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Fire Alarm Systems 

New fire alarm system installation

Argus Fire Protection offers an extensive range of fire alarm systems ranging from simple manual fire alarm systems through to complex and integrated systems employing the latest technology for larger buildings. Our design team are able to tailor a solution to meet your specific needs.

There are two generic types of fire alarm system in use, these are the traditional conventional alarm systems and the newer more advanced analogue addressable alarm systems. The two technologies are explained below:

Conventional Systems

Conventional systems are essentially simple switches that are either "on" or "off". They cannot distinguish between a real fire and the various non-fire phenomena that can trigger an alarm such as tobacco smoke, dust and steam. With conventional systems the control panel is only able to indicate the zone or circuit that an activated (or faulty) detector is on, they can not identify the individual device.

Conventional systems are generally the most cost effective option for smaller buildings.

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Analogue Addressable Systems

Analogue addressable systems have constant two-way communication between the control panel and the detectors in the field. Each detection device on an analogue addressable system has its own unique address within the system and the control panel is able to identify each device individually in the case of a fire or a fault

The increased intelligence associated with analogue addressable systems allows for them to have greater sensitivity to fire with greater immunity to false alarms.

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Key Components of a Fire Alarm System

The key components of the fire alarm system are the control panel, detectors and the alerting devices.

Control (Alarm) Panel
The control panel is the brain of the fire alarm system. The control panel constantly monitors the detectors installed throughout the protected facility for signs of fire. When a fire condition is detected the control panel can carry out a range of activities including:

  • Sound the evacuation alarms for the facility.
  • Notify the Fire Service.
  • Notify the building management.
  • Close fire and smoke doors.
  • Start up smoke handling and ventilation systems.
  • Initiate operation or shutdown of other building services.

Argus are able to offer a full range of control panels ranging from simple conventional fire alarm panels, through suppression release panels to intelligent fire alarm systems such as the Edwards EST3 series of alarm panels.

Argus Fire Protection is able to offer a full range of detectors to suit a range of different environments and hazards including:

  • Heat detectors
  • Linear heat detectors
  • Fibre optic linear heat detectors
  • Ionization smoke detectors
  • Optical smoke detectors
  • Intelligent multi-criteria detectors
  • Aspirating smoke detectors
  • Beam detectors
  • Flame detectors

Alerting Devices
Argus Fire Protection is able to offer an extensive range of alerting devices to suit your specific environment including speakers, sounders, strobes…

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Types of Fire Alarm System

The New Zealand Building Code acceptable solution C/AS1 classifies the types of fire alarm systems as follows:

Type 2

A manual fire alarm system only, activated by manual call points.

Type 3

An automatic fire alarm system activated by heat detectors and manual call points.

Type 4

An automatic fire alarm system activated by smoke detectors and manual call points.

Type 5

Variation to a Type 4 that allows smoke detectors in some fire cells to sound a local alarm only, provided that heat detectors are also installed in those fire cells.

Type 6

An automatic fire sprinkler system and Type 2 manual fire alarm system.

Type 7

An automatic fire sprinkler system and Type 4 automatic fire alarm system

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