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Fire Prevention and Protection

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

Correct fire system implementation could save businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To minimise financial losses as a result of fire destruction, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff states that organisations have the responsibility to develop and implement effective fire safety management plans. “One of the main challenges in the engineering industry is... 

Correct fire system implementation could save businesses
FIRE-SAFETY STRATEGIES PROVIDED Fire-safety engineering might be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Ageing infrastructure increasing demand for system upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Ageing infrastructure in local healthcare facilities and hospitals, resulting in the cumulative obsoleteness of older fire-protection systems, has prompted several healthcare companies to request new or upgraded fire-protection systems, says Chimera Fire Protection Consultants director Leon... 

Cables maintain function integrity during emergencies

     21st August 2015 Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency evacuation systems, or where... 

Cellulose-based fibre protects firefighters

     21st August 2015 Austria-based textile and nonwoven cellulose fibres producer Lenzing showcased its Lenzing FR fibre as a complete solution for applications in firefighter protective clothing, at this year’s Interschutz international trade fair, which is hosted in June every five years. This year’s Interschutz... 

Cellulose-based fibre  protects firefighters

Fire-water monitors enhance fire protection at local fuel tanker wharf

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech Fire aims to complete the installation of a fire protection upgrade system at the Cape Town harbour’s fuel tanker unloading wharf by the end of this year, says company MD Mike Feldon. The order, received in June from Cape Town harbour,... 

Fire-water monitors  enhance fire protection  at local fuel tanker wharf
FIRING POWER The Akron Conquest electric remote-controlled fire-water monitor system has a row distance of about 95 m with a fog and stream water-shape capability

New mobile app simplifies fire extinguisher selection

     21st August 2015 Fire suppression solutions provider Tyco Fire Protection Products (TFPP) has introduced a mobile application (app) that streamlines the process of selecting a portable fire extinguisher. The easy-to-use Ansul Red Line app offers a customised experience for a range of markets, including aviation,... 

Protection measures increase demand for fire systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Owing to local companies’ commitment to legally comply with safety standards, power management company Eaton aims to increase market awareness of its intelligent addressable fire systems this year, states Eaton Africa business development manager Neil Primrose. “There is currently an intensified... 

Wildfire satellite detection system launched across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 To achieve its aim of increasing global interest in its satellite-based Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS), South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched AFIS in East Africa three months ago and plans to launch AFIS in West Africa by the... 

Wildfire satellite detection  system launched across Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
ACTIVE APPLICATION The Advanced Fire Information System currently has 30 pilot projects worldwide

Company expands fire protection services

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 JSE-listed electronics group Jasco is expanding its fire-detection and fire-suppression market reach in South Africa, says Jasco fire-protection head and founder of former fire-protection solutions provider Firecare Tony Balanco. Balanco tells Engineering News that the expansion started with the... 

Company integrates security and fire protection systems

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Fire-protection solutions provider, Tyco, provides fire-protection products that are integrated into a building’s security management systems, states Tyco integrated fire & security South Africa sales leader Cedric Greeves. He tells Engineering News that the local branch of the global company,... 

Company integrates security and fire protection systems
CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco provides fire-detection extinguishing systems that are integrated into the security system of buildings

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success
TRAINING DoseTech offers extensive training on fire protection

New product range grows company market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Environmental solutions provider I-Cat has increased its market share and strengthened relations with its existing client base since acquiring the local agency of fire suppression solutions provider Firetrace International and becoming the official Southern African distributor of the... 

Fire detection and suppression industry in SA challenging

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 The installation of fire detection and suppression systems is often regarded as a grudge buy by companies and is, therefore, regarded as a costly expense in the ‘unlikely’ event of a fire, JSE-listed security firm Jasco Security Solutions fire solutions division sales engineer Indran Govender... 

Fire detection and suppression industry in SA challenging
INDRAN GOVENDER The installation of a fire prevention and protection system is high on the agendas of all qualified safety, health, environment and quality professionals

Fire safety must be a top priority for all, says engineer

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 The quality of installation of passive fire protection systems and the levels of fire safety awareness locally leave much to be desired, prompting construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa to place significant emphasis on providing high-quality training programmes for its staff and... 

Fire safety must be  a top priority for all,  says engineer
CABLE TRANSIT SYSTEM This system is designed as a modular system

High-quality fire doors save lives  

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 The consequences of cutting corners to save money when selecting fire doors can be lethal, warns fire doors manufacturer Bitcon Industries director Robert Vollmer. He says the selection of the correct fire door for specific applications often receives scant attention, compared with other aspects... 

High-quality fire  doors save lives
Bitcon Industries director Robert Vollmer discusses the importance of fire doors.

Local fire-protection solutions provider to host fire hazard prevention expert in 2014

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 Following the success of seminars on storage tank and associated facilities in 2010 and 2012, fire hazards and fire-protection technology provider dosetechfire, formerly trading as DoseTech, will host renowned expert on fuel storage fire hazard prevention Dr Nial Ramsden in April 2014, in Cape... 

Local fire-protection solutions provider to host fire hazard prevention expert in 2014
NOT PLAYING WITH FIRE Akron Brass products are extensively used in Zambia, Kenya, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Mozambique

New fire protection systems well received in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 Mechanical pipe-joining systems company Victaulic introduced its globally popular range of fire protection systems to South Africa in the past few months and it has been well received to date, says Victaulic regional manager South Africa Barry van Jaarsveld. “The FireLock EZ Style 009N is a rigid... 

New fire protection  systems well received  in South Africa
FIRELOCK EZ STYLE 009N Part of the Victaulic’s installation-ready product line

New range of helmets introduced

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 Safety equipment company MSA Africa last month officially launched an advanced Gallet F1XF fire helmet range onto the local market at the company’s headquarters in City Deep, Johannesburg. MSA Africa senior product manager for head, eye, face, hearing and communications technology Loren Pearson... 

New range of helmets introduced
GALLET F1XF FIRE HELMET The helmet possesses several important features, including a high-temperature-resistant shell

Visual-based fire detection system proves popular in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     29th November 2013 Since introducing fire, explosion and process solutions provider Fike’s SigniFire video-image detection (VID) flame, smoke and reflective-heat detection systems to South Africa in August 2012, C3 Shared Services (C3SS) has installed the system at national keypoints, and in the mining sector, says... 

Visual-based fire detection system proves popular in South Africa
SIGNIFIRE CAMERA The scaleable SigniFire system can also be used as a standalone recording device and a smoke, fire and reflective-flame detector for new installations

Govt, high costs hampering fire protection training

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th November 2012 Fixed fire protection systems inspection service provider Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) MD John Goring says the sprinkler fire protection industry would like to provide recognised training within the confines of its own industry expertise and not within a peripheral trade or industry. 

New vehicle fire detection system introduced

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th November 2012 Manufacturer and supplier of fire-detection and extinguishing equipment Alien Systems & Technologies (AST) has launched a range of foam-based vehicle fire-detection and extinguishing systems for use on light- to heavy-duty vehicles and nonroad equipment. 

System’s reach extended internationally

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th November 2012 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is launching up to eight Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) pilot projects in Australasia, the Americas, Europe and the rest of Africa, in addition to the service currently operating in Southern Africa, reveals CSIR earth observation... 

US solution available in Southern Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th November 2012 Turnkey intelligent video, fire and perimeter security specialist C3 Shared Services (C3SS) has secured a business partnership with US-based Fike, which is an internationally recognised supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers, such as fire,... 

Accredited health, safety and firefighting training needed

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 South Africa needs broad-based first aid and fire-fighting training, in schools and in the corporate sector, to improve the successful management of emergencies, says health and safety training and equipment provider Action Training Academy (ATA) director Alastair Farish. 

Building refurbishment offers new potential opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 The refurbishment of old buildings is a significant potential market for the fire containment, prevention and protection industries, says construction industry supply specialist Hilti South Africa fire stop product engineer Sidney Zeeman. 

Fire and CO detector improves protection of human life

     15th April 2011 A new generation of Sinteso detectors, made by global electronics and electrical engineering company Siemens, not only detect fires reliably but also set off an alarm when dangerous concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) are reached. 

Fire stop installers consulted to improve safety

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa is aiming to improve the product and installation quality in the fire compartmentalisation industry by consulting with fire-containment system installers and fire-protection inspection authorities. 

Grants for thermal imaging technology increase

     15th April 2011 Governmental grants and private funding have increased and enabled many departments in public and private entities to buy thermal imaging equipment over the past few years, says safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa thermal imaging technologies product manager Robbie Taitz. 

Greater enforcement needed to drive building fire-safety compliance

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 There is a general trend among building owners, insurance companies and government to work towards ensuring that all private and government buildings comply with fire safety legislation, training institution South African Fire and Medical Academy (Safma) reports. 

More fire prevention responsibility falls on management

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Senior management is becoming increasingly responsible for the implementation of fire-prevention and protection measures on company premises. 

New aspirating smoke detectors made available

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2011 Aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs), which continuously sample the air in a building for smoke, have been developed for use in industrial applications, says early warning safety company Xtralis regional sales manager Lauren Sher. 

Wildfires could devastate timber plantations, experts warn

     15th April 2011 Wildfires could devastate pine plantations in South Africa as high fuel loads accumulate, states a research paper to be presented at the international Wildfire 2011 conference, in South Africa, in May. 

Fire safety rules, emergency response plan critical

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Companies in South Africa must enforce fire safety rules and must have an emergency response plan. This includes training staff on how to act in the event of an emergency, keeping records of fire and safety drills and checking fire protection equipment, says fire safety organisation South African... 

Fire suppression system used in paper mill

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 The Watermist fire suppression system, in use in packaging manufacturer Nampak’s paper mill, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, uses a fine mist to suppress fires, resulting in little to no water damage to equipment. 

Gas detection, 
telemetric monitoring for early warnings

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Gas detection and telemetric monitoring systems in fire fighters’ equipment enable commanders to track the movement of fire fighters inside a building, to give an early warning of gas levels and to determine how much air is left inside an oxygen tank. 

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