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Raleigh, NC, USA, June 27, 2023 – AFEX Fire Suppression Systems, specialists in designing and manufacturing fire protection systems for heavy-duty mobile equipment, has published a new whitepaper for the owners and operators of vehicles with fire suppression systems entitled, “We Just Got Fire Suppression for Our Heavy Equipment. Now What?”. The publication outlines vital next steps after the purchase and installation of a fire suppression system to help maximize effectiveness and longevity, ultimately ensuring the safety of the equipment operator. 

Implementation of a Training Program for Operators & Maintenance Personnel

The whitepaper begins by emphasizing the importance of training key personnel on the basics of the new fire suppression system. Maintenance personnel should be aware of system component placement and how to power on/off the system prior to performing any general machine maintenance or repairs. And, through a comprehensive training program, the heavy equipment operator must have a clear understanding of how the system communicates a fire incident and, in the event of a fire, how to properly actuate the fire suppression system and safely exit the machine. 

Scheduling Routine Inspections & Maintenance with a Certified Provider

The publication continues by providing recommendations on updating machine pre-shift inspection checklists to identify any external conditions that may lead to a fire. Operators must also include the inspection of key fire suppression system components for visible damage that could impair operation. 

Additionally, the whitepaper goes on to mention the value of proactive implementation of a routine system maintenance plan. Heavy equipment owners are informed of fire suppression system maintenance standards required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and regularly required testing and replacement intervals for certain system components. All maintenance should be performed by a reliable fire suppression system service provider. The publication concludes by providing a list of suggested conditions for selecting a reliable service partner, including employment of factory-trained technicians and prompt response times with inventory on-hand. 

The new whitepaper, “We Just Got Fire Suppression for Our Heavy Equipment. Now What?” is available at no charge on the AFEX website at:  

an ebook os "We Just Got Fire Suppression For Our Heavy Equipment. Now What?"

For More Information:

Amy Coulter
Marketing Manager
AFEX Fire Suppression Systems

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