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Feature Story
Raytheon CEO Hayes (Former UTC) Speaks on COVID, Commercial Aviation and the Future of his Newly Merged Companies
Honeywell Hit Hard by Aviation Slump
Boeing Announces Deeper Cuts
Fire Sprinkler/Water Main Mishap Floods Theater
Extensive Fire Damage to USS Bonhomme-Richard...
Ethiopian Boeing 777 Burns on Ground - Fire Under Investigation
Update: Arizona Battery Fire Explosion - "Fire Suppressant Proved Incapable of Stopping Such a Powerful Conflagration"
3M to Clean Up Alabama Drinking Water
Homeless Man Charged with Opening Fire Sprinkler System
Heat Wave Causes Gas Station Suppression System to Discharge
Man Admits $590K Charity Fraud Against UTC
PFAS Proposals Threaten HFCs and HFOs (Europe)
Most Popular Stories from June 2020
People in the News
Studies and Reports
Mergers and Acquisitions
encoreFrom Clean Agent Suppression to Sprinkler and Back to Clean Agent Just In Time - An Encore Success Story
July 2020

Encore Fire Protection

One of the clients at Fire Prevention Service (FPS), who they have had since the 1970s, has used FPS to protect their laser rooms with their FM200 system since 2000. About 10 years ago, a lightning strike hit their facility and caused one of the two laser rooms to discharge one of the FM200 cylinders, while also causing damage to an older FIKE panel in room #1, beyond repair. Room #2 was still active and protected with FM200. The company's division who ran the laser operation decided to add sprinkler protection to both rooms and not repair the laser room #1 FM200 system. Last year another division VP decided that these rooms were too valuable to have just sprinkler protection and only one of the rooms protected by FM200. They contacted FPS to revamp and upgrade the FM200 fire protection for both rooms, panel, detections, controls, as well as replace the cylinder that was empty. Eight months later this incident occurred...

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Raytheon CEO Hayes (Former UTC) Speaks on COVID, Commercial Aviation and the Future of his Newly Merged Companies

By Joe Anselmo and Michael Bruno
Aviation Week Network

When he was United Technologies Corp. chairman and CEO, Greg Hayes took a lot of heat for merging his company with Raytheon to create aerospace powerhouse Raytheon Technologies. But the critics have been silenced as defense has cushioned the company from the battering the commercial downturn has inflicted on its Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney operations. Hayes spoke via videoconference with AW&ST Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo and Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno.

AW&ST: How long will it take the commercial aviation industry to recover from the COVID-19 crisis?
Initially, we thought this was going to be like the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-03. We thought it was going to be relatively short-lived, where air traffic would go down for a little while but then gradually recover. I don't think any of us envisioned the morbidity or the scope of this pandemic and its impact on travel. I would say we're looking now at getting back to 2019 in 2023, maybe 2024. It is going to be a slow recovery.

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Honeywell Hit Hard by Aviation Slump
Honeywell workers making face masks in Phoenix in May. Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters

By Thomas Gryta and Dave Sebastian
The Wall Street Journal

Conglomerate says aerospace business suffered in latest quarter and will gradually improve this year

Honeywell International Inc.'s HON 0.89% quarterly sales fell 19% as Covid-19 damage to its big aerospace business offset rising demand for the conglomerate's N95 face masks and other protective gear.

Revenue fell in all of Honeywell's divisions during the second quarter with aerospace, its biggest business by revenue, leading the way with a drop of 28% from a year ago. The Charlotte, N.C., company said it expected improvement in the third quarter and total sales to fall more than 15% in the current period.

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Boeing Announces Deeper Cuts

By Doug Cameron and Andrew Tangel

Boeing Co. said it would cut production of commercial jets and shrink its workforce further as the coronavirus pandemic deepens its toll on the global aviation industry.

The U.S. aerospace giant said that it lost $2.4 billion in the second quarter, reflecting the impact of the pandemic as well as the prolonged grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft following two fatal crashes. This compared with a loss of $2.9 billion in the same period last year.

The per-share loss of $4.20 compared with $5.03 a year earlier and the $2.57 consensus among analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue fell 25% to $11.8 billion.

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Fire Sprinkler/Water Main Mishap Floods Theater
The main stage lobby and dinner stage were submerged in waist-deep water at the Backdoor Theatre on due to a break in the city's water main that is connected to the theater's fire suppression system. (Photos by: Backdoor Theatre)

By Latoya Fondren

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) -- The main stage lobby and dinner stage were submerged in waist-deep water at the Backdoor Theatre due to a break in the city's water main that is connected to the theatre's fire suppression system.

The owner of Backdoor Theatre said the main stage is dry, but the lower levels and foundation are affected.

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Extensive Fire Damage to USS Bonhomme-Richard
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, right, walks through the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), July 17, 2020. On the morning of July 12, a fire was called away aboard the ship while it was moored pierside at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo/Kyle Carlstrom)

By Gina Harkins

Flames and flooding from a four-day firefight on a Navy amphibious assault ship left 11 of the vessel's 14 decks damaged, the service's top officer told other senior leaders.

Sections of the Bonhomme Richard's flight deck are warped and bulging after the fire that broke out six decks below it on July 12 spread across much of the ship, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday wrote in a Wednesday message to flag officers and master chiefs. Gilday in the memo, which was obtained by Military.com, detailed what he saw when visiting the ship.

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Ethiopian Boeing 777 Burns on Ground - Fire Under Investigation

By Kaleyesus Bekele

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777 freighter sustained significant damage when it caught fire at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

The 777, which carried registration number ET-ARH, caught fire while crews loaded cargo destined to Santiago, Chile. By the time firefighters distinguished the blaze, the widebody's fuselage had been seriously burned.

In a statement, Ethiopian said the freighter was preparing for a regularly scheduled flight from Shanghai to Sao Paulo.  "All ground staff and flying crew are safe," the airline said.

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Update: Arizona Battery Fire Explosion - "Fire Suppressant Proved Incapable of Stopping Such a Powerful Conflagration"
Industry-standard safety protocols failed to stop a fire and explosion at an APS battery site last year.

By Julian Spector
Greentech Media

Utility recommends ventilation for explosive gases, more intense fire suppression and better training for first responders

Utility Arizona Public Service has completed its exhaustive study of the most high-profile U.S. grid battery fire.

The company filed its report with the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the utility. The report, produced in collaboration with DNV GL, lays out new safety requirements to prevent dangerous failures at current and future battery installations.

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3M to Clean Up Alabama Drinking Water
Aerial photo of the 3M facility in Decatur, Ala. (3M)

By Dennis Pillion

The 3M company announced that it has reached an agreement with the state of Alabama to clean up discharges of "forever chemicals" that polluted thousands of residents drinking water in north Alabama.

The consent order with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management will require 3M to continue investigating and cleaning up contaminated sites in north Alabama, including old landfills where the chemicals were disposed of along the Tennessee River, as well as conduct more research on the chemicals' health impacts.

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Homeless Man Charged with Opening Fire Sprinkler System
Cordero Laremy Mitchell (Photo contributed by Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

By Nick Samuel

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- A man who deputies said purged the water supply to several businesses by opening up the pipes of a fire suppression system was detained.

The man - identified as Cordero Laremy Mitchell - told deputies "he did it for the people who needs water," reports show. Mitchell's arrest report did not indicate there was a fire at the time of the incident.

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Heat Wave Causes Gas Station Suppression System to Discharge
A fire-deterrent chemical covered the area around a Kirkville Sunoco station after the system activated unexpectedly on July 9, 2020. (Photo: CNYCentral)

By Sarah Midani and Amanda Hull

KIRKVILLE, N.Y. -- A fire suppression system at a Kirkville gas station went off unexpectedly. The Minoa Fire Department believes the extreme heat may have caused the system to deploy.

The system activates and deploys a chemical flame deterrent when exposed to high temperatures, according to Minoa Deputy Fire Chief Charles Spratt. July 9th was the sixth consecutive day where temperatures have surpassed 90 degrees in Central New York. The chemical landed on the ground around the gas station, as well as nearby gas pumps, cars and signs.

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Man Admits $590K Charity Fraud Against UTC
Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. merged with defense contractor Raytheon into a behemoth called Raytheon Technologies Corp. with headquarters in Massachusetts. (Raytheon via Twitter)

By Alex Wood
Journal Inquirer

A man who has worked for a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary in North Carolina pleaded guilty to defrauding more than $590,000 from United Technologies before the Raytheon merger by exploiting a company program to match charitable donations by employees.

Steven Kent Strange, 50, of Bailey, North Carolina pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a single count of wire fraud in a hearing held via video conference, U.S. Attorney John H. Durham announced.

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PFAS Proposals Threaten HFCs and HFOs (Europe)

Cooling Post

EUROPE: Proposals to restrict the use of PFAS - a range of chemicals dangerous to health - could further impact the use of HFC and HFO refrigerants in Europe.

Industry groups have been alerted to a joint REACH restriction proposal by the national authorities of five European member states to limit the risks to the environment and human health from the manufacture and use of a wide range of PFAS.

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tom_eusonIn Remembrance of Tom Euson
FSSA regrets to inform you of the passing of Tom Euson, 73, on May 5, 2020, due to complications of throat cancer and heart failure. Tom was born on June 28, 1946 to George and Mary Euson. The oldest of four children, he has two sisters, Marikay and Maureen, and a brother, George. He wrestled and played football at St. Louis U High School.
Tom Euson
June 28, 1946 - May 5, 2020

At age 18, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda, and they had a son, David; who gave Tom his first two grandchildren, Thomas and Courtney.  They later divorced and he eventually married Cindy and had two more children, Matt and Aimee; who gave him four more grandchildren, Charlie, JT, Nyden and Oliver.  He dated his girlfriend Thuy for many of his final years, and they often traveled together.

In the early 1970's, Tom started his career working at Detrex Chemical. He later moved to Indianapolis, IN to take a sales position with Ransburg. When he was passed over for the position of National Sales Manager, he left and started his own Sales Representative Company, Finishing Systems.

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marvThe Passing of Marv Charney

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Marv Charney's recent passing. Marv was a trailblazer and innovator in the fire protection industry and was admired and respected by colleagues, peers and competitors alike.

  Marv joined Fenwal, Inc. as a co-op student while attending Northeastern University and upon graduation in 1962 joined the company as a full-time employee. Marv would spend his entire career at Fenwal which later became Kidde-Fenwal, Inc. During his 42-year tenure here, he excelled at the organization in a variety of impactful roles including Systems Engineering Manager, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Director of Sales. He published a steady stream of technical papers related to combustion phenomenon and fire suppression research.

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potterPotter Appoints New President

By MDM Publishing Ltd - MS
International Fire Protection

Jeff Klein Joins Potter Bringing Years of Experience to the Position

Potter Electric Signal Company of, LLC of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, announces the hiring of Jeff Klein to the position of President of Fire & Security. Klein is joining Potter after previously working at Chamberlain Group in Chicago as their Vice President/General Manager of Commercial Business. Klein will be taking over for Dave Kosciuk, who will be moving into the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development before retiring at the end of 2020.

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leavittLeavitt Named NFPA 1st Vice Chair

By MDM Publishing Ltd - MS
International Fire Protection

Russell B. Leavitt, Executive Chairman of Telgian Holdings, Inc. was recently elected 1st Vice Chair by the board of directors for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The organization focuses on fire codes and standards, as well as public education for fire safety, outreach and advocacy, training and essential research.

NFPA Board Members are selected based on fire industry experience, as well as the respect of peers in the safety community, a proven commitment to the association's goals and an appreciation for the relationship NFPA must maintain with society as its needs evolve.

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corrosionThe Hidden Threat of Corrosion in Water Based Fire Sprinkler Systems

By Steven Dellasanta

Past iterations of code have implications for corrosion, which develops in different ways in different systems.

Corrosion-related issues with water-based suppression systems are not a new problem. As time progresses so does corrosion of metal exposed to oxygen. Yet corrosion of water-based fire protection systems goes unnoticed because it is concealed from view.

Once corrosion reaches a critical level, however, it can cause costly failures, water damage, and underperformance of systems when they are needed. Lack of required inspections, which would otherwise inform building owners and delegated maintenance personnel of corrosion problems, becomes a focal point when systems fail during a fire event or water loss. Here are some of the critical aspects to consider to maintain optimal water-based suppression systems.

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roboticsRobotics in Industrial Firefighting

Fire Safety Search

In recent years there has been a shift toward keeping people away from hazardous situations where possible. In many countries around the world fire brigades have already implemented the use of remote-controlled solutions (such as robots), with great success as they strive to achieve greater levels of safety.

In the same way, there is still an expectation to ensure effective fire suppression even where fire crews maybe be at a reduced capacity. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it would be prudent to support emergency response teams (or individual firefighters), with equipment that can help them to do their job better and as such remote-controlled solution can be of great assistance.

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wind_farmWind Farm and Fire Suppression Technology

By Firetrace
North American Clean Energy

The wind turbine industry should expect 1-2 catastrophic fire incidents at an average wind farm during the lifecycle of a wind turbine according to a new report from a leading provider of fire suppression systems for the wind industry, Firetrace International.

In "The Complete Guide to Wind Turbine Fire Protection", Firetrace explores the cost and benefit of managing this risk - providing wind turbine owners, operators, and their insurers with an assessment of the likelihood of fires, average cost of a fire loss, and cost of protection using one or more fire suppression system.

According to a leading provider of insurance services for renewable energy projects, over a 7-year period, the average loss per fire incident is $4.5m - a figure set to increase with the expansion of larger, more advanced turbines.

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classicMcCain Capital Acquires Classic Fire Protection (Canada)

By McCain Capital Partners
Cision PR Newswire

TORONTO -- McCain Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Rick Berwick, founder and Chief Executive Officer, in the long-term success of Classic Fire Protection. Classic is an industry leader and an expert in Canada's fire and life safety regulations and requirements. Together with MCP, Classic's outstanding team will build on the company's long history and excellent reputation of providing fast, efficient, 24-7 customer service.

"MCP is the long-term, strategic partner I have been looking for", said Rick Berwick, Founder and CEO of Classic. "The commitment that MCP has made will enable continued investment in Classic's people, products, and technology, and will further enhance our ability to deliver unparalleled solutions and service to our customers in Southern Ontario and across Canada."

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