Firm's tech used in terrorism drill

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

PITTSBURGH--SimplexGrinnell provided fire protection products for a Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness exercise that was conducted here on May 7.
Fire protection piping, valves and fire sprinkler heads from the company were used in a decontamination drill. The exercise was part of a full-scale terrorism exercise held at PNC Park, which is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
SimplexGrinnell, a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, installed and maintains the fire sprinkler system at the sports arena. The company holds a U.S. General Services Administration schedule, and it has provided fire and life safety systems to government agencies in the past.
The company's products were assembled at the exit of the stadium to spray water on people as they exited the facility. Individuals from the Pirates organization, PNC Park, area hospitals and first responders participated in the event.
"The SimplexGrinnell decontamination system proved highly effective during the exercise," said Dave Baer, vice president of marketing at SimplexGrinnell. "We look forward to working with other stadium owners, mass transit authorities, government buildings and place of assembly to provide similar decontamination systems."
Based in Boca Raton, Fla., SimplexGrinnell is a full-service provider of fire equipment and services. The company's customers include the Pentagon and the Smithsonian Institution.