Fire alarm systems

We have been quoted a massive sum of money to fit a fire alarm system in our small pub. Does anyone know of a company in the North East that they have used and are happy to recommend?
Thanks very much Helen

6 replies - Last reply by Peter Eveleigh, 06/04/2009 11:28:34

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Fire alarm systems

best bet is get fire officer out to tell you what you need as Minimum,,, i have a history in that industry,, and it all depends what they were going to install , it could have been more than you needed,,
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:02:19

Fire alarm systems

Fay is right. Be straight up with your fire officer and ask for their full input. Throw yourself on their better nature. Make it clear that your direct concern is the safety of your customers (and staff) if a fire happens. You need some coaching you need advce. You want the best possible protection for the public but you MUST be able to achieve this within an impossibly tight budget (could you at any stage in your business have afforded to put money aside for this unknown eventuality? NO) because money is always incredibly tight. Say 'I'd really appreciate your advice / guidance - like help me really understand the report and the work to be done'. Say: 'because the work HAS to be done it's impossible to get a reasonable quote; I just can not afford to be ripped off. I have to find honest contractors. Can you help me please?' My experience is that the fire department has gone out their way to help / guide me through sometimes wildly expensive work that had to be done as a result of ever more stringent H&S legislation. They are very understanding and supportive as long as you are frank with them. If you don't get the support you need - complain like hell. They are public servants and SHOULD be doing what my local fire department does; helping you through the legislation. I hope it's already clear from the above but just in case: Lambeth fire service officers have been exemplary in the way they deliver good quality support while at the same time being enforcers of evermore stringent regulations. If the public sector were seamlessly run like this across all its areas of influence we would be in a different society. On the other hand, if pubcos did what they say they do on the tin, we'd be in a different society too.
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:02:20

Fire alarm systems

Couldn't agree more. THEY (the Fire Service) are the professionals. As long as you work WITH them they will do their best to help you. See what they recommend and then get a few quotes based on their guidance. Some firms will charge you much less if you do all the cabling (routing through walls etc) yourself, as this is a lot of time is spent. Leave ADT well alone. They (in my experience) are very expensive.
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:02:28

Fire alarm systems

Thank you very much everyone. I really appreciate the advice. I will get back in touch with the fire service as they were helpful when we had our inspection. Many thanks Helen
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:02:39

Fire alarm systems

dont forget to make sure you tell the fire service your skint,, well of course that is if you are like the rest of us,, they may just think your loaded and have loads of cash spare,,, when we first had our visit he presumed "the brewery" would be paying and sugested loads of stuff,, but when i imformed him they didnt pay for any thing and i had to pay for it it quickly changed.
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:02:50

Fire alarm systems

Where are you at with your risk analysis? Whilst agreeing with the spirit of all the above, the famous question which will be bounced back from the fire officer is "what does your risk analysis tell you?" Whilst you will in all probability have the answers, the challenge you face is seeking a cost effective solution which is affordable to you and not the guilded lily. Certainly your fire officer should know what would be "fit for purpose" under such circumstances so good luck. Lastly I would endorse what Mark says about the realism & professionalism of advice - particularly if you have a listed building.
Last edition date: 27/08/2011 15:03:29

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