Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sinorix The Green Alternative

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The world of Suppression can be both interesting and confusing for the uninitiated, this is mainly because there are so many different types of hazards, and there are many different types of suppression systems. Restaurants use wet chemical, Body shops, Mining & Forestry equipment and others use dry chemical. Dip tanks, and Gensets use CO2 systems, and Computer rooms, or sensitive document rooms use clean gas. There are also a number of products available in each of those, but for today I’m going to focus on clean gas.

The original clean gas was Halon 1301, an incredible firefighting agent, but nasty on the atmosphere. One molecule of Halon will destroy 100,000 molecules of ozone, which is why it has been banned in Canada since 2009. After Halon fell from grace a number of contenders came forward looking for the throne. Agents like Inergen, Argonite, FM 200 all entered the market as a Halon Replacement, and all work well. A little later Siemens released Sinorix 1230 into the market, and while sometimes known as Novec 1230. Sinorix 1230 is a game changer for a number of reasons.

  • Non-conductive, no residues, no damage to sensitive equipment
  • Harmless for people with one of the highest safety margins
  • The Sinorix 1230 fluid has zero ozone depletion potential
  • A short atmospheric lifetime of 3 – 5 days and a low global warming potential of 1, making it exempt from restrictions of so-called “greenhouse gases”

We have installed quite a few of these systems in Manitoba, and strongly feel they are superior even to sprinkler deluge systems that pour water onto sensitive electronics, or valuable paper records that are just as destroyed by the fire protection system as they would have been by the fire. 

With so many different types of hazards, and equally as many types of suppression systems used to protect them make sure you talk to an expert before purchasing a suppression system that may only suppress your bank account.

There is protection within the herd!

Sinorix suppression system with Siemens releasing panel

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bison Has The Spirit!

Well not yet, but we are certainly hopeful. Last Friday at The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon it was announced that Bison Fire was finalist along with EPH Apparel, and Infomagnetics Technologies Corporation (IMT) in the small business category for the Spirit of Winnipeg Award! There were 16 applicants in our category, and knowing the calibre of small businesses in Winnipeg, this is a tough group, and to be named a finalist is an honour.

Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala (from The Chamber website)

One of the city’s most highly anticipated events—and it’s all about honouring local businesses that are making a difference.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, along with co-founding partner BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisors, and presenting sponsor Fillmore Riley LLP, is pleased to be holding our 5th Annual Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala, where we recognize and honour Winnipeg businesses and not-for-profit organizations for their innovative and creative ideas that have contributed to making our city a vibrant and distinguishable place to live, work, and play.

Also known as the "Academy Awards of Winnipeg," The Chamber’s elegant Spirit of Winnipeg Awards Gala has become our signature event. We bring together the business community to honour and recognize 18 finalists for their innovative ideas and award six of those organizations with a stunning custom-made award.

We felt that with the restructuring, and our investments into staffing at various levels, as well as the investment into our Quantus ERP system that we might have a good chance at demonstrating how we regularly adopt innovative ideas that create the environment of growth for the company, and the staff. The spirit of our company is very strong having gone from 5 people in 2001 to over 50 currently is a reflection of the innovative spirit that we have here, and will continue to have as we stampede across the prairies.

It’s fantastic to have been chosen as a finalist, but the recognition needs to go the very hardworking Ladies and Gentlemen that make our company what it is. Without their dedication, experience, and creative input I wouldn’t be holding my breath in anticipation! However whether we win in February or not the herd shown that innovation and bold ideas are alive and well in the fire protection industry here in Winnipeg!

There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Students Are Our Future

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I was asked to come in and talk to students at Red River College about a career in the fire protection industry. Presenting to groups like this is always important because it gives me the opportunity to showcase the benefits and challenges of this small but vital industry. The students responded very well to a new job option they had never heard of prior to the presentation. They asked a lot of questions and seemed very intrigued by the possibilities being shown to them.

A couple of months ago I was at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s AGM where Jodi Moskal of Moskal Electric was sworn in as the Chamber Chairperson for 2014. One of the things she said that really struck home with me was her desire to build a business community that offered career opportunities in Manitoba to keep our kids from moving to greener pastures in other provinces. I would like to think that my presentation to the students gave them another industry to look at when they graduate.

The fire protection industry has numerous career opportunities, and can be very challenging and rewarding. I told the students of the unlimited numbers of places they would be able to see while doing their jobs that are not open to the public, yet must be serviced to meet fire code, and insurance needs. This is a career that can go from field technician to programmer, project manager, departmental management, and even branch management if a person wishes to pursue that path, and it can be done in a fairly recession proof industry because to the fire code compliance requirements.

Manitoba has a great economic future ahead. I have seen many of the proposed construction projects planned and I know that our children can stay here, start families of their own, and earn a very comfortable living. We just need to spend the time to show them where they can succeed.

There is protection within the herd!

Presenting to StudentsTalking About Career Opportunities


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Service When YOU Need It

Late in December the phone rang with the type of call that every service company would prefer to not get. The customer was upset because his industrial suppression system had just discharged and they needed service NOW!

Industrial suppression systems usually use dry chemical as the agent to fight the fire. Dry chemical is still an incredible firefighting agent when used in the correct applications such as automotive paint booths, powder coating booths, lube rooms, mobile forestry equipment, and mobile mining equipment. It has also been used effectively for air compressor, and various other types of equipment that the mining industry requires.

This particular system due to its size had the added complexity of a fire alarm releasing panel, electric heat detection, and electronic pull stations as many larger systems are designed with for a variety of reasons that include reduced long term maintenance requirements.

So with 800 lbs of dry chemical to clean up, we sent 2 technicians to site to reset the system, consult with the customer as to what had happened, and begin the process of recharging the cylinders. I am very proud of my staff as 4 people worked together all day on a Saturday in December to get this system up and running and minimize the down time, and loss of production that can occur. Fortunately due to their commitment to our customers our tech’s had them back in production Monday morning with no lost production time.

This is just one more reason why…………..

There is protection within the herd!


Everybody's Working on the Weekend

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Happy New Year!

With 2013 behind us and 2014 just in its infancy this is a good time to reflect on what has happened over the last year and maybe look into the future.

2013 was an interesting year for us. It was a year of growth and change. We continued to see success in the Pilot Project we had begun the year before with the adoption of new technologies designed to improve the flow of business internally and externally. We are seeing the benefits of these implementations, and we know this implementation will be appreciated by everyone we deal with. We also made some changes to the structure of our management teams that included adding new levels supervision, and training to ensure all of our people know their jobs, and have the ability to do them very well.

We also added new products in 2013 that have enhanced our offerings, and helped round out the services we provide ensuring we continue to be a full service provider to every industry we support. Overall 2013 was a good year for the herd.

2014 is already showing signs of being a great year. With many projects already on the horizon, and a good economic forecast for the province we anticipate a strong year for each of our divisions Suppression, Fire Alarm, and Sprinkler. The high quality workmanship that the people in each of these divisions demonstrated last year are serving us well and the construction industry has noticed! 

I can’t say often enough how proud I am of the staff here. Without them we wouldn’t have achieved the success we have enjoyed in 2013. Stay tuned in 2014 there will be many positive announcements as we continue to lead the stampede!

There is protection within the herd!

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