Fire Detection News

Kentec welcomed at M3 services

A Kentec fire control panel is helping protect new temporary buildings at Welcome Break’s M3 southbound Fleet Services on the Surrey/Hampshire border, erected following a devastating fire in December 2016 that almost completely destroyed the former services building.

At its height, more than 100 firefighters from across the Hampshire/Surrey border fought to bring the flames under control. The M3 was closed in both directions for a short while and the southbound services were entirely closed until early January.

The new, temporary building, erected in the truck park to provide full facilities whilst the new permanent building is completed, houses a full range of outlets including Starbucks, a little Waitrose, Burger King, Harry Ramsden and WH Smith.

A new fire safety system, comprising a Kentec Syncro AS 16 Zone Control Panel with Apollo devices, now protects the new structure, while the new permanent building is completed.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro series, recognized as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guarantees the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability.

Kentec’s Syncro series of fire control panels uses the most advanced microprocessor technology to provide a control system of extremely high integrity. Syncro can be configured to suit all types of system from the most simple to the highly complex. Its fully integrated and secure network provides an intelligent interface for building control.


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Advanced Appoints New Head of Sales

Global fire systems leader Advanced has appointed Etienne Ricoux as its new Head of Sales.

Previously Advanced’s Regional Sales Manager for Europe, Etienne will now oversee sales across all of Advanced’s territories outside North America.

Commenting on the appointment, Advanced’s Managing Director Ray Hope said: “I’m delightedto announce Etienne’s appointment. We interviewed some very strong candidates both internally and externally, but Etienne’s experience and success in export across different fire sectors, as well as other high value industries, was one of the deciding factors.”

Etienne added: “I’m delighted and very proud to become Head of Sales. Advanced is a great company with a superb team that is driving growth across international markets. Our strategy is well defined and I look forward to developing existing and new regional partnerships.”

Advanced Protection For London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Project

LSO St Luke’s, home of the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra’s community and education programme, LSO Discovery, is now protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced.

LSO St Luke’s is an 18th-century Grade I-listed Hawksmoor church in the London Borough of Islington. The church, which has an unusual obelisk spire, opened in 1773 and was deconsecrated in 1959 due to subsidence. It lay derelict for almost 40 yearsbefore being brought back to life in 2003 as the new rehearsal space and education centre for the London Symphony Orchestra.

The upgrade of the fire system was undertaken by the team at Sussex-based Crays Fire, who selected the latest Advanced MxPro 5 panel due to its versatility, reliability and upgradeability, as well as the first-class customer support offered by Advanced.

Paul Woodhams, spokesperson for Crays Fire, commented: “We were responsible for the original installation at LSO St Luke’s during its renovation and, when it came to replacing the panel, we were confident that the MxPro 5 panel would deliver the specific cause and effect programming required for this system, with the flexibility to add further key switches and inputs to the control panel in the future.”

MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into multi-loop, high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and thousands of field devices.

Anne Basley, spokesperson for LSO St Luke’s, said: “The safety of our staff, those who perform at LSO St Luke’s and the visitors to the venue was paramount when selecting a fire system and, thanks to the recommendation of Crays Fire, Advanced ticked all the boxes. The church itself is a listed building and it requires the very best protection so we can continue to maintain it and guard against threats such as fire.”

MxPro 5 is Advanced’s highest performance analogue panel. It is EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved and is backward compatible with MxPro 4, offering long-term peace of mind for MxPro customers.

Amanda Hope, Advanced’s UK Business Development Manager, commented: “The installation at LSO St Luke’s show that Advanced panels are not only suitable for larger buildings. We have worked closely with Crays Fire for a number of years and MxPro is now their first choice of panel for all new installations and upgrade projects, as well as being the ideal choice for a historic building like this one.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems. More details can be found on the website at

Advanced Panels Protect Landmark Swansea Stadium

AdvancedprotectSwanseaFootballThe Liberty Stadium, home of Premier League club Swansea City and Rugby Union Pro12 side Ospreys, is now protected by industry-leading intelligent fire panels from Advanced.

Opened in 2005, the 20,750-capacity stadium was the first venue in Wales to host Premier League football, and is the country’s third largest. Having played host to international football matches, rugby and high-profile concerts – with Take That scheduled to appear in 2017 – It has become one of the most recognisable stadiums in the UK. Read more

Council Upgrade All Sheltered Housing With Aico Multi Sensor Alarms

AicoFireAlarmSheffield City Council has completed a programme to upgrade its fire safety throughout its 1,134 sheltered housing properties using Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm for an enhanced level of safety; this will enable residents to live safely in their homes for many years to come, even should their health or mobility deteriorate.  An additional 261 properties within three tower blocks will also benefit from this premium fire alarm, following a fire risk assessment and advice from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Read more

Nittan Launches ‘Elite’ Partner & Distributor Programme

NittanEliteDistributorNittan Europe, a UK manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products sold globally, has launched the Nittan Elite Partner and Nittan Elite Distributor programme. The programmes have been developed to acknowledge and reward a select group of installation partners and product distributors that have shown commitment to promoting the Nittan brand and have undertaken product training to a high level in order to ensure the uppermost standards of customer service. Read more

Greek’s Biggest Mobile Operator Chooses Advanced Protection

OTEchooseAdvancedFireAn industry-leading intelligent fire system from Advanced is now protecting one of the most prominent buildings in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki.

Founded in 1998, Cosmote is the largest mobile network operator in Greece, and the company’s complex in the centre of Thessaloniki houses its offices and data centre for the whole of northern Greece. The five-storey building has two basement levels, and all seven floors are now protected by an Advanced Axis EN fire system. Read more

Historic Eyemouth Venue Protected by Advanced Panels

AdvancedFireDetectionAn intelligent fire system from Advanced has been chosen to protect The Hippodrome arts centre, a newly opened community hub housed in an historic listed building in Eyemouth.

Opened in 2016 and managed by a community interest company, The Hippodrome provides as a much-needed arts centre and performance space for the local community. The landmark 1830s building was originally a granary and went through various uses, most recently as a Fisherman’s Mission, before closing in 2012. Read more

Cambridge International Airport’s spray-painting hangar protected by FFE’s Talentum flame detectors

FFECambridgeAirportTo protect workers during aircraft spray-painting, Cambridge International Airport has installed nine Talentum flame detectors and one Fireray beam detector from FFE.

“Because of the explosive nature of the paint used in the hangar, explosion-proof flame detectors were necessary,” commented Brian Myall, Fire Safety Officer for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, the company which manages the airport. “Our chosen installer specifiedTalentum UV/IR2 flame detectors and we are very impressed by their performance and reliability so far.” Read more

C-TEC to Showcase its New CAST Protocol Fire Alarm System at Firex

FIREX Stand – G140

C-TEC will once again be exhibiting at Firex International, Europe’s largest fire safety show.

Centre stage will be CAST, C-TEC’s revolutionary new own-protocol fire alarm and detection 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 at the show which runs from 20-22 June at London’s Excel include C-TEC’s high-performance range of EN54-23 certified visual alarm devices (VADs) and an advanced range of hybrid digital power supplies.

Said Andy Green, C-TEC’s Marketing Manager: “Firex is a superb platform for new innovations and we are looking forward to exhibiting some very exciting products particularly our CAST addressable system, now in operation at multiple BETA sites and very close to full release.”

A leading independent UK manufacturer of world-class life-safety systems, C-TEC is currently hosting a series of free educational CPD events across the UK. To check dates/availability, visit or contact the company’s marketing department on +44 (0)1942 322744.

FIREX Stand – G140