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20 January 2014
London’s famous Moorfields Eye Hospital has turned to voice sounder specialist Vimpex Ltd for a major upgrade to their fire alarm system. In the first phase of the project, Moorfields has replaced fire alarm bells with 250 multi-message Fire-Cryer® Plus voice sounders. When the project is complete, the hospital will have over 500 Fire-Cryers® fitted.
Since staff and occupants are familiar with the traditional bell tone, the Fire-Cryers® have been programed so that a realistic bell tone precedes the evacuation and alarm messages. The system has been configured into 48 zones to allow phased evacuation of the building in the event of a fire. This also reduces the disruption to patients and staff in the event of a false alarm or an incident that can quickly be resolved. The use of unambiguous voice messages to accompany the traditional bell tone will aid safe evacuation by removing the confusion often associated with building alarms.
Using Fire-Cryer® Plus voice sounders is a very cost effective solution compared to standalone voice evacuation systems. Each voice sounder can be programmed with up to 7 messages from a library of thousands, many of which are multi-lingual, ensuring that any site requirement can be fulfilled. The units can be fully synchronised and have a low current consumption allowing simple replacement of existing sounders and bells. The Fire-Cryer’s® multi-message capability also ensures that system test and all clear messages can be easily transmitted avoiding confusion with the fire/evacuation alarm.
All of the Fire-Cryers® at Moorfields are the standard wall-mounted units, some of which have been specified with the integral synchronised high-output LED strobe, ensuring alarms can be seen, heard and understood. This makes Fire-Cryer® Plus an ideal solution for Equality Act-compliant fire safety applications. Other models in the range include ceiling mounted units that can be installed under smoke detectors and high-output versions for use in wide open spaces and outdoors. The combination of 7 messages and a wide-range of compatible voice sounders ensure that the Fire-Cryer® Plus remains the most advanced range of voice sounders currently available and will continue to be the first choice for designers, installers and end-users.