Fire Detection & Fire Suppression

Fire detection systems are designed to discover fires early in their development when time will still be available for the safe evacuation of occupants. Early detection also plays a significant role in protecting the safety of emergency response personnel. Property loss can be reduced and downtime for the operation minimized through early detection because control efforts are started while the fire is still small.

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Most alarm systems provide information to emergency responders on the location of the fire, speeding the process of fire control. The design of a system to be carried out by a competent person i.e. consultant engineer, installer or client or a combination of these, it is essential that the design takes into account the need to avoid false (unwanted) alarms.

The need for a fire alarm system in any specific building will normally be determined by the authority responsible for enforcing fire safety legislation in that building and/or by a fire risk assessment carried out by the owner, landlord, occupier(s) or employer(s), as appropriate. In general, it is appropriate to install some form of fire alarm system in virtually all buildings, other than very small premises that are relatively open-planned so that any fire will be quickly detected by occupants, who will be able to warn others by word of mouth or simple mechanical devices such as hand operated bells. 

Manual fire alarm systems are often sufficient to satisfy legislation in workplaces in which no one sleeps. Automatic fire detection is usually required by legislation to supplement the manual system in premises in which people sleep.

Automatic fire detection might also be necessary to satisfy legislation under the following circumstances: 

a) where the automatic fire detection forms part of a fire engineering solution.

b) where fire protection systems, such as door closing facilities or smoke control systems, are to be operated automatically in the event of fire.

c) where the low level of occupancy of a building, or part of a building, is such as to create the potential for fire to prejudice means of escape by occupants before they are aware of the fire. 

A fire detection system is a system of integrated fire detection devices controlled from a central control panel raising an alert in the event of a fire.

Mandatory training is compulsory training that is determined essential by an organization for the safe and efficient delivery of services. This type of training is designed to reduce organizational risks and comply with local or national policies and government guidelines.

All employees, regardless of their employment status, whether they are full-time, part-time, permanent or temporary, agents, banks, or locum contractors, should complete mandatory and statutory training.

Automatic fire detection is also commonly used to protect property by ensuring the early attendance of the fire service, because of the summoning of the brigade by occupants of the building or by transmission of fire alarm signals to an alarm receiving centre from where the fire service will be summoned.

Automatic fire detection systems might, therefore, be required or recommended by the property insurers. 

The early detection of fire by automatic means, and rapid summoning of the fire service, is also important in premises in which people cannot readily be evacuated immediately in the event of fire (e.g., hospitals). 

The legal requirement in South Africa (SANS 10400) for all buildings that exceed 30m in height (approx. 10 floors), or contain any floor exceeding 5,000m2, to be equipped with a fire detection system. The system must also be designed, installed, and maintained by competent people (SANS 10139).

Addressable and conventional fire detection systems

Smoke and heat detectors alert people in the immediate vicinity of where the smoke is.

A fire detection system alerts people throughout your entire building, giving them enough time to move to a safe area.

The system can also call emergency services and broadcast emergency evacuation messages.

Various Fire Detection Systems

Fire System

Your fire system must be serviced every 6 months according to SANS 10139:2021 regulations.

Failure to comply could lead to prosecution and your insurance company refusing to settle any claim.

Optical/Smoke Detection Beams

Detects smoke in large areas and distinguishes smoke from exhaust fumes and other chemicals. Recommended for underground car parks, and chemical facilities. Fire Alarm / Sounders / Bells / Sirens Provide a quick alert to any fire outbreaks

Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors

CO is a toxic gas that’s completely colourless, tasteless, and odourless.

These detectors can save an employee or customer’s life.

Call Points &
Fire Boxes

They are manually operated buttons used to trigger the fire alarm.


Controls and monitors the entire fire detection system from one location.


Efficient device for detecting temperature increases caused by fires. Highly recommended for places with a lot of non-smoke gases

What Is A Fire Detection System

A fire detection system (sometimes called a fire alarm system) is a system of integrated fire detection devices controlled from a central control panel. Whilst smoke and heat detectors are effective at alerting people in the immediate vicinity of where the smoke is detected. Only a fire detection system will alert people throughout your entire building, giving them enough time to get to safety. The system can also be setup to summon emergency services and broadcast emergency evacuation messages.

Legal Compliance

This allows us to fully certify the systems – enabling our clients to remain fully compliant in terms of fire detection requirements from municipalities and insurance companies.

We have experience installing fire-detection systems in diverse industries and understand your specific requirements e.g. the systems we install at hospitals conform to SANS 322.

We use fire equipment from leading accredited manufacturers. These systems conform to the SANS 10139 standard and are confirmed stable and reliable in the most demanding environments.

All our fire-detection technicians are registered and fully certified by SAQCC, who recognise us as an authorised designer, installer, and servicer of fire-detection systems.

Gas Suppression systems quickly extinguish all types of fire using a stable gas (either carbon dioxide, nitrogen, argon, helium or a combination).

They are used in areas where water and chemicals would likely cause damage and are specifically recommended for offices, server rooms, and art installations.

Gas Suppression System

Aspirating smoke detection is an accurate method of detecting smoke.

A fan draws air through a network of sampling pipes and delivers it to a sophisticated detector to test for the presence of smoke particles.

The detector is so accurate that it recognizes the existence of smoke particles suspended in the air before it’s visible.

Fire Aspiration System