Q4 2014 Newsletter

FE Moran SHS

Fourth Quarter 2014
Welcome to the Plant Protection Report

Dear Sarah,

In our last newsletter of 2014, we would like to first wish you happy holidays and a prosperous new year! What a year it has been; we saw many more gas-fired power plant and midstream projects than years past. We also got the opportunity to practice our design adaptability. In the fourth quarter Plant Protection Report, our feature article focuses on just that - design adaptability.


The case study, "Adapting to Evolving Plant Construction" delves into the evolution of fire protection design as a chemical plant decided its processes. At the same time, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems had to adapt to challenges that arose during the installation process.


We hope this article showcases the importance of adaptability when working in the field.







Daryl Bessa

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems




In the Gulf Coast city of Freeport, TX, industry meets residential. The beautiful coast-side beach homes are juxtaposed with the industries that support local families. This city is the home to a new production plant for emulsion polymers, providing new job opportunities for twenty-five people.


F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was proud to partner with Zachry on this project and provide fire protection solutions for this chemical plant.


Lack of Space Inspires Innovation


The plant's parent company had a specific fire protection plan in mind when they hired F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to implement it. A 1200 gallon AR-AFFF Foam Tank was installed in conjunction with a full fire protection system. The challenge arose because of the unique processes of the chemical plant. As the plant processes were determined and the plant developed, fire protection design had to grow as well.


Continue reading here. 

Spotlight on Safety

Protecting Yourself from the Cold



When the weather outside is frightful, frostbite can be a real threat. With temperatures at just 40 degrees and wind as light as 5 miles per hour, frostbite is already a possibility. Frostbite is when skin tissue freezes. It usually affects the face, ears, or fingertips. Frostbite begins with numbness and then graduates to a pins and needles feeling. This is followed by severe pain, itching, and burning. Severe frostbite is accompanied by skin changes. The skin can turn white, gray, yellow, or black. It eventually can become hard, waxy, and develop blisters.   When working in the field, it is imperative to protect yourself against the elements.


Here are some tips to keep warm while in the field this winter:

  1. Dress in Layers: It always pays to layer. You can add or take off items as needed. In the cold weather, make sure to layer warm wools and knits with a top layer that is waterproof.
  2. Stay Dry: Always be prepared in case you get wet. Have an extra pair of clothes as well as waterproof outerwear and boots. Water can chill your body much faster than the cold air.
  3. Stay Active: Keep moving to avoid frostbite. Continually move and wiggle toes and fingers.
  4. Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol could prevent you from realizing there is a problem.


If you or someone you're with begins to feel symptoms of frostbite, get out of the cold, remove wet clothing immediately, and immerse the affected skin in warm water. If the frostbite is serious, call 9-1-1, there are several things you can do to keep safe while awaiting the ambulance or during the trip to the hospital:

  1. Wrap the victim in a blanket or something else warm.
  2. Do not massage limbs; this could cause further damage.
  3. Give the victim a hot, sweet drink - not alcohol or coffee.
  4. Do not use dry heat to thaw frostbitten skin; it can cause further damage. Use warm water or body heat to warm frostbitten skin.


By following these steps, you and your co-workers will be safe from frostbite in the field.





F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has recently received contracts to perform a range of services in several power generating plants:   





 UA Local 198 Training Center | Lake Charles, LA


See more information here. 




Guardian F.E. Moran Changes Name to F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems

Guardian Customers will See Expanded List of Services under New Name


La Porte, TX - Guardian - F.E. Moran, LLC is officially changing its name to its parent company, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems starting January 1, 2015.


F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems purchased Guardian Fire in 2007; over the past seven years, their partnership has allowed F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to expand its fire protection service reach to the Gulf Coast. With the name change beginning on January 1, 2015, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems will be providing the same turnkey solutions for chemical processing facilities that they did under the Guardian Fire name.


By merging completely with F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems, Guardian customers will now see an expanded list of services including inspection, testing, and maintenance solutions. They will also continue providing design/build services for process/control equipment, vessels, reactors, process buildings, material transfer and storage, and cooling towers.


F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has been providing fire protection contracting services across the nation for over thirty-five years. With their expert design/build experience and inspection, testing, and maintenance solutions, they are the preferred fire protection contractor for high risk, high value facilities such as power plants, chemical plants, and industrial plants.


Click here to view the expanded list of services. 




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