Tunnel fires, road and rail, have been of special interest in recent coverage for FireVu for this media round-up for the first part of summer.
Spurred on in part by EU Directive 2004/54/EC, which came into full effect in April this year, we have highlighted the issues and dangers posed by tunnel fires.
The directive, which only applies to road tunnels stipulates that in terms of fire detection monitoring, fire detection systems need to be implemented for tunnels over 500m long, with video detection systems being mandatory for tunnels longer than 3,000m.
While many parts of Europe have been ahead of the curve – there has been a 10 year window in which to implement all safety measures – some countries are still lagging behind. Nevertheless, as the articles illustrate the results of tunnel fires can be particularly horrific, with the loss of life and property that can occur. The new directive is very welcome.
Industrial Fire Journal published an in-depth piece covering all the salient points.
The response when published on fire safety professionals’ LinkedIn group pages has been very positive and encouraging.
Railway trategies‘ July issue showed that rail tunnel fires present similar consequences and demand fire detection and prevention with fire fighting technologies. It is reproduced on the FireVu blog with a link under Railway Strategies above and here in the magazine’s e-book on pp26- 27
Also look out for forthcoming coverage in World Tunnelling magazine, which has a European focus.
Other sectors that have featured in FireVu PR coverage over the past two months include the manufacturing industry.
Another area FireVu specialises in is protecting high value property, both heritage and modern buildings. Leisure Design and Build, covers all the issues and Qube magazine, which goes into further depth. FireVu case studies – London Guildhall and The Gherkin – illustrate the issues.
Please as mentioned, follow all our PR coverage on the FireVu LinkedIn company page, which also has links to interesting industry news around fire detection and protection issues.