Last week, NATA and the University of Maryland signed a sponsored research agreement in an effort to review the causes, hazards, and associated costs of accidental discharges of foam fire suppression systems. The project will also address high-expansion and low-expansion foam systems, in addition to determining the rationale for the requirement of foam systems included in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 for aircraft hangars.
“There is significant uncertainty surrounding the benefits versus potential hazards related to hangar foam fire suppression systems,” NATA President and CEO Gary Dempsey stated. “NATA members have repeatedly voiced concern that the cost of installing these foam systems dramatically increases the expense of new hangars, while providing limited risk mitigation due to the low incidence of hangar fires.”
Feedback from the industry indicates the risk of accidental discharge of these systems is high and such discharges include significant costs related to clean-up, aircraft damage, and possible environmental damage. READ MORE (NATA)