In the USA, New York’s Freedom Tower is set to rise 1,776 feet from ashes of the World Trade Center now that the final designs have been agreed and the ‘ground breaking’ inauguration ceremony is over.

X-Suppress is a new concept in explosion protection and is the first passive system using water mist at ambient temperature and pressure, says Graeme Hitchen, Business Manager for UK-based Sheffield University Enterprises Limited.

Let’s begin with a brief look at the role of the Angus Fire Emergency Service which swung into action after being notified by Hertfordshire F&RS at 07.05am on Sunday, December 11. Within a few hours the company despatched emergency foam stocks from its facility at Bentham, North Yorkshire, by road tanker under full police escort.

Jan Crucq comments: “Since halon-based systems have been decommissioned, the shipping industry has been looking at suitable alternatives. At the moment there are several replacement systems that have worldwide recognition within the maritime sector.

Serious petrochemical incidents are a rare occurrence; even those brigades who provide cover for fire and emergencies within the petrochemical industry have a limited opportunity to build up experience of such incidents.

From the fire detection point of view, a high risk environment such as an oil or gas plant provides a number of different challenges.  Such facilities are generally large and spread out, with both internal and external areas requiring fire detection and protection.

Semco Maritime’s Pelle Madspjerg told IFJ: “The risk of fire in wind turbines has always been considered very small but now there have been several cases fire protection has become more relevant through increased demands from authorities, insurance companies and owners, “ he comments.

In July 2002 AQUASYS from Linz, Austria, developed Europe’s first Tunnel Fire Suppression System  based on watermist technology.  A relatively new, efficient firefighting technology involving minimal water use, water mist increases the surface area of water more than 1000 times, giving an enormous cooling effect and producing a highly-efficient oxygen depletion effect.

With the deregulation of the airline industry, outsourcing of aircraft maintenance and an aging aircraft fleet, there are very real concerns about international aviation safety, especially in less developed countries.

Explains Arnie Arnold: “Firewater is the key to what can be done and it depends on the supply available. At Coryton the resource is sufficient for the worst case scenario but is continually seeking to improve.

The new PDX Firemist technology is most certainly in the ‘exciting innovation’ category and one could argue that such advances in the field of fire suppression, brought by Pursuit Dynamics plc, will finally establish water-mist as the obvious and natural replacement for the now ‘outlawed’ Halon systems.

Once upon a time, the halon gases used to knock out fires in computer rooms were equally hazardous to any human beings exposed to the extinguishing atmosphere. Almost 20 years on, however, a solution has been developed which offers an environment in which people can work and in which it is impossible for a fire to burn.

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