Superior Fire Protection for High-Risk, High-Value Assets

Multifaceted industries all have unique processes and needs, often creating site-specific hazards that demand equally specific and tailored fire protection systems. That’s why the professionals at Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA) will work to meet your specific challenges by matching an appropriate fire protection system that you can depend on when it matters most.

These systems are designed to protect high-risk, high-value operations/equipment where conventional fire protection may not be suitable. Fire suppression systems detect and suppress fire directly at the source — quickly, efficiently, and automatically.

Applications for Special Hazard Fire Protection include, but are not limited to:

  • Data Centers
  • Telecom
  • Flammable Liquid Storage
  • Industrial Equipment / Processes
  • Medical Facilities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Vehicle and Bus Systems
  • Museums and Archives
  • Libraries
  • Aviation

FLSA will consult with you to create a tailored plan to provide a safe and effective fire protection system that will meet your specific needs. Once the system is installed and online, we will diligently maintain the system to ensure it stays at its peak state of readiness. 

Additional types of systems include: 

  • Pre-action detection
  • Linear heat detection
  • Flame detection
  • Spark detection
  • Early warning air sampling systems and water leak detection


Special Hazard Systems Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance:

Inspecting, testing, and maintaining a Special Hazard suppression system on a semi-annual basis is critical to ensure the system’s operational readiness. These activities are necessary to maintain system integrity and ensure the system operates as designed and installed. Regular inspections can identify missing, damaged, or obstructed devices, incorrect or damaged wiring, system additions or modifications, and trouble conditions that may exist at the Special Hazard suppression control panel. These deficiencies must be resolved for the system to adequately protect facilities and assets while maintaining code compliance per NFPA 2001.

Some of the key elements of a comprehensive inspection program for Special Hazard suppression systems include visual inspections, system testing, agent cylinder weight check, and enclosure integrity verification. Following the thorough inspection, we provide a detailed, bound inspection report identifying any deficiencies, while also recommending any corrective measures with an estimated cost.

Visual inspections ensure no changes to the system or related equipment affect system performance. Our inspectors visually inspect and test:

  • Special Hazard control panels
  • Initiating devices, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, manual release stations, and abort switches
  • Alarm notification appliances, including bells, strobes, and horn/strobes
  • Agent cylinders and/or hoses
  • Agent discharge nozzles
  • Signage
  • System installation meets applicable codes

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Need to Speak with an Expert?

John McDade

Vice President, Alarms & Special Hazards

John McDadeJohn joined FLSA in 2013 to lead the service and contract alarm and special hazards divisions. He is an innovative professional with over 23 years of advanced experience within the special systems industry. He has the knowledge and experience to drive business growth, capitalize on new incremental revenue potential, recognize and deploy new technologies while managing the daily activities of the divisions. Expertise in low voltage building systems including commercial fire alarm, monitoring, security, CCTV, card access, special hazards suppression, FOAM and mass notification. Previously, John was a regional manager for Eaton Corporation in the fire technical solutions division; he managed sales for mass notification, situational awareness deployment and AtHoc interoperable emergency communications. Prior to his departure John responsibilities moved into roles as trainer for new regional representation internally. Additionally, while with Eaton he was a course instructor on wide-area mass notification. John has the responsibility for FLSA regarding alarms and special hazards across our entire US footprint.


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