- How it Works
Unattended power units are susceptible to electrical fire whilst recharging vital aircraft systems highlighting the importance of an automatic fire suppression system.
Refuelling often takes place whilst passengers are on board an aircraft, therefore, a rogue spark or fuel leak that ignites not only endangers assets but also human life.
Friction jammed parts and high temperatures all carry the risk of starting a fire. Automatic fire suppression systems quickly detect and extinguish the fire.
Service vehicles include support vehicles including baggage carts, catering trucks, cargo loaders and tugs, all of which present a fire risk around aircraft.
Once an aircraft has landed, ground support equipment (GSE) takes care of everything it needs while it’s on the ground. Airlines, airports, ground handlers and cargo companies around the world rely on GSE to keep aircraft safe and on schedule, wherever they are.
GSE includes everything from gangways and service stairs to baggage belt loaders, refuelling tankers, tugs and ground power units. This equipment provides the invaluable service of passenger handling, cargo loading, aircraft mobility, repair, service and maintenance. There simply isn't a thing an aircraft needs once on the ground that isn't made possible with the help of specialised GSE.
With their close proximity to multi-million pound airlines, when a fire breaks out on a piece of GSE the consequences can be devastating. Not just to the aircraft, but to the whole airport operation, with a fire on the apron resulting in flight delays, diversions and, in some cases, airport closure. However, GSE downtime and repair costs alone offer plenty of reason to consider added protection against fire events.
High Performance Fire Suppression Systems
Vehicles found in this environment have a demanding schedule and must perform around the clock. This is no different from the Automatic fire suppression that will also be subject to these conditions. Reacton® ensure that our equipment offers its high performance when called upon.
Our Airports and Ground Support Equipment features include:
Safety, speed and accuracy are what all GSE companies strive for. Although equipment manufacturers will meet rigorous design and material standards to ensure their equipment is both robust and reliable enough for safe operation, handheld fire protection is often only included as standard. With engine bays in GSE providing the heat, high airflows and flammable fluids for fires to start, hidden or small fires can quickly get out of control.
In recent years there have been some well documented fires on GSE that have devastated planes and closed airports. Fire prevention procedures that rely on human intervention, in many cases, simply isn’t enough, with fire taking hold before an operator has the opportunity to notice or had time to take action. An automatic fire suppression detects fire within seconds, delivering an extinguishing agent to the heart of the fire to knock down flames, taking away the need for an operator to act.
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