Fires constitute an ever present hazard in the Mines. A fire can occur whenever combustible materials are present on Mine Workings. Underground fires not only endanger the valuable lives of Men, but also causes considerable economic losses to  organisations affected by fires.

With the outburst of a fire underground, two important environmental issues occur, which present a grave danger to personnel underground and can effect lives of people in a matter of minutes.

The two conditions are SMOKE and CO. FRONTLINE® is an early warning detection system that will detect smoke/co from up to 1000m away from the section of the Mine where people are working.

The FRONTLINE® detection system is a revolutionary new concept in effective evacuation of Mines. The system releases a very powerful fragrance in the Intake Air Flow System of the Mine. It works on the same principle as a stench gas system. The fragrance is atomised in the air flow and will travel along the intake airways at the same speed as the air flow. The fragrance will then enter the working section, warning people of smoke/co that is being detected up to 1000m away.

The principle behind FRONTLINE® is to eliminate the human factor of having to physically go into the section and warn people of approaching danger or when the section is already filled with smoke/co, safe evacuation then becomes very difficult. There is always a tremendous amount of noise in any Mine and hearing protection is worn by all Personnel, the chance of actually hearing a fire alarm is minimal.

By introducing a powerful fragrance, all Personnel will smell rather than hear of approaching danger and evacuate before the development of thick smoke which will reduce visibility to zero, where people become disorientated and lose their way to safety, FRONTLINE® (Smoke/Co Detection System) in conjunction with LIFELINE® Directional Rope Guidance System will provide each person that goes underground a safe and reliable evacuation system, which will enable persons in the case of an emergency to reach the Refuge Bay QUICKLY, SAFELY and ALIVE.  


TRADEMARK NO. 2011/15203, PATENT NO. 2002/2057.

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