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New Water Look-A-Like Fights Fire Without Damage


New Water Look-A-Like Fights Fire Without Damaging Property

It looks like water, but dip your laptop or treasured photo album in a tank full of this liquid and it will come out dry.

Wormald, a leading provider of fire protection systems announced today the New Zealand release of a groundbreaking advancement in fire protection technology with the introduction of its SAPPHIRE™ Fire Suppression System. The system is a revolutionary technology utilising a new sustainable chemical agent that fights fires without causing any damage to electronics, works of art, irreplaceable artifacts, documents and other critical assets. It is also safe on the environment.

The SAPPHIRE™ system provides the ideal solution for hospitals, museums, libraries, telecommunications centres and other facilities seeking to protect critical assets that could be damaged by ordinary fire suppression systems.

It can be used to protect rare exhibits, electronic equipment and other delicate items without causing any harm.

The new system is quicker, safer and cleaner and it has an atmospheric lifetime of only five days, versus more than 33 years for the closest chemical alternative, as well as zero ozone depletion.

SAPPHIRE™ system works by chemically interfering with the fire combustion process, therefore bringing it to a halt, normally before the fire breaks out in flames. The system also works faster than conventional water sprinkler systems, which are designed to operate after a fire actually breaks out.

The SAPPHIRE™ Suppression System uses a Fire Protection Fluid, (3M™ NOVEC™ 1230) that looks exactly like water, but does not cause the type of damage associated with water when putting out a fire.

Chris Mak, National Technical Manager Wormald, says: “The SAPPHIRE™ Fire Suppression System not only eliminates the issue of water damage, it also greatly reduces actual fire damage by suppressing a fire in the pre-combustion stage.”

"It is sophisticated, flexible, and engineered to be safe for people, products and the environment."

The SAPPHIRE™ System is a significant component of Wormald’s commitment to introducing the most revolutionary fire suppression solutions. SAPPHIRE™ is further proof of Wormald’s commitment to innovation as well as its focus on bringing new technologies to market.

SAPPHIRE™ will be demonstrated at the New Zealand Fire Protection Association’s Conference on October 6th at 1.30pm at The Ellerslie Convention Centre (Guineas lounge Level 3) where its full capabilities will be on show. If you would like further information on the fire conference or SAPPHIRE™ please contact Clare Gibson on the numbers below. ABOUT WORMALD Wormald, a segment of Tyco Services Australia/New Zealand, is a leading provider of fire protection solutions. They have been designing, manufacturing, suppling, installing and servicing fire detection and protection systems since 1889. Wormald offers full service and total solutions across numerous applications including building and construction, health care, military, government, leisure management, corporate, education and domestic.

The system offers central storage and modular design solutions that can work in tandem with existing building fire alarm and suppression systems, providing ideal building structure protection. The agent is stored in pressurized containers as a liquid and vaporizes when discharged.

ABOUT TYCO SERVICES Tyco Services Australia/New Zealand, a segment of Tyco International’s Fire & Security business globally, is a leading provider of Fire & Safety, Electronic Security, Electrical and Mechanical Services, and Facilities Management.

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