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Hospital life safety install

As part of a £1.6m project, Hochiki Europe has been chosen by Masterfire Life Safety Systems to provide life safety to protect the Sligo Regional Hospital and 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 numbers in the building at any time, the hospital required a reliable life safety system that complied with all relevant regulations.

After a competitive tender, fire protection and life safety company, Masterfire, was commissioned by the hospital to oversee the installation of a new life safety system. Paul McNulty, Sales Director at Masterfire, drafted in safety product company Hochiki Europe.

McNulty said: “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. 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 Hospital’s brief focused on the need to meet hospital environment regulations. Hochiki Europe says that its FIREscape system is compliant with all European emergency lighting standards. Alongside this, the system ensured that extra low voltage cable could be utilised, speeding installation and eliminating risk to building users.

Masterfire also specified Hochiki Europe’s ESP intelligent (analogue addressable) fire detection range. With a complex building design and multiple occupancies, the ESP range provided the hospital with a system that virtually eliminates false alarms, according to the Irish installers. And that means savings by avoiding fire response charges.

Julian Bailey, Regional Sales Manager at Hochiki Europe, added: “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 3800 lighting devices all monitored via a full graphics package. While the fire alarm system comprised 49 control panels linked to 4000 devices around the site.

Marguerite Heavey, Fire and Safety Officer at HSE Northwest Estates Department, said: “Throughout the project, both Hochiki Europe and Masterfire worked extremely hard to control infection and protect our patients and staff. 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.”

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