Firetrace expands its team following significant growth in demand for wind turbine fire suppression systems

Provider of fire suppression technology, Firetrace International, has made two key appointments in its renewable energy team following an unprecedented rise in demand for fire suppression systems within the wind industry.
Firetrace expands its team following significant growth in demand for wind turbine fire suppression systems

The company currently has systems in place across 35 countries in five continents. The rise in demand, and the company’s new appointments, shows that the wind industry, and renewable energy facility owners as a whole, are taking the risk of fire in turbines and health and safety issues across their portfolios increasingly seriously, recognising the financial, reputational and operational impact that fires can have when they break out.

In line with the growing adoption of suppression systems and to continually offer the very best advice and service to turbine original equipment manufacturers and wind farm operators, Firetrace has hired Safiyyah Khan as Vice President of Marketing while Ross Paznokas joins as Global Business Development Manager for renewables.

Safiyyah comes to Firetrace with 12 years’ experience in clean energy and Software as a Service (SaaS) organisations. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for Growth Marketing at the multi award-winning BlueWave group of solar and storage companies in Boston, MA. Prior to that she worked for global utility Engie Impact as Director, Product Marketing. She’s an avid champion for sustainability and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI),  which is fully aligned with the core values and strategies at Firetrace and its parent company Halma plc. 

Ross joins the Firetrace team with over 12 years of wind industry experience, a decade of which was with Vestas, currently the world’s oldest and largest wind turbine manufacturer, Ross has held numerous management positions in wind operations leadership, account management and business development.

“Over the last year, there has been a significant shift within the industry, with the focus on safety and reliability in wind turbines sharpening – and it is heartening to see the industry taking fire risk seriously” said Rob Barcik, President, Firetrace International. “As more and more wind projects are rolled out over the next decade – both onshore and offshore – turbines will be installed in locations that are hard to access quickly if a fire does occur. Detection and suppression systems are the best way to protect against the unexpected down time impacting reputation, financial and operational impact brought about blazes when fire events do occur."

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