Neighbours Witness the Toll of Fire in a Wooden Marina Building

Ferguson's Marina

Ferguson’s Marina at the Spit

A recent fire at Middle Harbour Yacht Club set alarm bells ringing in the minds of waterfront marina operators of Sydney Harbour. The owners of Ferguson’s Marina, only 100m from the incident watched firsthand as the fire gutted part of its old timber boatshed. It was only the prompt actions of neighbours smelling the smoke and the quick arrival of the fire brigade that saved the rest of the building from the fire.

Martin Thompson of Ferguson’s Marina noted “As well as obviously protecting our Business, my family lives in our marina building, so I needed a first class early warning solution to replace the ageing smoke alarms we were currently using in our property”.

With Fire Safe ANZ providing Ferguson’s Marina’s with essential services maintenance and fire protection services since 2013, they were the first choice for Martin to offer advice on upgrading the sites fire detection capability with a modern, cost effective solution.

The Solution – A Wireless Interconnected Alarm System

Wireless Interconnect Smoke Alarms

Fire Safe Australia and New Zealand recommended that Ferguson’s Marina install Brooks’ radio linked smoke & heat alarms. Brooks has been designing systems for the electrical and fire engineering industries for over 40 years and was the first company to introduce wireless smoke alarm interconnection in Australia and New Zealand.

Interconnecting smoke alarms are now mandatory within Australia for all new dwellings where more than one smoke alarm is installed. In New Zealand if more than one alarm is installed and the type used has interconnection capability, then it must also be interconnected.

The safety benefits of alarm interconnection are obvious; in the event of one alarm detecting smoke or heat, all interconnected alarms will go into alarm mode, sounding an effective warning throughout the entire property. All the alarms in a building will become activated simultaneously and it minimises the very real risk that in the event of a fire, a heavy sleeper, shut behind a bedroom door will not be woken in time by an alarm.

Hardwire Alarms VS Wireless Alarms

Installing hard wired interconnected alarms can be time consuming, disruptive and costly particularly in existing buildings. The ability to interconnect alarms wirelessly has made mains powered and battery operated alarms simpler, quicker and less costly to install and has made interconnection more popular to retrofit into existing buildings.

Wireless interconnection enables alarms to be connected to each other without the need for cabling between the units. Instead, a Radio Frequency (RF) signal is used to trigger and control all the alarms on the system. It also allows for the features such as a heat and smoke alarm combinations, remote testing and remote cancellation.

The Result

Brooks Fire

Ferguson’s Marina, Brooks and Fire Safe ANZ during the Consultation Phase

One of the greatest attractions for Ferguson’s Marina to install Brooks’ wireless interconnect smoke alarms is that their building’s design includes a lot of areas where a regular smoke alarm would not be heard when the building is unattended. Being able to radio link these alarms for a higher level of warning has added significant safety benefits and early warning improvements to the Business.

Ferguson’s Marina is so pleased with the results obtained by installing wirelessly connected alarms. They are happy to let anyone from the Industry interested in considering this option review the installation at their Marina located at the Spit in Sydney.

For more information on how Brooks Range of wireless interconnected smoke and heat alarms can provide an excellent alternative to “wiring in” traditional smoke alarms, please contact Fire Safe ANZ to arrange a consultation.