Here's what you need to know about common fire suppression systems for vehicles

Bulbeck Fire on 27 April 2017

What are vehicle fire suppression systems?

Installed in and around your vehicle's engine, vehicle fire suppression systems detect and suppress fire.

They use a monitoring tube to reliably identify fire threats, in which case they douse the engine bay with a powerful extinguishing agent which immediately and completely suppresses the fire.

This minimises damage to vehicles, as well as potential harm to operators, workers and passengers.

In this article, we will take a look at four of the most common fire suppression systems for vehicles used in Australia today. Alternatively, for product information, see our fire suppression systems page.

1. Bus fire suppression systems

Bus fires are a particular threat in Australia due to our often harsh climate. For an example of a recent incident see this article regarding a bus bursting into flames on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

That's why at Bulbeck Fire we stock and supply Vehicle Misting Compact Line Systems (CLS) for buses. They're the best tool for immediately stopping the spread of fire on buses.

As with all fire suppression systems for vehicles, a monitoring tube is applied to the engine bay. The sensor tube bursts only when extreme heat from fire is detected (approximately 175°C), at which point the extinguishing agent is released. In the case of buses, it is typically a misting based agent.

When choosing a bus fire suppression system, ensure your system is made to meet Australian Standard 5062-2006: Australia fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment. This will ensure your system has been tried and tested to match Australian standards.

For more information, visit our bus fire suppression systems page.

2. Boat fire suppression systems

The risk of fire on boats can seem minor, after all, you're surrounded by water. However, this is not the case. Marine fires can be especially devastating because in open water help is regularly far away.

compact line system

A fire suppression compact line system

The majority of fires on boats occur during cruising via the ignition of fuel vapours or due to shorting of electrical circuits in the engine. Even a very small engine fire can spread, engulfing the entire vessel.

To mitigate this danger we recommend installing vehicle fire suppression systems on all boat engines. A duel chamber which contains the extinguishing agent should also be mounted below deck along with a pressurised sensor tube which can immediately detect and suppress fire at its early stages.

When choosing a boat fire suppression system, you should look for a system which is made to meet Australian Standard AS4587-1999: Water mist fire protection systems. This is your assurance that your chosen system meets Australian Standards for marine fire protection systems.

For more information, visit our boat fire suppression systems page.

3. Heavy machinery fire suppression systems

Workplace fires can be disastrous for businesses. They place workers in serious danger and can result in significant damage to property. They are also often caused by malfunctioning or overheating machinery.

For this reason, we recommend that all earthmovers, bulldozers and yellow goods be equipped with appropriate fire suppression systems for vehicles so fires can be contained before they spread.

We choose to install Stryker vehicle fire suppression systems as these systems can be installed directly inside a vehicle's motor compartment, close to where the fire is most likely to start. They also feature a patented dual chamber cylinder which is made to withstand vibrations and movement.

To ensure reliable performance, any system you select should be tried and tested to Australian Standard 5062-2006: Australia fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment.

For more information, visit our heavy machinery fire suppression systems page.

4. Train fire suppression systems

There is a range of things which can cause a train fire including the overheating of electric train motors, oil residue or diesel fuel leaks on hot surfaces, or the short circuiting of electrical contacts.

To combat this, train vehicle fire suppression systems are regularly equipped to the engines of metro, regional, and freight trains and trams in order to protect train operators, workers and passengers from fire.

The system is applied in and around the train's engine where it can reliably detect fire. Should a fire occur, the system will release a powerful extinguishing agent which will neutralise the flames before they can spread to nearby carriages.

For reliability, choose vehicle fire suppression systems which have been tested to SP norms for vehicle engine fire suppression. This is your assurance of rigorous trialling and testing, so you can rest assured knowing that your system will continue to perform day in day out.

For more information, visit our train fire suppression systems page.

"Your vehicle fire suppression systems are your best defence against vehicle fires."

Find out more about fire suppression systems for vehicles

At Bulbeck Fire, we are your experts in fire suppression systems for vehicles. We've been helping Australian business and industry to get fire safe for over 60 years and we could help you too.

We provide complete fire solutions which are tailored to the needs of each operation, so you can get a system that matches your requirements and circumstances, whatever they may be.

Learn more on our fire suppression systems page or call 1800 530 401