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Industry Loses Class Act and Good Friend
EPA Close to Final SNAP Rule on HFC Restrictions
White House, Industry Call for HFC Phasedown via Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol Saved the Ozone Layer, Can it Slow Global Warming? by The Economist
The High Cost of Sending the Wrong Tech to Do a Job
First Class Fire Hazard
3M, Ansul, Chemguard, Buckeye, Others Sued Over Foam
NFPA Issues 2017 National Electric Code - What You Need to Know
MN Company Seeks Licensee for Biodegradable Fire Suppression Chemical
Is Fire Safety Shutting Down the Wood Recycling Industry? (UK)
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight -- Five Fires that Devastated Cities
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snapEPA Issues Final SNAP Rule - Approves 2-BTP for Aviation Streaming and Flooding

9/26/16

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SNAP Action -- On September 26, 2016, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final rule Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: New Listings of Substitutes; Changes of Listing Status; and Reinterpretation of Unacceptability for Closed Cell Foam Products under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program; and Revision of Clean Air Act Section 608's Venting Prohibition for Propane. In support of the President's Climate Action Plan, this rule under EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program expands the list of acceptable substitutes in the refrigeration and air conditioning (AC), and fire suppression sectors; lists unacceptable substitutes in specific end-uses in the refrigeration and AC sector; and changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable in the refrigeration and AC, and foam blowing sectors.

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honeywell_snapHoneywell to Receive SNAP Approval for HFO-1233zd Fire Suppression Total Flooding Agent

Effective Date: [pending publication in the Federal Register]

Advanced Version Acceptability Determination 32 (signed September 28, 2016) (PDF 38 pp, 196 KB)
Fact Sheet

This action presents EPA's most recent decision to list as acceptable several substitutes in the refrigeration and air conditioning and fire suppression sectors. New substitutes are:
  • R-448A in retail food refrigeration-food processing and dispensing equipment;
  • R-449A in retail food refrigeration-food processing and dispensing equipment;
  • R-449B in several refrigeration end-uses; and
  • trans-1-chloro-3,3,3,-trifluoroprop-1-ene in total flooding fire suppression uses.
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Industry Loses Class Act and Good Friend

Scott Walter Lewis, age 39, of Ocala, FL, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 19, 2016. Scott was a native of Ocala and a graduate of Forest High School. He was the General Manager of L & J Fire Equipment, LLC. Scott loved Jesus and his family. He enjoyed fishing, being on the water, was an avid Gator fan, and never missed a workout. Scott's generous decision to be an organ donor will continue to impact many lives. He will be greatly missed by his friends and relatives.

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EPA Close to Final SNAP Rule on HFC Restrictions

9/15/16

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Two major rulings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected to be released in the next two to four weeks, according to Drusilla Hufford, director of the EPA's Stratospheric Protection Division.

Speaking at the Food Marketing Institute's Energy & Store Development Conference in New Orleans, Hufford said that the proposed rule issued under the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program in April "is very close to a final rulemaking - two to four weeks."

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White House, Industry Call for HFC Phasedown via Montreal Protocol

9/22/16

The White House

The United States hosted a gathering of countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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The Montreal Protocol Saved the Ozone Layer, Can it Slow Global Warming?

9/24/16

The Economist

Extending an old treaty that saved the ozone layer could improve cooling technology-and slow global warming

The world's most lauded environmental treaty could be about to notch up a new success. In 1974 scientists discovered that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals used in refrigeration and as propellants in products such as hairsprays, release chlorine into the stratosphere as they decompose. This depletes the ozone that protects Earth from ultraviolet radiation. CFCs are also powerful greenhouse gases, which absorb solar radiation reflected back from the planet's surface and so trap heat in the atmosphere.

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The High Cost of Sending the Wrong Tech to Do a Job

9/1/16

Computerworld

Flashback to the mid-1990s, when this IT contractor pilot fish is assigned to the engine plant for a major automaker -- and his cubicle is right next to the computer room.

"We were working one day when the Halon alarm went off," says fish. "Then we heard the whoosh as the Halon dumped."

"Turns out that the plant electricians were replacing all the manual-pull fire alarm boxes with a new version and, contrary to union rules, had sent out an apprentice to do the work without supervision."

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First Class Fire Hazard
A fire on a Qantas flight this year began when a passenger's cellphone was crushed in the seat mechanism and the lithium-ion battery ignited. Qantas

9/11/16

By Christine Negroni
The New York Times

In mid-May and again in late June, business-class passengers on Qantas flights from Australia to the United States dropped their smartphones into the mechanism below their seats.

What happened next, in each case, wasn't pretty. The electronically activated seat crushed the phone, damaging the battery, which began heating uncontrollably.

Both times, as other travelers watched in alarm, flight attendants were able to retrieve the devices - in one case, already flaming - and submerge the phones in water to cool them down. The planes landed without further incident.

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3M, Ansul, Chemguard, Buckeye, Others Sued Over Foam
Credit: George Clerk/iStockphoto.com

9/16/16

By P.J. D'Annunzio
The Legal Intelligencer

Bucks and Montgomery County residents whose water was allegedly contaminated when toxic fire-fighting foam used at nearby military bases seeped into their wells have filed a lawsuit against 3M and several other manufacturers of the chemical.

The plaintiffs in the prospective class action demanded compensation for medical monitoring and property damage, claiming the defendants-including 3M, Angus Fire and its subsidiary National Foam, The Ansul Co., Buckeye Fire Protection Co., and Chemguard-failed to warn users about the dangers of improperly disposing Aqueous Film Forming Foam, or AFFF.

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sciensSciens Building Solutions Acquires South Florida Safety Security Integrator
Sciens Building Solutions acquired WSA Systems-Boca, a full-service systems integrator that provides security and fire/life-safety solutions and services, for undisclosed terms.

9/9/16

By SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

WSA designs, installs and provides maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional and government facilities.

DETROIT -- Sciens Building Solutions has acquired Boca Raton, Fla.-based WSA Systems-Boca, a full-service systems integrator that provides security and fire/life-safety solutions and services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Private equity firm Huron Capital Partners formed Sciens in 2015 in partnership with former Siemens executive, Terry Heath, to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire detection and security services sector.

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stateState Systems (Memphis, TN) Acquires Dunk Fire - Conway Operations

9/9/16

SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - State Systems has acquired the Conway, Ark., operations of Dunk Fire and Security.

The transaction marks State Systems' second acquisition in 2016 and fourth in the past 18 months, Arkansas Business reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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NFPA Issues 2017 National Electric Code - What You Need to Know
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9/12/16

By Randy Barnett, NTT Training
Plant Services

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC®) last month, and it took effect Aug. 24. "Nice," you say, "but that is a construction standard and it doesn't affect our plant operations and maintenance." Not true! The purpose of the NEC is not to serve as a design or construction manual. The purpose of the NEC is "the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity." That means that nobody gets electrocuted and buildings do not burn down because of an electrical fire.

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MN Company Seeks Licensee for Biodegradable Fire Suppression Chemical

9/15/16

By PR Newswire

St. Paul, Minnesota -- EarthClean Corporation announced it has retained The Chicago Corporation to assist in finding licensees and/or distribution partners for its patented, QPL approved, TetraKO® XL firefighting water enhancer product line. EarthClean's innovative, corn starch-based TetraKO XL water enhancers are more effective than plain water, foams, and fire suppressants. The Company currently owns a robust patent portfolio; multiple patent applications; trade secrets; and all rights to development, manufacturing, and regulatory approvals for use in multiple industrial applications.

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honeywellHoneywell Plans Div HQ in Atlanta - Fire and Security to Relocate

9/12/16

By Daniel Kobialka
Investopedia

Manufacturing and engineering company Honeywell International Inc is taking some of its operations to "The Big Peach."

According to The Associated Press, Honeywell has announced plans to launch a software development center in Atlanta. In addition, Honeywell said it will relocate its home and building technologies (HBT) headquarters to A-Town.

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Is Fire Safety Shutting Down the Wood Recycling Industry? (UK)

9/2/16

By Jennifer McDowall
Resource

In 2015, following a series of fires at waste and recycling yards, the Environment Agency (EA) released revised fire prevention guidelines for the storage of combustible materials in order to reduce the incidence of fire at such sites.

Developed in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the new guidelines for the production of fire prevention plans (FPPs) was released in March 2015, though they were controversial when released and raised a number of comments, especially from those in the wood recycling industry.

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Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight -- Five Fires that Devastated Cities
The Great Fire of London, depicted by an unknown painter

9/1/16

By Adam Bannister, Editor
IFSEC Global

As London marks the 350th anniversary of a blaze that destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and St Paul's Cathedral, here are five other fires - from Rome in antiquity to Tokyo 1923 - that have devastated major world cities.

A series of events are taking place around London to mark the Great Fire of London, including an exhibition at the Museum of London, walking tours at St Pauls Cathedral and Pudding Lane and numerous art exhibitions and lectures reflecting on the fire and its aftermath.

Over the course of three days, the fire, which started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall and engulfed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and St Paul's Cathedral. Of 80,000 inhabitants, 70,000 lost their homes.

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bisonJodi Moskal Joins Bison Fire Protection (Canada)

September 2016

Corydon Times

Jodi Moskal, owner of MOSKAL Electric and former VP of Network Cabling Solutions, has joined Bison Fire Protection as Business Development for Fire Alarm Systems as of September 6, 2016.

Jodi Moskal was the owner of MOSKAL Electric from 1998 until 2016, has served as the Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce from 2013 - 2014, and is well-known throughout Winnipeg for her philanthropic efforts and community involvement.

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utcUnited Technologies Appoints CEO to Additional Role as Chairman

9/15/16

By Stephen Singer, Contact Reporter
Hartford Courant

The United Technologies Corp. board of directors has elected Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes as chairman.

Hayes, 55, succeeds Edward A. Kangas, who has served as non-executive chairman since November 2014. The non-management directors designated Kangas as the independent lead director, a post he held from April 2013 until 2014.

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johnsonBusiness Advice from Johnson Controls' CEO

9/12/16

Fortune


And explains why trying to stop globalization isn't realistic


Alex Molinaroli doesn't buy into the populist notion that globalization is bad, despite what presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been saying. The CEO of Johnson Controls tells Fortune's Susie Gharib, "You're not going to stop globalization."

His $40 billion building-products company has operations all around the world, so it's not surprising that he's a big believer in global trade. "Over a period of time we'll get past the rhetoric," he says. "We'll get to reality and what's best for everyone. And I think over some period of time we'll come to the acknowledgement that you can't stop globalization, so we might as well embrace it and win that game vs. fight that game."

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