Recycling facility struck by lithium ion battery fire in 2017; new system promotes greater safety, remote firefighting access
PHOENIX, AZ – (October 23, 2019) Presenting at the Solid Waste Association of North America’s WASTECON 2019, ecomaine CEO Kevin Roche showcased the organization’s recently-completed fire suppression system to the conference’s attendees.
Manufactured by Elkhart Brass, the system is comprised of a water cannon at the tipping floor of ecomaine’s facilities along with controls enabling its operation inside the tipping hall, outside the building via a remote control, or even remotely from ecomaine’s Waste-to-Energy Control Room, which is staffed 24 hours per day. Thermal cameras display temperatures on the tipping floors, with thresholds to alert staff to the presence of elevated temperatures.
Following a fire at ecomaine in December 2017 sparked by an improperly-disposed lithium ion battery, Roche and ecomaine’s Board of Directors sought a better – and safer – solution.
“Unfortunately, fires are all too common in our industry,” said Roche. “We are extremely proud to now have this unique method of combatting ‘hot spots,’ which will keep our workers safe and our plant operational. While we may not know when safety investments pay off – no news is good news, after all – we will always go for the safer approach.”
Roche detailed the system to waste managers from around North America as part of WASTECON’s Safety Summit, Catching Fire.