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SEP-OCT 2014

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Air Conditioning Electric hermetic electric scroll compressor/s · a.c. motors · self-contained refrigerant loops · generator or hybrid bus power SUTRAK Corporation • 68 7 E 4 th Ave, Commerce City, CO 80022 • 303-287-2700 (Main) • • Discover electricity 94 < m ETRO m AGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 years, but much improvement still re- mains, in particular related to fre pre- vention and safe egress. The sharing of information and best practices can beneft all parties, but most important- safety. Government agencies, indus- try associations, OEM's, operators and e ve n sp e c i a l a d vo ca c y g rou p s have for med committees and knowledge platforms to discuss the issues. In the U.S., efforts are underway at both the federal and state level to im- p rov e b u s f i re s a f e t y . T h e s e e f f o r t s have include d res earch and testing and the adoption of requirements for automatic fire detection and suppres- sion systems. All modes of bus transportation in the U.S. are using some form of auto- matic fre systems. Some make it man- datory for all vehicles; others focus on vehicles where evacuation issues are a concern. The UNECE (United Nations Eco- n o m i c C o m m i s s i o n f o r Eu r o p e) i s considering a proposed change to Reg- ulation 107, which could require the in- stallation of fre suppression systems in the engine compartment of all single- deck, double-deck, rigid or articulated vehicles of category M2 or M3. FUTURE GOALS Fire safety in buses has been the fo- cus of significant research in recent BUS FIRES Fig. 6: Alternative fuels fres like ethanol can also to some extent be more challenging to extinguish.

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