The Importance of Fire Suppression Systems In Buses and Coaches

Joseph Brookes
August 2, 2021

In 2019/20 over 4 billion bus journeys were made in England alone[1], over half of these journeys were made in London. With 12 London bus fires each month[2] , the safety of every passenger cannot be compromised, the requirement for automatic fire suppression systems has never been so important.

Government records denote that between 2011-17, 61% of bus and coach fires started within the engine compartment[3]. Furthermore, 29% of these fires started with passengers present[3], thus increasing the risk and placing greater emphasis on the requirement for automatic fire suppression systems.

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In order to combat the threat of bus and coach fires, Reacton designs and manufactures specialist fire suppression systems which are certified to P-Mark SPCR 183 and UNECE R107, achieving a performance grading of A+ to offer 24/7 automatic protection. The system activates within a matter of seconds after the loss of pressure from the detection tube. Our indirect system targets all identified risks to rapidly extinguish the fire and allows a safer egress for any passengers.

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Additionally, our on-road vehicle automatic systems use Dry Powder as the suppressant agent because of its rapid knockdown capabilities and its ability to extinguish hidden fires in engine compartments that other agents may struggle to tackle. ABC Dry Powder is electronically non-conductive, therefore safely protecting any electrical hazards. The Reacton bus and coach fire suppression system does not need to be activated electronically, meaning that regardless of the power status of the vehicle you have protection by our system at all hours of every day.

For more information on Reacton Fire Suppression products, please get in touch with the team by emailing info@reactonfire.com or call us on + 44 (0)800 0306526.

Sources:

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929992/annual-bus-statistics-year-ending-march-2020.pdf

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egnu2vvyk8A (18:18)

[3] https://www.fireward.co.uk/news/fire-suppression-for-buses-and-coaches-becomes-mandatory/

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