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Featured Story
Fire Protection Company Hit With $500K Fine for HFC Imports
Globe to Shutter Fire Sprinkler Plant - 150 Jobs Eliminated
"Malfunction" Trips Data Center Fire Suppression System
Error Dumps Fire Suppression Foam into City Water Supply
Accidental Fire Suppression System Discharge Closes Gas Station
Investigators ID Fire Suppression System Issue in Theater Fire
Sprinkler System Extinguishes High-Rise Kitchen Fire
Commercial Aviation Cuts into Meggitt's Finances
Airlines, Boeing Surge on Upbeat Vaccine News
Retired BA 747 Catches Fire During Recycling
Firestorm Fire Protection Announces Rebranding (Australia)
Renewable Group Discusses Lithium Ion Battery Safety
Experimental All-Electric Business Jet Catches Fire at Airport
Power Company Fined $2.1 Million over Failure to Maintain Fire Suppression Systems
Most Popular Stories from October 2020
Mergers and Acquisitions
miningThe Price of Fire Safety in the Mining Industry
Can operators put a price on safety?


Can mines really afford hundreds of millions of dollars in fire damage?

Fires and explosions pose a constant threat to the safety of miners and to the productive capacity of mines. Mine fires and explosions have traditionally ranked among the most devastating industrial disasters. The prevention and control of these events in mines is fundamental.

On a mine site, fire hazards may occur in and around process plants, underground conveyors, static and mobile plants, draglines, workshops, substations, monitored control rooms and switch rooms. All mines have highly expensive and mission critical equipment that typically operates day and night under extremely hostile conditions: vast, remote and difficult to access environments, especially underground. In many cases fixed fire suppression systems are the preferred systems installed to protect the high value assets, to safeguard the operators and to guarantee business continuity.

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Fire Protection Company Hit With $500K Fine for HFC Imports

By Sandra Rossi

The largest fine ever issued under Australia's strict ozone protection laws has been handed down to a Victorian-based fire protection company for the unlawful importation of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).

Following a civil prosecution from the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, this week the Federal Court of Australia, found ACN 089 171 415 Pty Ltd, formerly known as Fire Protection Technologies Pty Ltd, to be in contravention of section 13(1) of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.

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Globe to Shutter Fire Sprinkler Plant - 150 Jobs Eliminated
Image courtesy MGN Online (KMVT)

By ABC12 News Staff
ABC12 News

More than 50 jobs will end by Dec. 31 with all jobs eliminated by June 30

STANDISH, Mich. -- More than 150 people will lose their jobs by next summer, when the Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. plant in Standish closes permanently.

An undisclosed company purchased the company in 2019 and made the decision to close the plant at 4077 Airpark Dr., according to Chief Financial Officer Lori Appold. Globe began manufacturing fire suppression equipment in the plant 45 years ago in 1975.

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"Malfunction" Trips Data Center Fire Suppression System
Global Switch's Ultimo data center in Sydney (Global Switch)

By Alex Alley
Data Center Dynamics

A false alarm tripped a Sydney data center's fire suppression system damaging an Australian betting agent's servers and downing its services.

Aussie bookies TAB went down around 11:30am (Australian time). Global Switch admitted it was their data center in Ultimo, Sydney, where the incident occurred, in a statement to media.
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Error Dumps Fire Suppression Foam into City Water Supply

By Chris Collins
Baker City Herald

Baker City officials have determined that city firefighters connecting a hose to a dual-purpose port and inadvertently pushing a button sent fire supression foam flowing from a fire truck into a fire hydrant, contaminating the city's water system the morning of Oct. 27.

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Accidental Fire Suppression System Discharge Closes Gas Station

By Ariana Tourangeau
22News WWLP.com

AGAWAM, Mass. -- The fuel pump fire suppression system at the Feeding Hills Center Pride Gas Station on North Westfield Street activated an error on November 5th.

According to the Agawam Fire Department, the error happened around 10:40 a.m. and there was no fire and no injuries. The gas pumps are temporarily closed.

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Investigators ID Fire Suppression System Issue in Theater Fire
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob's Pillow in Becket. (BEN GARVER/THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE)

The Berkshire Eagle

BECKET -- After a fire of still unknown origin destroyed the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob's Pillow, well-wishes poured in from around the world. And the leader of the esteemed dance institution made a promise.

"We will rebuild," Pamela Tatge, the organization's artistic and executive director, said in a Tweet posted by Jacob's Pillow.

The state Department of Fire Services confirmed that there were problems with a fire-suppression system at Jacob's Pillow, where the fast-moving blaze destroyed one of the venue's two indoor stages.

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Sprinkler System Extinguishes High-Rise Kitchen Fire

Evanston RoundTable

On Thursday, November 19th, the Evanston Fire Department responded to an activated fire alarm call at The Mather, 450 Davis St. When firefighters arrived on scene at the large, multi-unit extended care facility, they found people exiting the building and maintenance staff reporting a kitchen fire on the fifth floor of the 11-story building. After further investigating, they confirmed that a single sprinkler head had fully extinguished an extending fire that originated on a stove top. Damage was minimal and there were no reported injuries at this incident.

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Commercial Aviation Cuts into Meggitt's Finances
Image: Meggitt

By Harry Lye
Airforce Technology

BAE Systems has awarded Meggitt a £4.2m contract to supply nose radome technology for the Eurofighter Typhoon's Multi-Function Array radar system.

The radome developed by Meggitt protects instrumentation from environmental effects and prevents electromagnetic interference with the equipment.

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Airlines, Boeing Surge on Upbeat Vaccine News
A United Airlines plane takes off above American Airlines planes on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on October 1, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By Leslie Josephs

Shares of U.S. airlines surged to multi-month highs after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech reported positive results from their Covid-19 vaccine trial, igniting hopes that it could revive air travel demand.

United Airlines added more than 19% at $41.32, while Delta Air Lines rose 17% to $36.77, and shares of Hawaiian Holdings, parent of Hawaiian Airlines, soared 50% to $20.89, each closing at the highest price since June. American Airlines rose 17% to $13.20, a two-month high. Shares of aircraft maker Boeing rose 13.7% to $179.36, a three month closing high. The gains far outpaced the broader market with the S&P 500 ending the day up 1.2%.

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Retired BA 747 Catches Fire During Recycling
A former British Airways 747-400, like this one, caught fire during disassembly in Spain. British Airways sold the plane to a scrap company. (Photo: British Airways)

By Eric Kulisch, Air Cargo Editor
American Shipper

A retired British Airways jumbo jet in storage at an airport in Spain caught fire during the dismantling process, British Airways said after images of the event spread on social media.

Video from the scene at Castellón Airport shows smoke pouring from the cockpit area. Airport emergency crews quickly extinguished the fire, British Airways said. No injuries were reported.

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Firestorm Fire Protection Announces Rebranding (Australia)

By PRNewswire

EXTON, Pa. -- Kristian Bischoff, CEO and Managing Director, announced as of November 1st, 2020 that a company-wide rebranding had been completed.

"When Firestorm was purchased by United Safety in 2019, we knew there were strong synergies within our businesses both with product offerings but also with the culture and values of these two organizations. Saving lives and providing innovations that fit the needs of our current and prospective customers is what we have always strived to do.  We are taking the best parts of Firestorm and bringing that forward into our newly named organization while maintaining the dedication we have to our customers."

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Renewable Group Discusses Lithium Ion Battery Safety
The outside of a battery storage testing ground in Louisville, Kentucky. (Contributed)

By Benjamin Joe
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Electricity has been stored in batteries for centuries. American scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin is credited with coining the term "battery" in 1749, during his experiments with electricity.

While people use batteries every day, the thought of a lithium-ion battery big enough to be placed in what looks like an ocean shipping container may be worrisome.

It should be noted, according to two experts in the field, that while incidents have occurred, they are not likely and can be prevented by training local firefighters in ESS safety.

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Experimental All-Electric Business Jet Catches Fire at Airport
Source: Eviation
Eviation's Alice prototype all-electric aircraft at the Paris air show in 2019

By Jon Hemmerdinger

A January blaze that damaged Eviation's Alice prototype ignited after hours of powerplant testing, involved lithium-ion batteries and forced the aircraft's three occupants to evacuate, according to detail contained in fire incident reports.

Prior to exiting the aircraft, the team - which apparently included staff from flight certification company AeroTEC and electric motor maker Magnix - noticed that Alice's battery box was hot. The battery subsequently "exploded" according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Power Company Fined $2.1 Million over Failure to Maintain Fire Suppression Systems
Geysers Geothermal Field (Geo Rising; Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

By Lana Cohen, Staff Reporter
The Mendocino Voice

MENDOCINO Co. -- Geysers Power Company, which owns the largest geothermal energy field in the world, agreed to pay $2.1 million to the state in a settlement agreement over purported violations connected to their fire protection systems. The California Energy Commission, a state agency, discovered the alleged violations at six of Geysers plants in Sonoma and Lake Counties during a routine inspection in spring of 2018. As part of the settlement, Geysers, a subsidiary of Houston based energy company, Calpine, has also said they will update their fire protection systems. Geysers Power Company has neither disputed nor admitted to any of the alleged violations.

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certasiteCertaSite Acquires Starfire Systems and Starfire Extinguisher Company


Franklin, Wis. -- CertaSite announced that it has acquired Starfire Systems and Starfire Extinguisher, a family-owned business in Franklin, Wisconsin. The acquisition is CertaSite's first in Wisconsin.

CertaSite is a new commercial fire protection and life safety company that provides the highest levels of customer service, responsiveness, building safety and code compliance to customers across the country. The company goes beyond compliance, focusing on partnerships and professionalism while providing customers a simplified and dependable solution to managing all of the fire protection and life safety systems in commercial buildings.

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hillerHiller Acquires A&D Fire Sprinkler


The Hiller Companies is excited to announce the purchase of California-based A&D Fire Sprinklers, Inc. The acquisition closed on November 1, 2020.

"We are pleased Hiller has been able to continue growing this year. The strong presence and solid reputation of A&D in their markets will be a great asset and will allow us to expand our fire protection offerings on the West Coast of the United States," Hiller President & CEO Patrick Lynch said. "A&D brings a long history of expertise in the fire sprinkler and detection verticals and will add more than 400 employees to the Hiller family."

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jensenJensen Hughes Acquires CFT Engineering

Jensen Hughes

BALTIMORE -- Jensen Hughes, a global leader in safety, security and risk-based engineering and consulting, announced its acquisition of CFT Engineering, a top fire protection engineering and building code consulting firm in British Columbia, Canada.

CFT Engineering was founded in 1992. Its five principals, Brad Walton, Michael Linton, Robert Heikkila, Emilia Mazzonna and Samir Eidnani, will remain with the business. Walton has served as CEO and, with his team, grown CFT to 26 employees and increased revenue year over year. The company is well-known in the Western Canadian architecture, engineering and construction industry, with CFT providing their core services to many of the major construction projects in the province over the last 20 years.

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lvcLVC Acquires Commercial Fire


LVC Companies announced they acquired Commercial Fire & Security on Nov. 16, 2020.

Commercial Fire & Security is a full-service company specializing in fire, safety, security and cabling solutions for the Minnesota and Wisconsin markets.

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tedMidwest Alarm Services Acquires TED Systems

By TED Systems, LLC

Lenexa, Kansas -- Midwest Alarm Services, a leading provider of life safety solutions, is pleased to announce that TED Systems, LLC has joined Midwest Alarm Services. Founded in 1999, TED Systems provides fire detection and security solutions for the Kansas City area in the commercial, industrial and healthcare markets.

"I'm excited that TED Systems will be joining Midwest Alarm Services as our Kansas City branch," said Doug Richard, President of Midwest Alarm Services. "TED Systems shares the same culture of excellence, teamwork and professionalism as Midwest Alarm Services, and has specialized in card access, video surveillance, sound and fire in the Kansas City market for the past 20 years. I look forward to the expertise and experience that TED Systems will bring to the Midwest Alarm Services organization."

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