www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                   April 2018 - Vol 3, Issue 14
Feature Story
Fake Fire Inspector Scams Restaurants
Fire Suppression Company Pres Admits to Bribes - Faces 20 Year Prison Term
Military Tank Suppression System Successfully Deployed - 1 Fatality, 3 Saved
Suppression System Mishap Shuts Down Nordic Nasdaq
Engine Fire Caused Emergency Landing of Delta A330
$39 Million Awarded in Dust Explosion Case (Texas)
Bangor Company Reduces Machinery Fires with Unique Suppression System
NFPA Releases Data on Manufacturing Property Fires
Robot Developed That Can Put Out Fires
FSSA Remembers Robert (Bob) Avery
Most Popular Stories from March 2018
People in the News
Studies and Reports
Financial News
Video of the Month
ozoneIs Ozone Depletion, and Not Greenhouse Gases, the Cause of Global Warming?

By Dr. Peter L. Ward

Chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) became widely utilized in the mid-1960s-as refrigerants such as Freon, as fire retardants such as Halon, as spray-can propellants, as solvents, and as foam-blowing agents. CFCs were far more stable, far more chemically inert than alternatives and were, therefore, much safer to use. Unfortunately, they are so stable that they are likely to last in the atmosphere for more than 100 years.

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Fake Fire Inspector Scams Restaurants

By Jonquil Newland
News Channel 5 Network

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- Employees at Alfonzo's Mexican Restaurant in Shelbyville are a lot more cautious about folks coming in, claiming to be a fire safety inspector. They've dealt with one scammer more than once.  

"I told him, hey I don't want the service but he never heard me," restaurant owner, Alfonzo Sandobal said.

Sandobal said the poser has managed to scam his restaurant when he's not there. "When I'm not here, he come inside, take the money and left," he explained.

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Fire Suppression Company Pres Admits to Bribes - Faces 20 Year Prison Term

By The Associated Press
News 8 WTNH

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Connecticut man who bribed an employee of Stamford's largest development company to get contracts has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Michael Uszakiewicz, who owns a Southington-based K&M Fire Protection, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court.

Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Prospect man and others paid Javed Choudhry up to $500,000 in bribes in exchange for kickback contracts. Choudhry was employed by Building and Land Technology, Inc., a construction company in the Stamford area.

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Military Tank Suppression System Successfully Deployed - 1 Fatality, 3 Saved
Sgt. Eliyahu Drori

By Ynet reporters
Ynet News

Sgt. Eliyahu Drori, 22 from Beit Shemesh, a combat soldier from the 188th "Barak" Armored Brigade, was killed in a tank accident during operational activity on the Israel-Sinai border.

His three tank teammates remain hospitalized at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva. Two of them remain in serious condition while the third is in light condition.

A blaze broke out inside the tank, caused by one of its shells catching fire for reasons yet unknown. The tank's Spectronix fire detection system extinguished the fire, saving the lives of the three soldiers who were injured in the incident.

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Suppression System Mishap Shuts Down Nordic Nasdaq
Source: Bfishadow on Flickr

By Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Helsinki's Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange was closed due to a problem in a DigiPlex data center.

As a result, trades were halted in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Reykjavik, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius. Oslo's exchange was spared, however, as it operates independently from Nasdaq.

A gas-based fire suppression system was triggered at the DigiPlex data center in Väsby, 30km (18.6 miles) north of Stockholm, taking a data hall occupied by the Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange offline. DigiPlex has contacted DCD to tell us no other customers were affected - and there was no actual fire.

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Can Noise From Suppression System Bring Down a Data Center?


By Ryan F. Mandelbaum

This week, a Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange data center in Finland was taken down by its fire suppression system. But these systems don't use water to quench the flames, so how can they knock out a bunch of hard drives?

The answer, most likely, is loud noise.

It wouldn't be the first time this happened. Similar incidents occurred last year at a Microsoft's Azure data center in Europe and an ING Bank center in Romania in 2016. "When those systems go off there's a shockwave that can disrupt the technology," Greg Schulz, founder of technology advisory and consulting firm StorageIO, told Gizmodo.

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Engine Fire Caused Emergency Landing of Delta A330

By Stephen Trimble

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 returned to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport shortly after takeoff with the right hand engine still on fire.

Delta Flight 30 took off around 17:51 en route to London Heathrow, but turned around just east of Atlanta's metropolitan area, according to flight tracking web sites.

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$39 Million Awarded in Dust Explosion Case (Texas)

Powder & Bulk Solids

A man injured in a dust fire and explosion at a Georgia Pacific plant in Corrigan, TX in 2014 received a $39.7 million verdict by a Texas jury in a suit alleging that makers of dust collection and fire suppression systems at the facility contributed to the incident.

Two workers were killed and seven others received injuries during the incident on Apr. 26, 2014 after a dust collection system in a baghouse exploded and caught fire. The plaintiff, Ralph Figgs, was standing near the equipment when the incident occurred and "engulfed in flames," the man's lawyers, Arnold & Itkin LLP, said in a press release.

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Bangor Company Reduces Machinery Fires with Unique Suppression System
Corey Woodworth, an American Loggers Fire Suppression lead technician, installs a Fogmaker system on a Caterpillar 535D in Bangor recently. Photo by Matt Chabe/BDN

By Matt Chabe
Bangor Daily News

BANGOR -- Many business owners that use heavy machinery can tell you that equipment fires are a very real fear. The equipment is used hard, runs hot, and is sometimes operated in hard-to-reach areas. Besides the dangers to operators and passengers, an equipment fire could have an impact on an entire business. If one piece of equipment goes down, the entire operation could come to a halt. Protecting that equipment is of important concern to owners.

Fortunately, in recent years, technology has entered the market that helps protect heavy equipment and the lives of its operators and passengers. It's called "automatic fire suppression" -- essentially a fire-fighting system that lives in the engine compartment of heavy equipment, where many fires start.

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NFPA Releases Data on Manufacturing Property Fires

Powder & Bulk Solids

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released new data this month on fires in U.S. industrial and manufacturing properties examining the number of deaths and injuries, property losses, and contributing factors in an estimated 37,910 fires from 2011 to 2015. Researchers from the organization found that structure fires at industrial or manufacturing sites accounted for the largest amount of direct property damages and physical harm.

"Between 2011 and 2015, municipal fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated average of 7770 structure fires at industrial or manufacturing properties each year, with associated losses of 8 civilian deaths, 219 civilian injuries and $799 million in direct property damage," Richard Campbell, the author of the NFPA research, wrote in the report.

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Robot Developed That Can Put Out Fires
The lighter Walk-Man robot can find a fire and put it out.

By Jennifer Kite-Powell, Contributor

Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy tested a new robotic avatar they say could be used for emergency response teams in the future.

The robotic avatar, called the Walk-Man robot, is a lighter version of the original robot which launched in 2015 as part of the DARPA robotics challenge. The robot is controlled by a human operator remotely through a virtual interface. As it operates, the robot collects images and transmits these back to the emergency teams who can assess the situation and guide the robot remotely to the most critical areas.

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FSSA Remembers Robert (Bob) Avery


FSSA regrets to inform you of the passing of Robert (Bob) Avery, 85, on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. He was the beloved husband of Barbara, and children Bobby, Michael, Charlene, Larry, Deborah, John, Carrie; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He is survived also by two brothers: Charlie and Bill Avery.

Bob was born and raised in Dallas, Texas to the late Richard and Lilie Mae Avery and was one of four boys. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and went on to start Universal Fire Equipment Company in 1965. During those years, Bob served on the committee with the Texas State Fire Marshalls office and the State Board of Insurance to develop and get fire entry systems codes and regulations assigned into law. He received the 1st certificate of regulation ECR001.

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oliverJohnson Controls CEO Oliver Looks Forward
Photograph courtesy of Johnson Controls

By Bob Woods

Today's CEO creates opportunity through innovation and customer awareness. Strong cultural values come from the top.

Innovation and leadership have always been closely linked. For example, when Milwaukee inventor Warren Johnson developed the first electric thermostat in 1885, it led to the development of Johnson Controls, a company that has gone on to have a steady track record of innovation. George Oliver, CEO of the company since the fall of 2017, has become a leading proponent of agile business innovation, and a guide to the technological and social crosscurrents facing industrial companies.

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airflowDirectional Airflow Impact on Data Center Fire Suppression

By Tate
PR Newswire

JESSUP, Md. -- In the last ten to fifteen years, mechanical systems in new and existing data centers have been challenged by several factors, including increased heat generation of new IT equipment, variable heat generation based on computing cycles, and changing heat load requirements presented by new equipment during refresh cycles. And these factors were all being impacted by the need for increased efficiency through the minimization of bypass airflow.

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industrialManaging Fire Risk for Industrial Hot Work

By Jeremiah Q. Varner
Occupational Health & Safety

A Job Hazard Analysis is the most critical part of the job-this gives us an opportunity to go in the field with operations and review, recognize, and control hazards at the job site or in the area.

Once a fire ignites, it can spread rapidly and out of control in seconds, especially in industrial refineries and petrochemical facilities where highly flammable chemicals are manufactured and stored. Flammable and combustible liquids are classified in the NFPA 30 Code published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) based on their flash point and additional criteria that affect any potential fire risks. Fire safety requires managing the risks or mitigating the causes of potential fires and explosions. Hot work is one of the leading causes for fires in industrial facilities across the nation, according to NFPA.

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data_centerData Center Tips - Fire Penetration Stop
Image courtesy of MTA Capital Construction Mega Projects

By Dean Ventola
The Data Center Journal

In reviewing mission-critical data centers under construction, both during the submittal phase and during on-site inspections, I've found that the single most misunderstood issue is penetration firestopping. Fire and smoke containment requires fire-rated barriers and smoke barriers at important locations. Because every penetration into these barriers is a potential breach that compromises life-safety measures, everyone involved must understand this vital issue.

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jcAnalysis of Johnson Controls

By Justine Radlock
Top Chronicle

Johnson Controls International plc closed its last session at $35.24. The stock traded within a range of $34.42 and $35.24. The company operates in the Industrials sector with a market capitalization of 32.64 Million. Trading volume for Johnson Controls International plc was 4.21 Million in its previous trading session. Currently, Johnson Controls International plc has an average volume of 6.04 Million.

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utcUTC Posts First Quarter Results

By PR Newswire
The Wall Street Transcript

FARMINGTON, Conn. -- United Technologies Corp. reported first quarter 2018 results and increased its full year sales and adjusted EPS outlook.

'We are off to a solid start in 2018,' said UTC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes. 'Sales were up 10 percent, including 6 percent organic growth which represented our strongest first quarter organic growth rate since 2011, with all four businesses contributing. Our focus on innovation and execution is clearly paying off.'

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Most Popular Stories from March 2018

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