The United States Coast Guard has been actively involved in the research efforts to identify alternative fire protection methods to replace Halon 1301. The Coast Guard Research & Development Center conducted the first large scale marine fire extinguishment tests of four replacement agents in April, 1994. Large scale evaluation testing has also been performed on the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Water Mist and Gaseous Agent test protocols. This paper will summarize some of the unique findings of these test programs and the value of large scale testing to the Coast Guard's regulatory authority.
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