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1Unit IV: Case Study, Fire ProtectionUnit IV: Case Study, Fire ProtectionMOS 5301, Fire Protection TechnologyColumbia Southern UniversityAaron Keyes3/19/2019
2Unit IV: Case Study, Fire ProtectionUnit IV: Case Study, Fire ProtectionThe technological advances in Fire Fighting at the building control level using Fire AlarmControl Units (FACU’s) has proved to be both preventative and proactive in mitigating risks. Having a quality fire protection system with an engineered extinguishing system in the facility is a first line of defense against losses, which can minimize losses and damage to the facility and staff. In review of the City of Washington Distribution Center, many areas of the facility planning needed to be upgraded and evaluated, including the entire fire protection system and water access. The City of Washington Distribution Center’s facility was outfitted with an automatic sprinkler system, fire pump engineered for low-pressure systems, a monitored fire protection system, FACU, manual pull stations, a heat sensor, and city water service for the sprinkler system. There was loss of time and response quality due to the system not engineered efficiently,as the facility had gone through a remodel and expansion and the fire system added to but had not been improved in a manner that enabled the system work in a holistic manner during an emergency. Initially, the contractors providing welding services had started the fire with sparks igniting cardboard in the area. A pull station was engaged by an employee and it is noted that thesprinklers above the work area with the fire activated.

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