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Busworld Wrap Up

Wednesday evening saw the close of Busworld, one of the most globally significant shows in the bus and coach industry. In looking back at the six day show, it clearly was an unqualified success for Firetrace.

During the show, we had the pleasure of meeting with hundreds of people from bus manufacturing companies, operating companies, service companies and countless more people in the industry or who simply had a love of buses. In meeting with them, we learned a lot.

  • From an installer from a major manufacturer who offers both Firetrace and high pressure liquid-mist systems we learned that Firetrace systems take about ¼ the time of the competitive system to install and that he’s never had a false activation with a Firetrace system. With several false activations from other systems he has learned that they are expensive, messy and “a real pain”.
  • Another visitor to the booth claims he was told by a competitor that ABC Dry Chemical, one of the most globally used all-purpose powders, was cancer causing. Looking at the MSDS sheet, we find that the powder is a non-carcinogen.
  • Yet another user of the Firetrace system has told us that he prefers the Firetrace tubing to any other tubing. He’s found competitive tubing to be brittle, easy to kink, and overall much harder to work with than Firetrace.
  • Another visitor was very keen to learn about the cleanup of the powder in a Firetrace system. It seems that following a false activation of a mist system they experienced corrosion of the bus as well as tools in the service bay. He had been of the impression that it was simply water, and that it would simply dry.

Meanwhile the Firetrace’s message was very well received.

Firetrace, using the data found on the SP Institute’s P-Mark Certificates for the 9 P-Mark systems clearly demonstrated to visitors that ABC Dry Chemical was well suited for types of fires found in buses, achieving a perfect score on the tests. More importantly the results showed that liquid mist systems were not always able to protect against high load fires with air flows found in buses engine areas, and were almost completely ineffective against hidden fires – regardless of airflow.

Guests learned that dry chemical isn’t the horrible mess that competitors make it out to be. While powder does require clean up, the fact that it is both dry and visible enable users to see what areas require cleaning and that unlike a liquid doesn’t permeate into inaccessible crevices that can’t be effectively cleaned.

The message of simple and reliable resonates well with the people in the industry. They realize that when things go wrong, like in a mechanical failure and resulting fire, that complex systems can be compromised; optics can be obscured by common road grime, electronics can be subject to failure if the power goes out. Only Firetrace stands ready to protect even in the worst of times.

Firetrace claims to be the system that is comparable or better in initial cost, but the overall lifetime system cast is a fraction of most competitive systems. Between the simplified installation, the lack of false discharges and the ease of maintenance, the claim is very easily justified.

If you didn’t get the chance to visit us, we would still enjoy the opportunity to present Firetrace’s bus fire suppression systems to you. We welcome your call or email.