Fire Prevention is a very extensive, but very important, topic in the fire service.
old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure” (Goodreads, 2020).
though this phrase was initially said in the context for the medical field, it is still very true in the
fire safety industry.
There are several parts within the scope of “fire prevention”.
The design and use of a fire
protection and fire suppression system is one of the most important items that fall under fire
When activated, a fire suppression system is constructed to help keep the fire from
growing larger, or fully extinguishing the fire.
These systems are created to be used for the type
of building and the items stored inside the building.
This requires different types of systems to
be used in different buildings and occupancies.
There is a wide variety of different types of fire protection and suppression systems that
are in use in the world today.
Automatic fire protection, detection and alarm systems, automatic
fire suppression systems, manual fire alarm systems, and manual fire suppression systems are
some of these systems currently in use (Brakhage et al., 2016).
When the afore mentioned
systems are installed correctly and operational, lives and property can be saved from fire.
illustration of the City of Washington Warehouse fire is an example of what can happen when the
current system is inadequate for the building, or if there is not system in place.
Existing Fire Protection, Detection and Suppression Systems
In this Points to Ponder scenario, the system that was currently installed failed to activate
and control the fire during this incident.
For a fire to have started in this situation there had to be