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 June 2014 edition of IFP Magazine. This is our NFPA & International Firex  Expo special edition. Take a look at this edition and read the NFPA's latest vision article, as well as a performance based approaches to safety feature. We look into interesting topics such as steel work fire protection, halon recycling and aspirating smoke detection. Our Australian readers will also enjoy a feature on oxygen reduction fire detection. This issue also contains articles on firefighting foams, emergency lighting and reviews advances in fire detection technology. Finally check out the article by Mark Robin on Clean Agent uses within the aviation industry.

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English Cottage Fires Raise Awareness of Arson Risk
The recent destruction of five thatched cottages in villages within five or six kilometres of each other in the English country of Cambridgeshire has again raised the spector of arson as a major fire risk. All of these fires occurred in a single night, putting at risk the lives of families and firefighters. Read More..
New Passive Protection Guidance Notes
The UK's Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has published three new guidance notes. Read More..
International Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Conference and Expo 2014
The IAFC's Annual Conference and Expo takes place from 13th - 16th August at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Read More..
Sprinklers Credited with Saving UK Flour Mill.
Sprinklers have again been credited with saving an historic building from complete destruction. Read More..
Arson Suspected as Cause of UK Pier Blaze
According to unconfirmed reports, there is "clear evidence" that the recent fire that destroyed about one third of the 144-year-old, Grade II-listed, 300-metre long Eastbourne Pier in the UK may have been started deliberately. Read More..
Join Fireco's Wedge Pledge
Fireco, leading supplier of fire safety products and systems, has launched a national social media campaign called the 'Wedge Pledge'. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the common occurrence of fire doors being wedged open, rendering them useless in the event of a fire. Read More..

   

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Firefighting Foam Advancements . . . Then & Now
It is often said that in order to shape the future you need to look back and understand the past. A colleague of mine recently asked: "when and what was the last great innovation in firefighting foam?" I have to admit, I had to think about the question and before I could answer he stated: "Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) in the early 1960s, at a time when vacuum tubes and black-and-white television were considered advanced technology and John F. Kennedy was the U.S. President." This time period is considered the last significant innovation in firefighting foam - nearly some fifty years ago. So it got me thinking about the advancements in firefighting foam and where does the future of firefighting foams lie.
Keep to Performance-Based Approach for Safety
Modern design techniques offer advanced structural fire engineering and modelling that can benefit all concerned, with accurate prediction of the performance of steel for today's modern buildings and the fire performance measures required to protect them. However, over-assumptions to save costs can result in compromised fire protection.
Fire Protection of Structural Steelwork
As the use of intumescent coatings to protect structural steelwork from the effects of fire in buildings grows the understanding of the technology and its correct use needs to intensify.
Oxygen Reduction Fire Prevention
Oxygen-reduction fire prevention is a revolution in fire safety, and the world's latest technological innovation in fire prevention. It has the unique ability to create an environment of breathable, controlled oxygen-reduced air that prevents fire ignition. Oxygen-reduction systems prevent fire proactively instead of suppressing a fire after it has started and damage and business interruption has occurred.
Credit Where Credit is Due
According to the latest Fire Statistics issued by the U.K. Department for Communities and Local Government, fire and rescue authorities attended 154,000 fires in England between April 2012 and March 2013. This is 31 percent fewer fires than in the same period the year prior. In addition, there were 14 percent fewer fire-related fatalities during this same period. While this reduction is unquestionably good news for the population at large, the official figures only record those incidents that municipal fire services have been called upon to intervene. The statistics do not record the thousands of smaller fires that start every year and are personally managed through the use of a fire extinguisher.
Maintaining Your Fire Protection System
- Who is Responsible? The answer to the question regarding who is responsible for maintaining the fire protection system once installed appears to be quite obvious and simple. Most codes, including reference standards such as NFPA 25 and NFPA 72, clearly state that the owner is responsible for maintaining the fire protection systems and that the owner may delegate that responsibility, in writing, to the occupant if the owner is not the occupant.