A huge blaze which closed schools and disrupted transport systems for several days in Bradford last month illustrates the far-reaching impact of a fire which goes undetected until it is too late – and serves as reminder of the need for tailored solutions at industrial sites, says fire detection and life safety systems specialist CDS.
Around 20 schools were forced to close, rail services were cancelled, and roads diverted while residents were warned to keep their windows shut because of concerns about smoke pollution.
At its height, 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were needed to tackle the flames pouring from around 8,000 tyres at the former go-kart track.
MD at CDS, Simon Abley, explained: “Obviously investigations are under way into this particular incident, but the massive knock-on effect serves as a reminder of how challenging industrial sites can be. Conventional fire alarm systems are not always the best solution.”
CDS has been protecting major industrial sites and commercial premises for more than 30 years and has worked with them to build site specific solutions which meet their needs. This means using a multitude of fire detection devices including beam detection and thermal imaging cameras.
“Carrying out risk assessments is one of the many services we provide and for sites with complex operations we highly recommend this. It enables our team to design a bespoke fire detection solution that provides the best possible detection of fire without affecting the operational activities of the customer.
“As we have witnessed in this case, the impact of a fire can goes way beyond the destruction of the premises and its contents. It can have devastating consequences on the surrounding area.”