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Wireless fire detection at listed house

18 February 2021

FIRE ALARM control equipment from Advanced has been installed at the core of a wireless fire detection system protecting Leuchie House in East Lothian on the Scottish Borders.

As part of an upgrade to the existing radio fire system at the classical Georgian mansion house in North Berwick which operates as a respite centre for people with multiple sclerosis, a four-loop MxPro 5 fire panel has been installed alongside the latest EMS wireless FireCell equipment.

The MxPro 5 was selected to protect the five-storey building and its residents due to its compatibility with EMS FireCell XP detection, itself recognised as one of the most advanced cable-free fire detection systems available on the market.

Responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the fire system at Leuchie House is Galashiels-based Safe Services, who required a solution capable of delivering seamless protection while keeping disruption to the fabric of the building at a minimum.

Five-level protection

Given that this is a listed building, retaining a radio fire system was agreed to be the most suitable form of protection to safeguard the features of the period property. Installing cabling would have been intrusive to the décor and difficult and costly to achieve in the more inaccessible areas of the site.

Graeme Millar, fire systems technical engineer at Safe Services, explained: “Having worked with Advanced products for many years, we were confident that we could rely on its solutions to perform as required. Now that Advanced supports EMS wireless FireCell detection, the MxPro 5 fire panel was the obvious choice for installation at the core of this wireless fire detection system, effortlessly ensuring protection across all five levels of the building.”

Multiprotocol fire system

The MxPro 5 is a. Approved to EN 54-2, 4 and 13, it offers four protocols – namely Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan – and a completely open installer network that benefits from free training and technical support. Panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format or easily configured into high-speed networks of up to 200 panels covering huge areas. MxPro 5 panels are backwards compatible with existing MxPro 4 networks and include a host of features (among them AlarmCalm for complete false alarm management and reduction).

Neil Parkin, sales manager for the North at Advanced, said: “We offer a wide range of solutions to help our customers overcome the common problems encountered when protecting historic buildings. The fire protection now in place at Leuchie House makes great use of the versatility Advanced offers, duly minimising aesthetic impact, supporting a diverse range of detection options and underpinning the fast and safe evacuation of buildings.”