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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KAC launches ENscape online selection guide for VADs
KAC Alarm Company has created an intuitive online guide to VAD coverage, a powerful support tool for its new ENscape range launched earlier this year in response to the new EN54-23 standard for VADs. Read More..
Colombian Bus Fire Kills 32 Children.
A bus with around 50 people on board carrying children - ranging in age from toddlers to 12 year olds - home from a church service caught fire in the city of Fundacion in the Colombian Department of Magdalena, killing at least 32 children. Many of the remaining passengers were hospitalised. Read More..
Fireco's scoops MD of the Year Award
Fireco's founder, Neil Purssey has scooped the prestigious and hotly contested Managing Director of the Year award at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards (BAHBAs) on 10th July 2014. Read More..
Multi-sensors Gaining Share of Fire Detector Market
According to Texas-based information company, IHS, the trend in North America and Western Europe is toward the increased use of multi-sensor detectors. Read More..
UK Landlord Jailed For Safety Breaches.
The landlord of the seemingly derelict New Kimberley Hotel in South Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire showed what the Crown Court described as a "callous disregard" for safety, having left tenants to live in "squalor" in the former hotel that had just one emergency exit. Read More..
MDM team support Macmillan Cancer Support
Publisher Mark Seton and IT and Website Manager Neil Spinney took part in an 800 kilometre charity cycle ride 'The Wrong Way Back' in June last year. 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.