Special hazard fire suppression systems protect a diverse range of unique hazards and challenges that cannot be suitably protected by a conventional automatic sprinkler system. Special hazard fire protection systems include a wide array of fire suppression systems, fire detection systems, and control systems that are unique to specific facilities and processes. The design objectives of a special hazard fire suppression are tailored to the individual client and hazard through a comprehensive approach that considers the protection of assets, preservation of life safety, continuity of business processes, and protection of the environment.
Various legislative bodies have been examining or have begun phasing out of PFAS-containing firefighting foam products due to environmental, health, and safety considerations. Although various PFAS-free foam products are available, it is important to understand that they are not a drop-in replacement. An engineering evaluation must be conducted due to the difference in firefighting and hydraulic performance of PFAS-free firefighting foam products.
Fire alarm design is a crucial aspect of fire safety in buildings and structures. The primary objective of a fire alarm system is to provide early warning to building occupants in the event of a fire, giving them enough time to evacuate the premises safely and notify first responders as quickly as possible. The design of the fire alarm system must consider the specific needs of the building, with consideration to the number of occupants, the type of occupancy, and the building’s physical layout.
FRA specializes in providing comprehensive fire safety solutions, including the design and implementation of fire alarm systems, integration with campus networks for mass notification, smoke control systems, and thorough design work to ensure the safety and security of all building occupants. With FRA, you can be confident that your project will receive the attention of the industry’s finest experts to guarantee successful implementation.
Fire protection focuses on preventing, mitigating, and controlling the effects of fire on people, property, and the environment which can be accomplished through the utilization of fire suppression systems. Fire suppression systems are an essential component of any building’s fire protection strategy as they are designed to contain and extinguish fires before they spread, minimizing property damage, and saving lives. The design of a fire sprinkler system must consider various factors such as the building type, use, occupancy, and fire load. The sprinkler design must also comply with applicable codes and industry standards.
FRA provides code-compliant fire protection designs that minimize the risk of fire and protect against potential damage or loss. FRA has design experience for all types of suppression systems (wet systems, dry systems, pre-action systems, etc.) along with the ability to provide solutions for all types of client’s unique fire protection needs.
Operational constraints and existing conditions often create challenges when implementing prescriptive fire and explosion protection requirements in applicable codes and standards. Retrofitting existing buildings can be particularly challenging, if even viable.
FRA has extensive experience implementing performance-based designs for various commercial and industrial facilities. Our interactive approach identifies stakeholders, establishes performance goals and objectives, and utilizes state-of-the-art engineering methods and computational models to develop innovative designs. Our engineers have demonstrated success in taking performance-based design projects from concept to completion, and approval by authorities having jurisdiction, including fire code officials and insurers.
FRA provides construction administration support to design and installation teams through RFI responses, reviewing commissioning test procedures, and witnessing commissioning and acceptance testing.
Our experience in supporting AHJs through periodic construction inspections and final acceptance testing allows us to provide insight into best practices for commissioning.