Design and implementation of voice alarm systems

***Please note this course is being updated and new dates will be available in due course*** This one-day course builds on the knowledge already gained on other FIA Fire Detection & Alarm courses. It also serves as a valuable introduction to the specialised field of voice alarms for non-fire industry professionals.

  • Designers
  • Commissioning engineers
  • Installation and maintenance engineers
  • Specifiers
  • Sales people
  • Anyone involved in fire evacuation strategy in the security, electrical or fire industries

Delegates should have experience working with fire detection and alarm systems.


  • Differences between a voice alarm system and a public address system
  • British and EU Standards relating to voice alarms, particularly EN 54 and BS 5839-­8
  • Creating a voice alarm design plan
  • Use of stand­alone voice alarm sounders
  • Selection and use of loudspeakers
  • Audibility requirements and clarity considerations
  • Installation and fault finding
  • Components: positioning and set up
  • The interface between Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment and Fire Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment
  • Composition and use of life safety messages
  • Using microphones and other ancillary equipment
  • Amplifier power and battery calculations
  • Defining zones for emergency and non­-emergency loudspeakers

To demonstrate their learning, delegates will be required to complete a simple design plan for a voice alarm system

  • Understand and advise on voice alarm systems
  • On successful completion, the delegate will have a thorough understanding of voice alarm systems, how they work, and how to design, maintain and commission
  • Course manuals to take away for reference

FIA members – £150 +VAT Payable by invoice or debit/credit card

Non-­members – £240 +VAT Payable only by debit/credit card

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