What do the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope have in common with the sensors inside your gas detectors? Gordon Haddow, Chartered Engineer and Technical Specialist in the Gas Sensors and Thermal Imaging Cameras Engineering Group at e2v, surveys the current scene in industrial gas sensing and then looks at where new technologies are taking us. 

Bill Jackson, Head of Estates, National Library of Scotland, shared a Case Study of "Protecting the Nation's Heritage" and
gave an overview of the National Library.

Allan MacPherson, Chief Engineering Technical Specialist, FM Global explored “Sprinklers Evolved" and gave an overview on the present status of “sprinklers”

Andy Mattock, National Fire Safety Manager, B&Q PLC gave a pragmatic presentation on “A Retailer’s Tale”
Andy gave an overview of his company fire history, business model, sector speed of change, geographical considerations, the roll of the enforcer plus external business considerations.

Nick Groos, Chairman International Fire Sprinkler Association, discussed “Just What Exactly is a Residential Sprinkler Anyway?”
Nick gave an overview on the history of sprinklers which included the challenge of moving from protecting property to protecting people. This included the Tenability criteria of temperature, carbon monoxide, heat release, velocity of gases and toxicity versus fire development time.

Bill Stewart, International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Fire Chief of Toronto Fire Services,  presentation was “Is it Time to Move to the Next Level of Fire Protection – Residential Fire Sprinklers?”

The well-attended seminar, sponsored by FM Global had a good representation from both private and public sectors. The delegates were given a warm welcome by Martyn Wade, CEO, National Library of Scotland. He encouraged the delegates to return “to the treasure trove of knowledge within the library at a later time.”

Alan Brinson, Executive Director, European Fire Sprinkler Network, presents “European Progress with Fire Sprinklers”

The International Water Mist Conference 2009 enjoyed the highest attendance so far recorded by the IWMA, and there are clear signs of a growing interest in inland applications, reports Jose Sanchez de Muniain.

Escape stairs and routes – coupled with the correct response of those in the buildings – save lives, as the World Trade Centre attack showed. Over 12,000 people were evacuated from the towers before they collapsed. Pat Cox highlights some of the lessons learned.

Alan N Beard, Civil Engineering Section, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), outlines some of the worrying factors surrounding the use of computer models for fire safety design.

Computer-based models are in widespread use today as part of fire safety design. However, there is considerable concern about whether or not the use of such models may be leading to unacceptable options being adopted, writes Dr Alan Beard.

Gary McDowall of ABC MacIntosh and Thierry Bluteau of Bio-Ex foams remind readers that fluorosurfactants are still classified as organohalogens and as such remain prohibited under the UK’s Groundwater Regulations. What’s more, they believe that today’s new generation of fluorine-free foams put paid to the argument that reliability and performance can only be achieved through the use of film-forming foam.

Bio fuels have already had a big impact on our everyday lives – even Virgin Atlantic has tested bio fuels in a 747 short haul flight – which means firefighters must be prepared for the added problems of extinguishing bio fuel fires. Luc Jacobs, Product & Environmental Manager, Arctic Fire Fighting Foams, showcases some results of recent foam tests on E95.

Stephen Korzeniowski (DuPont) and Tom Cortina (Fire Fighting Foam Coalition) reflect on the fluorine-free vs fluorinated foams debate that was brought to the fore during last year’s Reebok conference.

Arrangements for providing and siting gas detectors for open areas and gas turbine enclosures (1) are generally considered to be reasonably well understood. But there is little information on the provision and siting of gas detection systems for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) ducts supplying air to accommodation modules, temporary refuges or process areas, writes Kevin O’Donnell, Offshore Safety Division, Health and Safety Executive.

Following an ignition in a fireworks production facility, HSL (Health and Safety Laboratory) undertook work to quantify the size, duration and thermal emissive power of fireballs produced when different quantities of a range of pyrotechnic compositions are ignited. 

Dr. Roger Klein examines the rapidly changing commercial landscape in firefighting foams and the need for considering alter­native extinguishing methodologies for fire brigade personnel.

Let’s start with something all firefighters can appreciate: firefighting foam is either low expansion, medium expansion or high expansion, classified according to the ratio of air to liquid in the foam.

JOIFF, the Organisation for Emergency Services Management, concerns itself with the protection of life, property and the environment in those sectors in which its members operate.

The following are all essential terms used in the world of foam:

Mike Willson explains,  “Natural gas is the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, and global demand for it as an energy source is growing rapidly. The tests were organised to re-evaluate current fire protection equipment and techniques in realistic fire scenarios”.

Good preparation means that half the job is already done when disaster happens. Knowing where the problem is likely to be the first step in avoiding it. All the following manufacturers of HazMat and chemical emergency equipment want you and your team to be well prepared.

Firefighting foams are widely used to control and extinguish fires involving Class B flammable liquids. There are many claims made that specific products are the best. A bewildering choice of foam types, grades, manufacturers and brands available, so how do you know which one is right for your particular application? asks Mike Willson.

The environmental impact of firefighting foams has become of increasing concern to both national regulatory authorities and fire services, as well as to manufacturers of the surfactants used and to companies in the fire engineering industry which formulate foam concentrates, following on from the announcement by 3M in May 2000 that they were phasing out fluorosurfactant production based on perfluorooctanyl sulphonate (PFOS) chemistry.

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