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UNIT VIII COURSE PROJECT 1Unit VIII Course ProjectFrank J. Seay IIColumbia Southern University
UNIT VIII COURSE PROJECT2Executive SummaryThe fire that occurred at the City of Washington Distribution Warehouse was a tragedy that had an effect on the company, every employee that worked at the company and the local economy of the area. Luckily during this incident there was no loss of life. However, thousands of dollars in products and the facility itself were destroyed by the fire. This fire could have been easily prevented if the company had taken necessary steps to ensure that the fire protection systems of the building was adequate for the occupancy of the building.The fire started because of a welding crew that was conducting welding operations in an area without any fire suppression, clearing of the area around the welding area or fire watch to monitor the condition during welding. The sparks from the welding lit off close by combustiblesand with the large rack storage, the fire spread rapidly through the racks and facility. There were numerous issues found with the facility after this incident. This warehouse was originally designed for the storage of noncombustible materials. This warehouse had been recently renovated to add over 10,000 square feet to the facility. After the renovations, this facility began to have rack storage of highly combustible materials to include cleaning supplies and cooking oils. The biggest issue that was found with this incident was that the entire fire protection system and fire suppression system and every component from the water supply system coming into the facility to the sprinkler heads were either improper designed, improperly installed or just not adequate enough to handle any fire within the building for its current occupancy. The entire fire suppression system should have been completely upgraded throughout the facility before this fire ever happened. The fire alarms should have been replaced with both automatic detector heads on the walls as well as the ceilings as well as manual pull stations. The
UNIT VIII COURSE PROJECT3new FACU would have all the types of notification appliances to include audible, visual, and textual. The original fire pump should have been replaced with UL compliant a diesel powered horizontal split case pump. The water distribution system should have been upgraded to where the facility was on its own private system with ties the public system in case of emergency. The sprinkler system should have been replaced with early suppression fast response sprinklers and in-rack sprinklers system should be installed for the rack storage. The standpipe and hose system should have been upgraded to a Class III automatic wet system. The fire suppression system should also have had some type of electrical surge protection device to protect the electrical components of the system from being overloaded from any excess power surges in the system.

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Active fire protection, Water supply network, Fire protection, Fire sprinkler

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