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Fire Prevention and Protection

Fire detection technology supplied to Maponya mall

4th April 2008 The wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company, GE Security’s fire detection technology is making Soweto’s flagship mall a safe place to shop. 

Engineering consultancy provides fire services to high-profile projects

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP's fire engineering department is currently providing fire services to a number of high-profile construction projects in the country. 

Ventilation fans meet international standards

4th April 2008 entilation company Donkin Fans has launched the Fumax fan, the first approved South African manufactured smoke ventilation fan to meet BSEN 12101 requirements. 

Voice evacuation systems could improve protection efficiency

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 Components manufacturer Bosch South Africa is recommending voice evacuation systems to be included in the fire-safety requirements for the development of the 2010 FIFA stadiums in South Africa. 

Increasing opportunities encourage fire division expansion

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 The South African office of WSP Consulting Engineers is planning to expand its fire division to meet industry demand for professionally qualified fire technicians. A number of high-profile local and international projects are nearing completion and the division hopes to take advantage of the... 

Association urges new paraffin appliance standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 Manufacturers, retailers and distributors of paraffin appliances met with government, NGOs and regulatory body representatives in Pretoria at the beginning of March to learn that it is now illegal to distribute noncompliant non-pressurised paraffin appliances. 

No gains to be had from hampering accreditation�

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 The training standards and quality management authority responsible for accrediting training providers in the areas under local government jurisdiction, such as fire prevention and protection training, has been accused of placing undue obstacles in the path of accreditation. 

Landmark developments water-protected against fire

By: Neal Goldwyer     6th April 2007 Fixed fire protection engineering firm Hamon SA is currently engaged on two large system installations for two conspicuous commercial architectural developments in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. Hamon specialises in automatic sprinkler systems and special risk assessments for industry and... 

Fire suppression system boasts improved efficiency, reduced harmful emissions

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 Gas manufacturer Afrox in 2005 became involved with an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-listed fire-suppression system called Afrox FS 125. 

‘Uphold the law – or you may get burnt’

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 Chubb Fire national accounts operations manager John Knighton tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that it is a legal requirement for property and business owners to have their fire-protection equipment serviced, and that the service provider is approved. 

New premises for fire protection company

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In December last year Security and Fire Projects (SFP) moved into its new, purpose-built premises in Ormonde, which at 2 000 m2 is some 1 200 m2 larger than its previous premisis. 

New confederation for fire-protection industry

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 The fire-protection industry has been fragmented in the past, Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa (FPASA) MD Peter Davey reports in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. “Every company was focused on its own particular products, and did not communicate well with other... 

New temperature-monitoring system arrives in South Africa

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2006 In November last year Bartec, of Germany, launched RedGuard, a new all-in-one temperature-monitoring system for industrial applications. Bartec South Africa heating manager Neil Syrett reports to Engineering News that RedGuard Temperature Monitoring System is ideally suited to applications such... 

New range fire-safe ball valve is launched

13th May 2005 Local supplier Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) has launched the new Habonim range of fire-safe ball valves. 

Ceramic coating cool under fire

By: peter cromberge     8th April 2005 Following trends in the US, Europe and South East Asia, ceramic coatings are being used increasingly to treat mining and earth-moving equipment to reduce the risk of fire when hydraulic fluid spills onto hot exhaust manifolds. 

Military explosion and fire-prevention system goes commercial

By: peter cromberge     8th April 2005 An explosion or fire-detection and suppression system, originally developed for the South African military, has now been commercialised for use in industry. 

Insulation system withstands extreme temperature stresses

8th April 2005 Local company Calidus Von Roll Isola is a specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates and manufactures a range of products designed to cope with high-temperature applications. 

New fireman's emergency switch launched

8th April 2005 Local company Legrand has launched a new fireman’s emergency switch that enables easy disconnection to the mains from outside a building, quickly and effectively, at no risk to the user. 

Two export orders for fire-door specialist

8th April 2005 East Rand-based company Bitcon Industries has secured several new orders for fire and security doors, including two export orders to East Africa. 

Firefighting equipment for industry

By: Zonika Botha     8th April 2005 Although not a large company Chem Power Fire Control Consultants has been providing firefighting equipment to various industries for the past 20 years. 

Foam firefighting technology ensures better safety

8th April 2005 Fire in any unplanned form creates panic, shock, disruption and loss, which makes the use of advanced fire extinguishing technologies a must to all areas of our society, especially at industrial and commercial sites, reports Railtraction Engineering national sales manager Kobus Loubser. 

W Cape fights fire with technology

By: Jill Stanford     25th February 2005 A PILOT project that will use early detection cameras and foam-spewing fixed-wing bomber aircraft to help contain and stop fires sweeping through dense informal settlements is being tested in Stellenbosch and Cape Town until the end of April. 

Contract soon for Hout Bay fire station

By: Jill Stanford     28th January 2005 A CONTRACT is to be awarded shortly for the construction of a new R8-million fire station in Hout Bay, in Cape Town. 

SA start-up lands Canadian fire-alarm camera contract

By: tom robbins     3rd September 2004 South Africa’s world-first smart cameras are being used to spot forest fires in the timber-rich Canadian province of Alberta. 

Butterfly valve declared fire-safe

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 A new fire-safe design of the butterfly valve DANA1S 150 has passed the fire-safety test according to API 607 standard (American Petroleum Institute). 

R3m fire-system contract awarded by power station

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Fire and security systems project manager Security and Fire Projects has been awarded a R3-million contract to install fire systems at the Victoria Falls power station, in Zambia. 

Capital investment leads to high growth

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of fire protection equipment and services in South Africa, Centa Holdings, reports that business has increased by 28% this year, following steady growth over the last six years. 

Refinery, airport, gas and other industry contracts under way

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Leading passive fire protection company Pyro-Cote reports that it is on track to completing its fireproofing project at the new Poly Plant at the Engen Refinery in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Financial constraints hamper the fire services sector

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The South African Emergency Services Institute (Saesi) reports that the local fire-services sector faces severe budget constraints, which influence service delivery. 

Firefighting learnership being investigated for introduction next year 

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Eskom Emergency Services Academy reports that steps are under way to implement a professional fire-fighters learnership next year. 

Instructors raise own funds for training simulator

9th April 2004 Firefighting instructors of the city of Cape Town handed over an advanced fire training simulator, the first facility of this type in South Africa, along with other training equipment to the City at a ceremony held at the Epping Fire Station in October last year. 

Flame arresters promoted for safety reasons

9th April 2004 Flame arresters can be used in any plant or process that uses a flammable gas where ignition is a possibility. 

Smoke-extraction motors – contributing to fire safety

9th April 2004 Smoke inhalation is a significant cause of injuries and deaths in fire-burning situations. 

Emergency switch launched

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand has launched a new fireofficer’s emergency switch that enables quick and efficient disconnection to the mains from outside a building at no risk to the user. 

Combustion-equipment control solution proposed

9th April 2004 In today’s industrial scene, the requirement of combustion equipment meeting stringent standards in both efficiency and emission-control, is becoming more prevalent. 

System prevents electric-cable fires

9th April 2004 The Roxtec sealing system, containing flexible, multi-diameter modules, greatly increases the safety and protection of electric cables from the elements, which penetrate walls in buildings and other structures, such as switch panels. 

Fire firm develops top cross-air technology

9th April 2004 A leading manufacturer of professional test and service equipment for fire-detection systems, No Climb Products, is behind the cross-air technology (Cat) developed by researchers at its headquarters in southern England. 

National fire danger-rating system by June

By: zeena isaacs     9th April 2004 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is hopeful that the proposed national fire-danger rating system (NFDRS) for South Africa will be fully-operational by June. 

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