Deployable containerized solutions developer G3 Systems Limited has delivered a specially designed and constructed Fire Trials and Evaluation Unit (FTEU) for the Royal Navy at Horsea Island.
The FTEU allows realistic simulation of fire behavior within MoD vessels by conducting live fire testing and equipment analysis on behalf of Navy Command Head Quarters (NCHQ) and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) / Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) Equipment teams and Platform Authorities.
According to G3, the valuable data and experiences gained through the trials facility will inform equipment selection and develop firefighting policy, procedures and techniques, conducted in a controlled environment, before becoming Royal Naval policy.
A wholly owned subsidiary of IAP WWS Inc, G3 Systems has a long history of producing modular, deployable containerized solutions for the Royal Navy (Forward Support Units and more recently NavyPODs for the heavy lift drone capability). For this project, the company had to combine three key elements of unique capability and experience to meet the customer’s demanding requirements; previous research in fire propagation and risk in containerized units, operational fire-fighting experience gained from providing fire and rescue services in Afghanistan, and its long history of producing bespoke containerized solutions for defense and other governmental organizations.
The output is the unique FTEU, which is modular by design, and built to fit into the existing available floor plate with minimal changes to infrastructure, utilizing existing supplies and discharge routes but incorporating safety and functional improvements when compared to the old FTEU facility.
The burn unit is designed to be safely operated with a minimum of two personnel but with the ability to flex to five personnel in full firefighting equipment, including breathing apparatus, transiting through at any time. The system is designed to minimize risks to personnel during operation and maintenance, taking into account the latest fire safety legislation whilst providing a valid representation of a Naval environment.
Mike Puckett, Managing Director at G3 Systems Limited, said: “G3 Systems are world renowned for producing deployable containerized solutions, but less well known for our facilities management or fire-fighting services. This project is an excellent example of the depth of experience that G3 Systems possesses, and it is extremely rewarding to design and deliver such a unique capability drawing on every element of our business.”
Lieutenant Commander David Cummings, Royal Navy, said: “The installation and commissioning of the new Fire Trials and Evaluation Unit has now restored the capability of the Royal Navy to carry out live fire trials, which are specific to RN ships and platforms. Trials and results are invaluable in shaping future RN firefighting policy and equipment procurement. We are content G3 have successfully delivered a design which is not only marine applicable, but also adaptable to allow a versatile range of future trials to be conducted. The unit will ensure the RN can again move forward and continue to develop on board firefighting for the foreseeable future.”