Alpha Peerless Fire Systems Ltd was formed in the year 2000 by the merger of Alphafire Services Ltd and Peerless Maintenance Services Ltd. Both companies had successfully maintained a presence in the marketplace for eleven years. Alphafire Services provided design, install and commission of fire alarm and ancillary systems with the emphasis on microprocessor based fire alarm systems, whereas Peerless Maintenance Services specialised in maintaining and servicing a large database of sites.
The following merger created a company that covers all aspects of fire detection and protection, with a service base of approximately 1,100 sites. These are geographically located mostly within, and approximately 80 - 100 miles around, Central London.
The Company has the ability to design, install, commission and service fire alarm systems, gas extinguishing systems i.e. FM200, Inergen, Argonite etc. and, in particular, the removal and certification covering the disposal of Halon Gas. We are also agents for BT RedCARE.
Because Alpha Peerless are one of the leading independent companies we are able to offer products and systems that are best suited to the clients needs. These stand-alone conventional systems or large, networked analogue, addressable systems all use open-protocol communications which means that the client will always have a choice of system service providers and not be bound to any single supplier.
Also covered are the following disciplines:
- Sprinkler Systems - install/commission/service/remedial works
- Portable Fire Extinguishers - supply/service/remedial works
- Hose Reels - supply/service/remedial works
- Dry Risers - service/remedial works
- Public Address/CCTV - install/service/remedial works
- System Monitoring – supply/install/commission/service
Clients range from large commercial properties to small business users and our 24-hour 365 days per annum emergency call-out facilities are available to all customers.
Our company is also accredited to ISO 9002 and all work is undertaken in accordance with the relevant British Standards Institution recommendations.
Alpha Peerless are proud to be one of the first fire alarm companies selected by British Telecom to directly supply BT RedCARE Systems. By installing RedCARE the client benefits from having a fully monitored, 24-hour manned alarm receiving station, which can call the Fire Brigade and client-authorised personnel for emergency and out-of-hours incidents.
Design and Interaction of Procedures to Eliminate False Alarms
Ensure that all systems are designed in accordance with BS 5839-1:2002 by a competent person and certified organisation. The equipment supplied should be 3rd party certified and carry the
approval kitemark or other accreditation. The designers, installers and commissioning team should all be UKAS approved and should be able to provided evidence of compliance with quality control and health and safety requirements.
All design, installation, commissioning and handover procedures should be certified to BS 5839 and full documentation provided on acceptance to the end user.
Over and above the required design parameters, special filtering measures can be implemented in large buildings or sites which may, by their very nature, produce an unacceptable rate of false alarms.
These special measures can be: date/time mode, transmission delay and staff alarms.
- Date/time mode filtering is a method of either reducing the sensitivity or detection mode of a system during certain times of the day when an unacceptable rate of false alarms could occur. It is then automatically reinstalled when required.
- A transmission delay to evacuate the site and summon the fire brigade can be designed so that a search time period (typically 4-8minutes) is used to investigate the alarm and to confirm if genuine or false. Manual evacuation, second detector activation or time
period acknowledge lapse would evacuate and summon the fire brigade.
- Staff alarms can be used so that a fire alarm sends a code or message to staff of a fire incident and works in the same manner as a transmission delay unit but prepares staff for a possible evacuation.
All special measures must be authorised by the designer, fire authorities and property insurers.
Handover and Documentation
Following the installation and commissioning of the fire alarm system a formal handover must be undertaken. This handover ensures that the user has full documentation of the system and has been trained in the operation and user responsibilities for managing the system.
Once the user is satisfied with the acceptance an acceptance certificate is signed to complete the handover. As a possible result of a division of responsibility it may also be a consideration to verify the system by employing the services of a 3rd party, suitably qualified organisation to ensure compliance with all aspects of the design.
Each site must have an appointed, single named responsible person to supervise all matters pertaining to the fire alarm system. The responsible person is the vital cog in making sure that on a day-today basis the fire alarm system is functioning correctly, that testing documentation us always up to date, false alarm management is undertaken and that any structural, usage or fabric changes to the building do not detrimentally affect the fire alarm system and that the necessary modifications to the fire alarm system are undertaken and properly documented.
Service and Testing
It is essential that the fire alarm system is subjected to periodic inspection and servicing so that previously unrevealed faults are identified, preventative measures are undertaken to ensure the
continued reliability of the system, false alarm problems are identified and addressed and that the user is made aware of any changes to the building that affect the protection afforded by the system.
Periodic servicing needs to be undertaken by a 3rd party approved company with competent personnel. Weekly alarm testing and day-to-day system inspection is part of the users responsibility.
The appointment of a new servicing company must incorporate a special take-over service which in addition to an annual service must also include a sound pressure level test, design compliance
verification and creation of up to date log book and operation documentation.
Fire Risk Assessment
All employees and landlords must undertake a written Fire Risk Assessment and annually review the recommendations and contraventions. The report must be made available to the Fire
Brigade on request and should also be made available to the specialist servicing company, property insurers and relevant consultants for comment and/or action.
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