October Luncheon Seminar – Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression Systems

The Chicago SFPE chapter meeting on October 13, 2014, was held at the Parthenon, at 314 S. Halsted in Chicago. The speaker was George Ciottone, Senior VP Sales North America, for Fireaway, Inc.

George gave a very fascinating overview of Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression Systems, designed and listed t the requirements of NFPA 2010, Standard for Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing Systems (first published edition in 2006). This space age technology was recognized on the US EPA SNAP list as a Halon 1301 replacement system as early as 1995, however this highly effective and environmentally friendly fire suppression technology still remains little-known by the fire protection industry today. In 2008, UL published UL subject 2775 (now a standard), to category FWSA Fixed Condensed Aerosol Fire Extinguishing System Units, and several listed systems are now available on the market.

His presentation described the technology, the mechanism by which it extinguishes flames (i.e. solid potassium nitrate+ other chemicals reacting to produce nitrogen, potassium carbonate, water and potassium ions), brief list of performance and qualification fire tests conducted by independent laboratories and agencies and an overview of special hazard applications where this type of system is in actual use. By the end of the presentation, participants had an appreciation of the technical and economic benefits of the technology compared to current fire suppression technologies and an understanding of why and how this technology has the potential to revolutionize current fire protection practices based on gaseous and water-based flooding systems.

Go to the website, www.statx.com, for much more information on the subject as well as contact information.