Installing fire & life safety systems
“This project consists of a complete renovation of a 16-story mixed-use apartment building. It will have 600 residential units and various retail spaces below. I believe it’s about a $25-$30-million-dollar renovation, and Fire Systems, Inc. is responsible for the fire alarm portion,” explains Jan-Carlos Quilichini, sales representative for Fire Systems, Inc. “We’re installing the Notifier fire alarm and R.A.T.H. area-of-refuge life safety systems. The fire alarm will have voice evacuation as required for all high-rise buildings.”
The system installed is a Notifier NFS2-3030 Intelligent 1 to 10 Loop Fire Alarm Control Panel with integrated digital voice evacuation. This fire alarm system is part of Notifier’s ONYX® Series. Voice evacuation is not only required in high-rise buildings, but also absolutely necessary for proper evacuation in the event of a fire emergency. This system features integrated digital voice command with eight channels of high-quality digital audio and five channels of fire fighter’s telephone, all on a single riser.
In addition to the fire alarm system, Fire Systems was also charged with installation of a RATH Area of Refuge life safety system. This system is essentially a two-way communication system to assist first responders. RATH explains: “The “Areas of Refuge” concept was established to provide a location for building occupants, who cannot traverse the stairs without assistance, to be able to assemble by an exit and await assistance or instructions by the first responders.” These areas are required on each floor above ground level and must be clearly marked and provide two-way communication system to a central control point (base station) within the building.