Fire Protection

Captain Robert F. Scott and four others reached the geographic South Pole on Jan. 18, 1912, only to find out that a team of Norwegian...more...

On March 9, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) filed the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, and Rep. Tom Reed (R- New York)...more...

Finding ways to pay for college can be one of the toughest challenges for high school seniors. The American Fire Sprinkler Association is eager to...more...

﷯As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room in Christchurch, New Zealand. ﷯This morning, our team will be flying down to Antarctica...more...

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. has hired Stephan Phillips to launch a fire sprinkler division at the company's Columbia office to serve a...more...

My last column recounted the events that led up to the conflagration known as the Second Great Honolulu Chinatown Fire. To recap, concerns over a bubonic...more...

A group of 81 San Jose, Calif. fire sprinkler testers and installers working for Cintas Fire Protection Services were awarded $1.3 million in overtime pay...more...

The Viking Group has announced that James Golinveaux has joined the company as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Kevin Ortyl, who served as...more...

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says levels of orthophosphate, a corrosion inhibitor being used in Flint to restore the protective barrier on the walls...more...

It is time to reevaluate the relevance and effectiveness of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based...more...

The story of the Second Great Honolulu Chinatown Fire is a tale of many tales. It is about political intrigue, a dangerous disease, racial tension...more...

Tyco Fire Protection Products, announces the newest addition to its Quell Fire Sprinkler System, the Ultra K-34 286° Sprinkler. Designed for a higher level of...more...

Lithium-ion batteries are a common part of everyday life since they power smartphones and other consumer electronics.

However, they can catch fire – and these...more...

The American Fire Sprinkler Association will present a webinar entitled Design Strategies for Corrosion Control in Fire Sprinkler Systems at 11 a.m. CST, Jan. 19....more...

Victaulic officially launched the Series 800Y Hydraulic Control Valve Family, the latest of the 800-series hydraulic control valves for fire protection applications. The industry-first valve...more...

A new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation highlights positive opinions of home fire sprinklers by homeowners and most government officials in U.S. states...more...

The American Fire Sprinkler Association has announced that Steve A. Muncy, CAE is retiring as president effective Dec. 31, and the board of directors have...more...

The American Fire Sprinkler Association announces the 2017 schedule for its Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School. Six 2017 sessions have been scheduled for Jan....more...

In today’s built environment, the growing emphasis on water-based fire protection systems challenges plumbing engineers to provide adequate pressure and flow while protecting the potable...more...

The tricky part of this is that one must look not only at the changes occurring with the 2012 edition of NFPA 101; one must...more...

Those of you involved in the U.S. health care industry are probably aware that on May 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)...more...

Before 7 a.m. on April 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Building 6 at the General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The fire grew...more...

A newly formed Johnson Controls began operations Sept. 6 following the successful completion of its merger with Tyco.

By uniting Johnson Controls, the number one...more...

In 1992, I designed the fire protection systems for a Hazardous Materials Storage Building. The building had a separate area for storage of flammable liquids...more...

NFPA recently published the report summarizing the results of this workshop.  Sponsored by NFPA, it took place December 14-15, 2015, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida....more...

The NFPA Conference & Expo will bring together professionals from all ends of the spectrum — design, construction and building operations. The goals of this...more...

My April column on the One Meridian Plaza Fire discussed the fire’s impact on the use of pressure-regulating hose valves on standpipe systems. To recap,...more...

Tyco Fire Protection Products introduces the Model RM-1 Riser Manifold. The RM-1, available for commercial and residential uses, features a proprietary connection between the manifold...more...

NFPA offers resources to help stakeholders affected by this long-awaited decision

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid...more...

Reminiscent of Paul Harvey, this is a story of a connection. In the book “The Go-Giver,” by Bob Bourg and John David Mann, a key...more...

Coffman Engineers, Inc. has acquired Honolulu-based fire protection engineering firm S.S. Dannaway Associates, Inc.

SSDA is the Pacific Rim’s leading fire protection engineering firm. They...more...

The Fire Protection Systems III has been revised and updated, and a PDF download is available for purchase at ASPE's online store.

The handbook...more...

Try as we might, fire protection engineers are often victims of a truism often applied to the fire service in the times before their great...more...

Tyco announced that it has opened innovation centers aimed at solving broader customer problems while championing startups in security, fire protection and smart connected technologies....more...

Ames Fire & Waterworks announced a new grooved-end automatic control valve (ACV) for reducing water pressure in fire protection systems.

The grooved-end 910GF ACV is UL-listed...more...

The design of firestop systems is quickly becoming a highly complicated and highly specialized area. A particular building design may have the need for several...more...

Tyco Fire Protection Products introduces the BFV-300 Butterfly Valve.

New features of the valve make it smaller, lighter and easier to install and service. Tapping...more...

The city on filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit Feb. 18 against the developer of the Da Vinci Apartments, alleging improper construction and security led...more...

Noble Company Products Include Innovations for Tile, Plumbing, Heating/Cooling and Fire Sprinkler Industries

Cleveland-based Federal Process Corporation, a diversified building product and specialty chemical manufacturer...more...

What is that red, silly putty all over those pipes and penetrating the wall? If it is red, is it really good. What if it...more...

Plumis, a London-based tech firm, is taking a decidedly different way to control fires. The sprinklers for its Automist Smartscan system are located in the...more...

The American Fire Sprinkler Association announces an upcoming two-part live webinar event: "Changes from the 2013 Edition of NFPA 13 to the 2016 Edition."

The...more...

Write it down, as I do not say it often. Here is a story about a federal government entity that got something right, the Occupational...more...

Approximately 65 downtown Enid, Okla., buildings are eligible for a grant program approved by the Enid City Commission.

Through the Downtown Sprinkler Tap and Riser...more...

Owners block attempts to install ‘unsightly’ sprinklers

Heritage buildings across England are at risk of burning down because their owners are blocking attempts to install...more...

The following paragraph appears in NFPA codes and standards published prior to 2015. It is located in the introductory text for the document, between the...more...

Ahern Fire Protection, the fire sprinkler installation and service division of J.F. Ahern, Fond du Lac, Wis., has started offering fire alarm monitoring. The company,...more...

The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved a measure that will require the owners of all high rise buildings in the city to retrofit the...more...

This month, I will look at some of the features of fire pump installations in Japan. Mind you, this is strictly from the point of...more...

Victaulic hired Adam Hicks as it new fire protection manager for the Middle East. Hicks, who will be based in Qatar, brings with him experience...more...

As part of the celebration of ANSUL's 100th anniversary, the company has launched the world's first online Museum of Fire Protection. The site uses video, photos and...more...

Hundreds of people were evacuated Saturday afternoon from Terminal 3 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

According to airport spokesperson Greg Meyer, a contractor working at...more...

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood is recommending San Antonio high-rise buildings 75 feet or taller – typically 7 stories – be retrofitted with...more...

In August, the NFPA Standards Council voted to issue the 2016 edition NFPA 13R Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies...more...

The owner of closed-down Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., violated fire codes when he dismissed the property’s team of engineers and left the...more...

The American National Standards Institute is now offering site license subscriptions for National Fire Protection Association standards. A comprehensive collection of over 1,300 of NFPA's...more...

In a few months, a new edition of NFPA 13, the 2016 edition, will be available. There were a few NITMAMS at the NFPA Technical...more...

EasyHeat, a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation, has announced that its SR and TSR Self-Regulating Electric Heat Trace Cables are now CSA- and CSA-UL-approved...more...

In a few months, a new edition of NFPA 13, the 2016 edition, will be available. There were a few NITMAMS at the NFPA Technical...more...

Local CBS affiliate WJAX-TV interviewed Neptune Fire Protection Engineering senior fire protection engineer Steve Kowkabany following a fire that destroyed 20 condo in building near...more...

BALTIMORE - Jensen Hughes’ subsidiary, RJA Fire Protection Technology Consulting, in Shanghai, China is in the first select group to receive approval under the new government...more...

While supporting a design-build team preparing bids for a project to provide a new warehouse building, we almost fell into the ESFR trap. I feel...more...

Specifying the right fire sprinkler system for commercial applications can be a complex and challenging issue—not only because of the large number of lives at...more...

Did you know that fire protection engineers played an important role in helping the allies successfully win the strategic air wars over Germany and Japan...more...

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In January 2014, the accidental activation of a high expansion foam system in King Aircraft Hangar at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Fla,. resulted...more...

This summer one of the premier events in fire and life safety will take place in Chicago, Ill. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will...more...

On January 21, there was a significant fire in Edgewater, N.J. The fire involved The Avalon on the Hudson, a luxury apartment complex. The complex,...more...

In one of the interludes during an episode of a famous 1960s cartoon show, Bullwinkle J. Moose, appearing in magician’s garb, said, “Hey, Rocky! Watch...more...

Anita Marie Woodson, age 75, Apt 709; Charlene Lowry, age 71, Apt 924; Ramon Villarreal, age 85, Apt 323; Molly Urban, age 75, Apt 302;...more...

My first office space was in the old American Can Company Warehouse, also known as the 1928

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Architects seem to relish creating difficulty for the sprinkler folks, particularly when it comes to ceilings. Not happy with a perfectly good smooth flat ceiling,...more...

After participating in a complete cycle of the code development process for NFPA 101 using NFPA’s new regulations for standards development, I felt it would...more...

At the NFPA Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, I attended the session entitled “Analysis of Potential Fire Sprinkler Performance in the Great Adventure Fire...more...

My September 2013 column reported the changes in the 2014 edition of NFPA 25. I also discussed an issue that did not have a big...more...

A year ago, after submitting sprinkler system bid documents for the new medical center at Wossamotta University in Frostbite Falls, I was called upon by...more...

“Factory Mutual Data Sheet 8-9 Storage of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and Plastic Commodities” is Factory Mutual’s (FM) version of the storage chapters of...more...

The fire protection industry continues to grow and evolve every day. Engineers, designers and local authorities are confronted with new challenges that involve unique applications...more...

Last month’s flow test was conducted as part of the fire protection engineer’s sprinkler design.

Scenario 1: The flow test performed indicated the available water...more...

When starting a fire pump design, the most important item to consider is the water supply. If you are utilizing the city water supply as...more...

HILLSIDE, Ill. – The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA), the

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There was a time when the publication of a new edition of “NFPA 101 The Life Safety Code,” included many changes that were of great...more...

By Steven Baird

Engineers, contractors and building owners are beginning to discover what fire safety professionals have known for years. Factory assembled pump packages reduce...more...

What is it that we admire in our engineering leaders? 

We admire leaders who are mentors. Mentors provide guidance and advice to young engineers, helping...more...