Fire Protection Engineering
Safe, holistic solutions.
Safety is the most critical consideration in facility design. As structures become increasingly complex and require greater energy efficiency and flexibility, so have requirements and expectations for life safety. Fire protection engineering protects property, and most importantly, the people who use it. Choosing the right life safety and fire protection engineering partner has never mattered more.
From a historic log lodge in Yellowstone National Park to a 40,000 sf casino, hangars for unmanned military aircraft, or a multi-building tire warehouse complex, Coffman’s fire protection engineers are ready for the job.
Our growing fire protection engineering team serves clients coast to coast, as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam. More than a dozen of our offices have fire protection consultants, with many specialized in specific markets. We assist clients with new facility design, designs for upgrades and renovations of specific protective systems in existing buildings, and litigation support following a fire incident.
We have experience designing a variety of fire suppression, detection, alarm, and communication systems. Our team routinely provides analysis and recommendations for the design of water supply and distribution systems, including on-site water storage, fire pumps, hydrant installations, and water supply systems.
AFFF Firefighting Foam Systems – PFAS Ban
In July 2020, firefighting foam containing PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) was banned for sale within the State of Washington. Since then, other states have followed with bans or restrictions impacting firefighting foam systems utilizing fluorine-based foam, including AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam). AFFF is commonly used in facilities to suppress high-hazard flammable liquid fires like jet fuels and gasoline. The presence of PFAS requires these systems to be replaced.
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