The Harrington Group

Dale Hansen Appointed Principal on the NFPA Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Harrington Group is pleased to announce that Dale Hansen, one of our firm’s Principals and Senior Fire Protection Engineers, has been appointed Principal on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust (CMD-FUN). NFPA Technical Committees serve in the development and revision of NFPA documents. CMD-FUN has been tasked with...read the full article

Photovoltaic Panels and Fire Fighting Challenges

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

In September, a fire grew out of control and destroyed the Dietz & Watson 300,000 square foot refrigeration facility in Delanco, New Jersey.  This 11-alarm fire was hindered by the fact that roof was equipped with 7,000 photovoltaic panels.  The investigation is still open, but reports state that firefighting operations were hindered by the large...read the full article

Hot Work Incident Causes $1 Million in Damages to Tampa Brewery

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Recently, a fire broke out at the Yuengling brewery facility located in Tampa, Florida. No employees were injured and one firefighter suffered minor injuries from the fire, which took about an hour to get under control. Also, although none of the product was jeopardized, damage estimates are close to $1 million. According to Jim Helmke,...read the full article

NFPA Recognized for Standard Development Response

Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Earlier this month, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) its highest level of approval for exceeding the agency’s recommendations in the development of NFPA 56: Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems. In June 2010, the CSB urged NFPA...read the full article

Recent Industrial Dryer Fire: Top Lesson Learned

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Last month, Kentucky firefighters responded to a fire inside a large, industrial dryer at the R.R. Donnelley plant located in Dannville. The dryer is used to dry ink on magazines after they are printed, using extremely hot air. According to Fire Chief Woody Ball, an unidentified mechanical failure caused resin to build up inside of...read the full article