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UTC Chief to Honeywell - "It ain't gunna happen!"
Boeing Seeks Battery Fire Extinguisher Patent - Halon 1301 Chosen as Extinguishing Agent??
Hi Fog Granted FM Approval for Data Centers
Feds Stiff CA Fire Distributor - Suit Claims
W.W. Grainger to Carry Sea-Fire Pre-Engineered Novec Systems
Fire Industry Launches Apprentice Program (UK)
Accidental System Discharge Caused Gas Station Shut Down
Exclusive Photos of FSSA 35th Annual Conference
UTC to Open 'Digital Accelerator' in NYC
Most Popular Stories from March 2017
People In The News 
Studies and Reports
Heard On The Street
UTC Chief to Honeywell - "It ain't gunna happen!"
Post-Merger Flop - Honeywell Sets Sights on Rivals

By Nick Rummell
Courthouse News Service

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. -- A week after suing to prevent the merger of two of rivals, Honeywell International backed out of a merger of its own over potential snags with antitrust regulators.

The $90 billion proposed merger with United Technology, something considered for nearly two decades and proposed again by Honeywell in spring 2016, would have created a nearly $200 technology company.

Though United initially appeared amicable to the merger, Honeywell officially ended the courtship after months of waning interest by United.

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Boeing Seeks Battery Fire Extinguisher Patent - Halon 1301 Chosen as Extinguishing Agent??
Boeing's fire-suppressing case, Image 3A, shows a tablet computer being lowered down onto the case, where it rests in 3B. Suppressant gas canisters at bottom-right.

By Simon Sharwood
The Register

Invented before the Galaxy Note 7 went down in flames, the case detects heat and then sprays fire-suppressing gas

Boeing has sought a patent for a "Fire detection and suppression pack for battery-powered personal computing devices." 

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ThreeMWhy the 3M/Scott Deal Makes Sense

By Trefis Team, Contributor

3M announced that it has inked a deal with Johnson Controls to acquire its Scott Safety business for $2 billion. Scott Safety is a manufacturer of equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus systems, respirators, thermal imaging cameras, escape equipment, communications gear, and other protective instruments. Scott Safety's products provide protective solutions in industries such as fire services, chemical, construction, petroleum, industrial, and emergency services. The deal, which will be accretive to 3M's business, is expected to close in the second half of the year. It also marks the second-largest acquisition in 3M's history, and will make the company the largest player in the personal protection market in the U.S.

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Hi Fog Granted FM Approval for Data Centers
Marioff's HI-FOG has won FM Approvals' data center certification.

By Neha Bhatia
Construction Week Online

Finnish company Marioff announced its HI-FOG water mist fire protection system meets FM Approvals standards for fire protection in data centers.

The standards were created by FM Approvals, a third-party testing and certification services outfit.

HI-FOG won FM Approvals' certification after full-scale fire tests, which include protection of data processing equipment halls and cable trays under raised floors.

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Feds Stiff CA Fire Distributor - Suit Claims

By Wadi Reformado
Northern California Record

LOS ANGELES -- A California business claims it was not paid for its work on a federal project.

United States of America, for the use and benefit of Glendale Plumbing & Fire Supply Inc., filed a complaint on Feb. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Radix Fire Protection Inc., Cal-City Construction Inc. and Western Surety Co. alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Glendale Plumbing & Fire Supply Inc. suffered monetary damages to its business from not being paid for its work on a federal project in Mather in July 2016. The plaintiff holds Radix Fire Protection Inc., Cal-City Construction Inc. and Western Surety Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly breached their contractual agreement with Glendale Plumbing & Fire Supply Inc. by failing to pay them plus interest.

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W.W. Grainger to Carry Sea-Fire Pre-Engineered Novec Systems

Fire Engineering

The global leader in state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression apparatus has become a key product supplier for W.W. Grainger. Sea-Fire equipment is available online at www.grainger.com.

Sea-Fire chose products that center around its pre-engineered systems. These extinguishers utilize 3M Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, an innovative solution that is electrically non-conductive and non-corrosive, and has a low toxicity value, so it's safe for workers. It's also environmentally sound with a global warming potential of 1. The company also offers heat sensors, pull boxes, and remote pull cables.

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Fire Industry Launches Apprentice Program (UK)

FE News Editor
FE News

Industry unites to announce start of new trailblazer apprenticeship standard

The fire, emergency and security systems apprenticeship trailblazer has officially launched during a major industry event held at the UBM offices in London. The majority of candidates are now expected to formally start their apprenticeship in September this year.

The event was jointly organized by the apprenticeship employers group, alongside the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

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Accidental System Discharge Caused Gas Station Shut Down
A dry chemical powder is released into the air after an accidental activation of the ANSUL system at Mobil on Foundry Street in Easton, Saturday, March 18, 2017. - Maximus Zayno photo

By Cody Shepard, The Enterprise
Wicked Local Easton

EASTON -- It looked like it snowed in town one Saturday morning - but only in the parking lot of one gas station.

The fire suppression system dropped a dry powder chemical at Mobil, at 491 Foundry St., while the shop was open.

"There was an accidental release of the ANSUL dry chemical system," Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said. "The company came down that maintains it and believes, for some reason, there was an issue with one of the heat detectors that set it off."

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watermistWatermist Manufacturer Fogmaker Picks New Chief

By Gariela Mungarro
School Transportation News

Exton, PA -- USSC Group announced the appointment of Kent Tyler as vice president for the organization. Tyler will initially focus his efforts on the company's fire suppression group, Fogmaker North American (FMNA). Fogmaker is a global leader in water mist fire suppression systems for vehicles and enclosed hazards. The patented high-pressure water mist system is designed to rapidly reduce heat from fires through directly attacking the fire triangle.

"We're excited to welcome Kent to the USSC Group team. Kent is a talented, customer-centric leader with a strong record of delivering results," said Joe Mirabile, president of USSC Group. "Kent has a history of success building brands, increasing sales, and developing key relationships with distributors and end-users. Kent's extensive experience running manufacturing and sales organizations will certainly benefit our dealers and customers."

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globalGlobal Fire Testing Company - Exova (UK) - Picks New Ops Mgr.

MDM Publishing Ltd
International Fire Protection

Global testing company Exova has appointed John Stevenson as Operations and Business Development Director for its Fire, Building Products and Certification (FBP&C) business.

John joins the company after serving in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles and for the last 15 years, he has been Managing Director for Cape and then Promat, as part of the Etex Group. He has strong experience of the fire protection industry in the UK, USA and Middle East and has led several acquisitions. John has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and also holds a science degree.

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honeyHoneywell Fire/Security President Paja Departs for Delhi Automotive
David Paja, left, and Michael Flink.

CE Pro Editors
CE Pro

Previously ADI's global president, Flink will move in to replace Paja who has taken another position outside of the security industry.

David Paja, former president of Honeywell Security & Fire, has accepted a new executive position with Delphi Automotive.

Honeywell did not previously announce Paja's departure. Former ADI Global President Michael Flink is now serving in the same role, which his Linkedin page shows he assumed Jan. 17. Rob Aarnes, former president of ADI North America, is listed as president of ADI Global on his Linkedin page. And Andy Morra, former vice president of ADI North America, is listed as president of ADI North America on his Linkedin page.

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fire_lifeFire-Life Safety (Virginia) Acquired by Bluepoint

By Jeremy Nobile
Crain's Cleveland Business

Blue Point Capital Partners has acquired Fire & Life Safety America, a Richmond, Va.-based provider of fire safety systems, the firm has announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fire & Life, founded in 1997 and known as FLSA, provides fire and life safety system inspection, maintenance, repair and installation services.

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sciensSciens Building Solutions Acquires W.W. Gay (Florida)

The PE Hub Network

DETROIT -- Huron Capital announced its fire detection and security services ExecFactor® platform, Sciens Building Solutions, has acquired Jacksonville, FL-based W.W. Gay Fire & Integrated Systems, Inc. In 2015, Huron Capital formed Sciens in partnership with former Siemens executive, Terry Heath, to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire detection and security services sector.

W.W. Gay is a provider of comprehensive fire detection and fire suppression systems, as well as data/security and electrical services. The company primarily serves the healthcare, military/government, education/institution, commercial and industrial/utility end markets. W.W. Gay has been owned and operated since 1991 by Nandu Paryani. Paryani will continue to lead the business locally, which will be operated as a division of Sciens.

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firetraceOsborne Appointed as New President of Firetrace


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Osborne as president of Firetrace Inc. with immediate effect.

Prior to joining Firetrace, Mark was the managing director of FFE, where he led significant change in all areas of the business including innovation and talent development. Previously he held various board level positions at Crowcon.

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dataData Center Fire Protection

By Alexander Gonzales, PE, CFPS
Facility Executive

IT and data rooms are usually access controlled, so a reliable fire suppression option is to install an automatic fire protection system that can be deployed instantly.

The scenario of an Information Technology (IT) and data room being taken offline due to fire damage may not be first on the list of potential facility hazards, but it very well deserves the same attention and respect as any other potential hazard. In the current business climate, there are very few professions that do not depend on technology in some capacity to drive business operations. As technology's role in business continues to evolve, the use of IT and data rooms to secure company data is growing and changing. The types of spaces hold highly privileged and critical company information, yet are very frequently unprotected and susceptible to loss due to several elements of fire risk. Without proper precautions to safeguard these rooms, organizations risk disastrous results such as business interruption, loss of vital information, and significant financial strain to replace and recover infrastructure.

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air_forceAir Force Base Brings Down Cost of Fire Suppression Test
Containment pools, bottom right, were built with wood framing and plastic sheets to aid in water collection during the test. This is a different approach from previous tests where water or fire-fighting foam was released into the hangar after all equipment was manually covered up with plastic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit)

By Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force developed a new funnel system that captures the foam or water deluge during required hangar fire-suppression system tests, saving $79,750 and several days of delay, which can be critically important for test programs.

The new funnel system testing by members from the Edwards Air Force Base Fire Department and the 461st Flight Test Squadron tried out a new funnel system to conduct fire suppression tests Jan. 7-8 at Hangar 1820.

In order to protect workers and multimillion dollar aircraft, such as the F-35A Lightning II, tests need to be conducted periodically to ensure hangar fire suppression systems are working properly and can be activated and deactivated.

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Exclusive Photos of FSSA 35th Annual Conference
The FSSA 35th Annual Forum took place on February 17-21, 2017 at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, Florida. You can check out more of the pictures here!

UTC to Open 'Digital Accelerator' in NYC
55 Water St., the future home of United Technologies Digital Accelerator.

By Tyler Woods, Reporter

United Technologies Corporation announced it will be investing big time in the Brooklyn tech world.

The Connecticut-based corporation will be opening a the United Technologies Digital Accelerator, in which it says it will invest $300 million and 250 jobs.

According to a release, the company will focus on "developing software solutions for UTC's world-class product and service portfolio." That portfolio includes military and commercial jet propulsion, aerospace and defense products, elevators, escalators and more. "United Technologies Digital is recruiting hi-tech professionals specializing in product management, software development, data science and more."

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engineerWhat a Fire Protection Engineer Really Does
Fire Protection Engineer Nancy Pearce

By Luba Vangelova

Fire protection engineers help protect people from fire and explosion hazards by ensuring that buildings have adequate exits, that flammable substances are controlled, and that everyone operating near such hazards takes necessary precautions. Nancy Pearce is a fire protection engineer for the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

Work overview.

Many fire engineers work behind the scenes to help design equipment or buildings to prevent or withstand fires. Others figure out what building materials are required and how to configure exits or hallways to allow quick escape in case of a fire. Some fire protection engineers conduct investigations after fires or do research on materials that may provide better fire resistance.

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Most Popular Stories from March 2017

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