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Electrical Fire Services

Dry fire detectors are electronic panels that connect to other fire detectors like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and thermal detectors. With these systems connected to a central panel, you’ll get real-time updates if there’s a fire.

This panel is usually separate from your wet sprinkler system or dry chemical fire suppression system, although you can use it to turn either one on. Dry fire detection can be used in data centers or document storage facilities that use chemicals to put out fires, or in commercial buildings that use wet sprinkler systems.

We install, maintain, and upgrade all types of dry fire equipment featured below:

Fire Panels

Ewis Systems

emergency and exit lighting

Smoke Alarms

Fire panels

There are a variety of ways to activate fire alarm panels, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, flame detectors, and manual break glass points. Upon activation, an alarm system emits tones and sirens directing the occupants of a building to leave. Fire alarm panels can be connected to a monitoring device that contacts the fire department.

Fire alarm panels are of two types:

Conventional Fire Panel

The conventional fire alarm panel organizes it’s detectors (actuating devices) into zones. Detectors that register an alarm will show the area of the building where a fire is present. Fire alarm panels can be used in small apartment buildings, restaurants, and small businesses that require fire alarm detection, but have a limited number of zones.

Addressable Fire Panel

Addressable fire alarm panels are much more complex than conventional fire alarm panels. Emergency services can identify the detector in an alarm and its exact location with addressable systems.

“Advance Fire was very professional and the quality of workmanship was outstanding.”

Surfers Aquarius recently engaged Advance Fire to complete the supply and install of a new fire panel and wiring to our building to ensure we meet the current compliance legislation. We are a 30+ year old building so you can imagine there were some complexities when trying to integrate the old with the new.

Advance Fire was very professional and the quality of workmanship was outstanding. As with all projects of this size any issues or concerns we had were addressed immediately through the Building Management and Advance Service Manager who was always readily available.

We would have no hesitation in engaging or recommending Advance Fire to others.

Allyson Hoskins, Surfers Aquarius

EWIS systems

Certainly you might remember being in a shopping center and hearing a very loud and piercing siren followed by an automated message asking you to evacuate. This probably was an EWIS system at work.

Fire prevention starts with early detection and warnings. Notification and communication are key to saving lives during an evacuation.

In an emergency, the Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System allows for a controlled, comprehensive evacuation.

As soon as the fire alarm panel registers an alarm, the EWIS system is activated, thereby activating the building occupant warning system.

The fire wardens can communicate with the floor wardens via the internal phone system, while the public address system allows the fire chief to give direct instructions.

EWIS systems types

There are a variety of warning systems available to achieve these objectives, depending on the type of building and its intended use, including;

Emergency Warning Systems

A building’s levels and zones can be sounded with audible warning signals. Whenever there is a high ambient noise level, audible alarms are ineffective, and visual warning lights can be installed. Alert and Evacuation are two standard signals, which can either be a tone or a voice message. Background music and public address announcements can also be distributed with EWIS systems.

Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems

Provides all the features of EWIS plus dedicated emergency telephone communications between the master emergency control panel (MECP) and the fire warden intercommunication points (WIP’s) in each zone.

EXIT SIGNS & EMERGENCY LIGHTING

During a power outage, the occupants of a building do not realize that even during the day, a building can be extremely dark. This makes it difficult to find the exits in the event of an emergency so the occupants will know the fastest way to escape.

Like ordinary light fixtures, exit signs and emergency lighting are powered by 240 volts. Exit signage and emergency lighting have an internal battery that allows illumination even when the main power is lost.

In accordance with Australian Standard AS2293, exit signage and emergency lighting must be illuminated for at least 90 minutes. Exit signage and emergency lighting must also be tested six monthly and yearly and discharged according to Australian Standards;

Emergency lighting comes in three varieties:

Sustained

A sustained emergency light has two lamps, and only one lamp operates at a time.

Non-maintained

These emergency lights are normally off, and only come on when the power is out.

Maintained

The lamp in a maintained emergency light stays lit both when the power is on and when the power fails.

Smoke Alarms

One of the most effective indicators of fire are smoke alarms. Smoke detectors come in two types: photoelectric and ionization, which comply with AS3786.

  1. In a photoelectric alarm, an internal light source is projected in the chamber. Entering smoke disrupts the light source and activates the smoke alarm. Photoelectric smoke alarms respond quickly to fires that produce heavy smoke. Install these alarms in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens since these rooms have large pieces of furniture and objects that can burn slowly and create smoldering fires rather than flames.
  2. An ionisation alarm has a chamber filled with electric particles (ions). Since these ions are charged, they are very sensitive to small particles. Smoke alarms are activated when the ions are disturbed, causing an alarm tone. It detects low-smoke, high-flame fires immediately.

This type of smoke alarm should be used in rooms that contain highly combustible materials.