12/30/10 91 W - + 10 - 5 Harris Plant Ends Fire Patrols

Read that story from yesterday's News & Observer. After five years of prep, the nuclear power plant is replacing its human fire monitors with an automated system. People watching for fires. The oldest method of fire detection. What other institutions or agencies still use same? And what have been some historical examples? I recall a military veteran telling of one person always required to stay awake in their barracks, as a guard against forming fires. This was pre-smoke detector technology. Perhaps it continued into modern era?

Doesn’t Glaxo have a fire brigade?
Mike - 12/30/10 - 08:11

Fire brigade does not necessarily equal fire watch. The Harris Plant has people who walk the entire plant, watching/looking/sniffing for fires.

Literal fire watch.

They also have a fire brigade, of personnel trained to respond to fires. They even had apparatus at one time.

Fire brigades are pretty common.

But human fire detection, and dedicated people therein? That question’s got me curious.
Legeros - 12/30/10 - 08:13

Well, the RBC center has fire watch personnel during events….they are takes with walking/watching/looking/sniffing for fires.

During the late 1990’s the record keeping company Iron Mountain maintained a fire watch at all of its facilities in the country due to the arson fire in NJ.
A.S. Meier - 12/30/10 - 13:39

In other jurisdictions in which I have served it was often common practice for an occupancy to post a temporary “fire watch” if their alarm system had to be disabled for any period of time. While not normally in place, it was required for high-risk hazards to post a human being to conduct rounds until such time as normal service was restored.
WRECC - 12/30/10 - 17:33

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