Installation part of £1.6m fire safety project
As part of a £1.6m fire safety project, Hochiki Europe has been chosen by Masterfire Life Safety Systems to provide a complete life safety solution to protect the Sligo Regional Hospital and its hundreds of patients.
Providing medical care to the residents of Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan; Sligo Regional Hospital is spread over seven stories and houses up to 400 patients. With such large numbers of building occupants at any one time, the hospital presented a number of challenges and required a highly-reliable life safety system that complied with all relevant regulations.
Following a competitive tender, fire protection and life safety company, Masterfire, was commissioned by the hospital to oversee the installation of a new complete life safety system. To ensure optimum protection for the building and its patients, Paul McNulty, sales director at Masterfire, drafted in Hochiki Europe to provide multiple safety solutions.
“Having previously worked with Hochiki Europe and its products on numerous projects, we knew the solution provided would not only be easy to install and maintain, but would also provide minimum disruption to the day to day running of the hospital,” he said.
“The project required a system which offered complete accountability and testing control, so it was clear that specifying FIREscape emergency lighting solutions, alongside an ESP intelligent fire detection system, would be the best way to meet the brief.”
Sligo Regional Hospital’s brief focused on the need to meet stringent hospital environment regulations. Hochiki Europe’s FIREscape system is fully compliant with all European emergency lighting standards, making it the optimum solution. Alongside this, the system ensured that extra-low voltage cable could be utilised, speeding up installation time and eliminating the risk to building users.
Masterfire also specified the use of Hochiki Europe’s ESP intelligent (analogue addressable) fire detection range. With a complex building design and multiple occupancies, the ESP range’s proven reliability and software enhancements provided the hospital with a system that virtually eliminates false alarms. Installing the ESP solution meant that patients and staff can now use the hospital without interruptions or panic from false alarms, while saving valuable resources by avoiding Fire Response charges.
Julian Bailey, regional sales manager at Hochiki Europe, said: “Working in a specialist building such as a hospital, presents various challenges for life safety. There are a number of vulnerable people and visitors who aren’t familiar with the building layout. This means the fire safety system installed required a high level of reliability to minimise the risk of false alarms and ensure the solution functions effectively in the case of a fire.”
“All of our products are simple to install which reduces the installation time dramatically. FIREscape is also a modular, LED system, which means it can be adapted to the size of a particular building, providing Sligo Regional Hospital with a significant cost saving.”
Masterfire and Hochiki Europe provided Sligo Hospital with 34 FIREscape panels, with 3,800 lighting devices all monitored via a full graphics package. While the fire alarm system comprised 49 control panels linked to 4,000 devices throughout the premises.
Marguerite Heavey, fire and safety officer at HSE Northwest Estates Department, said: “The installation caused minimal disruption, meaning that employees could do their job without the introduction of the new system interfering. Hochiki Europe has provided Sligo Regional Hospital with a fully-compliant, highly-robust fire and emergency lighting system complete with graphics control and full accountability.”