Firetrace was first invented by Dave Melton in the mid 1980’s when he realised that linear detection tubing offered more reliability, flexibility and simplicity compared to traditional detection methods.
Designed for simple installation, often very near the source of a potential fire, Firetrace is a self-activating suppression system that reliably suppresses fires in seconds. It provides a low maintenance, cost-effective solution to the problem of ‘micro-environment’ fire protection.
Micro-environments are applications where the hazard is typically contained within a critical enclosure, such as equipment, machines, vehicles, or storage compartments.
Firetrace systems can be installed in virtually any enclosed space where high-value assets are located, or where an increased risk of fire could be mitigated by an automatic fire suppression system.
The effectiveness of a Firetrace system comes from the proprietary polymer tubing that will rupture when exposed to the heat and flame of a growing fire. The Firetrace tubing connects to custom engineered valves and a Firetrace cylinder that contains the best fire suppression agent for the particular hazard. Firetrace systems operate without the need for any power source – external or battery – and require no releasing panel to operate
Firetrace systems come in three distinct configurations:
Direct release system
A local application system that uses the Firetrace detection tubing to both sense the fire and deliver the agent to the protected space. When exposed to fire the tubing bursts, forming a nozzle that directs the suppression agent
Indirect release system
A total flooding system that uses the Firetrace detection tubing only as a sensing device. Upon detection, agent is delivered into the protected space using pipes or hoses and fixed nozzles
Dual Action System
Combines the functionality of the direct local application system and indirect total flooding system. By delivering agent through both nozzles and the tubing burst, a more complete and effective suppression is achieved.
Firetrace systems are also compatible with most commercially available fire suppression agents including:
- Novec™ 1230
- Dry Chemical (ABC, BC, Purple K, D)
- Black Widow
MCL has worked closely with FireTrace for a number of years and their systems, knowledge, products, quality and innovation to meet the exacting standards required by MCL Fire and our customers has always been met.