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Protection of Top-Loading Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems

  • 08 Nov 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Microsoft Teams Meeting


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Topic:  Protection of Top-Loading Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems

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Date:  November 8, 2021

Location: Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Wes C, Baker, Jr.


11:30AM: Chapter Business

12:00PM: Key Note Presentation

1:00PM: Conclusion of Meeting

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Event Flyer: November 2021 Meeting.pdf


Top-Load Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (TL-ASRS) create new challenges for traditional fire protection systems and fire incident response tactics due to the extremely dense combustible storage without aisle spaces or other access to the storage area. While full-scale fire testing shows ceiling-level sprinkler protection can be effective at suppressing the initial fire, additional manual fire intervention efforts are necessary to reach deep seated fires. This presentation will review the current state of large-scale fire testing as well as the recommendations now offered that couple automatic and manual fire-fighting strategies to achieve final extinguishment.


Wes Baker is a Staff Engineering Technical Specialist in the Chief Engineer's Group of FM Global. Wes serves on both the NFPA 13 Installation and NFPA 13 Discharge committees. He has been with FM Global for over 36 years and is currently responsible for data sheets related to the protection of storage as well as the installation guidelines for sprinklers for storage protection. Mr. Baker was named the 2011 William M. Carey award by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, for his technical paper "Storage Sprinkler Design Storage" - the concept behind the recent release of FM Global's Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 8-9. Mr. Baker also received a Special Achievement Award from NFPA in 2015 for his contributions on updating the 2016 Edition of the guidelines for commodity classification in NFPA 13.

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