‘Live’ fire alarm upgrade is completed

Static Systems Group (SSG) has successfully completed a ‘live’ upgrade of the fire alarm system at Solihull Hospital.

The contract to replace the acute hospital’s existing closed protocol fire alarm network and panels with an open protocol solution was awarded to electrical contractor, Harrold Jones Services (HJS), which appointed SSG to supply, commission, and maintain, the new system, with the Trust stipulating that existing detection devices be reused where possible. 

Matt Thompson, SSG’s senior account manager (Healthcare), said: “We supported the Trust and its M&E consultant, IBSEC, in formulating the planned scope of works – producing an initial site report of the existing system, and then outlining proposals for moving the project forward. Our engineers’ site visits ensured a thorough understanding of the original system’s ‘cause and effect’, enabling us to replicate it with the new panels, and offer suggestions for improvement.” 

The networked fire alarm system comprises 19 sector panels, two repeat panels, and four graphics displays from SSG’s Evo2 product range, plus a BMS interface to the Drax system. One of the areas to be connected was a remote building. To avoid extensive groundwork to install cabling, Static Systems Group provided wireless connectivity between the fire alarm panel in the remote area and the nearest panel connected to the network.