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Central Station Fire Alarm Systems

Introduction

Central Station Systems

The industrial complex along the interstate experienced a small fire, but the resulting damage was extreme, in the $2,000,000 range. This complex was one of about 35 buildings in the corporation. This situation brought forth a problem that had been in place for quite some time.  It seems that the signal was transmitted to the alarm company, but they had specific instructions to call plant security prior to dispatching the fire department. This was because the fire alarm systems in place experienced a high rate of false alarms, and corporate management decided that it would be better to have security check to see if there was a fire prior to having the fire department respond. The alarm company did what they were told, and a large loss resulted.

Upon reviewing the fire alarm system procedures and equipment, the equipment in place was found to be old and outdated. The testing and maintenance, which was done by an outside firm, was not code-compliant. Management decided a change was in order, and hired an expert in fire protection to guide them. 

After some consultation, it was decided that all of the alarm systems corporate-wide would be upgraded. Management wanted one-stop shopping: a single contract that included all monitoring services, testing and maintenance, and proper record keeping. They wanted prompt response to a signal, in which the alarm company would send a technician to the site immediately upon receiving a signal. They wanted to deal with only one firm about requirements and problems. These requirements meant that management wanted full central station service for all of their facilities.
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