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NFPA Adopts New Aircraft Hanger Safety Feature

By Derek Smith
International Fire Protection

Safespill, a leader in environmentally safe fire protection systems, has announced that the company’s core technology – the Safespill flooring system, also known as an ignitable liquid drainage floor assembly – will be added to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409, the industry’s Standard on Aircraft Hangars, 2022 Edition as an equivalent to traditional foam-based systems in hangars.

For the first time in more than 30 years, military and airport operators now have a new, environmentally friendly option for hangars at risk of liquid fuel fires. Until now, the industry has relied on two fire suppression systems – aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) and high expansion foam (HEF).
Samcheok to Construct ESS Fire Safety Center (Korea)

By Kim Joo-heon, Reporter
Aju Business Daily

SEOUL -- Through a 69.8 billion won ($59.6 million) project, the ground was broken to build a fire safety verification center in the eastern port city of Samcheok. The fire safety technology center will research and develop efficient extinguishing systems for fires lit by large-capacity secondary batteries, also known as rechargeable batteries, used in energy storage systems.

An energy storage system (ESS) is an integrated system of secondary battery packs. It is normally connected to a renewable energy source such as a solar power plant or a wind farm to collect electricity and provide power to nearby towns' power grids or sell electricity back to power companies. South Korea has some 2,300 energy storage system (ESS) facilities operated by private and state power companies as of July 2020 and about 30 of them have been damaged by fire and left inoperable.
(Courtesy of Samcheok)
Fire Aboard Massive Cargo Ship Contained – Containers Lost
Flames can be seen among shipping containers on a cargo vessel sitting about 5 miles off the coast of British Columbia on October 24, 2021.

By Monica Velez, The Seattle Times

The fire on a large cargo ship anchored about 5 miles off Victoria, British Columbia, that started on October 24, 2021 was all but controlled on October 25, 2021.

No injuries were reported, and 16 crew members were taken off the Zim Kingston, Canadian Coast Guard officials said in a news conference Sunday. Five crew members remained onboard to help fight the fire.
FDNY Raid Nets 500 Illegally Stored Propane Tanks
The owner has been fined and charged with a misdemeanor for illegally storing the tanks. (Photo Courtesy of FDNY)

By Michael V. Cusenza
The Forum

At least one person was arrested after City Fire inspectors seized more than 500 flammable propane/acetylene tanks during a routine inspection of a Willets Point facility, FDNY officials announced. Approximately 500 flammable cylinders were stored at the Willets Point Boulevard facility.
HFC Smuggling Undermines Climate Efforts
Smugglers often use unmarked, non-refillable containers like this to ship HFCs illegally. (Credit: United Nations Environment Program)

By Cheryl Hogue

More enforcement at borders could deter illicit trade

Smugglers are finding a profitable market in synthetic refrigerants that are highly potent greenhouse gases.

By land and sea, they are shipping marked, unmarked, and mis-marked containers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Authorities in the European Union, which began a phaseout of HFCs in 2015, seized hundreds of metric tons of illicit HFCs in 2019 and 2020, according to figures from the European Chemical Industry Council . This illicit trade spans the globe, according to the United Nations Environment Program.
Boeing Creates a Global Enterprise Sustainability Division to Focus on Greener Aviation
Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond. (Boeing)

By Tim Robinson and Bill Read
Royal Aeronautical Society

Following the crises of two fatal crashes of the 737 MAX airliners, the prolonged grounding of the aircraft and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the former assumptions of ‘business returning to normal’ are no longer valid. Boeing has responded to this with the creation of a new Global Enterprise Sustainability division that is aiming to strengthen the values of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and put them at the company’s core. Appointed in September 2020, Chris Raymond is the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer and the creation of this new division and position (which reports directly to the CEO) is a sign of how much importance the company now places on this key area – with the company releasing its first comprehensive sustainability report earlier this year.
At Least 25 Teslas Lost in Fire at Gruber Motors

By Jennifer Sensiba

Tragedy struck again at Gruber Motors in Arizona. An electrical failure started a fire in their main service building, and managed to ignite a car’s lithium batteries before the fire department could arrive and put the blaze out, making it very difficult to save anything in the building. Sadly, there were at least 25 original Tesla Roadsters in the building, and they were totally destroyed.

“Each of the owners affected by our fire last night have been contacted. I personally reached out to each of you affected by a lost Roadster, rather than have you find out through the media,” the company said in a statement posted to social media.
(Source: "Teslas Lost Forever"/YouTube)
National Fire & Safety Acquires All Pro Fire Protection (Littleton, CO)

Business Wire

LITTLETON, Colo. -- National Fire & Safety, a leading end-to-end fire protection and life safety solutions platform and a portfolio company of Highview Capital, announced its acquisition of All Pro Fire Protection, a leading fire and life safety services business headquartered in Littleton, CO.

Owned and operated by founder Dave Lennon, All Pro Fire Protection focuses on Retrofit / Tenant Improvement and Service work in the Colorado market. The company primarily services high-rise buildings, hospitals and warehouses, and has a long track record of best-in-class service, reliability and customer success throughout the region.
Pye Barker Acquires AlarmTec Systems (Tennessee)

By Pye-Barker Fire & Safety
Cision PR Newswire

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Pye-Barker Fire & Safety is proud to announce the acquisition of AlarmTec Systems, based in Memphis, Tennessee. AlarmTec has been a strong provider to the Memphis area, servicing and certifying fire alarm systems for over 20 years. This acquisition is the first in Memphis for Pye-Barker Fire and strengthens its overall footprint in Tennessee.

AlarmTec Systems was founded by Mark Shipp with a vision to be the go-to company for any and all fire alarm requirements. He and his team are well-regarded in the Memphis area, offering commercial fire alarm systems and servicing, and operating on the forefront of surveillance development and technology with closed circuit television, access control and automation security services.
Behrman Capital Sells BECO (Again)


Mid-market buyout firm Behrman Capital has exited portfolio company BECO Holding for a second time by selling it to private equity major HIG Capital.

Behrman first bought into BECO in 1998 and held a majority stake until 2010. The firm re-acquired it in 2014 from fellow buyout house Freeman Spogli & Co.
Fire Protection Services Acquires Mountain West Security

Business Wire

DALLAS -- Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the sale of its client Mountain West Security, LLC to Fire Protection Service Corporation (dba Mountain Alarm Fire & Security). The transaction closed September 21, 2021.

Headquartered in Orem, Utah, with multiple locations throughout Western U.S., Mountain West Security (MWS) is an installer of commercial and residential fire and security alarm systems with 24-hour monitoring, commercial access control systems, and commercial and residential camera systems. MWS has been a trusted partner of commercial and residential property owners throughout the Western U.S.
Classic Fire Protection and FCFP Merge (Ontario, Canada)

By Classic Fire + Life Safety Inc.

LONDON, ON and TORONTO -- Classic Fire Protection and FCFP, two Ontario-based leaders in fire and life safety services and solutions, confirm their plans to merge and unite under a new name, Classic Fire + Life Safety Inc. Staffed by the same experienced leaders and personnel, the new company has developed a corporate signature that features a stylized "C" in the shape of a shield and cornerstone. Using the shield, symbol of protection as a starting point, the company added an element of depth and dimension to convey the notion of a cornerstone upon which it intends to build this new chapter of its history.
In December 2021, Classic Fire Protection and FCFP will unite under a new name, Classic Fire + Life Safety Inc. (CNW Group/Classic Fire + Life Safety Inc.)
W.S. Darley Sells Fireboy-Xintex

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment

EXTON, PA -- United Safety & Survivability Corporation, a global manufacturer of safety and survivability solutions, announced the acquisition of Fireboy-Xintex effective September 30th, 2021. The completion of this acquisition marks the largest acquisition in the fire suppression market for United Safety and will grow its footprint both geographically into Europe and Asia and vertically into the marine market.
Carrier Fire and Security Acquires Cavius (Europe)

By Carrier Global Corporation
KKCO 11 News

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Carrier Global Corporation the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, has acquired Cavius, an innovative Danish residential alarm company that provides a complete range of smoke, heat, flood and carbon monoxide alarms. Cavius is a pioneer in the advancement of alarms, including the invention of the world's smallest photoelectric smoke alarm, which is distinguished by its award-winning European-approved micro-design. Cavius will strengthen Carrier Fire & Security's residential fire safety solutions in Europe, which includes leading Kidde products.
Carlyle Invests in Sciens


SAN FRANCISCO -- Sciens Building Solutions, a leading full-service commercial fire and life safety company, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell a majority stake to funds managed by global investment firm Carlyle. The Company's senior management team, as well as current owner Huron Capital, will retain minority equity stakes in the business. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.
Are You Prepared to Transition Your Fire & Life Safety Business?

By Dave Pelton & John Mackey
Mackey Group

Congratulations! You’ve beaten the odds and built a thriving and sustainable fire & life safety business. You planned well, invested plenty of sweat equity along with countless hours and your unique talents. When you started, you may or may not have been aware of your odds. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates approximately 20 percent of small businesses fail within the first year. Half will fail by the end of the fifth year. And by the end of a decade, only 30 percent of businesses will have remained - a 70 percent failure rate. Having built and led your successful business over the decades, you now find yourself at a transition point. What do I do next? Do I transition the business to my family? Do I sell a portion to other investors? Do I prepare the business for sale? Where do you begin to start planning your next chapter?
Data Center Electrical Fires - Causes and Consequences
October 2021

Fire Safety Search

Data centers are prone to hazards and heavy power loads and a defective piece of equipment can quickly lead to a short circuit or overheating. Typically, electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical installations or equipment, surges, short circuits, leakage currents, and electric arcs due to the degradation of insulation and connections in old or poorly maintained installations. The potential points of origin for fires are located throughout the electrical chain include: inverters, batteries, electrical cabinets, generators, fuel tanks, cables, servers, etc.
Siemens Dual-Wavelength Detection to Spot Li-Ion Smoldering Fires

By Chris Crowell
Solar Builder

As demand and installations of lithium-ion (li-ion) battery energy storage systems increase, fire protection and detection systems are critical for both safety and financial reasons. Very early warning fire detection is key to preventing catastrophic fire events. Siemens FDA241 aspirating smoke detector utilizes two sensing wavelengths to differentiate between smoke and deceptive phenomena, enabling increased detection reliability even in challenging environments.
Chris Higgins Joins Telgian Fire as VP


Phoenix, AZ -- Telgian Fire Safety recently announced the addition of Chris Higgins as Vice President, Customer Service. In this position, Higgins will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the company’s customer support department, as well as for developing new strategies and initiatives to maintain the highest levels of customer satisfaction possible.

“Chris is an outstanding addition to the Telgian Fire Safety team,” says company President Larry Lacefield. “His ability to identify short- and long-term goals, combined with his strategic, results oriented approach to improving customer relationships, satisfaction and response time, make him an incredible asset to our rapidly growing company.”
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