- January 28, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Topic: Firefighting and fire protection challenges of automated warehouse storage systems.
Warehouse efficiency can be measured by the amount of storage per cubic foot of space, orders fulfilled per employee, and inventory turnover. Several vendors offer storage systems to optimize all these factors simultaneously. The result is automated storage retrieval robots powered by batteries that pull orders from tightly spaced bins. These bins limit the flue spaces and aisles that fire protection engineers are accustom to.
Some manufactures have conducted successful full-scale sprinkler tests at globally recognized test facilities. Even though sprinkler operations can be satisfactory, final extinguishment by firefighters has proven to be difficult. Some public fire brigades have stated that they will not attempt to fight such a fire unless people are trapped in the building.
These fires can be fought successfully but they require planning. The presenter has fought such a fire as a firefighter and has also been part of numerous full-scale fire tests at UL. Insights and lessons learned will be presented.
Presenter will be John Frank, Loss Prevention Center of Excellence Leader AXA XL Risk Consulting.
John began his career as a professional firefighter and rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief at a major industrial logistics center and aircraft overhaul facility for the United States Air Force. He subsequently joined the Highly Protected Risk insurance industry as a property loss control engineer. John is currently the leader of the Loss Prevention Center of Excellence at XL Risk Consulting; where he and his team provide advanced fire protection engineering support to the organization and its customers.
John has been the lead instructor in the XL Risk Consulting/SFPE on-line professional engineering review course since 2002. His areas of expertise include probabilistic risk assessment, flammable liquids fire protection, sprinkler and water supply hydraulics, warehouse fire protection, and the integration of fire service operations with engineered fire protection at industrial facilities.
John’s education includes an undergraduate degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati, a Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Mercer University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Fire Protection, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist, and holds numerous fire service certifications. In 2014, John was elected to the grade of Fellow in the SFPE.