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September 21, 2021

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Hyfire wireless protection installed in historic Irish church

One of Ireland’s largest and most structurally significant churches, St Mary’s & Michael’s Parish Church, has implemented a new fire protection system from Hyfire. Installed by the Guardian Fire team, the system was required to ensure there was no impact on the building’s aesthetics and interior structure.

Hyfire-IrishChurch-21Built between 1894 and 1902, the historic fabric of St Mary’s & Michael’s Parish Church required any new fire system to take account of the aesthetic character of the structure, with little impact on the building’s interior.

Brendan Stamp, Director at New Ross-based Guardian Fire, commented: “We specified an Advanced MxPro panel with almost 40 separate Hyfire wireless devices, including detectors, sounders and translators. The volume of cabling was reduced by around 90% and, because the devices can be pre-programmed offsite, the installation time was also reduced, with very little remedial work needed to make good.”

Hyfire’s range of  wireless fire devices, from optical, multi-criteria and heat detectors to notification, alarm, interface and control units, are all fully certified to EN54. and fully compliant with BS5839 Part 1, says the vendor. Conventional fire panels are wired via a loop to translators, from which wireless devices can be used on their own to build fully wireless systems, or mixed with Hyfire wired products to provide seamless hybrid solutions, offering flexibility to specifiers and installers.

The wireless range includes all devices required to build a fully wireless commercial fire system, including manual call points, remote indicators, visual indicators, sounders, sounder bases and output/input modules. A range of addressable translators and expanders are available, with the scale of the system limited only by the number of devices that the fire panel can handle. Devices can be pre-programmed offsite to increase the speed of installation and reduce time on site.

Martha Cooney, Parish Coordinator for St Mary’s & Michael’s, said: “When Hyfire wireless devices were first suggested, we had some concerns about battery life and reliability, but the Guardian Fire team quickly put our minds at rest. The technology behind these systems has clearly moved on rapidly in recent years, with wireless now the equal of wired alternatives, and the reduced intrusion in the fabric of our beloved church was also a major selling point.”

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