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Hochiki Europe launches fire system logbook to support customer compliance

According to Government figures, the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services have attended nearly a quarter of a million false alarm incidents throughout the last two years, with the majority caused by faulty fire system apparatus. Yet maintaining thorough records of testing and maintenance of a property’s fire safety system has been a legal obligation for domestic premises and houses with multiple occupants in England and Wales since the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO) was introduced. 

In response, Hochiki Europe has launched “the industry’s most comprehensive fire system logbook” for its customers. The new logbooks provide guidance in line with the UK’s most recent legislation to help those responsible for the upkeep of fire safety systems to accurately record false alarms as well as required maintenance and testing processes, in turn ensuring compliance.

The RRFSO is supported by BS 5839, a Code of Practice published by BSI which recommends any owner of a fire detection system records all system events in a suitable logbook.

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 is supported by BS 5839

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 is supported by BS 5839

Hochiki Europe’s new logbooks have been compiled by a team of BAFE consultants. The logbooks allow customers to monitor system activity, abide by UK legislation and have their records to hand in the event of a Health and Safety audit.

The A4 logbooks contain 36 pages of fire system-related forms and checklists in which end users can record false alarms, tests and maintenance work, panel access codes and battery capacity.

The new logbooks also provide written guidance for users around their responsibilities when facing false alarms, changes to the building, routine system attention, pre-alarms and recommendations on how to properly investigate fire safety systems.

Hochiki's Fire Detection and Fire Alarm System Logbook

Hochiki’s Fire Detection and Fire Alarm System Logbook

 

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, said: “Understanding the history of a fire safety system and recognising patterns in its activity can be a crucial element in preventing fire incidents. As shown by the BS 5839 Code of Practice, logbooks play an important role in fire safety and are required by law. By giving our customers the option to buy logbooks directly from us at the same time as their system components, they can save time and ensure that they’re following the most up-to-date compliance practices.”

 

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Fike’s video fire detection protects UK’s Battle of Britain heritage

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection (VFD) system from Fike Safety Technology (FST) has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) hangar to protect some of the nation’s most valuable historic assets.

Based at RAF Coningsby, the aircraft of the BBMF are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, British State occasions and at air displays around the UK and Europe.

Most notable among the WWII aircraft are the Spitfire, the Hurricane and one of only two flight-worthy Lancaster bombers in the world. It was therefore imperative that when the fire protection needs of the BBMF hangar were reviewed, a state-of-the-art solution was chosen to provide effective and reliable fire detection.

The new system was designed and installed by T.I.S., an integrated solutions specialist and part of Fike’s nationwide Integrator Network.

The camera-based SigniFire VFD visually detects the presence of fire or smoke at its source. Multiple cameras have been installed covering both the floor of the hangar and the roof space. The technology offers many benefits including fast and reliable response, effective protection in demanding environments, excellent value for money and the bonus of providing CCTV images for security purposes (if required). The video can aid incident response with recordings made for post-incident analysis.

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

Following a rigorous competitive tender, SigniFire was chosen for its advanced technology, resilient and redundant architecture and a field-proven reliability.

Testing phase at RAF Coningsby

The testing phase at RAF Coningsby created an unusual problem, as Mark Wilson (head of contracts for T.I.S.) explained. “Due to the nature of the environment and the priceless value of the assets held in the hangar we were not allowed to light real test fires for the commissioning of the system. On that basis we developed a unique artificial flame and smoke simulator. At the time of testing both the original fire detection system and the VFD were operational. These tests demonstrated SigniFire’s excellent fast response to the initial presence of both smoke and flame.”

Unlike conventional fire detection systems, SigniFire doesn’t use traditional forms of smoke, heat or flame detection. Instead, it works by automatically analysing video images at the point of detection in each video fire detector, looking for tell-tale characteristics that indicate the presence of smoke and/or flames.

Distributing the video processing to within each fire detector camera delivers improved resilience and, with the use of fire resistant cable, allows the system to be BS 5839 certified. Video is recorded by way of NVR and monitored remotely on a touchscreen SpyderPanel. SigniFire is also connected to a newly installed addressable fire alarm system in the building.

An aircraft hangar creates one of the most demanding environments for VFD, with day/night light changes, slow moving aircraft, bright sunlight and constantly opening hangar doors. The application of video exclusion zones and double-knock triggers on both flame and smoke detection ensures false alarms are minimised and that the BBMF hangar has reliable and effective protection around the clock.

In addition, LED white lighting has been installed next to each camera to ensure minimum illumination at all times.

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