The correct fire suppression system can make a big difference!
RECON INDUSTRIES Australia was formed in 2011 and has been involved with the timber industry since 2012. The highly specialised business works across Australia in the timber, waste and mining sectors.
“Our main focus is special hazards such as vehicle systems but we are involved in fire systems for substations, explosive bunkers and the petrochemical industry as well as all general fire safety equipment and systems along with testing and servicing of this equipment,” says James Gray, Operations Manager.
“Cameron (Gray) and I both have over 13 years each of involvement in the fire industry.
“We organise and run fire technicians for servicing fire suppression systems, fire fighting equipment and installations across Australia.
“All of our technicians receive OEM training on the fire systems as well as certification from an independent body,” said James.
“Recon Industries Australia has available and or is able to access most parts for most fire suppression systems. As well as being an Ansul distributor and a Qtec distributor we also have parts for Fogmaker and DAFO readily available which are fitted to some imported European machines,” says Cameron.
“This enables Recon to service most of the machines regardless of which system is fitted.
We are able to offer customer AFFF, Dry Chemical, Dual agent and wet chemical fire suppression systems as well as the maintenance of these types of systems,” he said.
When asked what should clients (in this instance the forestry industry) do to select a system that is right for the occasion, James listed the steps that should be taken:
Ask questions. Make an effort to understand the systems available, servicing costs; servicing duration; estimated cost of system for the life of the machine; is the product at end of life will it be supported for the life of the machine?
Does the system meet Australian standards? Ask for proof of being tested to Australian standards.
Don’t jump for the cheapest option. The overall costs including servicing need to be considered.
Ensure that a full risk assessment is conducted in accordance with AS5062 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment.
The right fire suppression system can be a game-changer when things get tough.
Peterson chipper fitted with suppression system.