Waste facility fire control with Fire Rover

June 24, 2024

Fire Rover provides early detection and rapid suppression for waste and recycling facilities

Fire Rover is an advanced fire suppression system designed to address the specific challenges faced by high-activity facilities such as material recovery facilities (MRFs), scrap metal facilities, transfer stations, and waste-to-energy plants.

This patented solution integrates thermal detection, remote monitoring, and rapid suppression to prevent and eliminate fire incidents effectively.

Comprehensive fire safety approach

The system provides a comprehensive approach to fire safety by detecting heat abnormalities and deploying a cooling agent to prevent fires from escalating.

Equipped with FLIR thermal cameras and optical flame and smoke detectors, Fire Rover ensures early detection of potential fire hazards.

When an abnormal heat signature is detected, the information is transmitted to a UL central station where an agent verifies the threat.

If a fire risk is confirmed, the agent alerts the facility and authorities, then activates the system to suppress the fire.

The thermal cameras and optical detectors identify heat abnormalities before visible smoke or flames appear.

The system’s detectors transmit alerts to a UL central station where trained agents assess the situation and determine the necessary response.

Once a threat is verified, agents can remotely activate the system to release an environmentally friendly cooling agent directly onto the hotspot.

Fire Rover uses a smart monitor to deliver targeted suppression with high water density, reducing overall water usage and enhancing efficiency.

The system complies with FM standard 1421 for Fire Protection Monitor Assemblies and has received multiple awards, including the NWRA Innovator of the Year and the Edison Innovation Award.

Specialized solutions for high-risk environments

Traditional fire suppression methods like water sprinkler systems and smoke alarms often fall short in high-activity environments where rapid response and targeted action are crucial.

Facilities dealing with materials such as lithium-ion batteries, waste, and scrap metal face unique fire risks that require specialized solutions.

Fire Rover addresses these risks by providing early detection and rapid suppression, significantly reducing the likelihood of fire incidents and mitigating damage when they do occur.

Fire Rover is designed for use in a variety of high-risk environments.

It is particularly beneficial for material recovery facilities (MRFs), where the handling of various recyclable materials increases fire risk.

Scrap metal facilities also benefit from this system, as the presence of combustible metals and materials requires advanced fire suppression.

Transfer stations, where waste materials are frequently moved and processed, and waste-to-energy plants, where the conversion of waste to energy involves processes that can easily ignite fires, also find this solution particularly useful.

Since its introduction in 2015, Fire Rover has been installed in over 600 facilities across the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and France.

The system has successfully eliminated over 10,000 fires, proving its efficacy and reliability.

Fire Rover offers an advanced, targeted approach to fire suppression tailored for high-risk industrial environments.

Its integration of early detection, remote monitoring, and targeted suppression provides a robust solution to prevent and manage fire incidents, enhancing fire safety measures and protecting assets in various facilities.

This article was originally published in the June 2024 issue of Fire & Safety Journal Americas. To read your FREE digital copy, click here.

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