Summer 2017 Newsletter – FHMA Spotlight
High Fire Risk?
BakerRisk’s Approach to Fire Hazard and Mitigation Analysis
At the Hazards 27 Conference, BakerRisk® presented a paper highlighting the reduction of fire risk through the use of a Fire Hazard and Mitigation Analysis (FHMA). The goal of an FHMA is to assess the likelihood or consequence of fire scenarios and the emergency response plan to deal with a fire event. This allows fire protection engineers and emergency responders to ensure that both passive and active fire protection measures are adequate to handle the potential fires on their site. Although many recommended practices such as API RP 2001 reference performing an FHMA, there is little discussion of how one should be performed.
BakerRisk’s unique approach combines the real world experience of its fire protection engineers with the proven rigor of its fire and risk modeling tools. This leverages the strength of both qualitative and quantitative techniques to provide a robust method of accurately defining firewater demands, determining firewater coverage, identifying fire protection gaps, and facilitating the creation of fire pre-plans. BakerRisk’s FHMAs can be easily updated as changes are made in the plant, which is critical for adjusting to the dynamic nature of plant operations. FHMAs can be created from scratch or utilize existing fire consequence modeling. The figure below outlines the typical methodology in a FHMA. For more information, you can read the full paper here or contact us here to speak with a consultant about an FHMA.
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