Fire Protection for Special Hazards

Special Hazards

Our expertise extends beyond traditional systems, to facilities that require unique solutions to fire protection. Data centers, power plants, and museums, for instance, all have valuable or irreplaceable equipment and assets. Trust Ryan Fireprotection to install, inspect, and maintain these complex systems in order to preserve what cannot be replaced.



Prior to installation, Ryan Fireprotection technicians will make an on-site visit to evaluate special considerations and determine the best options for your facility’s unique needs. Types of special hazard systems we install:

  • Pre-Action
  • Foam (AFFF)
  • Deluge
  • Clean Agent
  • CO2
  • Early Suppression, Fast Response (ESFR)


Our special hazard inspection services include:

  • Cylinder pressures and weights verification
  • Changes in hazard integrity
  • Shutdown and evacuation circuits verification
  • Inspection of agent piping and nozzles
  • Input and output circuit supervision
  • Simulate system discharge and test releasing circuits
  • Hydrotest dates for cylinders and discharge hoses


A good inspection reveals if a special hazard system is not working properly. An even better one is conducted by a technician who is specially trained to complete the necessary repairs immediately and make a facility safe again. Delays can be costly, so rely on Ryan Fireprotection to carefully inspect and maintain your system with our expertise and 24/7 emergency service.

Flammable Liquids Protection

Flammable liquids require special measures to prevent fires and mitigate explosive damage. Water can be used to control flammable and combustible liquid fires under certain conditions, but other techniques such as ESFR (early suppression, fast response) and AFFF have been shown to be more effective.

W. W. Grainger Industrial Supply

Louisville, KY

This FM Global-insured project was massive in scale and demanded strict adherence to industry requirements, including special PSI standards. Ryan Fireprotection installed more than 20,000 sprinkler heads over a 1.45-million-square-foot area that featured specialty AFFF foam in an area that stores highly flammable aerosol liquid.

Cook Pharmica World Headquarters

Bloomington, IN

The construction of Cook Pharmica’s new world headquarters involved the installation of 26 wet systems, a dry system, three fire pumps, and multiple special hazard systems in the laboratory area.

Beck's Hangar

Zionsville, IN

The 19,000-square-foot hangar at Beck’s is large enough to house four planes. Although that’s spacious, the fire protection equipment had to be engineered to fit in very limited space. Ryan Fireprotection designed and installed one wet system, one dry system, one high expansion foam system, and two underground fire pumps between two concrete water storage tanks.

University of Notre Dame, Campus Crossroads

South Bend, IN

Ryan Fireprotection installed over 6,000 sprinkler heads, 20 wet and dry systems, and two pre-action systems across 19 floors of new construction in two separate wings of this significant project. Our team also installed over 500 heads for the specialty nitrogen dry systems in a lower level parking garage.

Bluegrass Chemical Agent Destruction Plant

Richmond, KY

This structure was fabricated with a web of steel beams that had to be explosion-proof, which made installation of fire protection systems (wet, dry, pre-action, and high-speed deluge) complex. We were on-site over the course of two years to complete the project, with most of our work done on scaffolding that was hand-assembled and moved each day.

Hawker Beechcraft

Indianapolis, IN

Ryan Fireprotection installed a 100,000-gallon water tank and a fire pump with 4,200 GP foam generators in the hangar at Hawker Beechcraft. Due to the volatile nature of the assets in these areas, all mechanicals were made explosion-proof. The generators provide maximum protection, releasing foam that can cover the entire hangar six-feet deep in less than two minutes.

Clariant Global

Louisville, KY

For the recent expansion of Clariant’s manufacturing facility, Ryan Fireprotection designed and installed multiple special hazard systems that use infrared/ultraviolet flame detection for immediate warnings, combined with fire pumps and foam suppression to protect the raw material and finished product inventories.  Clean agent systems were implemented in data processing rooms to protect high-value assets and maintain operations in the event of a fire.