing and maintenance.

Cover image courtesy of Steunpunt Tunnelveiligheid, Rijkwaterstaat, The Netherlands

Edited by Alan Beard and Richard Carvel, the Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety, Second edition, is the first book to span the spectrum of state-of-the-art knowledge in tunnel fire safety science and engineering. 

Industrial Fire Journal's Editor reports on a one-day seminar on the benefits of a systematic approach to fire safety on underground railways, as organised by London Underground, October 2011.

AVEVA, a leader in engineering design and information management solutions, has published a report highlighting the safety information gap in industry.

The installation of fire protection sprinklers in commercial and industrial buildings would save England and Wales the equivalent of five times’ the entire annual bottled-water consumption for the UK.


Testing and applying flame arresters, by Dr.-Ing. Michael Davies & Dr. rer.nat. Thomas Heidermann of Braunschweiger Flammenfilter GmbH (PROTEGO), (Germany).

This retrospective study has investigated the leading causes of fire emergencies in twelve major cities of Punjab, Pakistan, managed by Rescue 1122 between 2007 to June 2010.

Short Circuiting 50%, Careless Smoking 10%, Gas Leakage 5%, Candle/Heater 2%, Forest Fires 1%, Fire Works 1%, LPG/Cylinder Blast 0.82%, Kitchen Fire 0.18%, Unknown 25% and others 5% respectively found to be the leading causes of the reported fire incidents.

By following the fire safety standards, strict law enforcement, community awareness programme and mass media campaign could play an effective role in reducing fire emergencies.  

The NFPA has published a new printable fact sheet and updated report: Fires at U.S. Service Stations by Ben Evarts, April 2011. 

Fires in Vehicles, FIVE, is a new international conference covering many aspects of fire safety in vehicles used for transportation of people and goods. The event was created by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Department of Fire Technology in response to a call for dialogue on this important issue from industry and other stakeholders.

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