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(Daily Mail)   Not News: Volunteer firefighters were called out to an early morning emergency. News: At their own firehouse. Fark: It destroys the entire station   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 7
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2013-10-07 10:24:01 PM
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2013-10-08 12:29:17 AM
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sporkme: lizyrd: brimed03: If only there was some method of passive fire fighting, a system that could somehow be extended throughout the building and perhaps, what word do I want, sprinkle a fire-tamping agent-- like water, say-- to suppress the flames before they get out of control.

Alas, such a system must not exist.  If it did, after all, who better to know than fire fighters?  And who more likely to lead by example, equipping their own building with such a sprinkler systemTM*?

* I'm patenting this idea.  it's just crazy enough to work.

Funny thing about your crazy new idea: it won't do much for a fire in a vehicle, as none of the water will hit the fire.

When I hear about this type of fire, my first suspicion is that a fault in the charging system occured, as fire apparatus are usually plugged in while in-station. By the time enough heat to pop a sprinkler head is released, the truck is pretty well involved. Water raining down from above does nothing to control the fire because it is landing on the roof of the truck and rolling off. The radiant heat is unaffected by the water and will start adjacent vehicles on fire.

I'm not saying that this particular firehouse was or wasn't sprinklered, or that the fire definitely originated in a truck. Just that of all the things that can start a fire in a firehouse, an electrical issue in a truck is near the top of the list and that sprinklers are ineffectual in that event.

The Kussmaul auto charge / auto eject setups (industry standard) include a battery state (temperature) monitor and master ammeter to disconnect the shore power in the event of a fault of the kind you describe. If the threshold is met, the shore power electric plug is physically ejected from the socket and the ignition protected (marine rated) master disconnect breaker is tripped. The breaker has to be ignition protected because overheating batteries exhaust flammable hydrogen gas (and other fun corrosive substances).

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Dude, are you qualified to give me engineering credits or some kind of certification if I read that?
2013-10-07 10:54:06 PM
1 votes:
Seems like this happens about once a month.

My business sells parts for trucks, including fire trucks. We have a saying.

Nobody breaks things like firemen. You can lock a firefighter in an empty padded room with three bowling balls. Come back in 30 minutes, one bowling ball is missing, he has no idea what happened to it. The second one is broken in half, he has no idea how it happened. The third one is pregnant.

Just because the fire truck CAN go through the flood water doesn't mean it HAS to.

/I really do love dealing with fire departments, best, most fun, most cynical people in the business.

//See you at FDIC
2013-10-07 10:52:56 PM
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If only there was some method of passive fire fighting, a system that could somehow be extended throughout the building and perhaps, what word do I want, sprinkle a fire-tamping agent-- like water, say-- to suppress the flames before they get out of control.

Alas, such a system must not exist.  If it did, after all, who better to know than fire fighters?  And who more likely to lead by example, equipping their own building with such a sprinkler systemTM*?

* I'm patenting this idea.  it's just crazy enough to work.
2013-10-07 10:45:45 PM
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Who the hell plugged in that damn Alamo beer sign?
2013-10-07 10:21:56 PM
1 votes:
clearly someone's watching king of the hill reruns.
2013-10-07 09:17:48 PM
1 votes:
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