Tocumen Panama Airport
Fire Strategy Review
The client originally retained Poole Fire Protection to perform a high level design review for the overall fire protection design of the Tocumen Airport in Panama. Based on the findings of the review, it was concluded that the fire protection water storage tank size could be significantly reduced, the fire pumps could be eliminated if the domestic water pumps were sized properly and the water distribution system could remain as a single pipe system which eliminated the need for pressure reducing valves. In addition, it was advised multiple sprinkler system lead-ins should be provided to reduce the risk of a single point sprinkler failure, which would also reduce the amount of fire mains being routed throughout the building. These suggestions would result in significant cost savings to the project.
The client then requested Poole Fire Protection to develop the Operation Fire Safety Management Plan (OFSMP) for the Tocumen Airport in Panama. The OFSMP provided the operational principles to be applied throughout the building, in order to deliver a coordinated approach consistent with the Fire Safety and Evacuations and highlight any areas where an alternative strategy may be required. The OFSMP was based upon the general principles established within the Fire Safety Strategy for the terminal building, which encompasses Life Safety, Fire Safety and Building Compartmentation to ultimately maintain building continuity.
This OFSMP documented that fire protection (both active and passive) and life safety features of the facility, define the operational thresholds/limitations, and the system inspection, testing and maintenance guidelines. Furthermore, the OFSMP included the elements of a Fire Barrier Management Program and the Emergency Plan.