Fire suppression

Fire suppression systems can form a vital part of the fire protection strategy for a building, process, vehicle (trains, ships) or infrastructure (tunnel, oil storage tank, recycling depots). They operate by a variety of physical mechanisms, including: cooling the combustibles, inerting them from direct contact with oxygen, and protecting vulnerable targets from the spread of flames.

There is a wide variety of automatic fire suppression systems, including:

  • Fusible-bulb sprinkler systems
  • Deluge (‘open sprinkler’) systems
  • High- and low-pressure water mist installations
  • Gaseous systems
  • Foam-based systems

Fire suppression systems can be a key part of design trade-offs – longer escape distances and smaller smoke extract capacities may be acceptable if fire suppression is specified. Special risks including those related to heritage buildings and petrochemical installations can be reduced, and business continuity may be enhanced through fire suppression.

We are experienced in assessing the costs and benefits of fire suppression systems, and in specifying the appropriate fire suppression category for the assessed level of fire hazard. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.