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- The World Safety Exhibition is coming home

Published:  01 June, 2007

This year’s conference will feature more than 150 education sessions within 11 conference tracks. New for 2007 will be a special focus on fire protection engineering sponsored by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). There is also a robust element of industrial fire safety and security.

This will emphasise new technology in industrial fire protection and emergency response, fuel storage issues and security of industrial processes. Rounding out the conference tracks are:
• Building and Life Safety – this concentrates on practical information such as plans review, inspection techniques, updates on code requirements, new technologies, and best practices;
• Codes and Standards – this includes information on the reasons behind important code changes and how they will be implemented;
• Detection and Suppression – this focuses on code requirements and design issues, the application of new technologies in alarm and suppression systems, and the impact of maintenance on systems performance;
• Disaster Preparedness/Business Continuity – this includes information on assessing risks and consequences, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, incident management, and recovery plans;

• Fire and Emergency Response – this includes current information on fire-fighting apparatus and technologies, safety and preparedness for first responders, incident command strategies, and fire prevention and inspection techniques;
• Necforum - this considers new electrical design issues, successful maintenance programs, best practices in electrical contracting, effective inspection techniques, and practical electrical safety programs;
• Premises Security – this examines issues related to creating and implementing security plans, as well as designing, installing, and maintaining security systems;
• Public Education – this includes fire and life safety planning and strategies. Also offers the latest in safety education including challenges and creative solutions;
• Research – this considers the latest information available on many timely issues, such as video smoke and flame detection systems and reliability of water mist fire protection systems.
The exhibition
The three-day exhibition will showcase many of the latest technologies and services from more than 300 of the top solution providers in the fire and life- safety, electrical, and security industries. Representatives from these companies will be available to answer your questions and offer solutions to your most pressing challenges. This year’s exposition gets off to a great start with the Grand Opening Kick-Off Reception sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Join thousands of your peers in the exposition hall for refreshments and meaningful conversations. As always, the exposition is free when you register in advance.

The Technical Committee Report Sessions
At the heart of the codes and standards development process are the technical committee report sessions. More than 25 documents are up for review this June including the National Electrical Code, the most widely adopted code in the USA. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the code making progres in action. Documents that cover aircraft and airport facilities, rescue and fire fighting, fire tests, forest and rural fire protection, hazardous materials response personnel, pyrotechnics and more will be voted on during these sessions.

The City of Boston
When coming to Boston, take in the sights and sounds of bustling Faneuil Hall Marketplace with its hundreds of shops, vendor carts, restaurants, and entertaining street performers. Catch a Red Sox game, or take a tour of venerable Fenway Park. Walk the Freedom Trail and visit numerous historic sites including Paul Revere’s house and the Granary Burying Ground. Boston is more than just clam chowdah and baked beans with hundreds of dining options to please every palette.

In this section some of the top manufacturers of firefighting, protection equipment and services explain what they will be exhibiting at the World Safety Exhibition.

Explosion-proof safety systems from MEDC/Cooper
Stand: 540
The UK-based company, MEDC - part of US-based Cooper Industries a US$5B corporation - has been a leading manufacturer of explosion-proof equipment made from metals for over 30 years, but more recently has pioneered the introduction of GRP for explosion-proof equipment. In 1993 it launched the first products made from GRP and while the company continues to offer a choice of metal, alloy or GRP for its range of fire and gas safety products, an increasing number of customers are switching to the new material.
Brian Walder, the managing director of MEDC comments: “Customers have benefited from MEDC’s innovative technology by replacing traditionally used alloys and stainless steel.  The lower purchase price in combination with reduced maintenance and longer lifetimes have significantly reduced the cost of ownership.  For our key partners, GRP has become the material of choice for their oil and gas installations.”
MEDC has spent almost 15 years researching, designing and manufacturing GRP products for the precise environments encountered in the oil and gas sector, giving them the appropriate combination of properties. The range of products available includes manual alarm call points, heat detectors, beacons, status lamps, loudspeakers and sounders.
In addition to corrosion resistance, GRP will resist attack by most acids, alkalis and chemicals. It is just as resistant to concentrated acids and alkalis as most metal products. GRP meets the flammability requirements of the BSI standard EN60079.
Tests for UV stability have also shown that a service life of over 50 years can be expected. Neither is GRP prone to temperature-related degradation, as thermoplastics can be, allowing it to perform under the most arduous temperature extremes over many years.
MEDC’s GRP products are explosion-proof certified for many standards, including ATEX, UL, CSA, GOST R&K and Chinese approvals.
With no corrosion, users can practically ‘fit and forget’ GRP field equipment. Brian Walder says “We know that maintenance routines still need to be carried out, so that adherence to local requirements can be demonstrated. However we have found that our users need fewer inspections to comply, reducing maintenance costs. The combined properties of strength, lightness and corrosion resistance are increasingly making GRP the preferred choice of many end users.”

New Tornatech GPx Series Electric Fire Pump Controller to feature at NFPA 2007
Stand: 683
Tornatech is pleased to introduce the new UL / FM GPx Series line of electric fire pump controllers at the NFPA show in Boston. Equipped with our latest micro-processor technology, the GPx Series controller will be housed in a NEMA 2 enclosure, have a digital annunciator interface to display voltage, amperage, pressure readings and digitally indicate alarms or event conditions.
The GPx Series will also be very compact in size for ease of transport and installation. Other features include 7-day pressure / 15-day event recorder with door mounted USB slave port for data retrieval, a bottom mounted gland plate for power and / or motor leads connections and a wide range of optional features.
Other UL / FM listed and approved products available from Tornatech include the GPG and GPU automatic power transfer switches for the GPx Series and the GPD diesel engine driven micro processor fire pump controller.
Also available are the VPx Series pressure limiting electric fire pump controller, the GPL Model limited service electric pump controller and the Model MPA medium voltage electric fire pump controller. Jockey pump controllers, remote alarm panels and lock-out panels are also available.
Based in Montreal, Canada since 1985, Tornatech has been supplying electric and diesel driven fire pump controllers built to the latest NFPA 20 standard, listed with UL and approved by FM. The products have proven to be reliable property loss equipment in many mechanical rooms worldwide.
Tornatech has also recently opened a manufacturing facility in Singapore, Tornatech Pte Ltd. This marks the first time a North American fire pump controller manufacturer to have a facility in Asia. It will also serve as Tornatech’s sales and service support center for the UL / FM fire pump market in Asia.
Please come visit them at booth 683 for a GPx demonstration and other Tornatech products.
Quality Education from Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI
Stand: 1105 Hall: A.
Tel: 001 508 831 6789
WPI is home to the world’s leading educational programs in fire protection engineering – which incorporates elements of civil, structural, electrical, and chemical engineering to make structures, vehicles, clothing, and people safer from fire.
In addition to offering the USA’s first Master of Science degree program in fire protection engineering, WPI was the first college to provide a graduate-level program in fire protection engineering via distance learning.  Conferring more than 350 masters and doctoral degrees in fire protection engineering, with students hailing from more than 30 countries, WPI grants the world’s only formal Ph.D. program in the area of fire.
The Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering program is identical whether it is taken online, on campus, or a combination of these two methods of course delivery. The faculty that developed and teaches the campus program is the same faculty that developed and teaches the distance program.
All distance learning fire protection engineering programs are offered through the Department of Fire Protection Engineering which focuses on teaching current theories and practices, and conducts research to uncover new knowledge about fire behavior and fire protection methods. Bringing together talents from many disciplines with a common focus on fire safety issues, this leading-edge program takes a unique approach to fire protection engineering research and practice.
Task Force Tips answers firefighting and prevention
Contact: Rod Carringer
Tel :001 219 462 6161
Stand nr. 309
Task Force Tips makes over 2,300 products that used in fighting, safety management and fire prevention around the world. Its catalogue, available in printed or disc form from Booth No.309, reads like a firefighter’s ‘wish list’.
In it you’ll find everything from fixed, selectable, automatic, and dual pressure nozzles to ‘no loss’ LDH valves, patented monitors that flow up to 2000 GPM, and everything anyone needs to make thick, rich foam (including a patented CAFS Force Nozzle that delivers both foam OR a full low pressure stream).
Those visiting booth No.309 will find that firefighters are increasing their use of radio frequency (RF) wireless remote controls (RC) daily.
Whether to maximize limited staffing, and/or protect exceptional crews, RC use is growing. Risk management, loss control, and fire & life safety workers may be particularly interested in TFT’s Tornado and Hurricane RC monitors, which flow 500 and 1250 GPM respectively, and easily outlive their pride-in-product based 5 year guarantees. The Jumbo Ball Intake Valve also sports a remote system, allowing an operator immediate access of 2000 GPM flow with friction loss at an unbelievably low 3 psi.
TFT is best known as the Midwest company which introduced automatic nozzles and a ‘leak-proof’ hard suction hose to firefighters & prevention specialists and created the best-selling PRO/pak foam system.
This is a self-contained foam unit that comes with everything a person needs to make rich foam – just add water. Its 2.5 gallon foam reservoir, with built-in eductor, makes it the perfect one-man arsenal against fires, hazards, and spills.
Whether in prevention, maintenance, or firefighting, TFT offers guaranteed high-performance firefighting equipment with worldwide solutions. If you can’t visit Alice Huball in booth No.309, please visit us a or call (800) 348-2686.

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