Written by Joseph Camorata and reprinted with permission from Firehouse.com. Click here for more images.
Renewable energy systems, especially solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, are here to stay. As such, the fire investigation community must adapt to this technology, similar to what had to be done with hybrid electric vehicles, with regards to both fire suppression and cause and origin investigative techniques.
As part of the investigator's “toolbox,” a fire investigator should be familiar with the solar PV installations within their jurisdiction. From here, a property list can be compiled and an investigative pre-plan can be developed. This list should include a “special call’ list of technical advisers as well.
From Out of the Abyss...
This week’s article from the past is titled Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted and was written by Benjamin Horton, CPCU, who was President of the National Adjuster Traing School in Louisville, Kentucky.. It is taken from the Decembe 1968 Vol. XVI No.5 issue.
Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted
Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Predator Severe Service vehicles manufactured August 28, 2014, to January 27, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with Pelican 9410L flashlights, part number 9410-021-245 or 9410-021-110, with lithium ion battery packs, part number 9413-301-001, which may overheat.
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This recall involves Black Cat Glitter fountain cones sold in packages of three. The cones have model number BC269 printed on the bottom of the packaging. The cone-shaped fireworks devices are approximately 6-inches tall and have the Black Cat logo on the packaging. The words “Crackling Glitter,” “Colorful Glitter” or “Gold Glitter” is printed in black type on the front of the cone.
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Lakota Corporation (Lakota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Luxe trailers. The affected trailers are equipped with certain Frigidaire KG series convection microwaves, model CFMV154CLS, that may start on their own and begin heating when unattended.
This recall involves lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used in HP notebook computers. The batteries are compatible with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion notebook computers. The black batteries measure about 8 inches long, 2 inches wide and about 1 inch high. The battery bar code is printed on the back of the battery. “HP Notebook Battery” and the model number are printed on the battery. The batteries included in this recall have the following barcodes: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA.
Tom Pierce – Chairperson
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