Case Study 3

“The computer system was undamaged and continued to operate normally, without any loss of data.”

RED CROSS FACILITY
FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . .Kidde Graviner
PROTECTED SPACE: The Red Cross data processing facility in South Melborne, Australia.

WHY FM-200 FIRE SUPPRESSION: If left unchecked, the damage caused by this fire could have spread throughout the facility causing catastrophic damage to the computer system and the building structure. This would have meant disaster for the Red Cross. The protection of the data was a major priority because it holds all donor records, donor test results as well as financial and personnel records for all Victorian branches including mobile blood banks.

EXTINGUISHING EVENT: The fire was detected in its incipient stage by smoke detectors, which in turn discharged the FM-200 fire extinguishing agent. The FM-200 dishcarged in less than ten seconds, rapidly extinguishing the fire and preventing any further damage.
SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: In less than ten seconds FM-200 discharged.

RECOVERY: The computer system was undamaged and continued to operate normally, without any loss of data. Kidde’s after hours emergency service personnel were able to have the system recharged and back in operation within 12 hours.

Case Study 2

“This is the safest way to protect all electrical and electronic equipment with little or no loss in downtime.”

Richard Heywood,
Maintenance Supervisor,
Little Flower Manor

LITTLE FLOWER MANOR, DARBY, PA

FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . Kidde FM-200 Fire Suppression System
DATE INSTALLED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April, 1997
SYSTEM DESIGNER/INSTALLER . . . Bell-Fast Fire Protection, Inc., Ridley Park, PA

PROTECTED SPACE: Power room containing high-voltage switching panels and transfer coils. Occasionally inhabited by service personnel.

WHY FM-200 FIRE SUPPRESSION: After extensive consultation with Pennsylvania Life Safety, PECO and the insurance carrier, Little Flower Manor determined that a water sprinkler system would not provide adequate protection for the power room. Richard Haywood, maintenance supervisor, solicited advice from Bell-Fast Fire Protection, Inc. Based on the concerns of all parties involved, Bell-Fast recommended a Kidde FM-200 Fire System.

EXTINGUISHING EVENT: On June 18, 1997, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a smoke detector in the power room tripped an alarm. The fire started in the 500 KVA transfer coils and spread to a 13,200-volt switch. After holding the alarm for the required time period, the Kidde FM-200 System flooded the room with FM-200 and extinguished the fire.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: The fire was suppressed within five minutes of the initial alarm. There was no damage to any other area of the facility.

RECOVERY: Little Flower Manor installed temporary electrical equipment and resumed normal operations within hours of the fire. The Kidde FM-200 System was reinstalled after restoration was completed on the power room.

Case Study 1

“The Kidde FM-200 System played a major role in minimizing the damage to our equipment and work area.”

Jeff Odom,
Vice President of Information Services,
Austin Quality Foods, Inc.

AUSTIN QUALITY FOODS, CARY, NC
FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . Kidde FM-200 Fire Suppression System
DATE INSTALLED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January, 1994
SYSTEM DESIGNER/INSTALLER . . . . . . . . . Kidde Finwal, Inc., Scotch Plains, NJ

PROTECTED SPACE: Computer operations area containing file servers, data communications equipment, paper files and computer operations work area.

WHY FM-200 FIRE SUPPRESSION: Austin’s computer operations room contains sensitive equipment and files that are vulnerable to water and chemicals, as well as fire. The space is occupied during normal work hours, so Austin required fire protection that would be safe for both equipment and people.

EXTINGUISHING EVENT: In the early morning hours of June 17, 1994, a UPS unit in the computer operations room overheated and began to burn. The Kidde FM-200 System cut power to the threatened area and discharged FM-200 into the room.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: The UPS unit, where the fire started, was the only equipment damaged in the protected space. The quick response of the system minimized smoke damage, and the agent itself acted cleanly with no residue.

RECOVERY: After ventilating the computer operations room and repairing the UPS unit, Austin Quality Foods returned to normal operations.