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UTC, Meggitt, Other Boeing Suppliers Hit by 737 MAX Shutdown
Canadian Fire Protection Company Accused of Threatening Employees
Johnson Controls To Retire CFO - Looks to Fine Tune Building Operations Business
Lithium Ion Batteries Now Subject of Tragic Dive Boat Fire
Novec 1230 System Averts Car-Ferry Fire - Damage Minimal
UTC Names Board Members for Carrier
Honeywell's New Clean Agent? ½ FK, ½ 227
FM200 Discharge Causes Evacuation
EPA Considers Adding PFAS To Mandatory Reporting List
Botched Sprinkler Test Douses Philly
Court Gives Airbus Another Shot at Fire Extinguishing Patent
Suspected Engine Fire on Air India Flight Prompts Emergency Landing
Laptop Catches Fire on Air Canada Flight
NTSB to Investigate Barge Explosion
Most Popular Stories from November 2019
Mergers and Acquisitions
Studies and Reports
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UTC, Meggitt, Other Boeing Suppliers Hit by 737 MAX Shutdown
FILE PHOTO: People work near the door of a 737 Max aircraft at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019.
REUTERS: Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

By Ankit Ajmera and Dominic Roshan

Boeing Co's suppliers are bracing for a possible halt in production of the 737 MAX, as the grounding of the planemaker's fast-selling aircraft is pushed into 2020, possibly resulting in lost revenues and adding to billions of dollars in costs.

Boeing has continued to purchase parts from some suppliers at a production rate higher than its own, in order to keep the supply chain fluid and avoid major disruptions when the MAX returns to service.

Analysts say a suspension of MAX production would pressure suppliers, depending on the sales exposure they have to Boeing.

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Canadian Fire Protection Company Accused of Threatening Employees
Premium Fire Protection Ltd., a fire safety systems company, has an office in Okotoks, Alta. (Google)

By Meghan Grant

Premium Fire Protection alleges fire department didn't ask for proof of certification

A disturbing picture emerged in court of a company that is accused of bullying its employees into breaking Fire Safety Code laws under threat they'd be fired for refusing assignments.

Premium Fire Protection Ltd. and several employees and clients were charged in July with dozens of Fire Safety Code violations.

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Johnson Controls To Retire CFO - Looks to Fine Tune Building Operations Business
Johnson Controls has recently transitioned into a pure-play provider of building-efficiency products and services after shedding other business lines. Photo: Mauritz Antin/European Pressphoto Agency

By Mark Maurer
The Wall Street Journal

Irish industrial and tech conglomerate has shed automotive seating and battery businesses in recent years

The finance chief of Johnson Controls International PLC is retiring, creating an opening for an executive who can refine the company's recent transition into a pure-play provider of building-efficiency products and services after shedding other business lines.

The Cork, Ireland-based industrial and technology conglomerate said it named CFO Brian Stief to the additional post of vice chairman ahead of his planned retirement as finance chief at the end of 2020.

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Lithium Ion Batteries Now Subject of Tragic Dive Boat Fire

By Mark Puente, Richard Winton and Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Nearly a year before 34 people were killed in a fire aboard the dive boat Conception, a second vessel owned by the same charter company began a three-day voyage around the Channel Islands.

Divers on the Vision charged numerous lithium-ion batteries installed in cameras, phones, computers and even underwater scooters with an array of power outlets in the salon area. At some point, one of those batteries began to smolder as it was charging. An alarmed crew member quickly tossed it into the water, preventing the fire from spreading, a witness and several sources told the Los Angeles Times.

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Novec 1230 System Averts Car-Ferry Fire - Damage Minimal

By Paul Bartlett
Seatrade Maritime News

A fire on the newly converted hybrid car ferry MF Ytterøyningen on 10 October was probably caused by a leak in the battery system's liquid cooling circuit, according to an investigation of the incident.

The 2006-built ferry, owned by Norled - one of Norway's largest ferry operators - and converted to hybrid operation earlier this year, was in normal operation, running on its diesel engines, when the fire started.

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UTC Names Board Members for Carrier

By United Technologies Corp.
Cision PR Newswire

FARMINGTON, Conn. -- United Technologies Corp. announced the appointments of an executive chairman and members of the board of directors for Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

John Faraci, currently a member of the UTC Board of Directors, will serve as executive chairman of Carrier. David Gitlin, who was previously appointed president & chief executive officer of Carrier, will join the board, as will current UTC director Jean-Pierre Garnier. The eight-member board will also include independent directors John Greisch, Charles Holley, Mike McNamara, Michael Todman and Virginia Wilson.

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Honeywell's New Clean Agent? ½ FK, ½ 227
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FM200 Discharge Causes Evacuation

By WSAV Staff

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A portion of the Chatham County 911 Center was evacuated after an "accidental discharge" during a fire alarm test.

"There was no disruption to 911 communications during the incident," a Chatham County spokesperson tells News 3.

Officials say the FM-200 Fire Suppression system was accidentally discharged, which is a waterless fire protection system.

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EPA Considers Adding PFAS To Mandatory Reporting List
Foam floating in the Peshtigo River. (Photo courtesy: S.O.H2O)

By FOX 11 News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to the list of chemicals companies are required to report to the agency.

In Northeast Wisconsin, PFAS have been a particular concern in the area of the Peshtigo River, where the chemicals have been detected. Johnson Controls admitted it used firefighting foam containing PFAS at its Tyco Fire Products testing facility in Marinette. Johnson Controls is responsible for presenting a remedy to the DNR. The company says it has been working with state and local leaders to clean it up. But it says the river foam tests prove there are other PFAS contamination.

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Botched Sprinkler Test Douses Philly

By Naomi Millán

The next time you find yourself thinking, "This will only take five minutes. Who's going to notice?" stop yourself and remember the case of Philadelphia's One Liberty Place. In the age of smartphones and social media, five minutes can last forever.

At around 6:15 AM on Sunday, Nov. 3, news site Billy Penn posted a video of a torrent of water pouring from near the top of One Liberty Place, asking if anyone had any information as to what was going on. The striking 61-story-tall building looked for all the world like it was relieving itself, sparking colorful commentary on Twitter and other social media channels. At street level, the video footage looks like clips from hurricane coverage.

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Court Gives Airbus Another Shot at Fire Extinguishing Patent

By Jan Wolfe

A federal appeals court gave aerospace company Airbus another shot at invalidating a patent on fire prevention technology it had been accused of infringing in a decade-long dispute.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision to uphold claims in a patent owned by Firepass Corp, saying that the PTAB did not properly consider all of the evidence Airbus submitted to bolster its argument that Firepass' patent claims were obvious.
Suspected Engine Fire on Air India Flight Prompts Emergency Landing
This Air India Airbus A321 suffered a tailpipe fire. Photo; Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

By Tom Boon
Simple Flying

An Air India Airbus A321 was forced to divert for an unscheduled stop. The unscheduled diversion was prompted as a passenger reported seeing flames from an engine out of the window. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

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Laptop Catches Fire on Air Canada Flight
The incident occurred on a Boeing 777. Photo: Air Canada

By Chris Loh
Simple Flying

On December 3rd, an Air Canada Boeing 777-300 performing flight AC849 from London Heathrow to Toronto, sent out a distress signal over radio (PAN-PAN) as it was finishing its climb out of LHR. The reason for the PAN-PAN was due to a report of smoke in a lavatory. The smoke was confirmed as coming from a passenger's laptop.

According to The Aviation Herald, the crew reacted quickly, placing the laptop into an "according bag" and cooled it with water. Thankfully, this stopped the laptop from emitting smoke. Once the source of the smoke was confirmed, the flight crew canceled its PAN and resumed its journey to Toronto, making a safe, on-time landing.

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NTSB to Investigate Barge Explosion

Waterways Journal

The National Transportation Safety Board announced November 7 it would investigate a November 4 barge explosion in Lemont, Ill., at an Illinois Marine Towing terminal about 25 miles from Chicago.

The barge was unloaded and was being cleaned at the time of the explosion. Its previous cargo was acetone, and a small amount of the cargo caught fire following the explosion. The fire was extinguished by the local fire protection district and no injuries were reported, but the barge suffered extensive damage.

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capitalaCapitala Group Announces Investment in Chief Fire (Mt. Vernon, NY)

By Capitala Finance Corp.
Yahoo! Finance

Credit Strategy Investment Brings Capital to Chief Fire for Continued Growth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Capitala Group, a provider of capital to lower middle market companies, is pleased to announce that it has closed on its investment in Chief Fire Prevention & Mechanical Corp, the leading service provider for commercial kitchen exhaust and pre-engineered fire suppression systems in the New York metro.

Headquartered in Mount Vernon, NY, Chief Fire's maintenance services include grease and air duct cleaning, grease trap cleaning, and fire suppression system inspection and maintenance. Construction services include exhaust system design and installation.

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balmoralBalmoral Invests in Blaze Manufacturing
Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Balmoral Group (Photo: Balmoral Group)

Marine Technology News

Aberdeen engineering outfit Balmoral Group said it has invested a six-figure sum in Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, taking a 70% stake in the Aberdeenshire-based company.

This latest move comes after Balmoral significantly raised its shareholding in another Aberdeenshire company, ACE Winches, in November.

Blaze, established in 2006 and based in Laurencekirk, manufactures fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. The company is run by husband and wife team, Ann and Howard Johnson, and currently employs 24 personnel.

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summitSummit Companies Acquires Mac Systems, Inc. in Oklahoma

By Summit Companies
AP News

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety company, announced the acquisition of Mac Systems, Inc. by Summit subsidiary, A-1 National Fire Co. The acquisition of Mac Systems, of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a strategic expansion of Summit's existing fire protection, life safety, and consulting business to the state of Oklahoma. Through its subsidiaries, Summit now operates branches in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

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protegisProtegis Fire & Safety Acquires Florida Fire Service, Inc., Expanding Their FL Coverage

Protegis Fire & Safety

Louisville, KY / Cleveland, OH -- Protegis Fire & Safety, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tampa-based Florida Fire Services, Inc. Like Protegis, Florida Fire Service provides fire safety service and repair, inspection and installation services for commercial customers in a variety of end markets. On a combined basis, Protegis now does business in 45 states and employs more than 400 fire protection professionals across the country.

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vscVSC to be Acquired by Markel
(PRNewsfoto/Markel Corporation)

By Markel Corporation
Cision PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va. -- Markel Corporation and VSC Fire & Security, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire VSC. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. Additional terms were not disclosed.

VSC is a provider of comprehensive fire protection, life safety, and low voltage solutions to retailers, commercial campuses, healthcare facilities, and government properties throughout the southeast United States. Established in 1958 in Ashland, Virginia, as Virginia Sprinkler Company, VSC was initially managed from the family home of co-founder Roland C. Giles. Since then, VSC has grown to employ over 1,200 people across 21 offices in 9 states and the District of Columbia.

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marloweMarlowe to Acquire Fire Safety Systems (UK)

By Jon Robinson, Senior Digital Staff Writer
Insider Media Limited

A Nottingham-headquartered company which provides fire safety and security systems has been acquired for £2.4m.

Specialist services group Marlowe has snapped up FSE Fire Safety Systems, which also has offices in Leicester and London and was founded in 2005.

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per_marPer Mar Security to Acquire NECO Security of Nebraska
Brian Duffy, COO of Per Mar Security Services, and Don Nielsen, owner of NECO Security.

By Per Mar Security Services

Nielsen family sells business after more than 60 years in the industry

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients and the parent company to Midwest Alarm Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired NECO Security based in Lincoln, Neb. NECO Security was founded by Don Nielsen in 1957, and specializes in residential and commercial burglar and fire alarm systems in the Lincoln area.

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zeroScientists to Study Fire at Zero Gravity
Burning sparkler

By Amit Malewar
Inceptive Mind

European Space Agency (ESA) researchers are leading a project to study discrete fires in zero gravity. Later this month, a Texus rocket will be launched in Sweden, which will fly about 260 kilometers up and fall back to Earth after spending six minutes in zero gravity. The rocket will give researchers a chance to study burning metal powder - a new type of fire - inside zero-gravity environments for a few minutes.

The metals burn in the form, they call, "discrete burning" rather than the continuous burning we associate with firewood or charcoal. The discrete burning occurs when a piece of fuel ignites and burns due to the heat created by other fuel cells next to it. Unlike traditional burning, discrete fires spread by jumping from one fuel source to another. Forest fire is one of the examples of discrete firing on Earth.

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sprinklersAre ESFR Sprinklers OK?

By Christopher Culp, PE, CET

These systems are not a one-size-fits-all fire protection method.

This month we have one of the Society of Fire Protection Engineer's active committee members writing on the use of ESFR sprinklers. They are very common in the protection of storage, but that does not mean they can be used to protect every combination of building height, storage height, commodity and storage arrangement. Read on to learn about some situations where ESFR may not be the ideal choice for active protection.

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foamGerman Company Creates a Material That Will Turn to Firefighting Foam

Railway Gazette International

GERMANY: Hübner Group has developed HFP 34, a semi-rigid polyurethane-based material which can be used to make weather-resistant moulded parts for rolling stock which will turn to foam in the event of a fire, protecting passengers from smoke and flames until they can be evacuated.

"As soon as these parts come into contact with fire or heat, they begin to react," explains Patrick Kniemeyer, key account manager at Hübner.

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Most Popular Stories from November 2019

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