Fogtec - Fire Protection

From our newsletter in March 2021:

Full Scale Fire Tests for Los Angeles Metro carried out successfully


Los Angeles Metro have ordered a new fleet of metro trains for the Red and Purple Lines. These new metro cars are being equipped with a fire detection and suppression system from FOGTEC.

To validate the effectiveness of the suppression, fire tests according to the ARGE Guidelines were successfully carried out. A full-scale sectional mock-up of a metro car was built at the fire testing facility in Germany. Eight separate tests were performed to cover different fire and suppression scenarios. One of the test fires uses a burning packed travel bag placed beneath the seating. The water mist suppression is activated after fire has been allowed to develop for at least one minute.

The tests show that the water mist successfully suppresses the fire, reducing the heat in the direct proximity of the fire, preventing it from developing and thus maintaining a tenable environment.

The LA Metro HR4000 trains are the first ever, new metro vehicles in the USA to have water mist suppression installed.

Bahá’í World Centre in Acre, Israel

The Bahá'í gardens in Haifa and Acre are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2008 and are open to pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. The Bahá'í World Centre is home to a number of sacred sites of the followers of Bahaism, a religion that emerged in the 19th century based on the teachings of Bahāʾullāh.

One of these sites is the Bahá'í World Centre Building in Acre. In order to preserve and protect the historic structure of this late 19th century building, the customer decided to replace the entire electrical system and install a fire protection system.

The FOGTEC-system was designed to protect the attic, the first floor, and storage rooms at the ground level. The pump system was installed in a small room, which it fits inside perfectly, like a glove.

Bahai World Center

From our newsletter in February 2021:

Extensive renovation work on supply tunnels at Frankfurt University Hospital

Uniklinik FFM

The University Hospital Frankfurt is investing in a safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly future!

The tunnel system which is being renovated extends over a total length of approx. 180 meters. Energy efficiency will be improved through sealing and thermal insulation measures as well as the renewal of the technical building equipment, and safety for hospital staff and patients will be increased through renovations of the fire protection systems.

For this purpose, FOGTEC has designed a high-pressure water mist firefighting system for partial areas, which also contributes to the improvement of sustainability due to its very low water consumption as well as a long service life. A particular challenge is the current installation during ongoing clinic operations with goods and personnel traffic, which FOGTEC can ensure through many years of experience in similar projects, even in compliance with the current, strict hygiene regulations.

Fire detection systems for new design of Indian railway coaches

Indian Railways recently rolled out its first AC 3-tier economy class coach which is being touted by the ministry to be “synonymous with the most reasonable and best AC travel in the world”.

Many innovations like an improved design of seats and tables have been incorporated in the design of the coach. The high voltage electric switchgear presently installed on board has been shifted below the under-frame, thereby increasing the passenger capacity introducing 11 additional berths. There is also improved fire safety by ensuring compliance to the world benchmark of EN45545-2 HL3 for materials, thus meeting the high requirements of the new fire protection standard.

FOGTEC India, together with it´s local partners, has installed the fire detection system on the first trial coach as per the RDSO specification and subsequently for 248 such coaches are planned during the current and next fiscal year based on FOGTEC´s fully EN 50155 approved smoke aspiration system 7532. Implementation of a fire detection system on coaches provides life safety for passengers and operational continuity. This contract follows the successful closure of the complete approval processes for FOGTEC´s fire detection system as per the latest revision of the RDSO specification by the Indian railway authority.

Indian Railways

From our newsletter in January 2021:

FOGTEC‘s Pick Up Truck at the Berlin Fire Brigade


Germany's largest fire brigade is testing and operating FOGTEC’s extinguishing technology for mobile use.

FOGTEC gave fire brigade officer candidates of the Berlin fire brigade an initial overview of fire fighting with high-pressure water mist in the form of a presentation, as well as a live demonstration with our pick-up.

The vehicle has a water mist and foam pump unit combined with a 500 l water tank. The water mist gun (FOGGUN), which was developed for different fire behaviours, can be used to create different types of extinguishing mist and spray patterns. Furthermore, a particularly high-quality and environmentally friendly low expansion foam can be added for particular fire types at the push of a button. Up to two FOGGUN extinguishing guns with different types of spray can be operated simultaneously.

During the first 1.5 years of basic technical training at the school, the students study, among other things, a module on systems engineering. In this context, the professional handling of high-pressure water mist systems is also included in the training.

Water mist system for award winning trains

The regional rail network in Victoria, Australia, will be equipped with 18 new VLocity trains from Bombardier. For these trains, a FOGTEC system will be used as protection in the catering areas, based on FOGTEC's well-known high-pressure water mist system. The trains are a mix of wide and standard gauge vehicles, making this the first time VLocity trains have run on standard gauge tracks through Victoria. The new design of the standard gauge vehicles includes comfortable long-distance seats, built-in USB chargers, six overhead luggage racks and overhead luggage storage, a modern catering facility and six wheelchair spaces with companion seats in close proximity.

Bombardier's VLocity platform was recognised by GOOD DESIGN® in the Automotive and Transportation categories for Best Interior Design and achieved an overall Gold award.

Rail Station Australia

Protection of the second Pudong Archive in Shanghai


After successfully operating the FOGTEC system to protect the first Pudong Archive building since 2005, FOGTEC has received an order to install a FOGTEC water mist system for further archive buildings as well. The Shanghai Pudong Archive contains modern, multifunctional spaces that comprehensively document the history of the Pudong district. It contains open exhibition spaces where selected topics on the city's history and development are presented to the public.

In addition to the archive area itself, some electrical equipment rooms and the control room are protected. The archive operator opted for FOGTEC water mist technology because it ensures optimum fire protection with the least amount of water. This not only effectively fights the fire in the event of a fire, but also minimises water damage to sensitive objects such as books, documents and letters.

From our newsletter in November 2020:

H-Bahn Shanghai - German monorail technology in China

H-Bahn Shanghai schmal

In light of the rapid development of rail-guided mass transit, various types of monorail vehicle systems based on imported technology have recently emerged in China. The great advantage of these system solutions is the very small space requirement and the possibility for a very fast integration into the infrastructure, which is an enormous advantage over other solutions for local public transport, especially in China´s major cities.

As part of a technology transfer, the German H-Bahn system has now also been taken over by Chinese companies in order to further develop and use it, among others, for the Baoshan project in Shanghai. In Germany, this system is known from applications at Düsseldorf Airport and Dortmund University. However, the H-Bahn and other monorail or suspended railroads all have the same challenge: in the event of a fire on the track, passengers can hardly escape from the suspended vehicle. The Chinese users on site also see a solution to this point as absolutely essential.

In order to control such a scenario resulting from the risk analysis, the Chinese manufacturers rely on the use of FOGTEC water mist technology, which has already been used in many projects to compensate for potential risks. As has been proven in full scale fire tests, the use of high-pressure water mist technology on board minimizes the danger to passengers, as the fire is brought under control in the shortest possible time until the train reaches the next station or the passengers can be evacuated in another way.

Accordingly, the test vehicle for the first pilot line is already being equipped with a FOGTEC fire protection system based on the Series 1000 fire detection system - and the approved FOGTEC water mist technology.

From our newsletter in October 2020:

Water Mist at Codelco Ventanas Plant in Chile

Codelco Ventanas groß

Codelco Ventanas (DVEN), being a copper smelter and refinery plant in Chile, attaches great attention to employees and environmental safety as business continuity. High risk areas, such as substations, process control rooms, electrical rooms, cable tunnels and fuel storage areas are already protected by automatic fire protection systems.

DVEN is currently developing initiatives with the objective of improving the fire safety infrastructure, which includes the implementation of fire detection and extinguishing systems in operational areas. The hydraulic and lubrication systems, utilizing mineral oils, represent fire risks with high heat release and fume generation, potentially damaging critical equipment and facilities such as the pump room and lubrication of the acid plant, the air compressor of the oxygen plant and the hydraulic systems of the casting areas.

Based on risk assessments, an action plan for improvement of fire protection foresees the installation of fixed automatic fire protection systems for the lubrication and hydraulic systems in the areas mentioned above. FOGTEC’s local partner RMC Engineering Solutions is in the process of implementing FOGTEC high pressure water mist systems to these areas. This will minimize the risk of damage to people, the equipment and to the facilities by fire.

FOGTEC fire detectors for another world record holder

We have already reported in our summer newsletters that FOGTEC has equipped the world's highest cog railway in Colorado, USA and the steepest cog railway, in Switzerland, with FOGTEC fire detection technology. Now the next world record holder will be the Wengeneralpbahn (WAB), also in Switzerland.

With its almost 19 km long track, the WAB is the longest cog railway worldwide. It is named after the village of Wengen, one of four stations on its route. The railroad provides, among other things, passenger transport as well as the supply of goods for the car-free health resort of Wengen.

During the annual FIS SKI World Cup in the Bernese Oberland, the railroad performs a great deal: athletes, organizers, coaches and spectators are brought from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. All goods such as race material, grandstands, tents, sponsor articles etc. are also transported step by step to 1,274 meters above sea level and distributed from there. A spectacular backdrop is provided by the bridge "Wasserstation" on which the WAB runs when the skiers race under it at speeds between 80 - 100 km/h. From now on the WAB is equipped with FOGTEC smoke and heat detectors.