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Free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 set to run at FIM Expo

Two free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 will be available to attendees for this year’s FIM Expo, which takes place on Thursday 4 October at Doncaster Racecourse. The seminars will be presented by Fire Industry Association (FIA) technical manager Will Lloyd.

The seminars will cover the changes to BS 5839-1:2017 since the 2013 version and provide technical insight, as well as afford an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  Attendees will be eligible to gain a Continuing Professional Development certificate.

Discover and learn about multi-sensors in escape routes, L2 and L3 systems, the use of manual Call Point covers, the ‘place of ultimate safety’ and how this affects placement of Call Points, communication with the Fire and Rescue Service, staff alarms, video fire detectors, types of fire detectors and their selection, the spacing and siting of automatic fire detectors, the siting of optical beam smoke detectors, power supplies and cabling and more.

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The Expo is being run by the FIA and boasts a range of fire detection and alarm manufacturers in attendance.

The morning seminar is at 11.00 am, with the afternoon seminar beginning at 2.00 pm.  Doors to the Expo open at 9.30 am and the event closes at 4.00 pm. Luncheon is free. Attendees will have many opportunities to network with other fire sector professionals.

Doncaster Racecourse is easily accessible from the A1 and M18 motorways if coming by car, or is a ten-minute taxi ride from Doncaster train station (where a taxi rank is available). Free parking on site is available for all attendees.

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C-TEC to sponsor 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference at FIREX 2018

C-TEC is sponsoring the 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference at this year’s edition of FIREX. Billed as a must-attend event for anyone involved in designing/managing fire risk or firefighting in tall buildings, the three-day conference will take place at London’s ExCeL from 19-21 June.

Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, said: “As a leading manufacturer of world-class life-safety systems, we’re well qualified to sponsor the International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference. Delegates will be invited to a networking lunch on our stand on Wednesday to see live demonstrations of Hush2, the latest version of C-TEC’s revolutionary hush button fire alarm solution for flats, apartments, HMOs and other domestic dwellings.”

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C-TEC will also be showcasing CAST, its powerful new own-protocol fire detection and alarm system. Created to meet demand for powerful, yet cost-effective addressable fire systems, CAST panels are designed to integrate seamlessly with an extensive range of C-TEC-manufactured fire detectors, sounders, Call Points and interfaces.

Other innovations to look out for include the company’s high-performance range of EN54-23 certified VADs and an advanced range of hybrid digital power supplies.

*To find out more about FIREX 2018 visit https://www.firex.co.uk

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C-TEC develops and launches new interactive website with end users in mind

C-TEC’s new interactive website is now live… Cleverly-designed, easy-to-navigate and created with the end user very much in mind, c-tec.com is packed with in-depth information on virtually every product in C-TEC’s rapidly expanding portfolio of UK manufactured life-safety systems.

Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, told Risk UK: “The new website is fast, functional and optimised for enhanced user experience so visitors can find information quickly and easily. We hope customers will love the site’s dedicated support hub which has been designed to provide them with 24/7 access to our comprehensive library of sales and technical literature, consultant specs, training session overviews, help videos, software, BIM and CAD drawings, approval certificates and more.”

Fully responsive so that it can be used on mobile phones as well as computers, the site also features up-to-the-minute company news, product releases, an exhibition diary and an interactive staff contact section.

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Andrew Foster, C-TEC’s managing director, commented: “Investing in new web technology is key to our growth and continued international expansion. The new website represents an exciting step forward for C-TEC and is the perfect showcase for our soon-to-be-released range of CAST-protocol addressable fire alarm systems.”

Currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary as a leading UK manufacturer of life-safety systems including fire alarm control panels, fire detectors, call systems, disabled refuge and hearing loops, C-TEC has recently expanded its 100,000 sq ft Challenge Way headquarters to include a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and training rooms.

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Scottish Fire Stations opt for C-TEC’s EN54-4 power supplies to support remote monitoring of systems

C-TEC’s VdS-certified EN54-4 power supplies are performing a vital task at 22 fire stations north of the border.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service called on Safe Services to install CSL DualCom fire units powered up by C-TEC’s BF360-24 power supplies to add remote monitoring to fire systems at its stations. As a result, any faults are now reported to a 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre to ensure additional protection at the sites located across the Scottish Borders, West and East Lothian.

Graeme Millar (director at Safe Services, a Galashiels-based SP203-1 accredited company) commented: “As fire legislation in most European countries now states any power supply performing a mandatory function of a fire alarm system must comply with EN54-4/A2, C-TEC’s power supplies were the obvious choice for this project.”
C-TEC is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of life safety electronic systems including fire alarm control panels, detectors, call systems, disabled refuge systems, induction loop amplifiers and power supplies.

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Community cinema in Dulwich protected by Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders from Vimpex

The former St Thomas More Community Centre in East Dulwich, London is now home to a new three-screen cinema with a café-bar and a courtyard garden.

Refurbished in 2015, the East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café offers diverse programmes catering for all sections of the local community and is equipped with the latest digital and satellite technology, enabling live broadcasts of the best performing arts productions from around the world.

As part of the refurbishment project a new fire alarm system was installed, together with Vimpex’s EN 54-3 approved Multi-Message Fire-Cryer Plus Voice Sounders to ensure timely building evacuation in the event of fire.

The fire alarm system was designed and commissioned by Southern Fire Alarms in partnership with consultant LTS International and installed by DW Electrical.

Artist's impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

Artist’s impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

“There’s a high level of noise pollution in today’s modern building environment,” explained David Fell, sales director of Southern Fire Alarms. “Fire alarm bells, sirens, sounders, security alarms, public address systems and mobile ringtones are just some of the cacophony of noises that bombard building users on a daily basis. The confusion of tones means people can become complacent and ignore safety-critical alarms.”

Fell continued: “From experience, we know that the addition of unambiguous voice messages that are heard and understood vastly reduces this confusion. Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders deliver this as a very cost-effective solution when compared with standalone voice evacuation systems.”

A total of 35 Mini Fire-Cryer slimline base sounders have been installed under ceiling-mounted fire detectors in all parts of the building. The Mini Fire-Cryer provides an attractive and unobtrusive solution and is installed on a conventional two-wire sounder circuit.

A two-stage alarm strategy is deployed. Stage One alerts staff using flashing beacons and then, after a three-minute investigation delay, Stage Two initiates a full building evacuation aided by the Fire-Cryers with the fully-synchronised message: “Ladies and Gentlemen… In the interest of safety this building must be evacuated. Please leave immediately by the nearest exit. Staff will assist you.”

Other models in the Fire-Cryer range include wall mounted units with optional integral synchronised LED strobe as well as output versions for use in wide open spaces and outdoors.

Each voice sounder may be programmed with up to seven messages from a library of thousands, many of which are multi-lingual, ensuring that any site requirement can be fulfilled.

The Fire-Cryer’s multi-message capability also ensures that system test and ‘all clear’ messages can be easily transmitted, in turn avoiding confusion with the fire/evacuation alarm.

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