Fire suppression systems for trucks

Truck operators are sensitive to unscheduled downtime. A fire that flares up very quickly may also have devastating effects on the immediate surroundings which can lead to forest fires, road closures, traffic jams  etc. The results of for example electrical failure or a ruptured hydraulic hose in an engine compartment may have financial and operational consequences.Consideration must also be given to the most important resource in all companies, a company’s employees, who may be exposed to great danger in the event of a fire. 

A fire in an unprotected engine compartment is hard to detect in time and often develops in intensity extremely quickly. This type of fire is almost impossible to fight with a portable fire extinguisher. Because of this, the need for safety regulations has increased over the past years leading to the installation of completely automatic and permanent fire suppression systems in wood chip trucks etc. This has spread to more and more countries, insurance agencies and manufacturers/operators throughout the world. 

But an important point to bear in mind is what the physical aspects of a fire are.

The impact of the heat, oxygen and fuel, all need to be anticipated and dealt with accordingly. These three elements of a fire are often symbolised by the fire triangle. Removing one side of the triangle may be sufficient to extinguish a fire, but because of the complicated nature of a fire in the engine compartment there are no guarantees, reignition may still occur. That is why a fire suppression system with a so-called triple effect that attacks all three sides of the fire triangle at the same time is the safest and most logical method that can be used to minimise downtime, improve service continuity and protect human life.

At the same time, the fire suppression system must always be ready to operate independently of human interaction, the vehicle’s location and how the vehicle is being used.

Fogmaker’s technology, using high-pressure water mist provides the right conditions to combat the complex conditions that may arise in an engine compartment.