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Breaking News
Follow Up
737 Max Resumes Passenger Flights After Nearly Two Year Ban
Boeing Extends 737 Max Sales Streak
Court Upholds Dismissal of Chemours Lawsuit Against DuPont
Court Denies Restaurant Owner Insurance Coverage - Failed to Maintain Fire Suppression Systems
Crews Respond to Fire at Collins Aerospace Building
Clean-Up Triggers Fire Suppression System - Building Evacuated (Australia)
Explosion at Chemours Plant Kills One
Firemen Forget to Turn Off Stove; Leave for Fire; Fire at Firehouse Erupts; Suppression System Saves Building
Fire Safety for Battery Energy Storage Systems
Duke Field Hanger Gets New Foam System
Most Popular Stories from December 2020
Studies and Reports
Mergers and Acquisitions
Video of the Month 
propanePropane Explosion on NY Highway
Eyewitnesses reported hearing explosions as a tanker truck carrying propane burst into flames on the Long Island Expressway in Queens. (Brian Prahl/MEGA)

By Lee Brown
New York Post

A tractor-trailer carrying nearly 300 propane tanks exploded after an accident on the Long Island Expressway - a crash likely caused by black ice, according to cops.

The massive inferno started just after midnight on the eastbound service road of the highway near Junction Boulevard in Queens. There were several explosions from the 294 propane tanks being carried.

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conceptionConception Dive Boat Fire: Congress About to Act
The remains of the dive boat Conception, which burned to the waterline and sank with the loss of 34 lives (Santa Barbara County FD)

The Maritime Executive

The U.S. Congress is poised to pass new passenger vessel safety regulations that will fill in the gaps revealed by the disastrous Conception dive boat fire in September 2019, one of the worst maritime casualties in the United States in recent memory.

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bonhommeThe Bonhomme Richard Warship: Catastrophe Brings Fire Suppression System Recommendations
A fire is fought into the evening onboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on July 12, 2020. (MC2 Austin Haist/U.S. Navy)

By Everett Pyatt

Now that the secretary of the Navy has concluded the fire damage from the four-day fire is so extensive that the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard cannot be repaired, what is next?

There are several studies in process trying to determine causes and lessons learned. These should make clear the ill-advised reasons for disabling the fire-suppression system. This ship was a warship designed to take weapons hits and survive the impact. A working fire-suppression system should have extinguished this fire upon inception. Why did it fail? Were adequate backup measures taken by the Navy and the contractor?

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globeNews Release Regarding Globe Sprinkler Corporation
Editor's Note: In our last issue, we ran a story about the closing of the Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. plant. The following memo is from Globe Technologies, reminding the industry that they are not the same corporation and are, in fact, still practicing business as usual.


Globe Technologies

Due to the similarity in name, location and branding of Globe Fire Sprinkler and Globe Technologies Corporation we wanted to notify our customers the announced HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GLOBE TECHNOLOGIES CORP.

Globe Technologies remains as it was and is today. Globe Technologies, located right in the industrial heart of America in the state of Michigan, remains the world's premium producer of thermal & thermal electric Fusible Links and heat releasing devices.

The full memo can be read here.
Wesco - A Better Way
Wesco - A Better Way
737 Max Resumes Passenger Flights After Nearly Two Year Ban
American Airlines flight 718, the first U.S. Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month grounding in November, takes off from Miami, Florida, December 29, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

By Leslie Josephs

MIAMI -- The first U.S. commercial flight of Boeing's 737 Max since two deadly crashes prompted a worldwide grounding of the planes in March 2019 took off on December 29th.

American Airlines Flight 718 took off from Miami International Airport at about 10:40 a.m. for New York's LaGuardia Airport, where it landed at 1:08 p.m., slightly ahead of schedule.

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Boeing Extends 737 Max Sales Streak

By Justin Bachman
Microsoft News

Boeing Co. extended its sales streak of 737 Max jets as Alaska Air Group Inc. boosted an order agreement to 68 jets and announced plans to return to a mainline fleet with a single aircraft type.

The airline will stop flying 20 of its Airbus SE A320-family planes immediately, prompting a one-time charge of as much as $250 million this quarter to return the aircraft, according to a company regulatory filing. Alaska will end the year with 31 Airbus jets, which it got from buying Virgin America four years ago.
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Court Upholds Dismissal of Chemours Lawsuit Against DuPont

By Randall Chase, AP Business Writer
Greenwich Time

DOVER, Del. -- Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the DuPont Co. massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours.

The court issued a one-page ruling affirming the March decision of a Chancery Court judge who said he had no jurisdiction to hear the case because the dispute was subject to mandatory arbitration.

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Court Denies Restaurant Owner Insurance Coverage - Failed to Maintain Fire Suppression Systems

By Judy Greenwald
Business Insurance

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of a Markel Corp. unit, stating restaurant owners were not entitled to coverage for a fire at their Seattle restaurant because of false statements they had made in their policy application.

The policy included a "Concealment, Misrepresentation or Fraud" condition that voided coverage in any case of fraud relating to coverage, the covered property, interest in the covered property or a claim, according to the ruling. Following a fire at the restaurant, United Special denied coverage based on this condition in the policy.

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Crews Respond to Fire at Collins Aerospace Building
Provided by KGAN Cedar Rapids

By Marissa Schwartz
Microsoft News

Crews are investigated a fire at a Collins Aerospace building in Cedar Rapids.

According to the city of Cedar Rapids, there was a minor fire at the building and it was contained to the heating/cooling unit. That area filled with smoke and the fire was extinguished quickly.

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Clean-Up Triggers Fire Suppression System - Building Evacuated (Australia)
Workers were evacuated from the bulk handling facility (Credit: Geraldton Guardian)

By Liam Beatty, Geraldton Guardian
The West Australian

Workers at a CBH Group bulk handling facility in Geraldton were evacuated following a false alarm at the port building.

"A port user was undertaking a clean up job around a fire suppression system," the spokesperson said. "The dust created as a result of this clean up triggered a fire alarm, which triggered the suppression system."

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Explosion at Chemours Plant Kills One
An explosion at the Optima Chemicals Company in Belle rocked the Upper Kanawha Valley, killing one man and injuring four others. Lora Roupe Foster, a resident of Hansford, captured this image from her home on the other side of the river near Montgomery. (Courtesy photo/Lora Roupe Foster)

By Steve Keenan
The Montgomery Herald

An explosion and fire at Optima Belle, a tenant of the Chemours chemical plant in Belle in Kanawha County, left one person dead and others injured. Debris from the explosion flew across the river onto the interstate, local residents reported houses shaking as far away as Cedar Grove and the noise from the explosion was heard up and down the Kanawha River Valley.

A shelter-in-place order was issued by Kanawha County Emergency Management for those within a 2-mile radius of the plant, and the order was eventually lifted at about 2:30 a.m., once the fire was extinguished and there appeared to be no further danger. Roads in the vicinity which had been closed were reopened.

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Firemen Forget to Turn Off Stove; Leave for Fire; Fire at Firehouse Erupts; Suppression System Saves Building

By Associated Press
The Virginian-Pilot

CHESTERFIELD -- Firefighters at a Virginia fire station apparently forgot one of their universal rules when they rushed to respond to a medical emergency.

A crew from the Courthouse Road Fire Station in Chesterfield County dashed off, forgetting that there was food cooking on the stove, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

An automatic fire suppression system extinguished the fire before it spread, and a chemical agent doused the flames on top of the stove, and a water sprinkler head activated just outside the area of the stove, Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Harvey said.

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Fire Safety for Battery Energy Storage Systems

By Andy Colthorpe
Energy Storage News

US energy storage safety expert advisory Energy Storage Response Group (ESRG) was created through a meeting of minds from the battery industry and fire service. This includes alumni of DNV GL and the Fire Department of New York.

Energy-Storage.news recently heard from ESRG founder and principal Nick Warner that the company, approaches the industry from a position of "tough love", having become concerned at a number of shortcomings that could result in serious incidents that could not only endanger lives but also endanger the future of the industry if they are not addressed.

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Duke Field Hanger Gets New Foam System
Water pours out of foam generators as part of a fire suppression system test in the newly renovated fuel cell hangar at Duke Field, Florida, Dec. 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Gentile)

By Nicole King, 919th Special Operations Wing
Dobbins Air Reserve Base

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The 919th Special Operations Wing and 492 SOW will soon have a newly renovated fuel cell hangar ready for use. Civil engineers and contractors performed a fire suppression test last week marking one of the final steps for project completion.

The new fire suppression system uses high expansion foam that is fluorine and surfactant free with a higher ratio of air to water in the finished product making it more environmentally friendly than low expansion foam. This new system replaced the low expansion foam system that was previously in place.

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airport_fire_protectionAirport Fire Protection - Are We Facing a False Sense of Security?
Boeing 777 burned out after 16 hours at Dubai airport, 3 August 2016
Credit: YouTube/TheFlightChannel - no copyright infringement is intended

By Mike Willson, Fire Protection Consultant
International Airport Review

How well are we being protected when we travel? Are we facing a false 'sense of security' from approval standards which may not seem focused on addressing worst-case scenarios? Could a post-COVID-19 world encourage more transparency, with approval modifications to improve fire safety, by addressing these issues?

Fear of continuing PFAS contamination seems unjustified

Regulatory pressures and fear of historic Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination principally derived from legacy long-chain C8 foams discharged during repeated extensive firefighter training at specific locations, seem to be driving a change. Even though firefighter training is now generally tightly controlled, it often uses Fluorine Free Foams (F3s) with all discharges normally regulated to be contained, collected, treated and disposed of safely.

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data_centerData Center Safety - A Guide to Fire Protection for Vital Cabling

By Alex Smith, Flexicon
Data Center Dynamics

Commercial building contractors and data installers alike have a legal obligation to ensure that cables are suitably fire performance rated for the application and location

According to its tenth annual data center survey, the Uptime Institute claims that many operators admit that most downtime incidents could be avoided if they were to invest more in the resiliency of their facilities.

This not only apply to critical infrastructure affected by a mains power outage, but also extends to the appropriate protection of vital data and power cabling, especially in the event of a fire.

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labsDesigning Flexible and Safe Labs - Fire and Life Safety
Courtesy: James Steinkamp/WSP

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Safety, budget and flexibility are key factors when designing laboratory and research space

How has the cost and complexity of fire protection systems involved with laboratory and research facility projects changed over the years? How did these changes impact the overall design process?

Adam Fry: When it comes to life safety systems that include fire protection/suppression and detector systems, I would hope costs wouldn't override protecting lives. Different types of systems are available for use in all building types regardless of the complexity or type of building but protecting lives is most important when deciding on the type of system that should be provided to protect people, equipment and buildings.

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all_stateAPI Acquires All State (Western New York)

By Dan Miner, Reporter
Buffalo Business First

All State Fire Protection Equipment of Western New York has grown from a startup in 2007 to nearly 50 employees.

Now it will continue its journey under new ownership.

Company owners Paul Goldbach, Laurie Szumla and Kurt Juliano have sold the firm to API Group, a publicly traded holding firm based in Minnesota. All State's management team and all of its employees will remain in place.

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total_fireMarmic Fire & Safety Acquires Total Fire & Safety (St. Louis/Chicago)

Business Wire

ST. LOUIS -- Thompson Street Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in St. Louis, announced that its portfolio company Marmic Fire & Safety Co. has acquired Chicago, Illinois-based Total Fire & Safety, LLC, provider of fire and life safety systems, equipment and related services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TFS has been serving its customers for more than 20 years and is one of the leading fire protection and alarm monitoring companies in the Chicago metropolitan area. TFS's services include testing, maintenance and monitoring of commercial fire alarm, extinguisher and suppression systems.

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osborneTommy Marion Osborne - President of Action Fire & Safety
Tommy Marion Osborne

By Michael J. Fulwood, Funeral Service Licensee

SUPPLY -- Tommy Marion Osborne, 83, passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, after a lengthy battle with chronic pain and Parkinson's disease. He was born June 22, 1937, in Charlotte to Blanche Osborne and was raised in Pineville by his grandparents, Grover and Nannie Osborne.

He graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1955. Tommy lived on Lake Wylie, where he raised his family. He became a member of the Steele Creek Lodge 727 and also a member of the Steele Creek Volunteer Fire Department. It was during these years that he founded Action Fire & Safety Inc., selling and distributing fire and safety equipment to EMT and Fire Departments all over North Carolina and South Carolina. Tommy was president and CEO and ran the day-to-day operations until he retired in 1992 at the sale of the company.

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Most Popular Stories from December 2020

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