Improvements in Aircraft Fire Detection

January 30, 2018

The original PDF can be found here – Improvements in Aircraft Fire Detection


Engine/APU Halon Replacement Industry Consortium – Halon Alternatives for Aircraft Propulsion Systems (HAAPS)

January 30, 2018

The original PDF can be found here – Halon Alternatives for Aircraft Propulsion Systems

EASA – Halon Replacement Status

January 30, 2018

The original PDF can be found here – EASA – Halon Replacement Status

Minimum Performance Standard Aircraft Cargo Compartment Halon Replacement Fire Suppression Systems Testing – Challenge Fire Test

January 30, 2018

The original PDF can be found here – Challenger Fire Test

Cargo Compartment Halon Replacement Working Group Update

January 30, 2018

The original PDF can be found here – Cargo Compartment Halon Replacement.

Sprinkler System Mishap Causes $10 Million Damage at Phoenix Library – Warnings Ignored

December 20, 2017



A corroded metal fire sprinkler pipe burst this summer, causing an estimated $10 million damage to the main public library in Phoenix and closing the building until next summer.

Phoenix officials learned the hard way recently that it’s not sufficient to merely inspect fire sprinkler systems; any problems found during those inspections must be fixed.

Inspectors had noted in writing since 2014 that the 22-year-old pipe, which was made of black steel, was corroded and had pinhole leaks, but officials did not replace it or fix the problem. That led to a disaster on July 15 when a storm blew dust into the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix and the fire prevention system sensors mistook it for smoke.

When a pre-action fire sprinkler on the fifth floor activated, the corroded pipe burst under the pressure, flooding that floor and ones below. The water damaged or destroyed more than 6,000 books and shut down the library for repairs until at least next June, according to reports.

According to published reports, an outside inspection company had warned of leaks in the system and suggested repairs, such as replacing the corroded pipe or installing a new system, but the work was never done.

Repercussions for failing to prevent the disaster have been swift. Phoenix fired three city employees, demoted two and suspended another. According to the city, those workers knew, or should have known, about leaks in the sprinkler system dating back to 2008, but failed to address the danger.

Corrosion is an ever-present problem with metal pipes of almost every kind.

Corrosion was listed by FM Approvals as the fourth-most common cause of sprinkler leakage losses from 2001-15, behind freezing, mechanical injury and defective equipment. The German fire safety firm VdS has reported that 73 percent of dry systems have significant corrosion issues at 12.5 years old and 35 percent of wet systems have significant corrosion issues at 25 years of age.

Original story can be found here:–40173

Fire Suppression Company Scam

November 7, 2017


By Jesse Jones

It appears that the fire protection company Red Safety is feeling the heat, again, from fire chiefs for its sales practices.

“For me it’s disheartening,” said Maple Valley Fire Chief Aaron Tyerman.

Tyerman says one of the company’s employees misrepresented themselves as being part of the fire department at a community event.

Red Safety was invited to a potential customer’s home.

“He let the company into his home and realized after about ten minutes that this isn’t the Maple Valley Fire Department,” said Tyerman. “Then the high-pressure sales tactics started and that’s when he got really uncomfortable.”

Tyerman said after the salesman left, the community member then called the police.

“He said I just really feel violated by the whole thing, that’s really disconcerting to me,” said Tyerman.

This is not new. I first told you about Red Safety’s sales practices in May.

I reported that Fire Chiefs from East Pierce County to Shoreline have voiced their concerns to the company.

Captian Kyle Ohashi from the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority told me about troubling complaints from residents in his district.

“They had a salesperson come to the door. They turned down that sales person but were concerned for their neighbors also being solicited. So when they went outside they found one of the sales people on their property with a drill in their hand clearly trespassing, uninvited,” said Ohashi.

One of the owners of Red Safety is a real firefighter named Jared Olin with Renton Regional Fire Authority.

Last year, Olin apologized to East Pierce Fire and Rescue Chief Bud Backer for “the mis-representation of your fire department that was caused by a member of Red Safety.”

Tyerman said he had previously spoken with Olin along with other chiefs about the company’s actions.

“To have somebody who is confronted with an issue, who tells you to their face, yeah, i’m going to change my business practices, I want things to be better,” said Tyerman. “And then nothing changes.”

In a response to the Maple Valley incident, Olin said “…we make clear to our salespeople that they should not represent themselves as fire code enforcers or that they represent any fire department. Any report of misrepresentation will be dealt with immediately, which was the case with the Maple Valley complaint.”

Tyerman says he had no problem with Red Safety trying to make a buck, it’s how it’s done that fans the flames of concern.

“The trust and respect with the community is all we have, if we lose that and that gets violated that’s very impactful to us and other community members” said Tyerman.

Jared Olin declined my request for an on-camera interview.

If anyone comes to your door and says they are a firefighter, they will have a badge, I.D. and a well-marked vehicle.