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The best level of protection for your marine fire fighting equipment

After a few years of painstaking R&D Jo Bird have the pleasure to announce the launch of our first IP66 rated cabinet! The Firebird range were already setting the standard with the excellent IP56 rating but following the principles of Kaizen, the R&D team were not prepared to rest on their laurels. The prototype cabinets have gone through extensive testing for both dust and water ingress which was carried out by the TUV Sud testing house.
 So why does it matter? The IP56 rated cabinets already offer excellent protection from water and good for dust. The reason is to protect the increasing amount of electronic components being stored in the cabinets which need this level of protection. This is a trend likely to increase further.
The JB80 is initially being launched as a fire hose cabinet designed to cope with the rigours of tough offshore conditions and to provide many years of reliable protection for a marine fire hose and nozzle. It can adapted to store other equipment as required.
The design uses corrosion resistant materials throughout to provide virtually maintenance free service but has the added benefit of being lightweight through its construction from Lloyds approved composite materials.

The method of manufacturing uses a closed mould process for the door to help reduce VOC emissions, minimise waste and provide the fine tolerance needed to achieve such a high IP level. It also gives a superb standard of finish. The door can be hinged to the left or the right hand side and is opened via the large rotary handle of well proven design. This handle can easily be opened when wearing gloves and so give fast access in an emergency. Furthermore, it contains Biomaster anti-microbial additive can be fitted with an anti-tamper seal as shown below.
In common with the other models in the Firebird range, the JB80 can be customised with other colours, windows and fire retardant materials along with alternative lettering. It is designed to be bulkhead/wall mounted but can be supplied with posts for free standing support.
It’s compact design and rounded profile make it ideal for use on vessels and offshore structures. It is guaranteed for five years against manufacturing defects but has a design life of approximately 20 years. 
The JB80 is the first of a new range of cabinets from Jo Bird offering unrivalled levels of durability and protection for vital lifesaving equipment. It is available to order from now.

For more information please contact our sales team or +44 1278785546.

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Editor’s Notes:
Since its establishment in 1986, Jo Bird has developed its products to meet the demands of a range of industries and environments. Its Firebird GRP cabinets and Toughstore cabinets are used by clients around the world, including multinational companies such as BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Total. Jo Bird also operates in the energy sector (offshore wind, oil & gas, refining, power generation), as well as marine and defence. The company is also able to custom make cabinets to protect equipment as small as a smoke hood and as large as 120 lifejackets.
Uniquely among UK manufacturers, Jo Bird has been awarded Lloyd's Register Type Test Approval for many of its lifesaving and fire safety storage solutions. This, together with the ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications, serves as an independent endorsement of the quality of its products.
July 2021 (Jo Bird 02)

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