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API Group Scores Major Acquisition in Worldwide Fire Protection Market
Fire Stricken Oil Tanker Pushed Away from Sri Lankan Coast
Fire Breaks Out on Navy Cruiser.
Fire Breaks Out on 737 Engine - Suppression System Extinguishes (Sarajevo)
NTSB Issues Report on Deadly Conception Boat Fire
Glasgow School of Art Sues Fire Equipment Company Over Sprinkler Issue
Fire Shuts Down Vancouver Gas Station
Electrical Fire Damages Courthouse
Natural Gas Plant Opens After Fire (India)
Meggitt Slashes Dividend as Profits Crater
University Tells Self Isolating Students to Remain in Room for One Minute After Fire Alarm Sounds
Judge Drops Charges Against Arkema Executive over 2017 Chemical Fire
Stat-X Hits 500,000 Unit Sale Mark
FSSA Educational Foundation Awards 2020-2021 Scholarships
What Happens to a Plane in an Aircraft Boneyard
Most Popular Stories from September 2020
People in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions
Studies and Reports 
boeingBoeing in Early Talks About a New Commercial Aircraft
Boeing is in conversations about a new plane (not pictured). Photo: Getty Images

By Sumit Singh
Simple Flying

Boeing is reportedly in early talks about working on a new commercial aircraft. The United States-based manufacturer has spoken with the likes of plane leasing firms and suppliers about the prospects. However, this plane is not the previously anticipated NMA.

According to the Wall Street Journal via Fox Business, this program will be a single-aisle aircraft with improved engines. Moreover, it could carry between 200 and 250 passengers, according to those familiar with the project. Altogether, this capacity places the plane between the largest 737 MAX narrowbody and the 787 widebody.

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gas_systemsWhen Will We Monitor Our Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems Properly?
October 2020

By Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter
Fire Safety Search

In July 2020, at the height of COVID19 in the USA, the USS Richard Bonhomme, an amphibious aircraft carrier, developed a 5-day fire during a maintenance interval. It injured 68 military and civil personnel.

A top US Navy acquisitions official said, "Anyone who steps aboard our ships must be ever vigilant about ensuring fire safety. I urge you to use the recent fire to ensure that our work spaces are clean, that unnecessary clutter is removed, that all fire safety measures are being followed and that there is unrestricted access to firefighting and damage control equipment." Excellent, you may think. Regardless of the reason for the fire itself, a reason that the fire became uncontrolled ... was because its fire suppression system had been shutdown and its compartment doors left open. For maintenance.

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molinaMario Molina - Nobel Laureate Whose Work Revealed Damage to Ozone Layer - Dies at 77
President Obama confers the Presidential Medal of Freedom on UCSD Nobel laureate Mario Molina. (White House)

By Gary Robbins
Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO -- UC San Diego researcher Mario Molina, who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping discover that a class of household chemicals known as CFCs was destroying Earth's delicate ozone layer, died. He was 77.

Molina, whose work helped lead to the Montreal Protocol, a landmark treaty aimed at repairing damage to the atmosphere, died in Mexico City, according to the Mario Molina Center, an institute that he operated there. The cause of death was not disclosed.
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ozoneOzone Hole Grows Larger - "Secret" Use of Banned Ozone Depleting Substances Blamed

By Monit Khanna
India Times

We all might be really happy that the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in pollution levels around the world to drop considerably and thus helped in healing the planet. But what has happened right now is quite the opposite of what you'd expect.

Experts at European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (ECMWF) have revealed that a hole has been developed in our ozone layer which is one of the largest humanity has ever seen to date.

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Wesco - A Better Way
Wesco - A Better Way
API Group Scores Major Acquisition in Worldwide Fire Protection Market
API Group's headquarters (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Star Tribune)

By Patrick Kennedy
Star Tribune

APi Group is making four acquisitions worth $300 million that will extend its reach in both the U.S. and Europe.

The largest purchase is the SK FireSafety Group, a Netherlands-based company that provides fire and life safety services to a variety of industries in northern Europe.

New Brighton-based APi Group provides safety, specialty and industrial services through 40 different businesses that have more than 200 locations, mostly in North America.

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Fire Stricken Oil Tanker Pushed Away from Sri Lankan Coast
Indian coast guard ship (R) battling to extinguish the fire from the Panamanian-registered crude oil tanker New Diamond, some 60 km off Sri Lanka's eastern coast. Indian warships on September 3 aided Sri Lanka's navy to extinguish a fire on a massive oil tanker off the island's eastern coast, officials said. (AFP)

The Asian Age

Colombo: A fire-stricken oil tanker was pushed away from Sri Lanka's coast and into deeper waters, rescuers said, after successfully containing the blaze during a 36-hour operation.

The Panamanian-registered New Diamond carrying 270,000 tonnes of crude had drifted dangerously close to the eastern shores of Sri Lanka since issuing a distress message.

The Indian Coast Guard and the Sri Lankan navy said the 330-metre (1,000-foot) vessel was towed overnight to deeper waters some 60 kilometers (37 miles) away from the coast.

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Fire Breaks Out on Navy Cruiser

By Christine Watkins
Sports Grind Entertainment

More than a dozen crew members on a Navy ship operating in the Pacific were injured when a fire broke out on their vessel.

The guided-missile cruiser Antietam suffered a small fire in an engineering space on Sept. 24, Cmdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said. The ship was in the Philippine Sea at the time, she said.

"During the response, 13 crew members experienced minor injuries, were treated by the ship's medical team, and returned to duty," Mommsen added. "An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway."

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Fire Breaks Out on 737 Engine - Suppression System Extinguishes (Sarajevo)

Sarajevo Times

An incident took place at the Sarajevo International Airport when the engine of the plane of the Turkish company "Pegasus Airlines" caught fire.

The fire broke out on the engine number 2 of this plane, before turning towards the parking lot.

The crew reacted quickly and the fire was immediately extinguished, probably only by extinguishing the plane's engine, according to the approach.sarajevo page.

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NTSB Issues Report on Deadly Conception Boat Fire

By Lindsey Glasgow
The Log

The docket includes interview transcripts, photographs, and other investigative materials but does not include any analysis, recommendations or a probable cause determination.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 16 opened a public case docket featuring 104 reports and documents related to the fatal Sept. 2, 2019 Conception dive boat fire.

The docket does not include any analysis, findings, recommendations or a probable cause determination. That information was to be released at the end of a public board meeting scheduled for Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

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Glasgow School of Art Sues Fire Equipment Company Over Sprinkler Issue

Fire Protection Association

Insurers for the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) have begun legal action against Arrest Fire and Security Ltd, which installed fire and security devices in the building before the fire in 2018.

The GSA's listed Mackintosh library building caught fire in 2018 after a previous blaze in 2014. Sprinklers 'had not been fitted' after the first fire, which "almost entirely destroyed" the library in May 2014. A spokesperson for the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) stated at first that "it was understood" that automatic sprinklers had not been fully fitted due to the building undergoing refurbishment.

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Fire Shuts Down Vancouver Gas Station

By Chris Bush
Vancouver Island Free Daily

Fire causes heavy damage to Husky gas station and convenience store near downtown Nanaimo

The Husky sas station and convenience store at the intersection of Stewart and Terminal avenues is closed after it suffered extensive fire and water damage from a blaze that broke out overnight.

The fire appeared to have started in a small compound, bordered by a brick wall, at the rear exterior of the building that contains the building's heating and air conditioning units, which suffered heavy fire damage.

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Electrical Fire Damages Courthouse
Apparent water damage was visible from the exterior of the building's upper levels.

By Ian Kaufman

THUNDER BAY -- A suspected electrical fire has caused untold damage to the Thunder Bay Courthouse.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue was alerted to the fire when a passerby noticed smoke emerging from the building.

That prompted a major response including six pumper trucks, an aerial ladder, and a command vehicle, involving around 26 personnel. Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance were also on scene.

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Natural Gas Plant Opens After Fire (India)

Equity Bulls

Fire in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's Hazira Gas Processing Plant near Surat has been extinguished. All efforts are being made to resume normal operations in the plant at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, fire was observed around 03:05 hours (IST) due to leakage of gas from a gas pipeline.

On the first signs of gas leak and fire, Emergency Shutdown actuators were immediately activated and the plant was shut down.

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Meggitt Slashes Dividend as Profits Crater

By Pushkala Aripaka

British engineering company Meggitt cancelled its interim dividend as it posted a 37% drop in first-half profit after the coronavirus crisis hit its business supplying parts to aerospace manufacturers.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which dragged the airline industry to a standstill, led to a 27% drop in sales at Meggitt's civil aerospace business, which counts planemakers Airbus and Boeing as customers.

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University Tells Self Isolating Students to Remain in Room for One Minute After Fire Alarm Sounds
Heslington Hall, part of the main campus at the University of York. The guidance was slammed by concerned students after a notice explaining the fire safety plan was shared online.

By Emer Scully
Daily Mail

Self-isolating students have been told to wait 'one minute' before evacuating their halls if the fire alarm is sounded.

York University's guidance was slammed by concerned students after a notice explaining the fire safety plan was shared online.

It read: "If you are self isolating and the fire system in your accomodation building is activated please follow these procedures to ensure your safety. When the alarm sounds; stay in your room for one minute then make your way to the nearest refuge (this will allow non-isolating individuals to exit the building)."

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Judge Drops Charges Against Arkema Executive over 2017 Chemical Fire
FILE PHOTO: The flooded plant of French chemical maker Arkema SA, which produces organic peroxides, is seen after fires were reported at the facilty in Crosby.

By Reuters
Yahoo! News

HOUSTON -- A Texas judge acquitted the U.S. arm of French chemical maker Arkema SA and a top executive of criminal recklessness stemming from a 2017 blaze that injured 21 people, a verdict that ended all charges against its managers.

The company's Crosby, Texas, plant became waterlogged and lost power needed to keep organic peroxide chemicals from igniting after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the area. The untended chemicals caught fire and burned for days, injuring 21 safety workers and forcing residents from their homes.

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Stat-X Hits 500,000 Unit Sale Mark

School Transportation News

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Fireaway Inc., manufacturer of the Stat-X condensed aerosol fire suppression has now sold over 500,000 units since its inception in 2005. These 500,000 units are comprised of the portable Stat-X First Responder and the Stat-X electrically, thermally/manually, and manually operated fire suppression generator product line. Also included are our Stat-X EX electrically operated generators for classified hazardous areas!

"In addition to crossing the half a million mark, the Stat-X product line has increased market share after years of steady and strategic growth," said Lance D. Harry, CEO and president of Fireaway Inc.

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FSSA Educational Foundation Awards 2020-2021 Scholarships
Rebekah Schrader


Each year, the Foundation provides financial support to outstanding young students connected with the fire protection industry to help them meet their ever-rising cost of a college education. The FSSA Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipients of scholarships for 2020 - 2021:
  • $3,000 scholarship in the name of Chuck Hooper - Gabriel Levy, California Polytechnic State University
  • $3,000 scholarship in the name of Jim Boyer - Rebekah Schrader, University of Maryland
  • $2,000 scholarship in the name of Bernie Bischoff - Colby Costa, Eastern Kentucky University
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What Happens to a Plane in an Aircraft Boneyard
When an aircraft is scrapped, there's still plenty of parts that can live again. Photo: Ricardo de Vries

By Michael Gebicki

Fancy a Fender Stratocaster guitar made from Boeing 747 parts? Or maybe an aircraft window, buffed, polished and mounted on a base, so you can gaze through it at sky and clouds and reminisce about the flying experience? Or how about an ejector seat from an F4 Phantom fighter-bomber, used extensively by US forces in the Vietnam War. Just don't touch the red button. Head for Boeing Store and you can choose from a treasure trove of artifacts culled from aircraft that have passed their use-by date.

Aircraft pass into retirement for any number of reasons but generally, a commercial airliner will reach its end-of life at a maximum of about 25 years. The last time that aircraft takes to the air its final destination will probably be a decommissioning facility, an aircraft boneyard.

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telgianLarry Lacefield Named Telgian Chief

By MDM Publishing Ltd - NS
International Fire Protection

Telgian Fire Safety (TFS) recently announced the appointment of Larry L. Lacefield as President. In this position, Lacefield will maintain strategic and operational responsibility for all TFS business operations.

Lacefield is a dynamic and proven business leader with more than 20 years of successful experience leading high-impact, operational initiatives. As an innovative and growth-focused executive, he has an extensive background in guiding cross-functional teams and in the effective delivery of program objectives and quality service.

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marloweMarlowe plc Acquires Morgan Fire Protection (UK)

Marlowe Fire & Security

We are delighted to announce that Marlowe plc has acquired Morgan Fire Protection Limited.

Established over 30 years ago, Hertfordshire based Morgan Fire provides a range of fire safety services predominantly to SMEs in and around London and southeast England.

Morgan Fire employs 55 staff and adds further scale and capability to Marlowe's Fire division.

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pye_barkerPye-Barker Acquires Atlanta Based Mitec

By Pye-Barker Fire & Safety
Cision PR Newswire

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Pye-Barker Fire & Safety is proud to announce that it has acquired Mitec, an innovative fire and property protection company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The purchase will allow Pye-Barker Fire to better serve Georgia, Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina markets while adding a new presence in Alabama and Dallas, Texas.

Founded in 1989, Mitec's highly trained personnel use advanced technology to inspect more than one million devices every year - all while guaranteeing superior service and results. Mitec had 140 employees at the time of the closing.

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b_safeB Safe Security Acquires Advent Security (Delaware)

B Safe Security

Wilmington, DE -- B Safe, Inc., a regional provider of security and fire alarms systems to the mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is proud to announce that the company has joined forces with Advent Security in Oreland, PA., adding over $250K in monthly recurring revenue.

Advent provides B Safe greater depth of coverage in the Delaware Valley region and will strengthen Advent's commitment to its 6,800 customers. Over two thirds of Advent's customers are residential, and should be thrilled to know that B Safe was awarded MyPHL17's 2018 and 2019 Top Spot for Best Home Security.

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nationalNational Fire & Safety Acquires Element

By National Fire & Safety
Business Wire

National Fire & Safety, a leading end-to-end fire protection and life safety solutions platform and a portfolio company of Highview Capital, announced the acquisition of Element Fire Protection LLC, a fire safety service and inspection provider headquartered in the greater Phoenix area.

Led by owner-operator Clint Slone, Element's management team has over 40 years of combined experience in the fire safety industry. The Company offers a wide variety of services, including comprehensive annual inspections, backflow testing, emergency training, and repair and maintenance of complex systems and equipment such as alarms, lighting, sprinklers, extinguishers, pumps, hydrants and clean agent systems. As part of the transaction, Element will integrate the entirety of its operations and employee base with RCI Systems, Inc. ("RCI"), a subsidiary of National Fire & Safety.

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battery_fireStakeholders Unite Around Battery Fire Facts (Marine)
Data acquisition of the battery module fire tests.

Hellenic Shipping News

"This project invited players from the entire value chain to examine relevant safety aspects of marine batteries," says Henrik Helgesen, Project Manager of the JDP and Senior Consultant at DNV GL. "It was the ideal setting to develop common guidelines and build trust in the community, and to promote the adoption of batteries on vessels."

Concluded in late 2019, the project involved the Norwegian, Danish and US maritime authorities, battery manufacturers, system integrators, suppliers of fire extinguishing systems, shipyards and shipowners.

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battery_storage6 Steps to Improve Community Safety Near Li-Ion Energy Storage Systems

By Steve Kerber
Utility Dive

As the lithium-ion battery energy storage system (ESS) industry grows and demand for renewable energy increases, ESS facilities will likely continue to proliferate in communities and urban areas around the world, providing multiple benefits, along with some risks.

"Lithium-ion batteries have flammable chemical electrolytes and are susceptible to thermal runaway if the battery has faults, contaminants or experiences physical or operational stress," said Ken Boyce, principal engineer director, UL Energy and Power Technologies division. "Additionally, lithium-ion batteries can spontaneously reignite hours or even days later after a fire event if cells go into thermal runaway, making decommissioning, deconstructing and storing more complicated. Adding to that complexity, safety requirements for ESS sites are still evolving as more information about the technology becomes available," he said.

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operating_roomOperating Room Fire Prevention
The basic elements of fire, such as oxygen, are always present during surgery
October 2020

By Ivan Paredes Tamayo

According to the 2009 edition of the Emergency Care Research Institute Health Devices Guide, operating room fires rank third on the top 10 technology hazards. ECRI estimates that between 550 to 650 fires occur in operating rooms in the United States. The most common sites where fires were the head, face, neck and upper chest (Hart, MD et al. 2011) which means that patients are disproportionately at risk compared to patients exposed to fire risks in other parts of a hospital.

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