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REVIEW: "Fire Suppression and Detection Systems", John L. Bryan

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    BKFRSPDS.RVW 20080923 Fire Suppression and Detection Systems , John L. Bryan, 1993, 0-02-315990-1 %A John L. Bryan %C One Lake St., Upper Saddle River,
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      BKFRSPDS.RVW 20080923

      "Fire Suppression and Detection Systems", John L. Bryan, 1993,
      %A John L. Bryan
      %C One Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
      %D 1993
      %G 0-02-315990-1infosecbc@yahoogroups.com

      %I Prentice Hall
      %O 800-576-3800, 416-293-3621, +1-201-236-7139 fax: +1-201-236-7131
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0023159901/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0023159901/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience i+ Tech 3 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 595 p.
      %T "Fire Suppression and Detection Systems"

      The preface states that the book outlines the basic principles of fire
      detection and suppression systems found in most buildings. The text
      does, in fact, go a good bit beyond this, providing a solidly based
      range of information that is of considerable use in understanding and
      planning fire protection systems.

      Chapter one starts with fundamental concepts of fire, demonstrating
      not only the common fire triangle, but also the fire life cycle, and
      the more useful fire tetrahedron. The data on portable fire
      extinguishers, in chapter two, supports their use, and also the
      importance of staff training. A range of technologies and materials
      are covered, although not all ratings are fully explained. Foam
      systems, and the factors for proper equipment and water supply, are
      covered in chapter three, with fixed installation foam systems
      described in four. Chapter five examines carbon dioxide systems, and
      the issues and concerns surrounding personnel safety and room closure
      systems for area flooding are applicable to other gas discharge setups
      as well. Dry chemical agents and systems are dealt with in chapter
      six. Halon variants are in seven, and there is some mention of the
      Montreal Protocol restrictions.

      Chapter eight notes the explosion suppression systems in fuel vapour
      or dust environments, where detection and agent dispersal must occur
      within milliseconds. Other specialized suppression systems are
      described in chapter nine.

      Although chapter ten is entitled "Fire Detection Systems," much of the
      material focusses on alarms. An interesting table outlines the
      sensitivity of differing types of detection technologies to the A, B,
      and C classes of fires, demonstrating that no one detector type is
      suitable for all types of fires. (Particulate matter detectors do
      seem to fare well in all classes.) Residential detectors are
      considered in chapter eleven. The data, intriguingly, points out very
      little advantage in reducing property damage, but does show
      significant reduction in injury and death. (This, despite the fact
      that another table points out that most people install the detectors
      incorrectly.) Factors for placement and effectiveness of thermal
      detectors are noted in chapter twelve. Various types of smoke
      detectors are covered in chapter thirteen. Chapter fourteen closes
      with flame detectors of both infrared and ultraviolet types, and
      technologies for reducing false positive alarms.

      There are limitations in the work. The book could certainly do with
      some re-ordering and structuring of the material (as well as a review
      to present the material at a more consistent level and depth), but as
      a serious introductory guide it is very valuable. In this facsimile
      edition details of figures and illustrations are lost, and thus their
      utility is considerably reduced. However, most fire protection
      literature is aimed at the specialist professional: fire fighters,
      fire investigators, or building engineers. This volume is dense, has
      little detail in some areas and great depth in others, and requires
      application (it is not an easy read), but provides a broad background
      for the non-specialist manager, security professional, or other
      interested party.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2008 BKFRSPDS.RVW 20080923

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