Sprinkler Demonstration at Dutch Fire Safety Innovation Event
John van Lierop of VEBON-NOVB and EFSN showed the benefits of sprinklers at this event on 15 September organised by the Dutch fire brigades. A live demonstration let those present see how quickly fire can develop in your home and the difference sprinklers can make. More (in Dutch)
Youcef Ouammou and René Pons will run a series of live demonstrations at the French Fire Brigade Congress this week in Tours
Francois Asselmans of the Belgian Fire Sprinkler Network will show different sprinkler spray patterns and run a live fire demonstration at a sprinkler training seminar near Brussels on 6 October
Great interest in Fire Sprinkler Warsaw 2017
There is great interest and support for our conference in Warsaw on 26 April. All the sponsorship options have been taken and there is not much exhibition space left. Please contact me if you would like to reserve a space.
We are working with CNBOP and VdS to develop the programme and expect the conference website to go live this month.
VdS is looking after the administration of our conference and will hold its own conference the following day at the same location. Delegates will be able to register for both conferences at a reduced fee.
350 Years after the Great Fire of London – are we repeating mistakes?
This month marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Over 80% of the central city was destroyed. Houses were built of wood and reached across narrow streets. It was also a hot summer with a drought.
Outrage over proposal to drop expectation for sprinklers in British schools
During the summer the British government ran a public consultation on its proposal to weaken fire safety guidance for schools by removing an expectation that they would be sprinklered. There has been a powerful rejection. Read more
Recent sprinkler saves
Thanks to the sprinkler system a fire in an apartment building in Norway did not harm the elderly residents. Read more
West Midlands Fire Service reports that there was a successful suppression system activation which partially extinguished a fire in the ground floor bin room of a 10-storey block of flats in Millmead, Woodgate, Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 13th September. Full extinguishment with one hose-reel and ventilation of some of the upper floors was carried out by attending crews.
At 14:48 on 6 September a fire broke out in a Glass-reinforced plastic manufacturer sending thick black smoke across Shrewsbury. The 60m x 30m building was of steel frame construction with brick lower walls, steel sides and a steel roof. Two fire-fighters entered the building and found the sprinkler system was controlling the fire. They were able to extinguish the fire using a hose reel jet. Seven sprinklers operated. The occupiers were able to start making plans to enter the building later that day and began limited production the following day.
At 22:15 3rd September a fire broke out in a ground floor test area of a semi conductor manufacturer in Langley Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK. The electrical fire activated one pendant sprinkler head on the wet pipe system within the two storey factory and the fire was reported to be ‘out on arrival’.
London fire Brigade reports that at 15:15 on 1st September a fire occurred on the cooker in the flat of an 82 year old resident of a specialised housing scheme in Canterbury Place, London. The block had been fitted with automatic fire sprinklers to BS9251 as part of a scheme to protect elderly and vulnerable residents in Southwark. One sprinkler head activated to extinguish the fire. Due to the excellent signage within in the block the attending crews were quickly able to locate the stop valve and isolate the water supply to the sprinkler head. The system was reset within the prescribed two hours.