UNR Fire Science Academy showcases fire containment system

2010-08-31T08:10:00Z UNR Fire Science Academy showcases fire containment systemDANIELLE SWITALSKI Free Press Staff Writer Elko Daily Free Press

CARLIN — The University of Nevada Reno Fire Science Academy recently installed a new piece of technology designed to suppress flames in an industrial environment.

The International Fog Industrial Containment System is available for demonstrations on the campus prop field for companies and oil refineries that visit the academy.

It was designed to help contain fires and explosions in chemical or industrial plants that manufacture, transfer or ship certain fuel or other petroleum products.

“We actually ignite the prop and then turn the fuel onto it and activate the suppression system so you can see it in action working to suppress the flame, the smoke and spread of the fuel,” said James Wilson of the FSA.

The IFI Industrial Containment System is installed in “hot spot” areas such as pump, transfer and transmission stations at an industrial facility. Sensors automatically turn it on when heat or volatile gases are detected.

After a few months of construction, the system was completed and tested for use on Aug. 4.

Wilson said IFI has a history of doing work with the academy and IFI President Eugene Ivy thought the FSA was a great place to have the prop available for demonstrations.

“We get so much traffic from the industrial sector, from oil refineries and industrial plants, and they thought it would be a benefit to their facilities,” Wilson said.

IFI donated the prop and the majority of parts. FSA provided a few of the parts, such as pumps that are part of the prop system.

Wilson said they are currently doing night burns and if any oil refineries want to see the containment system in use, it may be fired up during that time.

For more information, contact the FSA at 754-6003, 1-866-914-0015, or visit www.fireacademy.unr.edu.

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