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Preventing fires from occurring is the best way to minimize the risk
of employee injury from fire. When fire prevention fails, though, we still have the opportunity to
prevent harm to people, and to reduce property damage. This paper will discuss the role of fire
protection systems in minimizing the risk of death and injury from fire.
This paper provides the similarities and differences of the fire protection system installation
between the United States and Djibouti in East Africa. Topics that will be addressed include: How would you install a sprinkler system without a reliable water source in East Africa? How could you maintain a functional fire alarm system with frequent power loss? Where would you find skillful workers in a third world country like Djibouti? How would you adapt to a culturally different work environment?
A PowerPoint presentation covering the system safety approach to fire risk assessments. A five step fire risk assessment procedure is covered.
The third installment of this series focuses on fire water tanks and provides a review of what should be included in a typical self-inspection program as it relates to tanks. Inspection, testing and maintenance of fire water storage tanks are critical to fire safety. Water tanks provide stored water for fire pumps and fire protection systems. The primary standard in use in most companies and municipalities is NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. NFPA 25 establishes minimum requirements for the periodic inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems.
Inspection, testing and maintenance of fire pumps are critical to fire safety. Fire pumps help supply hydrants and sprinkler systems with the flow and pressure needed to control a fire. This is the second in a series of articles on the inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. This article focuses on fire pumps and provides a practical review of what should be included in a typical program.
Fire fighters may be at risk for crash-related injuries while operating excess and other surplus vehicles that have been modified for fire service use. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has summarized recommendations to prevent injuries and deaths while operating these vehicles.
Exposure to high noise levels among fire fighters is well documented and increases the risk for noise-induced hearing loss. NIOSH recommends measures to promote better hearing health through the use of quieter equipment, better work practices, hearing protection devices, and implementation of effective hearing loss prevention programs.
Today’s manufacturing materials and processes are vastly different from those used in the past. Special metals like titanium, magnesium, sodium and lithium have become part of our daily lives. These materials and manufacturing techniques present special challenges for today’s firefighters.
Until recently, the fire protection systems used to protect mining equipment were based on generically designed, off-the-shelf concepts. As equipment grew in size, the logic applied to increase the protection was to add more chemical canisters to the system.
This article covers significant changes that have come about as a result of this history.
The Fire Department at the VOLKSWAGEN PLANT IN WOLFSBURG is ready for use around the clock. Its technical equipment corresponds to the special conditions of the site. The smallest emergency vehicles are most commonly in use.
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