www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                         June 2016 - Vol 2, Issue 53
Fire Fighting Foams Contaminate San Francisco Groundwater Study Finds
How Navy Base Contaminated Philly Drinking Water
Halon System Saves 72 Ft Yacht
NFPA Prepares New Combustible Dust Standard
NAFED 2016 Conference Photos
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Most Popular Stories from May 2016
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." 

Fire Fighting Foams Contaminate San Francisco Groundwater Study Finds


By Wilson Walker

MOFFETT FIELD (CBS SF) -- When disaster strikes on a runway, fire suppressing foam can be a lifesaver. For decades, however, there was a hidden danger in the foam itself.  The chemical agents in that foam are called fluorinated chemicals. They are much like the same chemicals that were used in products like Teflon and Scotchguard, until they were deemed a health threat by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"This is a contaminant that we know about, it's linked to several types of cancer," explains Bill Walker of the Environmental Working Group, an organization that has fought for years to prevent the spread of toxic chemicals.

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How Navy Base Contaminated Philly Drinking Water


By Justine McDaniel and Laura McCrystal, Staff Writers

When the planes burned, the kids would come out.

Hope Grosse and her siblings would run down their Warminster street and rubberneck amid shrieking sirens. They would watch Navy firefighters shoot a dense white foam from hoses, smothering the flames that leapt up from the fenced-off lot.

When the blackened plane was cool, the children would climb the fence and jump into the burned-out cockpit, pretending to be pilots, Grosse recounted.

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Halon System Saves 72 Ft Yacht


By Dan Sweeney, Contact Reporter
Sun Sentinel

Seventy-two feet of oceangoing beauty almost went up in flames and down to the bottom.

Luckily, the 72-foot yacht had an onboard Halon fire suppression system when a blaze started. The ship was docked behind the Harbour Towne Marina, 801 NE Third St. in Dania Beach.

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NFPA Prepares New Combustible Dust Standard


Powder & Bulk Solids

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published revision cycle information for its new combustible dust standard NFPA 652 as the organization prepares to issue a new edition of the regulations in 2019.

The first draft of the revamped NFPA 652 is slated for Mar. 1, 2017. After the first draft is posted, the NFPA will host a meeting on the document at its Quincy, MA headquarters on Aug. 8 to 11, 2016 to discuss the revisions. A later meeting of the Combustible Dusts Correlating Committee will be held to remark on proposed changes in San Antonio, TX from Nov. 29. to Dec. 2, 2016.

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siemensSiemens to Fire 15,000 Employees

The Sequitur

Siemens will lay off 15,000 employees, 4% of the total staff, as the new CEO Joe Kaeser is supplementing restructuring to strengthen the position of the German company in relation to major competitors, General Electric and ABB.

Siemens has 370,000 employees worldwide.

Initially, Siemens intended to lay off 8,000 employees, but now things are far from the original plan. Former CEO of Siemens, Peter Loescher, was dismissed after the company announced in July that it will not achieve the profit target set for next year, of 12% of sales, which implies cost savings of 6.3 billion euros. Analysts anticipate that Siemens will register this year a provision of 1 billion euros to cover the 15,000 layoffs.

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jctycoJohnson Controls, Tyco Announce Management Team for Combined Company
Johnson Controls, Inc., headquartered in Glendale, is merging with Tyco International to form an Ireland-based company whose North American headquarters will remain in the Milwaukee area. Credit: Mike De Sisti


By Thomas Content
Journal Sentinel

Tyco International and Johnson Controls Inc. have named the new management team for the company after their merger, and current Johnson Controls leaders will constitute two-thirds of the combined company's executive leadership.

The companies announced the management team as they continue planning for a merger that still needs shareholder approval but is slated to be completed in early October.

The deal is designed to create a company that will focus primarily on products for buildings, from controls and heating and cooling equipment to security and fire suppression equipment. The new company is projected to have $30 billion in annual sales.

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NAFED 2016 Conference Photos

A big thank-you to all of the members who made it out to the 2016 NAFED conferences. Hundreds of attendees came to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Indianapolis for educational sessions and face-to-face opportunities at the expo hall.

Here are some photos from the events:

Andy Halasz (left) receives a Special Recognition Award.
Expo Hall

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tyco_shareIs It Finally Safe to Buy Tyco International Ordinary Share?


By Catherine Fernandez
The Point Review

Tyco International plc (Ireland) Ordinary Share has grabbed the attention from analysts, when it saw a value decrease of -0.41 percent in the last trading session. A total of 2.22 million shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 3.22 million shares.

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utc_growthUnited Technologies Aerospace 6 Percent Growth, Eyes M&A



WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (Reuters) -- United Technologies Aerospace Systems expects compound annual revenue growth to average 6 percent over the next five years, and is looking for acquisitions in four key areas, an executive said.

The company is looking for acquisitions in avionics, interiors, structures and hydraulics, UTC Aerospace Systems President Dave Gitlin told a media briefing, noting those are areas where UTC does not yet have a large presence. Any acquisitions likely would boost revenue growth beyond the 6 percent expected from existing operations, he said.

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utc_jetUTC Aerospace Systems Helps Launch the First Flight of Embraer's Next-generation E2-Jet


PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- UTC Aerospace Systems played a key role in the successful first flight of the next-generation Embraer E-Jet E2. On board its maiden flight, the E2 was equipped with numerous systems and components from UTC Aerospace Systems. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.

UTC Aerospace Systems has also been selected by Embraer to be the sole source supplier of wheels and carbon brakes for the E2 aircraft family, the electric system which comprises electric power generation, emergency power generation, primary power distribution and secondary power distribution, as well as fire protection, evacuation systems and air data systems.

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plane_fireBoeing 777 Catches Fire in Emergency Landing (Video)
The Singapore Airlines plane was ablaze during the emergency landing. Picture: Twitter/aDiLahLovatics Source: Twitter


By Robyn Ironside
News Corp Australia Network

A dramatic engine fire in a Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777 on the runway of Changi Airport comes less than a year after a similar emergency involving a 777 in Las Vegas.

After receiving an engine oil warning more than two hours into the flight to Milan, SQ386 turned back to Singapore for an emergency landing.

Just after touch down at 6:50am, the right engine burst into flames which quickly spread to the wing.

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angusAngus International Safety Group Appoints New CFO


By MDM Publishing Ltd
Gulf Fire E-Newswire

Angus International Safety Group has appointed Ashley Brown to the position of Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to the group's CEO Paul Williams.

Ashley is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University.

His career has encompassed senior financial roles in global blue chip organizations and also VC/PE backed businesses. His most recent role was Chief Financial Officer of Elster Metering where he had responsibility for Finance, IT, Legal and HR.

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advancedAdvance Fire Protection (LA) Sued


By Carrie Bradon
The Louisiana Record

GRETNA -- A Jefferson Parish contractor is seeking damages after a hired company allegedly failed to fulfill the duties required in a contract.

Pete Vicari General Contractor LLC filed a suit against Advance Fire Protection Inc. and Gregory J. Zimek in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 21.

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chemoursChemours Headed for Trouble?
AP photo
Chemours officials ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on June 29, 2015, to mark their spinoff from DuPont.


By Ken Ward Jr. , Staff Writer
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The company that was spun off from DuPont is a "bankruptcy waiting to happen" because of liabilities related to lawsuits and cleanups related to the toxic chemical C8, according to a new report from a firm that tracks financially troubled companies.

Citron Research said in its report that the spinoff company - Chemours - is "the most morally and financially bankrupt company that we have ever witnessed."

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de_chemoursDelaware Offers $7.9 Million to Keep Chemours in Wilmington

(Photo: Jeff Mordock/The News Journal)

By Jeff Mordock
The News Journal

The state agreed to provide $7.9 million in taxpayer grants to Chemours with the hopes of keeping the company in Wilmington.

But Chief Executive Officer Mark Vergnano said the incentive package does not mean the company has made a decision.

"After looking at a lot of options, we are pleased that Wilmington has remained one of our best choices, although not as a cost-effective choice for us," Vergnano said at a hearing before the Delaware Economic Development Office's Council on Development Finance.

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whalingProtectowire Promotes Whaling to President
John Whaling. Courtesy Photo


Wicked Local Pembroke

Protectowire FireSystems, a fire protection provider since 1938, has promoted longtime team member John Whaling, of Plymouth, MA, to the position of president.

Whaling, a veteran in the fire detection systems industry, has served as executive vice president/director of sales for Protectowire since joining the firm in 1995. In his new and expanded role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the firm's global operations, including sales, manufacturing and distribution. He will manage and direct the company's 30 employees and its global network of more than 150 distributors, working directly with owner and chairman Andrew Sullivan in helping shape the company's expansion and growth.

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rotarexRotarex Introduces Inert Gas System to U.S. Market


By Rhea Healy

Rotarex Firetec, a business unit of Luxembourg-based Rotarex SA, has released a new complete set of components for inert gas fire protection into the US market.

The INEREX® component systems use constant flow pressure regulator technology to modulate discharge pressure to a constant 40-60 bar. This low-pressure manifold enables simpler venting and pipework and helps prevent freeze ups and potential explosive discharge forces, thus lowering costs and improving safety.

Additionally, functional tests can still be carried out whilst the system is armed, and after a system discharge the apparatus does not need to be reconditioned.

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chubbChubb Insurance Sues Simplex Grinnell over Trump Tower Fire


By Louie Torres
Cook County Record

CHICAGO -- An insurance company is suing a fire protection system business, alleging defective design led to more than $1 million in water damage to Chicago's Trump Tower, a building it insures for The Trump Organization.

Chubb Custom Insurance Company filed a lawsuit June 8 in Cook County Circuit Court against Simplexgrinnell LP, alleging design defect, liability, and negligence in failing to properly design the fire protection systems for the Trump property.

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watermistWhy Watermist is Replacing Sprinklers in Oil and Gas Industry


Your Oil And Gas News

Fire protection systems include fire detection systems and fire suppression systems. While fire detection systems detect the potential symptoms of on-site fire hazards, fire suppression systems help control and extinguish fires that may occur on a site. The oil and gas industry is characterized by hazardous working conditions and thus needs proper safety. The devastating effects of fire in oil and gas plants can result in worker injuries, lost production, and deaths. Therefore, quality safety systems need to be installed in oil and gas facilities to ensure the safety of workers and the infrastructure.

Water sprinkler systems are widely used in the oil and gas industry as a fire suppression technology. However, the newer technology of water mist systems offers better cooling and suppression of fire. Providing protection by rapidly cooling the fire, a water mist system reduces corrosion damage and preserves the functionality of the machines and systems at an oil and gas facility.

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steelRaising Fire Protection Standards in Steel Structure Buildings


By Bob Glendenning, Manager, Fire Engineering and Estimation
IFSEC Global

The use of new materials and modern methods of construction are also resulting in greater volatility to fire.

However, there is an increasing blurring of the lines of precisely where the responsibility for fire safety lies through the process of concept, design and installation.

It can change project by project but should in practice lie with the designer along with other specification details, whether they are amended through the development stages or not.

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omanFailings in Fire Safety Main Cause of Fires in Oman


By Neil Wallington
Gulf Fire E-Newswire

According to experts, failing to maintain and update fire safety equipment is one of the main causes of fires in the Sultanate of Oman.

It is common for the number of fires to increase in summer. However, a lack of safety precautions is the main reason behind fires, according to Oman-based insurer Philip K. Philip, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Muscat Insurance Company and Muscat Life Assurance Company.

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Case Study Consultant Chooses Novec for IDF/MDF Room


By Nicholas A. Moriarty, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Fire protection systems were selected for a building with intermediate distribution frame (IDF) or main distribution frame (MDF) rooms.

JBA Consulting Engineers was recently retained to help develop a fire suppression and detection system for a company's upcoming move to a new building. The company provides payment gateway services and processes financial transactions, so protection of that information is critical. The existing operation includes protection of the intermediate distribution frame (IDF) or main distribution frame (MDF) rooms with an engineered synthetic agent system. The engineering firm was retained to help guide them through the process, make sure they were making the best decision for their operation, and to make sure that they were getting an "apples-to-apples" comparison once it came to soliciting bids from the design-build contractors.

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FM200 Systems Successful Data Center Extinguishment
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