Radio fire detection provides protection during hospital refurbishment

Published:  18 March, 2007

A wire-free, radio-based analogue fire-detection system is providing protection during the refurbishment of outpatient clinics at a hospital in Fife.

A wireless analogue fire-detection system is providing temporary protection for the outpatients clinics at a hospital in Scotland while the clinics are being refurbished.

Forth Park Hospital in Fife is the second site where Fife Acute NHS Trust has used EMS Groupís 5000 FirePoint radio-based equipment for the temporary protection of building works. When the current refurbishment is complete, the equipment will be retained by the trust for future projects.

Following a survey, the fire control panel and 50 radio devices ó including fire sensors, call points and sounders ó were installed by the hospitalís local contractor. The system was connected to the main hospitalís wired fire-alarm system for the duration of the refurbishment. All radio field devices used built-in energy packs.

A radio field device can typically be installed in less than 10 minutes without causing disruption or damage to the building. As refurbishment progresses, the field devices and be easily and cheaply moved if required.

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