Tunnel Fire Protection - Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel


The EJMT is a dual-bore, four-lane vehicular tunnel approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Denver, Colorado. The EJMT tunnels allow Interstate 70 to pass under the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. With an elevation of 11,158 ft (3,401 m) above sea level, it is one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world. Each tunnel is almost 9,000’ long. The Eisenhower bore was completed in 1973 at the cost of $108 million (equivalent to $576 million in 2016). It took six more years to complete the Johnson bore and at the time the project set the record for the most expensive federally aided project.

On average, more than 30,000 vehicles pass through the EJMT each day, and historically, the tunnels have experienced two to three fires a year since their opening. More than 40 years after opening, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) rounded up $20 million to provide a fixed fire suppression system (FFSS). A severe fire in the tunnel could be a danger to motorist with potential for long term closures costing Colorado billions of dollars and impacting tourism and commerce.

Learning Objectives

How we used alternative means to provide a life safety system unlike anything else in the universe.

john hulett - API Group

John Hulett was a Senior Project Manager with Western States Fire Protection Co. for 30 years before retiring. John specialized in large and complex projects in the Rocky Mountain Region and elsewhere. Notable projects are Coors Field, Pepsi Center, Colorado's Ocean Journey, REI Flagship, several projects at DIA, and many more. John was a principal on the NFSA Engineering and Standards Committee, Officer with the Colorado Fire Protection Association, Principal on NFPA-3 Commissioning, NFPA-4 Integrated Testing, Alternate on NFPA-11, 11A, 16 Foam, NFPA-14 Standpipes, NFPA-20 Pumps, and NFPA 120, 122 Mining.

John currently works for API National Service Group pursuing state licenses, training, and providing technical support.

John is NICET IV in water based systems and NICET III in testing them.

Start Time:  9:15 am

End Time:  10:15 am

Number of CPDs:  1.00

Room:  Peaks A

Track: Crossover

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