(ABC4 UTAH – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) “Believe it or not, not all sprinkler heads go off at one time like you see in the movies.” That’s what Jerry Allen, CEO of Delta Fire Systems told me while getting a tour of their Salt Lake City facilities.
Firefighters need to be prepared for all kinds of situations. According to Utah State Fire Marshall, Coy Porter, “It could be a grease fire, it could be children playing with something they shouldn’t be. We do see some electrical fires…”
According to Utah State Fire Marshall, Coy Porter, one or two ceiling mounted sprinklers are often all it takes to save a burning building; “It gets the fire when it’s very small, puts it out, and the firefighters don’t have to do a lot of extra work.”
Allen and the crew at Delta Fire Systems work with the motto of “Protecting What People Value Most.” As he put it; “I’ve got a wife, I’ve got kids, and I sure want them protected, you know, not only at home but also the places they go shop, the places that we go travel.”
What you may not know, is that fire protection is customized for each building based on floorplan and any specific needs. Allen explained; “We have our own engineers on staff, so we use the codes and the requirements within the building codes and fire codes. We also do a thing called hydraulic calculations, which proves that the fire system’s going to work in case of a fire.”
Water is not always the best defense for fires. How about foam? Aaron Dickens, Vice President at Delta Fire Systems, told us that foam is often more effective at fighting fires where gas is present. He showed us an incredible video of foam filling up an airplane hanger at Hill Air Force Base in less than 2 minutes. He went on to tell me; “Any sort of extinguishing agent is based off of the classification of the fire.”
Training is crucial at Delta Fire Systems. That’s why they provide future foreman with 5-year apprenticeships to master the technicalities of the trade. Austin Cottle, Apprentice, Delta Fire Systems said; “There’s a lot to the actual job that you’ve got to know. There’s potential to flood a building if you take apart something without shutting it down. This is life safety equipment.”
The folks at Delta Fire Systems understand the responsibility of what they do. Jerry Allen summed it up; “We want to make sure that when we leave, the people there are going to be safe for many years to come.”
With another Utah Success Story. I’m Doug Jessop
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