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FARS FAQs:
Air Quality and Reliability

 

From time to time, we feature frequently asked questions about FARS. This month, we're focusing on air quality and reliability.
 
Q. How is air quality ensured?
A. FARS are clean, dry, closed breathable air systems. In accordance with 2015 IFC Appendix L, all FARS are equipped with an air monitoring system, which allows the Fire Department to monitor the system's moisture, carbon monoxide and pressure 24/7.  

L104.15 Air monitoring system. An approved air monitoring system shall be provided. The system shall automatically monitor air quality, moisture and pressure on a continual basis. The air monitoring system shall be equipped with not less than two content analyzers capable of detecting carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, moisture and hydrocarbons.”
 
The system is monitored via the building's fire alarm system and panel as a supervisory signal. FARS can also be monitored around the clock by the private sector via web-based monitoring. Should any air quality readings exceed IFC 2015 Appendix L or NFPA 1989 requirements, signals are immediately sent to the fire alarm panel, activating audible and visual alarms. The AHJ and private sector monitoring companies are notified of the supervisory signal and respond according to the AHJ protocol.  
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Get Smarter On Smoke:
Sign Up for Mike Gagliano's Webinar "Lost, Disoriented, Out of Air: The Impact of Smoke in Large Structure Fires"
Thursday, February 11
Noon Pacific • 2 pm Central
3 pm Eastern

Smoke kills. There is no way to understate the devastating effects of smoke on emergency operations. This is especially true for fires in large structures such as high-rise, big box and hospitals. Join Capt. Gagliano (Seattle Fire Department) for an in-depth look at how smoke impacts firefighters.

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RescueAir Gives Back:
New FARS Projects Trigger Donations to Fire Smoke Coalition

Three months ago, RescueAir pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds from new FARS projects to the Fire Smoke Coalition (FSC). Since then, we've made donations totalling $4800 as two new projects came on line.

“FSC is honored to partner with Rescue Air Systems in its ongoing mission to provide firefighters with life-saving technology as it relates to air management. 

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The High Five:
FARS Advocate     Jack J. Murphy On 5 New Technologies For Making Sense of Tall Building Complexities

There's no doubt that high-rise buildings are getting more complex.  Mega-buildings, pencil tall buildings, pre-fab high-rises, new wooden tall buildings and more are becoming familiar additions to many skylines, increasing the need for better command and building intelligence as well new technologies to help meet the challenges of defending these risks and protecting firefighters and occupants.
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