Wormald develops fire suppression solution for Logset forestry vehicle

Friday, 22 June 2012 in Wormald

Wormald develops fire suppression solution for Logset forestry vehicle

Logset is a Finnish manufacturer of forestry machinery and has recently started operating in the Australian market. Logset provides top-of-the-line solutions to logging professionals and its new 10F Titan Forwarder is a heavy framed machine with a load capacity of 18 tonnes.

Wormald was engaged to design and install a vehicle fire suppression system on the 10F. Firstly, the Wormald team carried out a formalised fire risk assessment of the vehicle, in accordance with Australian Standard, AS 5062-2006: Fire Protection for Mobile & Transportable Equipment (AS 5062-2006). They then installed a 35-litre automatic/manual foam water spray fire suppression system which is housed in a 5mm thick steel box, designed by Wormald specifically for forestry equipment.

Wormald’s foam water spray vehicle fire suppression (VFS) system is compliant with AS 5062-2006. It features high pressure and small droplet nozzles which target risk areas such as the turbo charger and starter motor in the engine compartment. The system utilises the fire suppressing and containment features of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). In the event of a fire, a continuous stream of foam water spray is discharged to rapidly suppress flames and dramatically cool hot surfaces. At the same time, the generated foam acts to smother fuel and oil-spill fires, helping to prevent re-ignition.

Ian Vincent from Wormald’s Albury branch in New South Wales said “There are many combustible components in heavy forestry vehicles which are in close proximity to ignition and heat sources. Considering the potential for timber to add to the fuel load, the risk of a fire can be very high. The VFS system on the 10F Titan Forwarder is configured so that in the event of a fire, early detection and warning is provided to the driver. This should allow extra time to safely evacuate, while also quickly suppressing the fire to help minimise damage to the vehicle.”

Markku Turunen at Logset said, “The Wormald team showed their expertise and professionalism in designing the fire suppression system for our 10F Titan Forwarder. We showcased the vehicle at this year’s AUSTimber show and it received a great response from attendees. We are expecting to have more 10Fs available to the Australian market soon and will work with Wormald in fitting them with suitable vehicle fire suppression systems.”
To speak to a VFS System Specialist call Wormald on 133 166