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Chubb wins fire and security systems contract with retail giant Tesco

Chubb Fire and Security has secured a new contract with retail giant Tesco to service and maintain fire extinguishers and security systems in UK stores and at Tesco’s head office, as well as the fire extinguishers present in the business’ distribution centres.

The UK’s largest retailer with over 2,600 stores, Tesco has worked with Chubb for a number of years now, using its FX range of fire extinguishers. With this new contract, Chubb will also provide intruder alarm maintenance services for half of Tesco’s estate.

John Simons, the property procurement manager at Tesco, said it was logical to explore the advantages of a combined fire and security contract.

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“In choosing a service provider,” outlined Simons, “we look for three things: technical ability, sufficient infrastructure and support to deliver a nationwide contract and value for money.”

Chubb complies with strict Service Level Agreements that ensure maintenance is carried out and calls are responded to within a specified period of time. In addition, engineers sign in and out of all site visits electronically, giving Tesco real-time visibility of engineer attendance as well as the reassurance that systems are fully maintained.

“Given the number of sites involved in this contract, good communication, collaboration and thorough organisation are essential, as well as a willingness to adopt our own procedures such as our electronic sign-in system,” added Simons.

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Chubb wins fire extinguisher maintenance contract for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Chubb Fire & Security has secured a new contract to provide fire extinguisher maintenance services at more than 50 sites belonging to or managed by the Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Foundation Trust.

Hospitals, private general practitioner offices, health centres and dental surgeries are all included in the three-year contract.

As part of the agreement, Chubb will ensure that more than 1,500 fire extinguishers and fire blankets are regularly serviced and maintained to British Standards in order to protect patients, employees and assets.

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“We’ve worked with Chubb previously and it’s good to be working with the company again,” said Emma Morten, procurement officer at DCHS. “The sales team and engineers are superb. There has been a seamless process from signing the contract to mobilisation.”

On being awarded the contract, Chubb serviced all of the fire extinguishers at each site.

“The contract is flexible and we’re continually adding sites at very short notice,” continued Morten. “This is a great advantage to us.”

DCHS provides care for more than 4,000 patients every day in 13 community hospitals and 28 health centres. It’s one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country, serving a patient population of more than one million.

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Fire 360° service from Bull Products begins with free site survey

Bull Products has just launched its Fire 360° service for construction companies. Fire 360° is a 12-step plan designed to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy.

From an initial enquiry to Bull Products, a BAFE-certified advisor will arrange to attend a given site within 48 hours, accurately assess requirements and provide expert advice on fire safety strategy. Site plans are fully assessed by the engineer and clearly marked, duly outlining what fire protection is required and where it should be located, saving valuable time and ensuring that the site is compliant.

Following on from the site visit, Bull Products returns quotations within one hour and subsequent orders are acknowledged within an hour of receipt.

Ensuring compliance

Once commissioned for a specific project, Bull Products ensures that all of its products are fully serviced and/or programmed to ensure compliance as soon as the equipment arrives on site. Configuration of alarms can take place before systems are sent out or on site if there’s an addition to an existing system.

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To ensure peace of mind, all fire equipment supplied meets all relevant standards with full certification of the alarm systems. Portable fire appliances are installed and serviced in accordance with the relevant British Standard.

Once the fire equipment is fully installed and commissioned, Bull Products is able to train site personnel in the use of fire extinguishers and on alarm system familiarisation so that it can be used to its full potential and eliminate any user error and false alarms.

Nationwide technical support

To back up its professional expertise with fire equipment, Bull Products provides nationwide technical support for all areas of construction from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm every day in order to assist with any site queries.

On becoming a Bull Products customer, an automatic servicing schedule will be in place designed to remind the client when their equipment is due for servicing to ensure compliance throughout the project.

Another bonus of the Fire 360° plan is that Bull Products can take care of asset management. Under this part of the service, once the fire protection equipment has been finished with on a project, Bull Products is able to arrange equipment collection from site for free of charge, subsequently stock holding it until there’s a need for re-use on a future project. This extremely useful service saves end user companies having to find space to store the fire equipment themselves, while equipment re-use clearly saves on the purchase of new solutions.

Bull Products also cleans and services all fire protection equipment before it’s sent to the next project in order to ensure that it remains compliant.

*Further information on the Fire 360° service is available from Bull Products on the website: www.bullproducts.co.uk

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Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions delivers the goods for retailer Matalan’s Corby Distribution Centre

Retailer Matalan is rapidly expanding and, following the installation of a new six-storey hanging garment racking system at its Corby Distribution Centre, the company called upon Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions’ expertise in advising on the fire extinguisher and signage strategy. Subsequently, Tyco’s innovative use of photoluminescent, floor-mounted signs has absolutely ensured that a clear escape route is identified for Matalan’s staff in the event of an emergency.

Matalan is, of course, one of the UK’s leading clothing and homeware retailers, offering quality goods at up to half the equivalent High Street price. The business trades from five million square feet in over 200 stores, with several national Distribution Centres key to its successful operation.

Last year alone, over £1 billion worth of stock passed through these Distribution Centres, including over 14.5 million boxed and hanging garments through Kirkby ‘Galaxy’ DC, Lancashire, nearly six million by way of Corby in Northamptonshire and 4.5 million through Knowsley on Merseyside.

Inside each of these sites you’ll find one of the most advanced supply operations of its kind in the UK.

Tyco's solution for Matalan's Distribution Centre in Corby

Tyco’s solution for Matalan’s Distribution Centre in Corby

A necessary revamp of the Corby Distribution Centre has seen the old multi-storage facility, complete with mechanical crane, given over to a hanging garment despatch system over six storeys, all made possible by the addition of five mezzanine floors in the existing warehouse.

With racks of clothing making the usual high level fire safety signage unsuitable, Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions was called in to deliver an effective solution. As part of an £8,000 supply and install contract, Tyco devised and instigated an ingenious strategy.

“We opted for high quality photoluminescent signs on the floor,” explained Nick Scrafton, service sales consultant at Tyco. “These are AAA-rated, giving a high light output of 25 lux. They’re also very durable. They come with a two-year manufacturer’s guarantee but we expect them to be good for at least five years.”

Matalan is very happy with the end result. “We tested the solution in a darkened room and the signs showed up remarkably well,” commented Tony Hales, safety advisor at Matalan. “Tyco has been innovative and open to suggestions. We’re very pleased with the solution.”

Tyco also developed a location strategy for the 120 fire extinguishers installed during the refurbishment of the Distribution Centre. “You cannot just place the extinguishers around the edge of the warehouse because of the mezzanine floors,” explained Nick Scrafton. “We deliberated on where they should go, looking at all locations, and came up with a backboard system for mounting the extinguishers with the boards painted red to make them highly visible and numbered.”

This latest installation continues Tyco’s long-standing relationship with Matalan.

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