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Wrexham Industrial Conveyor Belt Sprinkler Activation

13 July 2022 @ 8:43 am

  • Fire Rescue Service; North Wales Fire & Rescue (NWFRS)
  • Where, Wrexham Industrial Estate
  • When; 13 July 2022
  • Incident type; Fire
  • Time of Call; 08:43
  • Occupancy: Industrial
  • Building; Warehouse
  • Location of fire; Conveyor belt
  • Automatic Fire Suppression System; Sprinklers

NWFRS have reported the above-mentioned fire involving a commercial conveyor belt which transports recycled materials for granulation (manufacturing process)


  • 2 x Rescue pump Ladders were mobilised to the incident
  • The seat of the fire was located to involve the industrial rubber   conveyor belt
  • Fire damage was confined to the conveyor bearings
  • Ignition source, friction

 Sprinkler System

  • The fire was contained/controlled preventing fire spread within the building due to the activation of the commercial sprinkler system,
  • Six pendant nozzle heads actuated
  • Water supply suction tank/pump
  • Premises sprinkler coverage, 90%

Benefits of the Commercial Sprinkler System

  • Internal fire spread within the building contained/controlled
  • Rapidly reducing the rate of production of heat and smoke allowing the Officer in Charge crucial time allowing the operational tactical plan to be implemented
  • Allowing firefighters in carrying out search and rescue operations by limiting fire development, which significantly reduces the risks to firefighters.

Firefighting media/equipment used

  • 2 sets of breathing apparatus
  • One hose reel
  • A thermal imaging camera

 Business Continuity

  • Business interruption was reduced to 2 days clearly demonstrating that a relatively minor incident didn’t result in a major fire.

 Benefits of installing sprinklers for property protection can: –

  • Prevent major financial and equipment losses,
  • Prevent a potential major fire, turning it into a minor incident
  • Prevent a business from going out of business



13 July 2022
8:43 am