A fire in a road tunnel can have severe consequences such as damage to the tunnel structure resulting in closure of important infrastructure networks and long business interruption periods, and in worst case loss of lives.
The risk of tunnel fires in metro and rail tunnels are significantly lower than in road tunnels due to low fire loads and effective monitoring. However, the consequences of such fires can be very devastating, and evacuation of passengers can be challenging since large groups of people have to be moved along narrow pathways to the nearest exit or station.
A Fixed Fire Fighting System fights fires in tunnels fast and effectively and enables safe evacuation and easy access for rescue workers. With a Fixed Fire Fighting System installed both life safety and asset protection are significantly improved.
The system facilitates control of a fire in its early stages preventing heat build-up, fire growth and fire spread between vehicles as well as reduces smoke hazards.
Further, an installed Fixed Fire Fighting System can, in many cases, have economic benefits as the expense of other safety solutions such as passive fire protection can be reduced along with the cost of ventilation design.