Fire Engineering Solutions

Fire Risk Assessments/Hazop Studies

Fuego are well geared to carry out professional fire risk assessments and Hazop studies for all types of industries. The primary intention of this Fire risk Assessment (FRA), Hazop studies and information emanating from it is to provide sufficient information in order that informed decisions can be made with regards to appropriate fire protection controls aimed at mitigating the identified risk. Not all fires can be prevented but detailed fire risk assessments performed by appropriately qualified persons and appropriate action taken can help to reduce the frequency of fire incidents, the potential severity as well as the adverse impact fires may have on a business.
In the final analysis the extent to which the fire risk exposure should be protected remains a business decision. In our FRA Fuego therefore emphasising inter alia the following aspects.

  • The risk appetite of the owners (size of loss the client is unlikely to absorb)
  • The life of plant operation or process
  • Fabrication
  • Structure of Insurance underwriting programme
  • Insurance fire protection requirements
  • Insurance premium trade off against cost of systems installed
  • Maximum possible loss fire loss associated with the operation taking into account potential material damage and business interruption
  • Lead time associated with replacing major plant and process equipment

Fire losses remains one of the highest causes of material and business interruption loss and insurance claims in all industries. Although most fires are preventable all of them are not.
The outcome of a FRA and Hazop studies also determines the Fire Protection Philosophy (FPP) that paves the way for any future fire protection controls implemented by an organization.
In our fire risk assessments Fuego will take into account all the factors may have significant influence on the decision making process to determine the fire protection philosophy including:

  • Fire ignition potential
  • Fire spread potential
  • Fire loading
  • Access to enable extinguishment through manual or “conventional” means
  • The nature of the construction of structures buildings etc.
  • Location of risks in relation to other risks, structures, processes and activities
  • Whether processes are single stream
  • Can a specific processes be by-passed to ensure continuity
  • The availability and capability of local fully equipped professional fire service
  • Availability of well-equipped and trained on-site fire teams
  • Response time of fire teams and professional fire brigade
  • Access of on-site fire teams and mobile firefighting equipment

Since the fire risk in any business environment is not static but dynamic with the fire risk profile changing continuously as process and activities changes at Fuego we pride ourselves that in formulating the Fire Protection Philosophy (FPP) for our clients we take cognisance of the clients future planning and business development. In summary the Fire Risk Assessment is key to formalising the fire protection philosophy and in turn the fire protection rationale employed to fulfil the fire protection philosophy use acceptable and applicable International and National Fire Protection Standards as its foundation to ensure identified fire risks are mitigated in the most cost effective manner.

Fire Protection System Design

Fuego has an in-house fire protection system design capability that specialise in all types of fire system designs including water based suppression systems, Inert and clean gas fire suppression system, Low, intermediate and high pressure water mist, totally green dry mist water mist systems and foam fire protection solutions as well as all the relevant types of early warning and other fire detection systems associated with the suppression systems. At Fuego we are abreast of the latest fire detection and suppression technology. We appreciate our client’s willingness and responsibility to protect their assets and people against the adversity of fire and to this end subscribe to and make use of approved and proven technology based on proper fire standards in our solutions and designs. We take our professional service offered to clients seriously and therefor make use third party inspection process whereby all designs are checked and verified by a professional Fire Engineering Consultant to ensure compliance to the appropriate National and international fire standards. Our design process include:

  • Conceptual designs of detection and suppression systems for tender and budget purposes
  • Detail fire detection and suppression system designs for fabrication and construction purposes
  • We have a “cradle to grave “approach with designs that include water supplies, pump systems, fire mains all the way through to discharge of extinguishing medium onto the fire risk
  • Full hydraulic calculations accompany all our designs
  • A full written technical specification of all fire systems and system components accompanies all our Fuego designs
  • All fire protection designs are backed up by a detail explanation of the fire protection rationale followed.

Fire System Fabrication and Installation

At Fuego we assemble all the critical components of systems that we install in accordance with OEM requirements for which we have received special training and certification however, all fabrication of major pipes and fittings such galvanizing, painting and fabrication of off-sets flanges etc. are outsourced to specially selected service provider that can maintain our own high standards and the standards enforced through acceptable and proven fire standards.
On-site fabrication is done by skilled well trained and competent people vigorously following and enforcing the strict fabrication and installation standards. Third party inspections are enforced throughout the fabrication and installation process and is non-negotiable.

Final Inspection, Testing and Commissioning

Fuego adheres to a strict inspection, testing and commissioning regime for all systems and sub-systems designed fabricated and install by us. Testing and commissioning is done in accordance with National and International standards as well as OEM requirements and guidelines. Where possible Fuego also makes use of OEM’s as third party inspectors to ensure compliance to OEM guidelines. Commissioning of systems. Our technicians are OEM trained for all systems and system components employed in our designs.
To ensure a smooth commissioning process, inspections of installations go through various phases involving Fuego technician, the Fire Consultant, the OEM as well as the client’s own technical/engineering representatives before commissioning of systems.
Final commissioning and sign-off of systems are done involving the same people mentioned above and follows a strict predetermined process tailored specifically for the type of fire protection systems employed. System operational/functional and commissioning certificates are issued for each individual system installed inspected and commissioned.

Training and OEM Manuals

Detailed training is provided to selected personnel on all systems installed for the client. Very detailed and professional compiled OEM manuals are provided to clients for all systems installed and is used as the basis for the training provided. Training certificates are issued to all personnel attending.

Technical Evaluation and Audits

Fuego Fire Technicians are skilled to carry out detailed technical evaluations of existing fire protection systems for risk compatibility, functionality and compliance to standards. Our reports highlights areas of compliance, areas of non-compliance and recommendations to resolve any short coming’s that may have been identified.

Care and Maintenance Programmes (SLA)

Fire protection systems are costly and are certainly more costly if they fail to operate as designed and intended when a fire does occur. To assist our clients Fuego provides cost effective service level agreements without compromising on quality of workmanship and applicable fire standards. Service level agreements are designed to meet the specific requirements needed to ensure the continued operation status of fire protection equipment. A detailed inspection and assessment of the site and fire protection equipment employed by the client precedes our formal proposal for a Service Level Agreement.