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UTC Explores Sale of Chubb Fire and Security
Multidistrict Legislation Requested for Foam Lawsuits by Tyco and 3M
PFAS Contamination Continues to Haunt Military
Euralarm Elects New Pres.
How Do Museums Protect Collections from Fire Risk?
Sea Fire (Europe) to Discontinue Use of HFCs
What Should be Done to Prevent Fires on Container Ships?
Trump Administration Proposes Elimination of Some HFC Regulations
Halon Fire Extinguisher Saves Boating Family from Bear Attack
Crushed Cell Phone Ignites on Qantas Flight.
Flight Aborted After Fire Breaks out in Landing Gear
Most Popular Stories from August 2018
Mergers and Acquisitions
Studies and Reports
UTC Explores Sale of Chubb Fire and Security
FILE PHOTO - United Technologies Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes gives an interview to CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

By Harry Brumpton, Arno Schuetze

United Technologies Corp is exploring a sale of its Chubb Fire & Security division for more than $3 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

On Sept. 14, United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes said the company will announce a decision within 60 days about whether to break up. The company's main business lines are comprised of aerospace engines, elevators and building equipment such as air conditioners.

Chubb was acquired by United Technologies for about $1 billion in 2003, and is now part of the company's climate, controls and security division. It has been playing catch-up for market share with rivals Securitas AB and Tyco International Ltd. Tyco was acquired by Johnson Controls International Plc two years ago for $16.5 billion.

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Multidistrict Legislation Requested for Foam Lawsuits by Tyco and 3M
Photo: Shutterstock

By Amanda Bronstad
The National Law Journal

The lawsuits come on the heels of a $670.7 million settlement with DuPont and Chemours Co. last year involving an MDL over a related chemical that has been linked to cancer and hypertension in pregnant women and other illnesses.

Manufacturers of foams used to fight fuel fires have asked to coordinate about 85 lawsuits that allege toxic chemicals in their products have leaked into drinking water, putting residents at risk of getting cancer and other illnesses.

In a motion filed last week, Tyco Fire Products LP and Chemguard Inc. asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to send 75 cases to Massachusetts, where a federal judge is overseeing four actions "well into the litigation process." The cases span seven states: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. 3M Co. filed a motion two days later to add nine more lawsuits from Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota and upstate New York.

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PFAS Contamination Continues to Haunt Military

By Derrick Z. Jackson, Fellow
Union of Concerned Scientists

There was dead silence at a community meeting last week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after Nancy Eaton spoke before a panel of top federal health officials planning a study of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination at the former Pease Air Force Base. She described how her husband David, who was healthy all his life, died quickly in 2012 at 63 from pancreatic cancer.

David Eaton served four decades in the Air National Guard based out of Pease and saw duty in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Iraq. Nancy said David drank the base's water and the coffee brewed with the same water every day, on top of being exposed to toxic chemicals as an airplane mechanic.

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Euralarm Elects New Pres.

By MDM Publishing Ltd
UK Fire

During the 50th General Assembly of Euralarm, the European association representing the fire safety and security Industry, the members have chosen Mr. Martin Harvey as new President of Euralarm. He succeeds Enzo Peduzzi who was President for the past three years. Following the election of the new President a new Board and Managing Director were introduced. Delegates from national associations and blue-chip companies acknowledged that the Industry is more unified, better integrated into European decision-making processes.

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How Do Museums Protect Collections from Fire Risk?
Drone view of the remnants of Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum Mauro Pimentel/Getty Images

By Rachelle Hampton

On Sept. 2, a fire burned for more than five hours in the halls of the National Museum of Brazil, reducing the 200-year-old building to a charred husk. Described by a candidate in the country's upcoming election as "a lobotomy in Brazilian memory," the extent of the fire's damage won't be fully known until salvage efforts are completed, but it's estimated that almost 90 percent of the museum's collection of 20 million items was at risk of irreversible loss. In a piece for the Atlantic, staff writer Ed Yong describes in devastating detail what we know to be lost at this point, including the last remaining audio recordings of languages no longer spoken, five million butterflies in the etymology collection, and an irreplaceable collection of pterosaur fossils.

What makes the unquantifiable loss more tragic is that by all accounts it could have been prevented. According to the New York Times, as of 2004 the museum didn't even have a fire suppression system, and concerns about the museum's susceptibility to fire had been raised since the 1950s. The most recent, a citizens compliant filed on July 27, "included photos and pointed to specific hazards like the use of flammable plastic on the roof, uncovered wires, and other evidence of jury-rigged wiring." In June a financing plan with the state-run bank BNDES was announced and money apparently disbursed to install "an adequate fire safety system," but it's clear those changes hadn't yet been implemented.

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Sea Fire (Europe) to Discontinue Use of HFCs
Going forward, Sea-Fire Europe will use 3M Novec 1230 fire suppression fluid in its fire extinguishers.

By Trade Only Today Editors
Trade Only Today

Sea-Fire Europe is ceasing distribution of fire-suppression systems that use hydrofluorocarbon agents. The company made the decision to counter supply issues that are arising because of a mandated phase-down of HFCs in Europe and because the company says the move is the responsible action to take, given the adverse impact the gases have on the environment.

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What Should be Done to Prevent Fires on Container Ships?
Recent disasters have reopened the conversation about the difficulties of preventing and extinguishing fires on the open sea.

By Joe Baker
Ship Technology

Traditional precautions against container ship fires are failing to protect crews and cargoes. What is causing fires on-board container vessels, and what should be done to prevent this from a regulatory and practical standpoint?

In March, the Maersk Honam container vessel was sailing hundreds of miles south-east of Salalah, Oman, when it erupted into flames. Nearly two months later, it was dragged into port at Dubai, embers still flickering in the hold. Of the 27 seafarers who had been on-board when the fire struck, 22 were able to abandon ship. The remaining five never returned.

This abject tragedy was only the latest out of a string of many container ship fires that have plagued the maritime industry in recent times. Other shocking incidents in the last five years occurred on-board the MSC Daniela, CMA CGM Rossini and the Hanjin Green Earth.

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Trump Administration Proposes Elimination of Some HFC Regulations

By Greg Zimmerman

The newest Trump Administration proposal is particularly relevant for facility managers: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its intention to remove regulations designed to prevent leaking and venting of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from large HVAC and refrigeration units.

The EPA says the rule would save industry about $39 million annually in regulatory costs. But the rule also would have the climate impact of an additional 642,000 cars on the road. HFCs have a warming potential thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. The proposed rule, Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program's Extension to Substitute, aims to rescind the Obama-era extension of a rule on leak repair provisions.

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Halon Fire Extinguisher Saves Boating Family from Bear Attack
A bear brazenly approaches several anchored boats in Browning Cove. Photo by Brian Laux.

By Warren Schlote

HEYWOOD ISLAND -- The Heywood bear has boarded a fifth boat in the sheltered anchorage at Heywood Island, east of Little Current. This time, it set its sights on a 55-foot, wooden 1962 Chris Craft named AMARA.

Roy Nichols, from Traverse City, Michigan, anchored the boat at about 6:30 pm, and he had three other adults and two 14-year-old girls aboard. He estimates they were about 140 metres from shore in 15 feet of water. They were all below deck at about 10 pm when they heard a loud noise as a chair tipped over on the deck.

"I closed the door and we quickly made a plan to frighten the bear off the boat. We gathered several flashlights and a halon gas fire extinguisher. I started spraying him with the fire extinguisher; he was sitting on the captain's chair," said Mr. Nichols.

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Crushed Cell Phone Ignites on Qantas Flight
This phone ignited after it was crushed in a similar incident on a Qantas flight in 2016. (Source: ATSB)

ABC News

Ever wondered why the in-flight safety videos tell you not to move your seat if you drop your phone?

A Qantas business class passenger learned the hard way after dropping their phone during a flight on an Airbus 380 from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

After their phone became stuck in their seat, they attempted to retrieve it and moved their seat in the process, crushing the device.

A Qantas spokesperson said the phone then began "smoking," before the cabin crew "contained the situation."

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Flight Aborted After Fire Breaks out in Landing Gear
Aircraft rescue firefighter units hosing down the landing gear of the Delta plane at JFK Airport, in New York, on Oct. 1, 2018. (Port Authority PBA)

By Tom Ozimek
The Epoch Times

Firefighters scrambled to douse the flames on an aircraft that aborted takeoff at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Oct. 1, after the plane's landing gear caught fire.

"Kennedy ground, you got an emergency. Emergency," an unidentified voice can be heard, according to NBC New York, citing LiveATC.net, a repository of air traffic control interactions.

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hillerHiller Acquires Systems Management Group (Denver)
The Hiller Companies acquired Denver-based SMG for undisclosed terms.

By SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

SMG specializes in the installation, service and integration of low-voltage systems, including fire alarms, intrusion alarms, access control and more.

DENVER -- The Hiller Companies has acquired Systems Management Group (SMG), based here, a full-service integrator of security and fire/-life-safety systems.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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AIAI Fire Acquires FireProTech (Vermont)

By Iris Dorbian
The PE Hub Network

Queen City Fire Equipment, Inc. ("FireProTec") is a leading provider of fire protection services across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Northern New York. Headquartered in Colchester, VT, FireProTec primarily offers clean agent, kitchen equipment, and fire extinguisher servicing, for customers across various end markets including schools, hospitals, and industrials.

AI Fire, a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity ("Audax"), has completed the acquisition of FireProTec, representing the company's fourth acquisition since Audax's investment.

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csgConvergent Tech Acquires Commercial Systems Group (Florida)

By Paul Ragusa
Security Systems News

Deal expands company's fire and life safety business in Florida

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Convergint Technologies, a global service-based systems integration company based here, acquired Commercial Systems Group, an Orlando, Fla.-based integrator with a dedicated focus on fire and life safety.

"Dino DeRose and Chris Inman have built a strong fire and life safety business, and we are thrilled to have them and their team join us," Ken Lochiatto, Convergint Technologies CEO, said in the announcement, noting that all 77 CSG colleagues will be joining the Convergint organization.

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actronHutchwilco Acquires Actron Fire (New Zealand)
Hutchwilco has acquired Westhaven-based Actron Fire Services in New Zealand

Marine Business

NZ marine safety company looks to grow by adding fire specialists.

New Zealand marine safety equipment company, Hutchwilco Limited, has acquired Auckland marine fire safety specialists, Actron Fire Services.

Based in Westhaven, Actron Fire Services specializes in hand-operated fire protection services and related safety equipment for commercial, marine and domestic use.

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summitSummit Purchases Multiple Fire Protection Companies in Michigan

Summit Companies

Company Purchases Businesses in Western, Eastern and Southeastern Michigan

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA -- Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety company, announced it has completed the purchase of Clark Fire & Safety, Inc. ("Clark Fire") in Owosso, MI, Mid-Michigan Fire & Safety Supply, Inc. ("Mid-Michigan Fire") in Greenville, MI, and Providence Fire Protection, Inc. d/b/a VanEx Fire Systems ("VanEx Fire Systems") in Luna Pier, MI. These acquisitions are a strategic geographic expansion of Summit's existing fire protection, life safety and consulting business in the state of Michigan. Summit Companies currently has branch offices in the states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin and performs work across the United States.

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roofFire Safety Keys at Cold Storage Facility
Two years after a fire destroyed its old complex, Dick Cold Storage decided to build a new facility in Columbus, Ohio. Designed by Tippmann Innovation, the building offers the most up-to-date technology, as well as additional fire protection safeguards. Photo: Ryan Leasure

By Thomas Renner

When the executive leadership at Dick Cold Storage decided to build a brand-new facility, the company made certain that the new structure would have increased fire protection - especially with its roofing system.

Dick Cold Storage opened a new facility in June, less than two years after a fire completely destroyed its previous facility in Columbus, Ohio. The new building, designed by Tippmann Innovation, offers the best equipment and most up-to-date technology for cold storage facilities. There are also additional fire protection safeguards, such as fire access doors, horns and strobes, additional pull stations at doors, linear heat detection in freezers and automatic smoke vents.

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dataFire Suppression System Key to Data Protection

By Jacob Maslow
StreetWise Journal

In today's world where it is hard to find a business that does not rely on technology of some sort, all businesses are in danger of losing valuable data in an emergency situation when a fire breaks out in a data or server room. Losing critical data can end up being extremely costly, and even a recipe for business failure. As such, it is wise for every business to invest in a preventative plan before it is too late.

A fire in a data or server room may not only stop a business from operating for a short period of time, be it a few hours or a few weeks, but it can cause a business to permanently shut its doors. According to Faulkner Information Services, almost 50% of companies that lose their data due to disasters end up shutting down within two years time, while data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor reveals that 93% of those businesses close shop within five years. Similarly, research conducted by the University of Texas shows that 94% of businesses close their doors following a disaster and further indicates that most of these businesses do not succeed in reopening.

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dust_explosionCombustible Dust Explosions - Are You at Risk?

By Steve Ochs
Occupational Health & Safety

Awareness training, good housekeeping, reference to safety data sheets, and adopting best practice should, in combination, minimize the potential for an explosion.

Think about combustible dust explosions and coal dust, grain storage, and flour mills immediately spring to mind because they make primetime news, but essentially any workplace that generates dust is potentially at risk.

Dusts are created when materials are transported, handled, processed, polished, ground and shaped. Dusts are also created by abrasive blasting, cutting, crushing, mixing, sifting, or screening dry materials. The buildup of dried residue from the processing of wet materials also can generate dusts.

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museum_fireWe're All in Danger of Watching Our History Go Up in Flames
An aerial view of the National Museum of Brazil is seen after a devastating fire on Sept. 3 in Rio de Janeiro. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

By Hugh Eakin
The Washington Post

Around midday on April 15, 1958, New York's Museum of Modern Art erupted in flames. The three-alarm fire spread rapidly, threatening the world's preeminent collection of 20th-century paintings and leaving nearly 200 people stranded on the building's roof.

In the end, firefighters controlled the blaze and - thanks to heroic efforts by museum staff - the collection was largely unscathed. Staffers carried a group of major Georges Seurat paintings, including his masterpiece, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," on a rare loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, to safety in an adjacent building. Nonetheless, one of Claude Monet's largest "Water Lilies" paintings was destroyed and several other works severely damaged.

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