The expertise of two companies in fire protection continues to lead the way in passenger and driver safety as bus manufacturers and operators face major legal and technological challenges.
Within the next two years all engine compartments on the estimated 900,000 buses and coaches which carry passengers on Europe’s roads must be fitted with fire suppression systems.
That will complete a new European Union safety requirement, which started in 2017, when it became mandatory for manufacturers to install fire safety devices on all new buses and coaches.
However, the legislation only applies to vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and not the increasing number that run on battery or are hybrid. They pose a very different risk, with outbreaks potentially occurring at a number of sections rather than just the engine compartment, which is the most likely source of a fire on a traditional bus or coach.
Dafo, which was founded in Sweden in 1919, has been working with Chemring Energetics UK (CEUK) for the past 20 years AND supplies the vital component – called a Metron – which immediately activates Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection’s (Dafo VFP) extinguishment system when fire is detected.