SAVE 82%
COMPARED TO
WAKING WATCH

V-Fire wireless common fire alarm removes the requirement for costly Waking Watch Fire Marshals. 

NATIONAL FIRE CHIEFS COUNCIL

“Building owners should move to install common fire alarms as quickly as possible to reduce or remove the dependence on waking watches.”

BRITISH STANDARD
COMPLIANT

BS EN54 certified. compliant with BS 5839, and BS EN54 Parts 3, 5 and 25.

V-FIRE vs WAKING WATCH

What exactly is the difference between Waking Watch and our V-Fire Common Fire Alarm?

V-FIRE

WAKING WATCH

V-FIRE

WAKING WATCH

WHY CHOOSE V-FIRE?

PRICE

Compared to Waking Watch deployments, V-Fire saves 82% on average.

COMPLIANCE

System is BS EN54 certified, and compliant with BS 5839, and BS EN54 Parts 3, 5 and 25.

SIMPLICITY

V-Fire's alarms and detectors are pre-configured, wireless, and easy to install.

LEGACY

Converts to a simultaneous evacuation system once cladding replaced.

SAVE 82% WITH V-FIRE

We compare a building with 6 floors and a total of 34 apartments

WAKING WATCH

ANNUAL COST
£ 340,704
  • ONE MARSHAL PER TWO FLOORS
  • 24 HOURS, 365 DAYS
  • EXCLUDES ACCOMODATION

V-FIRE

ANNUAL COST
£ 61,200
  • SAVE £279,504
  • FREE PEEPs EQUIPMENT
  • RENTED NOT BOUGHT
SAVE 82%

YOUR ENTIRE
FIRE SAFETY
JOURNEY

WAKING WATCH

Rapidly deployed Waking Watch Fire Marshals so building remains habitable once fire safety issues have been discovered, and before V-Fire can be installed.

COMMON FIRE ALARM

Save 82% on average, compared to expensive Waking Watch Fire Marshal costs. V-Fire is rented only as long as it takes for your fire safety issues to be remediated.

STAY-PUT EVACUATION SYSTEM

V-Fire cheaply and easily converts to a stay-put fire evacuation system for use by the Fire & Rescue Service, once cladding has been remedied and a stay-put evacuation policy is once again in effect.

THE V-FIRE KIT

CONTROL
PANEL

Monitors and controls heat detectors. BS EN54 certified. Situated on the ground floor. Requires Independent Isolated Mains Supply.

BOOSTER
UNIT

Radio Booster Unit required on every other floor in riser cupboards to ensure effective coverage. Unit requires Independent Isolated Mains Supply.

DETECTOR
& ALARM

Minimum of one per residential unit. Must be at a level of 85dB outside each bedroom door to ensure residents are effectively alerted, even while sleeping.

HEAT
DETECTOR

One to be installed close to each window situated in a wall with condemned cladding. One per residence should be combined detector and alarm.

BACKGROUND

In the aftermath of Grenfell, External Wall Fire Reviews (EWS1) were carried out. High rise flats and apartment buildings that have failed an EWS1 have their status in the event of a fire changed from a Stay Put Policy to a Simultaneous Evacuation Policy, meaning a building must either employ a full time Waking Watch service or install a Common Fire Alarm System like V-Fire.

Waking Watch means installing a Fire Marshal, on average, for every two floors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Alternatively, a Common Fire Alarm System has heat detectors placed at every window in a domestic apartment which is part of a wall with the condemned cladding. If one sensor is triggered, all alarms are set off, allowing a simultaneous evacuation.

To retrospectively install a Wired Common Fire Alarm System would both be prohibitively expensive and also potentially compromise existing fire compartmentalisation, resulting in further costs to remedy or leaving the building at a greater risk of a spreading fire. A Wireless Common Fire Alarm is, therefore, the preferred option.

INSTALLATION LEGISLATION

Legally speaking, anyone can fit a fire alarm, so long as they are deemed ‘competent’, as laid out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If you wire a fire alarm, you need to be aware of the Fire Safety Order. If you do it incorrectly, you could be prosecuted. There have been cases of fire authorities charging fire alarm installers for doing things wrong, so it is vital that an appropriate installer is selected. However, independent fire safety experts recommend that:

“This product should be installed, commissioned, and maintained by qualified service personnel in accordance with codes of practice, statutory requirements, and IEE regulations for electrical equipment in buildings.” In practice, the main panel and repeater panels will need to be installed by a qualified electrician so that relevant fire accreditation would be preferred. As the detectors and sounders are battery-powered and wireless, they can be installed by a competent person.

INSTALLATION PROCESS

When installing devices, they must be positioned as per the survey. Installing a device even a few inches from the surveyed position can affect the signal strength significantly, especially if any metalwork is contained in the ceiling above the new position (e.g. air-conditioning ducting).

Once the building has been surveyed, the floor plan should be marked up with the locations of the Main Panel, Repeater Panels and all Heat Detectors & Detector / Sounders. The detectors should be labelled by the name of the flat plus the type and number of the detector e.g. 3/1 H1; (Floor 3 – Flat 1 Heat Detector 1).

This allows the fire brigade to quickly identify where a detector has been triggered. From a maintenance point of view, if there is a component fault, the exact location of the faulty component will also be identified on the main panel or by text/email.

The primary system and repeater panels should be installed by a qualified electrician with fire experience. The detectors and sounders can then be installed by a competent person, as and when each dwelling can / will allow. As each detector is installed, it will automatically come into service, meaning that the system does not have to be fully installed before it becomes operational.

COMMON FIRE ALARM vs
STAY-PUT EVACUATION SYSTEM

The V-Fire Common Fire Alarm System can be easily converted to a Stay-Put Evacuation System once cladding has been remediated. What’s the difference?

COMMON FIRE ALARM

A Common Area Fire Alarm is essentially a Simultaneous Evacuation System combined with heat-detecting fire alarms to create a single system capable of protecting buildings with flammable cladding. It triggers all alarms in the building if a fire is detected, allowing residents of a building to evacuate immediately. It is used in properties with flammable cladding where it is not safe to adopt a stay-put policy in the event of a fire.

STAY-PUT EVACUATION SYSTEM

A Stay-Put Evacuation System is used exclusively by the Fire & Rescue Service in buildings where cladding has been remediated, and a stay-put policy is in place. Fire alarms in each residence alert the emergency services who use the Stay-Put Evacuation System to evacuate any properties they need to based on the situation, without evacuating the entire building because, for example, an alarm is falsely triggered by a faulty toaster.

FREE PEEP EQUIPMENT

WHAT IS A PEEP?

A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is an individual escape plan for any individual who may require help in reaching a place of safety in the event of a fire or other emergency.

WHO CREATES A PEEP?

PEEPs are created by the Fire & Rescue Service for those residents who require them. For contact details of the Fire & Rescue Service in your area, visit the National Fire Chiefs Council’s website.

WHO NEEDS A PEEP?

Individuals experiencing impairment of mobility, sight, hearing or cognition, a medical condition, or an injury.

TYPES OF PEEP EQUIPMENT

PEEP equipment includes things like evacuation chairs to aid the carrying of residents downstairs or vibration pads and strobe lights for the deaf and hard of hearing. We purchase all PEEP equipment from the UK’s leading online fire safety product retailer, www.safelincs.co.uk.

WAKING WATCH RELIEF FUND

The UK Government has a £30 million fund to help fund the installation of common fire alarm systems in buildings found to contain unsafe cladding.