Reacton Fire Suppression

Why automatic fire suppression is critical to heavy equipment and vehicle safety

Engine fires in plant and heavy vehicles are an increasingly common and expensive occurrence.

With 62% of these fires starting in the engine bay and a readily available solution in automatic fire suppression, there’s no wonder that some insurance companies are starting to insist that
accredited systems are installed as a condition of their policy cover.

When faced with the sheer brutality of the damage caused by plant fire in terms of loss of equipment and downtime, the decision to install automatic fire suppression should be straight

What is automatic fire suppression?

It’s a system that can detect and extinguish, or contain, a fire without having to rely on a person to intervene.

How does it work?

With no power needed, it will detect a fire, actuate the system and deliver an extinguishing agent within seconds of a fire starting.

Why is automatic fire suppression needed if there’s a fire extinguisher available?

With operators concentrating on the task at height, a fire might not be spotted quickly. And if the fire starts in the engine on the ground, by the time it is noticed the fire will likely have already caused extensive damage to the equipment and become too dangerous to tackle.

What should I look out for when selecting a system?

When selecting an automatic fire suppression system, accreditations should do the talking. Making sure any system you are considering has been rigorously tested to meet, or exceed, the demands of the environment and asset it will be installed to are critical.

Are there standards specific for heavy equipment?

P-Mark SPCR 199 is an accreditation specifically for fire suppression systems in engine compartments of heavy vehicles. Reacton Fire Suppression currently the first and only company in the world to achieve the prestigious P-Mark SPCR199 standard for fire suppression heavy equipment vehicles.

Awarded by RISE,  the leading vehicle accreditation safety body, achieving the P-Mark SPCR199 standard means that Reacton is unique in being able to offer an accredited fire suppression system
that meets the stringent requirements demanded by the heavy equipment market.

Fire protection for the construction heavy lifters at Dubai Expo 2020

The UK Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020 is currently under construction in the Opportunity District. It's one of 192 country pavilions that will be located in this architectural masterpiece made solely from organic materials, including timber and woven rope.

With the project due to finish in March 2021, the substructure is nearing completion and the team’s focus is now on creating the façade and the superstructure. This is a phase in the project that relies on the heavy lifting of some of the strongest cranes on the planet that are powered by temporary generators from Byrne Equipment Rental and protected by automatic fire suppression from Reacton.

Gary Sherrington-Boyd, General Manager at Reacton Fire Suppression explains: “Like any equipment powered by an engine, high temperatures, fast airflow and flammable fluids in generators are
potential fire hazards.

“By installing automatic fire suppression systems on their equipment, Byrne Equipment Rental are protecting their generators and their customer’s operations from a fire should it arise."

Fire suppression systems installed in and around the fire risk areas of this vital equipment provides operators, prime project contractors, and subcontractors with around the clock fire protection. If a fire occurs, Reacton’s system will detect the flame within seconds and deliver an extinguishing agent straight into the heart of the fire. With detection, actuation, and delivery is all taken care of automatically without the need for power, no human intervention is needed to discover or tackle a fire.

Reacton’s automatic fire suppression systems are tested to meet the highest standards in the world. We’re passionate about fire safety so don’t just say our systems are the best; meeting and exceeding the demands of the most rigorous tests in the world means that our third-party accreditations demonstrate that they are. We’re proud that our systems protect some of the most well-known superstructures and critical infrastructures on the planet.

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