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Running head: FIRE PROTECTION DETECTION & SUPPRESSION STSTEMS1FIRE PROTECTION DETECTION AND SUPPRESSION SYSTEMSROBERT L. BARKERCOLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITYMOS 5301 FIRE PROTECTION UNIT 8
FIRE PROTECTION DETECTION & SUPPRESSION STSTEMS2FIRE PROTECTION DETECTION & SUPPRESSION SYSTEMSExecutive SummaryThe City of Washington Warehouse Distribution fire that occurred, could have beenprevented if corrective measures were taken prior to any construction.Several factorscontributed to the fire, from improperly stored combustible chemicals, a fire suppression systemthat was insufficient to meet the needs of the facility and oversight of building renovation codes.So, the fire happened resulting in catastrophic property damage putting people’s lives in dangeras well as the fire fighters.The fire suppression system that was installed met the requirements prior to renovationbut during renovation corners were cut and updates were overlooked.The system should havebeen completely upgraded, from the fire pump to the sprinkler system.The fire pump shouldhave been replaced with a diesel-powered pump and the water distribution system should havebeen updated to use a combination of both public and private water systems.The sprinklersshould have been replaced with early suppression fast response sprinklers (ESFR) and thestandpipe and hose system should have been upgraded to a Class III automatic wet system.Additionally, the FACU that should have been in place would have had various notification(audible, visual, textual) both automatic and manual alarms with electrical surge protectiondevice(s) to protect the system.
FIRE PROTECTION DETECTION & SUPPRESSION STSTEMS3Contributing factors to the fire and the fire suppression systemThere were several factors that contributed to the facility being ill prepared for dealingwith the fire that took place.Management for one didn’t take appropriate measures to ensure thesafety of their employees and minimize the damage to the building.Questions should be askedof management from an ethical standpoint and merit discussion as to risk vs reward.The costsavings changes that were made were done with little thought, as the components weremismatched, and little thought was given during the installation.The structure was poorly constructed, racks were inadequate, and products were stored inareas that produced large amount of heat that caused explosions due to overheating.The steelbeams absorb heat causing walls and flooring to collapse.The installed fire pumps were notinstalled and kept properly.The City of Washington had conducted an inspection of thewarehouse and requested the fire pumps be grounded and bonded – The request wentunanswered.During renovation it was clear electric power, poor lighting and water supply were issuesto contend with.This was clear by workers using portable lighting, the installation of a foreignpump due to insufficient water pressure during the renovation work.The poor lighting resulted

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Active fire protection, Fire protection, National Fire Protection Association, Firefighting

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