International Fire Protection Magazine

International Fire Protection (IFP) is the only international journal dedicated to fire safety, prevention and protection - covering every aspect of the passive and active fire protection market.

Graham Collins, Editor

In this Issue

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of IFP Magazine. This edition features the first NFPA vision, a series of contributions from the NFPA. News and profiles fill the first 22 pages of the magazine. The ASFP then take a look at the passive fire triangle. We also take a good look at sustainable fire suppression, High-Rise fire safety, fire system maintenance & petrochemical passive protection. Additionally we review the changing face of fire detection, watermist versus sprinklers, life safety needs in healthcare buildings as well as compartmentation and exhaust system ductwork. Finally this exciting issue features articles on hydrocarbon fire protection for structural steel, inspection testing & maintenance & gas detection. We hope you enjoy the issue.

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Sprinkler System Saves UK Supermarket.
A fire in the loading bay area of a supermarket in a busy and densely populated area of north London was controlled and prevented from spreading awaiting the arrival of firefighters, thanks to fire sprinklers being activated. This also resulted in minimal damage being caused to the packaging and waste that was being kept outside at the rear of the premises. The store itself suffered only minimal damage and no adjoining properties were damaged. Read More..
Sprinklers Could Have Saved UK Fire Station
The absence of a sprinkler system is being blamed for the destruction of an English fire station in Downham Market in the county of Norfolk. Also, while the fire station was equipped with an alarm, this was apparently not connected to an alarm receiving centre. Read More..
UK Survey Highlights Fire Safety Shortcomings
A survey conducted by the London Fire Brigade in the UK revealed that 60 percent of people living in high-rise buildings lacked a fire safety plan. This equates to approximately 760,000 households in the UK capital city. Read More..

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How 9/11 Affected the NFPA
On September 11, 2001, 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks that shook the USA, indeed the world, through an array of coordinated attacks at the World Trade Centre, Pentagon, and the airliner that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This terrible event was an important day for the NFPA. Due to the fires, mass communication, and building issues that led to the immense death toll, NFPA developed codes and expanded and/or refined existing codes to avoid future tragedies.
Is Fire Down to a Simple Triangle?
There are many elements to consider when attempting to prevent and control fire within the built environment. The triangle of fire is a well-recognised and understood model for determining the constituent parts necessary to create and sustain a fire. If any one of the three key elements - oxygen, heat or fuel - is missing then a fire simply cannot take hold. If any of the three elements is removed during an established fire, for instance by cutting off the air supply, the fire will go out.
Hydrocarbon Fire Protection for Structural Steel.
Fire is a terrible and ever present danger for hydrocarbon processing facilities, capable of inflicting huge social, political, financial, and ecological devastation. Last year's fire and blast at Venezuela's Amuay refinery killing 48 people and causing an estimated US$1.7billion of damage, is just one of dozens of reported fires that occur annually at refineries around the world.
The Changing Face of Fire Detection.
The options available to buyers of fire detection equipment are now more diverse than ever. This article looks at the range of technologies on the market and offers some advice on finding the most suitable solution for a particular situation, as well as assessing the likely impact of innovation and regulatory developments on the future of fire detection.