Review of Portable, Manually Operated, and Non-Total Flooding Fire Extinguishing Technologies for Use on Naval Vessels


  1. Williams, C.
  2. Bodzay, S.J.
  3. Williams, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);CRW Regulatory Services Inc. Halifax, NS (CAN)
Portable fire extinguishers are an integral part of fire fighting capabilities on board naval vessels. In many cases they allow crew to extinguish or suppress small fires before they can grow and become a significant threat to life and the vessel itself. There have been a number of developments in portable and handheld extinguishers in the last twenty years. Many of these use technologies that have been developed to replace Halons in total flooding and local application or portable extinguishment systems. These technologies include water mist, aqueous film forming foams, compressed air foam systems, cutting extinguishers and propelled extinguishing agents technologies (PEAT) or aerosols. In this Contract Report fire extinguishment and suppression technologies that can be delivered by portable and/or handheld systems are reviewed and critically assessed. Some of the limitations and concerns associated with the use of these systems are discussed.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-CR-2011-293 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2011
Number of Pages
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