THE MIRAGE VOLCANO

How JBA provided fire protection consulting for the iconic Las Vegas attraction

It’s not every day you get to work on a project that uses high pressure gas to create fireballs and multi-story jets of flame,” says Greg Shino, Technical Director for JBA Fire. Shino headed the fire protection team that made sure the iconic Mirage Volcano would be safe for audiences and staff when it was redesigned and rebuilt in 2007-2008.

After six eruptions a night for more for almost seven years, it still performs flawlessly, allowing audiences to experience the thrills and heat of a volcanic eruption with none of its danger.

challenge

The re-launch of the Mirage Volcano took almost two years of planning plus 10 months of construction. The work included an all-new facade, a new concrete pad for its three-acre lagoon, new fountains, new fire effects and a new electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure.

Fire protection challenges included:

the solutions

The new Volcano is spectacular. Hourly from 7 p.m. to midnight, a low rumble and churning water signals the waking of the sleeping giant. As the sound rises, water and lighting effects simulate the flow of lava, while 15’ balls of very real fire burst from the lagoon. At the climax of the show, high-pressure gas feeds a flame that leaps to 60’ above the top of the mountain.

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