Yet Another World Heritage Site Gets Advanced Fire Protection

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Durham Cathedral, the 1,000-year-old World Heritage Site and one of Britain’s most visited buildings, is now protected by market-leading intelligent fire panels from Advanced.

Founded in 1093 and the final resting place of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral remains the seat of the Bishop of Durham, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England. As well as being the North-East home of the Magna Carta, which was taken to London during the Reformation and now makes occasional trip back to the north, the Cathedral and its environs have also featured in numerous Hollywood films including the Harry Potter franchise.

The Advanced MxPro panels specified for the Cathedral were supplied by Custom Advanced Systems Limited and installed by Expert Fire Solutions, both long term partners of Advanced. The fire system covers the entire Cathedral complex, including the new ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition that gives the public access to previously unseen parts of the Cathedral. It is comprised of two MxPro 5 panels, linked by fault-tolerant network cards and supplemented by a remote display terminal.

Alan Raine, Director at Expert Fire Solutions, commented: “Advanced panels are our first choice every time, combining innovation, ease-of-use and reliability. Durham Cathedral is a historic gem, but also a working ecclesiastical building with over 700,000 visitors each year, so the fire system needs to be specified to the highest level, while also fitting discretely within the fabric of the structure.”

In addition to the remains of St Cuthbert, whose body was brought to the mainland from Holy Island in 875AD following Viking raids, the Cathedral is also home to the remains of St Bede, which were interred in the Galilee Chapel in 1370. Born in Jarrow around 672 AD, Bede wrote the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and is often described as the ‘Father of English History’.

Jo Hughes, Property & Facilities Manager at Durham Cathedral, said: “Durham Cathedral has played a prominent role in the history of the North East and it continues to attract visitors from around the world. Both the building itself, and priceless artefacts such as Prior Castel’s Clock, deserve the best possible protection. After working closely with the installation team, we concluded that Advanced panels offered the right combination of quality, reliability and functionality required for this vital system.”

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. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

Neil Parkin, Advanced Sales Manager for the North, commented: “Durham Cathedral is the latest in a long line of historic and ecclesiastical buildings to enjoy Advanced protection, including Iona Abbey in Scotland, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and Lincoln Castle, home of another copy of the Magna Carta. The Advanced panels installed in the Cathedral are renowned for their quality and reliability, which makes them ideal for a high-profile and sensitive installation such as 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 them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at

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

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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.

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New Nittan Website Provides Valuable, Easy To Access Information

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Nittan Europe, a leading manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has launched a new responsive website providing customers with detailed product information along with an array of support tools and information. has been completely redesigned, with a clean, modern look and intuitive navigation.  The new website is content focussed, delivering information and support in easy to access formats.  The product section, for example, which is categorised by range, lists all the products within that range including part number, product type and picture.  Clicking on an individual product takes you to detailed product Read more

Kentec’s intelligence and innovation in the spotlight at this year’s Firex International

Kentec Firex 2017 StandLife Safety System Specialists Kentec will be highlighting intelligence and innovation across their sector leading ranges of EN, UL & FM, Marine, Analogue, Conventional & Extinguishant ranges of Fire Control Panel Solutions, at this year’s Firex International.

As well as their market-leading Syncro and Sigma ranges, designed for the widest, most demanding applications, Kentec’s world-leading UL-listed, FM approved, Read more

Kentec’s intelligence and innovation in the spotlight at this year’s Firex International

Kentec Firex 2017Life Safety System Specialists Kentec will be highlighting intelligence and innovation across their sector leading ranges of EN, UL & FM, Marine, Analogue, Conventional & Extinguishant ranges of Fire Control Panel Solutions, at this year’s Firex International.

As well as their market-leading Syncro and Sigma ranges, designed for the widest, most demanding applications, Kentec’s world-leading UL-listed, FM approved, Elite Analogue Addressable Fire Control Panels, Sigma A-XT releasing panel and their UL-listed Sigma A-CP conventional panel will feature prominently. There will also be live demonstrations of the all-new Taktis product range of fire alarm control equipment and the new Syncro XT+ addressable extinguishing panel. Read more

IWMA to hold Water Mist Seminar in Poland

IWMA logoThe International Water Mist Association (IWMA) would like to announce that plans are now definite to hold a water mist seminar in Poland. The event will take place in Cracow on 15th November 2017. More detailed information will be available soon.

There will be no admission fee for delegates. Interested parties can register from 30th June 2017 onwards via the IWMA webpage.

During this one-day seminar speakers will explain the meaning of the technology within the firefighting world. They will talk about systems in practice as well as maintenance requirements. Delegates will be able to update their knowledge on standards, guidelines and approvals and listen to the insurances’ point of view. The seminar will be accompanied by an exhibition. Read more

Advanced showing its fire systems at ISEC Ireland

Advanced Fire at ISECGlobal fire systems leader Advanced is showcasing its technology at ISEC Ireland in Dublin this April. The company will be located at booth E2, where industry experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

“Advanced has a well established reputation for quality, performance and ease-of-use in the Irish fire systems market and we work with some of the best professionals in the industry to achieve this position. We’re delighted to be attending ISEC – It’s a very focused show in a territory that’s very important to us,” Said Neil Parkin, Advanced’s Regional Sales Manager. Read more

IWMA: 17th International Water Mist Conference – Call for Papers out now

IWMA logoHamburg, January 2017. The 17th International Water Mist Conference will take place in Rome, Italy, on 25th and 26th October 2017. Venue will be the Barceló Aran Mantegna Hotel.
Today the call for papers was released.  It can either be downloaded from the IWMA homepage or obtained from the IWMA’s office in Hamburg.
Potential speakers will have time until 15th May 2017 to hand in their abstracts. IWMA’s Scientific Council will then check the submissions. By 15th June 2017 the speakers will be notified if their topics have been accepted. Read more