www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                   March 2019 - Vol 3, Issue 22
School District Sues Sprinkler Contractor Over Damage
Fire Extinguisher Explodes at Airport, Killing One
Senator Slams Johnson Controls Over Marinette Clean Up Effort
Records Show Tyco Knew of Ground Water Contamination
Tyco to Pay for City's New Water System
Extremely High PFAS Levels Found at Viking Corp. Mfg. Plant
EPA's New PFOS Action Plan
EPA Criticized Over Foam/PFAS Clean-up Efforts
First Boron Fire Extinguisher Powder Produced in Turkey
Clock is Ticking on Historical Archives - Lacks Modern Fire Suppression (Washington State)
How Brexit Might Impact UK Fire Protection Companies
Fire Breaks Out at GM Plant
US Bars Lithium Ion Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Flights
Sprinkler System Left Running for Hours
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Mergers and Acquisitions
New Products
Studies and Reports
Of Interest
New Products
School District Sues Sprinkler Contractor Over Damage

By Jason Schreiber, Union Leader Correspondent
New Hampshire Union Leader

BRENTWOOD -- The New Castle School District's insurer has taken legal action against a Hudson fire protection company alleging that it was responsible for a sprinkler burst that caused $23,900 in damage to the Maude Trefethen School.

N.H. Public Risk Management Exchange, also known as Primex, filed a complaint against Tri-State Fire Protection LLC in Rockingham County Superior Court seeking to recover the cost of repairs for the sprinkler failure on Feb. 3, 2018.

According to the complaint, problems began on Jan. 11, 2018, when the school's sprinkler system was damaged by freezing water. Lawyers for Primex said the failed sprinkler system is a "dry" system that's not supposed to have water in it until there is a fire and water is allowed into the sprinkler pipes and heads.

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Fire Extinguisher Explodes at Airport, Killing One
PHOTO: The Nation

The Thaiger

The Airport Rail Link has issued an announcement confirming that one person has died while another has sustained serious injuries and another three sustaining minor injuries in a chemical tank accident this afternoon.

A fire extinguisher exploded in a service zone inside Suvarnabhumi Airport, killing one person and injuring four others.

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Senator Slams Johnson Controls Over Marinette Clean Up Effort
Heat vapors rise during hands-on fire training at Tyco Fire Product's training facility in Marinette in 2007. The company is currently assessing the extent of contamination from its firefighting foam. (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis)

By Lee Bergquist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin expressed worries in a letter to the top officer of Johnson Controls International about the company's "delayed response" to contamination of groundwater in Marinette in northeastern Wisconsin.

Baldwin sent a letter to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Oliver and asked why a unit of the company knew of contamination on its property in 2013, yet residents were not notified of potential water contamination until 2017.

"Without such notification, residents could not reasonably have had knowledge of the contamination and could do nothing to protect themselves from exposure," Baldwin wrote.

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Records Show Tyco Knew of Ground Water Contamination

By Trimmel Gomes, Wisconsin News Connection

MARINETTE, Wis. -- State records show Tyco Fire Products knew that its toxic products were contaminating groundwater at least four years before they notified residents.

Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel found the company discovered soil and well contamination on the Marinette manufacturer's fire training property in 2013, according to records at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The company was found to have some of the highest concentrations of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances which are linked to cancer and other health issues. State law requires companies to immediately report pollution.

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Tyco to Pay for City's New Water System

By Tia Johnson
Action News 2

TOWN OF PESHTIGO, Wis. -- It's been a year since we first told you about dozens of families in the Town of Peshtigo drinking bottled water because their wells tested positive for contamination.

A report showed that contaminates from a firefighting foam, manufactured nearby at Tyco Fire Protection Products were being found in people's drinking water.

Last week, Tyco announced it will pay the full cost for a municipal water system within contaminated areas in the Town of Peshtigo.

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Extremely High PFAS Levels Found at Viking Corp. Mfg. Plant
Sprinkler heads made by Viking Corporation. The company operates a manufacturing facility for fire suppression equipment in Hastings, Mich. (MLive file photo) (BPN)

By Garret Ellison
MLive Media Group

HASTINGS, MI -- Extremely high levels of toxic fluorochemical contamination has been discovered in groundwater at a fire suppression equipment manufacturing plant in Barry County.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says groundwater under the Viking Corporation facility in Hastings recently tested at 335,000 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for Total PFAS, in an area where the company tests products using chemical-based firefighting foam.

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EPA's New PFOS Action Plan

JD Supra

In February of 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to continue to lead the national effort to reduce risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination by implementing a new PFAS Action Plan. PFAS are a large group of synthetic chemicals that include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and thousands of other substances. PFAS are used to manufacture many products including aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), butter wrappers, cookware, pizza boxes, stain repellents, textiles, rubbers, plastics, leather and apparel. They are also used at airports and in the aerospace industry. PFOA and PFOS are the most used and studied of these chemicals.

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EPA Criticized Over Foam/PFAS Clean-up Efforts
Tyco Fire Product operates a fire technology center in Marinette where chemicals used in firefighting foam have been found in groundwater. (Photo: Johnson Controls)

By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher, Associated Press
Milwaulkee Journal Sentinel

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them.

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was expected to announce the plan during a briefing in Philadelphia.

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First Boron Fire Extinguisher Powder Produced in Turkey

Turkish Hvac News

A manufacturer based at the İzmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) has been produced the world's first boron extinguisher powder. The powder is considered to be also the first product in the solid cooling technology.

Boron, which has widespread use in different industries, can also be used to extinguish all types of fires, including very high temperatures and metal fires.

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Clock is Ticking on Historical Archives - Lacks Modern Fire Suppression (Washington State)
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman gives a tour of the State Archives Building in Olympia on Jan. 29, 2019. Wyman is proposing a $108 million project to rebuild the state archives and library. (Photo by Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

By Knute Berger

Last summer, the fire that destroyed the Aberdeen Historical Museum was a reminder that our memories - preserved in records and artifacts - are indeed fragile. After the devastating fire, which destroyed the museum and much of its contents, state archivists were on the scene trying to salvage historical records. Those documents are still undergoing painstaking and elaborate restoration by the state.

That fire highlights a danger that goes well beyond Aberdeen. In fact, a whole host of invaluable records held by the state archives are in an appallingly tenuous situation themselves. For more than a decade, Washington secretaries of state have been trying to better safeguard the state's own archives.

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How Brexit Might Impact UK Fire Protection Companies

By Graham Orme, International director, BRE Ltd
IFSEC Global

The vast majority of fire protection products such as fire detection and suppression systems, construction materials and products, fire stopping and service installations are within the scope of the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) No. 305/2011.

The CPR harmonises how the performance of construction products is assessed and marketed and provides the means for verifying the conformity of construction products to a series of European technical standards (hEN or EAD, i.e. harmonised European standards or European Assessment Document).

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Fire Breaks Out at GM Plant
The Columbia Fire Department, the Spring Hill Fire Department and the Maury County Fire Department all responded to reports of a fire inside the General Motors Manufacturing plant in Spring Hill on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Courtesy photo/The Spring Hill Fire Department)

By Mike Christen and James Bennett
The Daily Herald

Three fire departments were dispatched to a fire at General Motors' Spring Hill manufacturing facility.

The Columbia Fire Department, the Spring Hill Fire Department and the Maury County Fire Department all responded to reports of a fire inside the injection molding building.

"Thanks to local emergency response, the fire was quickly extinguished," Plant Executive Director Ken Knight told The Daily Herald. "As a result, there was minimal damage to our machinery.

"Most importantly, all persons were accounted for, and no one was harmed in the fire."

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FSSA's Technical Guides are Key to Understanding Special Hazard Fire Protection
US Bars Lithium Ion Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Flights

By Lynn Wilkins
Seneca Standard

The U.S. government said it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes.

The U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) unveiled the new rules after Congress last year ordered the agency to complete them by early 2019. The agency is adopting requirements that have been in force in other countries since 2016.

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Sprinkler System Left Running for Hours

By Rebecca Atkins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The doors are locked and the signs say closed for business due to facility issues. When the National Hispanic Cultural Center will reopen is still unclear.

"In the early morning hours of Sunday there was a small fire in a room of the center of the performing arts building," said Debra Garcia y Griego.  

She's the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. She said that the fire started on the administrative side of the building and led to a massive flood.

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sciens_empireSciens Acquires Empire Fire and Safety (Miami)
The transaction is the most recent acquisition since Huron Capital formed Sciens in 2016 to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire detection and integrated solutions sector.

By SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

Huron Capital formed Sciens in 2016 to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire detection and integrated solutions sector.

DETROIT -- Sciens Building Solutions has acquired Empire Electric and its fire alarm division, Empire Fire Safety, both based in Miami, for undisclosed terms.

Founded in 1988 by Tony Hernandez, Empire Electric provides electrical installation, telecommunication and maintenance services to corporations, municipalities and other government entities.  The company staffs estimators, project managers, supervisors and field employees.

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firexoFireXO Launches "Groundbreaking Fire Extinguishing" Solution

By MDM Publishing LTD
Gulf Fire

Revolutionary fire solution launched in November 2018 and is the only liquid able to quickly extinguish all classes of fire (A, B, C, D, E, & F)

One hundred and fifty service providers have partnered with Firexo to become official resellers of its ground-breaking fire extinguishing solution, just three months from the company's launch in November 2018, as of February 2019.

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fill_testAutomated Suppression Fill Test
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By Baibhav Mishra
Sea News

The time and cost involved in checking the fill levels in banks of fire extinguishers in hazardous areas can be considerable, since it can require lengthy shutdowns and a large number of man hours. However, this is not the case with the ULLC IS from Link Instruments Ltd which being intrinsically safe allows the extinguisher levels to be checked without interrupting normal operation.

ATEX certified to II 2G Ex ib IIC T4 Gb, the upgraded device uses ultrasound to locate the boundary between the liquified and gaseous gas. It is suitable for fire extinguisher cylinders using liquid CO2, Halon, FM200, NOVEC etc.

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substationFire Protection in Substation Transformers
Fire at a power substation

By David Petersile, Bill Mackay
T&D World

As modern society takes uninterrupted electricity supply for granted, electrical utility providers are increasingly measured by the reliability of the infrastructure used to deliver power to consumers. A single unplanned outage can not only cause economic disaster but can also unduly damage a utility provider's good name. Consumers show little patience and less understanding of the complexities necessary to provide uninterrupted electrical service.

This was clearly demonstrated when a fire erupted in a Boston substation causing widespread power outages and compelling authorities to close subway stations, block roads and evacuate a major hotel. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, however, the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods were paralyzed during the evening rush hour with commuters forced to seek alternative ways to get home as a part of the Massachusetts Turnpike was closed to traffic. Over 21,000 residential and business power customers lost electricity across a broad area of central Boston for days. Politicians and citizenry became increasingly outraged by the event and ambivalent to the valiant efforts of the utility to quickly and safely remediate the situation.

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hazardousWhy Hazardous Areas Aren't Just Those with High Hazard Contents (NFPA 101)

By Kristen Bigda
NFPA Journal

Hazardous areas, hazardous materials, and hazard of contents are all terms used in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. They may sound alike, but they can result in different applications of the code.

We routinely receive questions on these terms via outlets such as NFPA's Technical Questions Service and face-to-face interactions at NFPA seminars, and it's clear that being able to distinguish how to properly protect a hazardous area and how to identify requirements for contents with varying hazard levels is a compliance matter that requires further clarification.

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automated_warehousesFire Protection Guidelines for Automated Warehouses

By Adam Bannister, Editor
IFSEC Global

Fire protection guidance for warehouses staffed by robots has been published by property insurer FM Global.

Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) includes advice on sprinkler arrangement, independence of in-rack and ceiling sprinkler systems, container design and racking structure.

The guidance arrives in the wake of a fire that gutted an Ocado warehouse in Andover, Hampshire in early February. Despite the efforts of around 200 firefighters, the fire raged for 48 hours before being extinguished.

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tugboatLessons Learned from $1.5M Tugboat Fire
Fire in the engine room destroyed towboat JW Herron in Alabama in December 2017

By Martyn Wingrove
Tug Technology & Business

Workboats and tugs need remote emergency engine shutdown devices in the wheelhouse to provide redundancy and back-up in the event of a fire.

This was one of the key findings from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)'s investigation into a fire that gutted a towboat in Alabama.

NTSB recommended that alternative emergency shutdowns should be located outside the engineroom to prevent fires from intensifying.

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refrigerantsNew Flammable Refrigerants and Public Safety

By James Burns
Fire Engineering

Most of us can recall environmental issues affecting fire safety in the past. Consider the move to raise all underground tanks above ground. In their effort to solve an environmental problem, the initial effort didn't recognize that (unprotected) above ground tanks killed many firefighters over the years (thus the reason they were usually placed below ground, especially in urban environments.) The fire service responded, working with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to create a standard for protected above ground tanks that is currently the ultimate in safety for above ground tanks. When halon became an environmental pariah, industry developed alternatives that satisfied the need for clean agent extinguishing systems and portables. Each of these examples are clear cases where fire service and industry worked hand in hand to develop alternatives that satisfy the environmental concerns without jeopardizing the safety of the public and firefighters.

Now we're facing an industry that has responded to an environmental concern by creating a significant fire risk to our communities. I'm talking about refrigerants - that stuff in your air conditioning system that makes it cool. Historically, the refrigerants in our homes and businesses have been non-flammable and non-toxic. Unfortunately, the current refrigerants have a chemical in them that adds considerably to global warming; the term used in environmental circles is "high gwp" (global warming potential) materials.

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protect_systemWhat Protects Your Fire Protection System?

Electrical Review

Matt De Frece, divisional director at Power Control discusses the role of the UPS system in ensuring your fire protection system is failsafe.

Fire and methods of fire protection have been a hot topic uttered by many FM's, data centers, business owners and landlords following the tragic Grenfell tower incident. Fire suppression systems in particular have been a key focus when discussing businesses fire protection strategies as being one of the most vital forms of fire safety.

Not to be confused with sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems can use a number of different extinguishing agents, and although parts of their systems may look similar, the way in which they extinguish or control fires and their applications are very different.

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extinguisherNew Hand Portable Extinguisher Wins Award

By Rusoh, Inc.

The Rusoh Eliminator fire extinguisher has been awarded "Editor's Choice" in the 2019 Most Innovative Products (MIP) at the World of Concrete Awards.

Eau Claire, WI -- Hanley Wood, the premier marketing company serving the construction industry, based in Washington, D.C. has announced that the Rusoh Eliminator fire extinguisher has been awarded "Editor's Choice" in the 2019 Most Innovative Products (MIP) at the World of Concrete Awards.

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