Maligaon, July 8 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is in the process of installing automatic fire detection and suppression systems in the power cars and pantry cars to address the issue of any fire hazard and provide enhanced safety to passengers. According to a press note from Subhanan Chanda, CPRO NFR, in recent years there were some incidents when fire broke out from either pantry car or generator car of passenger trains causing damages. Such fire has the potential of causing loss of human life if not noticed and extinguished timely, it added.
In NFR, there are 180 power cars and pantry cars which have a potential risk of fire in running trains due to their inherent use. Generator cars carry high quantity of diesel oil which has fire hazards associated with it. So a need was felt to control fire in case it breaks out, the release said. Out of 180 power cars and pantry cars, 125 already been fitted with smoke detection and fire suppression system. The safety system is designed for early detection of smoke and fire and is capable of detecting all size of smoke particles, thus protecting entire passenger area, electrical panels, lavatory, doorway and gangway area including kitchen , generator rooms etc. Upon detection of fire, the system suppresses the fire by ensuring automatic spraying of foam type mixture. The system is self diagnostic in nature for any fault within the system like wiring failure etc, the release added.