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FIRE & SECURITY FEATURE Fire system installed in historic hotel O


nce a coaching inn, the Ffolkes Hotel has been serving guests for over 300


years. In 2017, the hotel decided to expand and renovate, adding six deluxe bedrooms on the first floor of the original inn, while enhancing the building’s period splendour. The hotel owners also upgraded the entire complex with modern conveniences and safety measures. Since the hotel was undergoing a


complete renovation, its three existing fire alarm systems had to be removed. As those systems were no longer compliant with current fire codes or safety regulations, including the recently introduced EN54-23, they could not be reinstalled but had to be replaced. EN54- 23 requires alarm beacons to flash slower and brighter than legacy beacons: slower to guard against triggering seizures in


n Florida, the Riviera Beach Fire Rescue Department was slowed down by the outdated technology in their response center, wasting valuable time before they could leave for the scene. The Department found that other counties and municipalities were using more sophisticated systems to manage emergency calls, plan routes, and calculate hose length and other factors, with multiple pieces of hardware connected, including a PC with the Active 911 System and a TV. The IT team had recently installed an InFocus Mondopad, video conferencing and collaboration system at the Riviera Beach Port Center, and the feedback had been extremely positive. Therefore they decided to install the Big Touch, a large tablet-like device featuring a fast Intel Core i7 processor running Windows 10 that would allow the fire department to run any applications and pull up multiple layers of information quickly. The BigTouch is mounted in each fire station’s ‘huddle room’ – the most high-traffic area of each fire station between the common areas and the fire rescue vehicles. The new setup reduces incident response times, with more geographical


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information at the firefighters’ fingertips, allowing them to plan their response and get in the trucks faster. They also spend less time spent manually calculating before rushing to the scene, where, on the BigTouch, the firefighters can see various layers of data simultaneously. The fire location, nearby fire hydrants, traffic, and the fastest suggested routes via Google Maps are clearly displayed and refreshed every five seconds.The fast-moving data overlays allow them to quickly calculate the number of feet of hose needed, by using their finger to draw a line from the fire location to the nearest fire hydrant — eliminating the need to do manual calculations. And, they can then transfer the information from the BigTouch to tablets to take with them on the road.


guests with epilepsy, brighter to alert guests with hearing problems who might be sleeping. The Ffolkes’ Hotel management wanted a single, unified system covering the entire hotel complex that was easy for the staff to operate, and they wanted the staff to be able to monitor the entire system from either the main building or the function pavilion. The hotel hired electrical contractors Bramham Electrical for the installation. Trevor Bramham, director at Bramham Electrical, contacted his local Eaton sales representative for the project. “We’ve been using Eaton alarm systems for twenty-odd years,” says Trevor. “We’ve always had a very good relationship with the Eaton reps and the engineers in Doncaster. So, when this project came up I went straight to Jason at Eaton, and we


worked on the design together.” The system proposed by Bramham Electrical consisted of Eaton CF3000 control panels, Eaton CASBB394 intelligent addressable VAD sounder beacon bases, Eaton’s CAP320 intelligent addressable optical smoke detector and Eaton’s CAH330 intelligent addressable multi-mode heat detector. Eaton’s new CASBB394 sounder beacon bases provide both an adjustable-volume audible warning and a bright, flashing LED beacon in the event of a fire emergency. They are fully compliant with EN54-23, as well as EN-54-3 and EN54-17, and can be fitted with Eaton CAP320, CAH330 or CAPT340 detectors or with cover plates. At the hotel, Bramham Electrical installed most of the sounder beacon bases with smoke or heat detectors. The volume level of the beacons is programmable, so they can be easily adapted to the size of the room in which they are installed. The challenge of this project was to ensure the safety system was successfully installed and working within the given deadline. Bramham Electrical completed installation in August, having performed testing and commissioning of the system at each stage of the project. Eaton field engineers performed their own tests, too. Now, the hotel has a reliable, state-of- the-art fire alarm system compliant with all UK safety codes. Most importantly, the Eaton CF3000 fire alarm system provides the best possible safety for all The Ffolkes Hotel’s guests.


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