We are looking to this pool of firefighter professionals for guidance on where you feel we should start so that we can deploy this technology safely and correctly.
Our company has a new technology that can save lives during an Active Shooter or a Violent Robbery event but it appears that it is regulated by IFC 316.5 that states: “Any security device or system that emits any medium that could obscure a means of egress in any building, structure or premise shall be prohibited”.
This particular technology used all over the world except for here in the US. The technology is a fog/smoke generating device that emits a dense fog in case of a Active Shooter or other security issues such as a violent robbery. The international fire code has a provision that any security device that emits a smoke that would impair the vision of a fire fighter is prohibited in the US. We are looking for ways to accommodate the code and verify variance potentials because the device has certain aspects that eliminate risks to firefighters from an egress perspective.
- The system has an internal dialer that can be programmed so that if it detects a break-in, certain phone numbers of FD and PD will be called with a pre-recording vocal message specific for the location EX: At Street XXXXX, number 5, City, fogging security system has been triggered.
- The system can be tied to existing fire alarms and it incorporates a failsafe lock-out that will restrict a system discharge if a fire alarm trips. We understand the concern that FD has regarding a firefighter inside fighting a fire and the system deploying fog - the failsafe mechanism prevents that.
- There will be an installation protocol to advise FD and PD of all new installations
- Local training programs as well as web based to train FD and PD on the device
- The fog is cold and scented so easily recognized as smoke not of a fire
- Proper signage at each installation that the device is present
- The system is widely used across the globe yet prevented here due to the above code
Target use: Active Shooter: (schools, work environments, VIP events) Security: convenience stores, check cashing places, jewelry stores, high end shopping, personal high end residences etc.
With regard to Active Shooter particulars:
The technology is very beneficial as an Active Shooter solution in schools or other potential uses. The idea would be to install a system throughout the areas of concern such as hallways in a school as an example and in the event of an active shooter incident, the devices would trigger and fill the hallways with fog/smoke thus eliminating the ability of the shooter to see where they are going and quelling their goals. Most schools already have devices where the doors can be locked, door window coverings etc. and this would buy time for authorities to arrive and eliminate the shooter. Once the authorities arrive, the fog evacuation process would be initiated through connected exhaust fans and defogging the area would take place in real-time within seconds thus exposing the shooter. From a “fire” perspective, the above mentioned fire use protections would also come into play with respect to fire alarms. This system could also have remote networking capability so several locations could be monitored, actuated and have a direct link to first responders from 1 command center.
- Save lives during an event
- Non-destructive means to property of desensitizing the shooter
- Keep shooter at bay and ineffective until authorities arrive – then actuating the exhaust fans will expose shooter in real-time for proper neutralization
- Instantaneous notification of authorities in the event of an alarm
The following is a YouTube link of a video we compiled that shows the performance of the fog generators in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyHKwz8Me34
Any feedback you could provide would be very helpful.
thank you and all the best - Greg Eiler