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Operational Management of Fire Suppression Systems


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Author A Dix


Fire suppression systems are
now recognised by both NFPA 502 and PIARC as legitimate tools
for both life protection and asset protection. The effectiveness of these tools
for life protection demands extremely rapid and accurate incident detection coupled
with rapid response. This rapid response must be integrated with other
emergency systems such as emergency ventilation.

The March 2007 fatal Burnley Tunnel incident in Australia graphically
illustrates the potential of effectively integrated fixed suppression systems to
protect people from harm and save infrastructure from damage. Despite the raft
of technology available in that instance to the operator it was the human
operator’s ability to effectively control the emergency equipment and not the
equipment itself which so positively influenced the threat to life and