In the aftermath of Grenfell, social landlords are often under pressure to ensure the best fire safety and often need to by deliver swift improvements in properties they own. With several inquiries, most notably the Hackitt Review, calling for urgent improvements, particularly in high-rise buildings, there is a developing consensus within the industry that wireless fire detection is the best way to achieve this, without compromising on quality or reliability.
Hyfire is delivering a series of free webinars around the British Standard BS8629:2019, new code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats. The appointments provide an insightful overview of the new British Standard, explaining the design criteria of the evacuation alert system, and presenting the benefits of the Hyfire wireless technology to meet the BS8629 recommendations. The webinars are intended as a helpful tool for anyone managing high rise blocks of flats or for fire professionals involved in the design, specification and installation of an evacuation system solution.
The pressures on end users to maintain the very best fire system protection for their occupants; and installers to ensure they safely, quickly and efficiently install compliant, high performance systems has never been greater. The current challenge facing every fire market in the world is significant: How to install the best equipment to code; while spending as little time on site as possible; while respecting social distancing and H&S regulations; while disturbing occupants lives or businesses as little as possible; and all the while guaranteeing costs and timeframes. A number of stakeholders are taking advantage of wireless detection and alarm technology at this time because of its unique advantages.
Wireless fire systems leader Hyfire is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Read as UK Technical Manager, ensuring Hyfire’s tech support and service continue to deliver best in class support and service to our customers.
Robert joins Hyfire with over 20 years’ experience of fire systems in fields across design, install, commissioning, support, project planning, engineer training and management and key client management for many of the UK’s most well-known fire businesses and across a wide range of vertical markets.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire, new government indications were issued for residential blocks of flats having hazardous combustible cladding systems, asking for flammable material removal and the temporary implementation of a simultaneous evacuation strategy instead of the previous stay put policy, considered unsafe. The Hyfire wireless fire systems are the ideal solution to assist the evacuation of tenants in high-rise residential buildings, quickly detecting fire, efficiently warning to escape, and providing long-term lasting peace of mind.
When he joined the Hyfire team as Regional Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland in early 2020, Bob Bruce could never have predicted the rollercoaster ride this year would bring. Six months into his role with the global wireless fire detection and alarm devices leader, the industry veteran is optimistic for the future.
Proud Scotsman Bob, 47, joined Hyfire after 12 years running his own fire and security sector recruitment agency, during which he has worked with most serious fire safety businesses across the UK. His field experience started on the tools in fire installation at 16 and grew through many of the major brands and systems. Hyfire fought off competition from a number of major manufacturers for his signature, with Bob choosing the easy to use, future-focused wireless technology of Hyfire as his most exciting option.
High-rise buildings present specific challenges that need to be considered when assessing and addressing fire risks. Multiple floors, large number of flats and occupants, and long, complex escape routes, are just some of the peculiarities that may pose challenges to fire safety. In the unfortunate event a fire accident occurs, proper evacuation strategies need to be in place to ensure that residents are alerted and evacuated in a timely manner, and to allow the fire brigade to achieve rapid containment and suppression of the fire.
The British Standard BS8629, introduced in England and Wales in November 2019, and now mandatory in Scotland also, applies to many high-rise residential buildings and identifies the critical design criteria required to achieve an effective evacuation, controlled by the fire brigade. The standard is applicable to both new and existing buildings, currently covering all residential properties over 18 meters, and it provides recommendations about the evacuation alert system comprising the evacuation alert control indicating equipment (EACIE), along with the audible and visual alarm devices, to ensure simple, consistent and intuitive operation.
In the current international emergency, the fire industry is facing significant challenges. While fire prevention remains essential, the design, installation and maintenance of critical fire systems have come under unprecedented price and procedural pressures. This presents new and unforeseen challenges to an industry that was already burdened with the demand to deliver ever-more rapid and effective solutions to clients in all sectors. Doing nothing is not an option. In the short to medium term, we as an industry need to think smarter and plan more effectively to ensure that contracts can continue to be delivered on time and on budget, especially where residential installations and upgrades are concerned.
Costs need to be controlled, whilst time on site needs to be minimised and person to person contact kept to an absolute minimum, especially among high-risk groups such as the elderly or those with underlying conditions. That’s why the fundamental advantages of wireless fire technology can now benefit installers more than ever, as they allow systems to be installed with less fuss, minimal impact on the building’s fabric and less need for complex cabling, offering savings in both time and money.
With high-rise residential building owners and managers under pressure to be ready for the new BS8629 evacuation control regulations, global wireless fire detection and alarm devices leader Hyfire has launched EvacWireless, offering rapid installation, simplified maintenance and minimal installation disruption.
The British Standard BS8629, introduced in England and Wales in November 2019, and now mandatory in Scotland, applies to many high-rise residential buildings and identifies the critical design criteria required to achieve an effective evacuation, controlled by the fire brigade. The standard is applicable to both new and existing buildings, currently covering all residential properties over 18 meters, and it provides recommendations about the evacuation alert system comprising the evacuation alert control indicating equipment (EACIE), along with the audible and visual alarm devices, to ensure simple, consistent and intuitive operation.
Over three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, the fallout is still rarely out of the news, with stories relating to unsafe cladding, new fire regulations and ongoing inquiries continuing to generate headlines and keep the tragic event and its implications in the public eye.