Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Analogue Addressable BS5839 Part 1 Fire Alarm Systems are installed in small to the largest sized buildings

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The principal benefit compared with conventional systems is the ability to identify the source of an alarm at the control panel. These systems are intelligent and offer incredible flexibility in operation.

Additional features include:

  • Pre- alarm function to minimise false alarms and the associated costs/inconvenience of an evacuation
  • Dual-state fire detectors which can be programmed to give different modes of detection at different times of the day
  • Cause and effect programming – enabling phased evacuation of a building
  • Real time log – control panel stores every event on the system. This information can be accessed at any time via the user menu or by inspecting the system print-out, where a printer is fitted
  • Self-check fire alarm sounders. Sounders which check their own operation and report a fault and their location if they do not hear their own sound.

The BS5839 Part 1 compliant ADV-range of control panels from Fixfire® is in wide use and is available as standard in 1-4 loop versions. Each loop can support up to 126 field devices, e.g. manual call points/fire detectors/sounders.

For larger systems, control panels are networked giving the potential for thousands of devices on one system.

Repeater control panels are available to mimic information from the main control panel. These neat and compact units are installed in strategic positions in large multi-storey/extensive buildings to reduce the travel time to obtain system information.

The Fixfire® range of manual call points, detectors and alarm sounders utilise patented technology and are renowned for consistent and reliable operation.

Open or Closed Protocol – What does it mean?

It is most important to understand the difference between “Open” and “Closed” protocol fire alarm systems.

In the Fire Detection industry, addressable systems use Control Panels and Detectors and other devices which communicate with each other by means of a protocol.

Some manufacturers offer both Panels and Detectors. These companies have no need to disclose the nature of their protocol to anyone, since they offer all the elements needed to provide an intelligent system. No equipment supplied by other manufacturers is expected to be compatible with such systems so the protocol used is said to be “closed”.

Because the use of a closed protocol system can put the end user at a serious disadvantage in the event of subsequent problems with the equipment or manufacturer, a number of manufacturers produce the Detection and other devices only and have developed partnerships with independent manufacturers of control panels. The manufacture of the field devices determines the protocol used and the associated technical data is made fully available to the partnering control panel manufacturers so that compatible control panels are available to support the protocol. Since all details of the protocol are disclosed, it is referred to as an “open” protocol.

Fixfire® has always offered “open” protocol systems – we engender loyalty and strong lasting relationships for all the good reasons – not because our clients are tied!

KeyCall® is a revolutionary patent-pending Key Operated Fire Alarm Activation Device which has been developed specifically for ‘approved’ applications where standard fire alarm call points would be vulnerable to abuse. Developed by Fixfire® in response to growing demand from the Mental Health Care sector, KeyCall® is a revolutionary one-piece analogue addressable key operated manual call point.

Compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

KeyCall® accepts a Euro-Profile style cylinder
Typically suited/keyed-alike cylinders are fitted so that authorised persons can activate KeyCall® using their standard door key.

Key ‘Click-latch’ mechanism ensures key ‘latches’ in correct position to activate Fire Alarm System.

Anti-ligature low-profile flush-mounting design.

Neat minimalistic one piece construction incorporating Fire Alarm interface module.

Red fire indicator illuminates when KeyCall® is activated.

Compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Applications include:

  • Prisons
  • Mental Healthcare
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) School
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Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Panel

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Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Panel

British Standard Design requirements...
  • Install AFD to voids greater than 800mm
  • Treat downward projections exceeding 10% of the void depth as wall
BS5839-Part 1:2013 states:

22.2d) If the system Category is such that automatic fire detection should be provided in any area that contains a horizontal void of 800 mm or more in height, automatic fire detection should also be provided in the void.

22.3j) Ceiling obstructions, such as structural beams, deeper than 10% of the overall ceiling height should be treated as walls [see Figure 10a)]. NOTE 10 Within horizontal voids, beams or obstructions that are deeper than 10% of the overall depth of the void regardless of whether the void is above the ceiling or below the floor, ought to be treated as walls that subdivide the void.

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The principal benefit compared with conventional systems is the ability to identify the source of an alarm at the control panel. These systems are intelligent and offer incredible flexibility in operation.

Additional features include:

  • Pre- alarm function to minimise false alarms and the associated costs/inconvenience of an evacuation
  • Dual-state fire detectors which can be programmed to give different modes of detection at different times of the day
  • Cause and effect programming – enabling phased evacuation of a building
  • Real time log – control panel stores every event on the system. This information can be accessed at any time via the user menu or by inspecting the system print-out, where a printer is fitted
  • Self-check fire alarm sounders. Sounders which check their own operation and report a fault and their location if they do not hear their own sound.

The BS5839 Part 1 compliant ADV-range of control panels from Fixfire® is in wide use and is available as standard in 1-4 loop versions. Each loop can support up to 126 field devices, e.g. manual call points/fire detectors/sounders.

For larger systems, control panels are networked giving the potential for thousands of devices on one system.

Repeater control panels are available to mimic information from the main control panel. These neat and compact units are installed in strategic positions in large multi-storey/extensive buildings to reduce the travel time to obtain system information.

The Fixfire® range of manual call points, detectors and alarm sounders utilise patented technology and are renowned for consistent and reliable operation.

Open or Closed Protocol – What does it mean?

It is most important to understand the difference between “Open” and “Closed” protocol fire alarm systems.

In the Fire Detection industry, addressable systems use Control Panels and Detectors and other devices which communicate with each other by means of a protocol.

Some manufacturers offer both Panels and Detectors. These companies have no need to disclose the nature of their protocol to anyone, since they offer all the elements needed to provide an intelligent system. No equipment supplied by other manufacturers is expected to be compatible with such systems so the protocol used is said to be “closed”.

Because the use of a closed protocol system can put the end user at a serious disadvantage in the event of subsequent problems with the equipment or manufacturer, a number of manufacturers produce the Detection and other devices only and have developed partnerships with independent manufacturers of control panels. The manufacture of the field devices determines the protocol used and the associated technical data is made fully available to the partnering control panel manufacturers so that compatible control panels are available to support the protocol. Since all details of the protocol are disclosed, it is referred to as an “open” protocol.

Fixfire® has always offered “open” protocol systems – we engender loyalty and strong lasting relationships for all the good reasons – not because our clients are tied!

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Patient Call System Accessories
Standard Call Leads
Intercall

Compatible with all Intercall® systems manufactured since 2005. (Includes all Intercall® 700 systems. For earlier versions and other systems which use a mono-jack connector see ‘Other Systems’.

NALL100 (2m)
NALL101 (4m)
NALL102 (6m)

Styled 2m ,4m and 6m pear push wander lead with reassurance light.

NALL200

Styled 2m call and bed light control handset. For Intercall® systems with overbed light switching facility

Other Systems

CareAlert offers an extensive range of call leads and accessories to suit the majority of Call Systems.

Other Systems

Please call Customer Support with your specific requirements and we will be glad to help.

Quantec & Nursecall 800

Compatible with all Quantec and Nursecall 800 systems.

NALC100 (1.8m)
NALC101 (4.2m)

1.8m or 4.2 tail call lead.

Disc-Alert

Disc-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the pad to activate a call. It has a large circular shape and soft vinyl pad design with gripping feet to help keep it in position.

Bulb-Alert

Bulb-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the bulb to activate a call. It has an oval shaped, soft final bulb design that prevents it from rolling off the patient’s bed.

NAAD200

Bulb-Alert with 6ft lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD100

Disc-Alert with 6ft lead or head-Alert with 8ft length compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD300

Head-Alert with 8ft length lead compatible with Intercall® Systems.

Head-Alert

Head-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the pad with their head to activate a call. Head-Alert features a large soft elliptical
air activated touch surface.

Breath-Alert

Breath-Alert provides patients with no motor skills a means to communicate by simply breathing into a sensitive pressure-operated switch. With a clamp providing easy attachment to a fixed support such as a bed or wheelchair, Breathcall incorporates a vinyl-covered flexible gooseneck which may be positioned to suit patient requirements. Two models are available, standard which has 3ft gooseneck and universal screw clamp for secure mounting and lightweight which has a 2ft gooseneck and ‘bulldog-clip’ type spring clamp. Both models come with a pack of disposable filters which should be changed regularly. Spare filters are available in packs of 12.

NAAD400

Standard Breath-Alert Unit complete with 9ft call lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD401

Lightweight Breath-Alert Unit complete with 9ft call lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD402

Breath-Alert Accessory Pack complete with 12 filter assemblies with soft straws and porous plastic filters.

Special Call Leads
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