The Grenfell Tower Fire – What will it teach us?

On 14th June the Grenfell Tower fire in London killed at least 79 people. A faulty fridge freezer sparked the fire. The exterior cladding and insulation on the tower have been blamed for accelerating the fire’s spread. Non-existent fire protection turned this into the deadliest fire in the UK since World War II.

“It is always difficult to speak up after such a tragedy, especially when people – mothers, sons, wives, friends, neighbours – have lost their lives, but there is no alternative”, says IWMA general manager Bettina McDowell.

IWMA President Ragnar Wighus adds: “On 7th April a devastating fire on the Scandinavian Star killed nearly 160 people. On 2nd September 2004 a fire in the Duchess Anna Amalie Library destroyed part of the historical building (which belongs to the UNESCO world heritage), works of art and unique book collections. These fires raised the awareness for fire protection in general and for water mist in particular. There are obviously different kinds of fire protection and that is advantageous as there are different kinds of buildings, preconditions, etc. And there are different applications where water mist is either among the best choices or it is in fact the best choice. This is true for – amongst others – passenger ferries, for archives and libraries and for high-rise buildings. This message needs to be spread to save lives – within the UK and beyond. It is as simple as that!”

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Bull Products to exhibit at FIREX International 2017

BullProductsFirexFires Stand – F80

Bull Products, a manufacturer of fire protection equipment, is preparing to showcase a range of innovative products at FIREX International – an annual event that connects the global fire and security markets.

Taking place from 20-22 June at Excel London, Bull will be exhibiting at stand F80, and will be showcasing its Cygnus Wireless Alarm System – a major innovation in wireless emergency fire alarms for construction sites. Read more

New ‘Mini’ PAVA System Keeping Education Institutions Safe

Haes_Fire_SystemWithin schools and universities, powerful safety systems and reliable communication tools are paramount towards keeping students and staff safe. Immediate communication in an emergency situation can make all the difference; whether that involves a fire evacuation, a missing student or a mass lockdown, it is imperative that a clear message is communicated throughout the building.

Public Address & Voice Alarm (PAVA) systems ensures that nobody is left out of the loop.

They are superbly effective in a variety of facilities, from spread out university campuses to high rise, multi-story buildings. PAVA systems are hugely popular within educational organisations around the world, being the most effective way to evacuate a campus, particularly in Australia & the USA where specific scenarios can require a building or a campus to be evacuated or go into lockdown. Read more

C-TEC’s sister company signs exclusive voice alarm distribution deal

C-TEC DXT 3000C-TEC’s sister company, SigNET, has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor of RCF’s innovative new range of EN54-16 and EN54-24 certified digital voice alarm systems.

Two solutions are available: the DXT 3000 and the DXT 9000. 

Designed for wall mounting, the DXT 3000 is an intelligent ‘plug-and-play’ wall mounting voice alarm solution for small to medium sized projects where EN54-16 compliance is required. Ideal for supermarkets, schools, offices and more, it represents a practical solution for integrating music and PA with a voice-only emergency evacuation system. 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

Kentec protects new Specsavers site

Kentec Protect SpecsaversKentec gas extinguishing fire safety panels are playing an important role helping protecting Specsavers’ new £12 million West Midland manufacturing and distribution centre.

A new fire safety system, designed and installed by life safety systems specialists Leader Systems LLP, comprises Kentec K11031 M2 Sigma XT Automatic three zone Extinguishant Control Panels with Apollo conventional Series 65 devices plus conventional sounder/beacons and bells from Klaxon Signals. Read more

Fire door code of practice revised

BSI Fire Door Regulations changedBSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 8214 Code of practice for fire door assemblies. The updated standard gives recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors.

BS 8214 now includes updated guidance associated with the sealing between the door assembly and the surrounding structure. The recommendations are applicable to timber-based hinged or pivoted pedestrian door assemblies or door leaves, fitted into frames of any material.  Read more

World Famous Restaurants Enjoy Advanced Protection

Advanced Fire Protect The Ivy LondonTwo of London’s most exclusive restaurants, including the world-renowned Ivy, are now protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced.

Both The Ivy and Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square, which are both owned by Caprice Holdings, have been fitted with MxPro 4 fire panels from Advanced. The Ivy has recently been subject to a full refurbishment, overseen by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The work included a comprehensive overhaul of the building’s fire system by experts from Sussex-based ROC Solutions, who also installed the brand-new system at Sexy Fish, as well as the existing fire panels in The Club at The Ivy. Read more

Advanced Panels Protect World Class Chemical Plant

Advanced panels protect chemical plantThe performance, ease-of-use and backwards compatibility of its MxPro 5 multiprotocol panels has seen Advanced chosen to protect a major UK chemical plant owned by manufacturer, Victrex, a world leader in the high-performance polymer solutions. The company focusses on serving a diverse range of markets that use VICTREX™ PEEK polymer, including smartphones, aeroplanes, cars, medical devices, oil and gas operations. 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