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Apollo Conventional MCP improves fire alarm testing at Scottish volunteer hall

Apollo’s new Conventional Manual Call Point (MCP) has been utilised to improve the operation of a volunteer hall in Duns, Scotland. We find out how. 

Apollo-MCP-21Apollo has recently introduced a new Conventional Manual Call Point (MCP) into its product portfolio. Following customer feedback, the company has created a Conventional MCP that utilises the same operation and resettable mechanism as the Apollo Intelligent Manual Call Point.

The product, SC2900-001APO, has a new “modern and sturdy” design, is fitted with an alarm LED and has been designed to operate on a zone of conventional fire detection devices. It is supplied with both 470 Ohm resistors and normally open clean contact electrical options.

The new design has already made weekly testing hassle free for numerous end users, says the company, as demonstrated at a volunteer hall in the Scottish town of Duns.

A Heart for Duns is a community group of volunteers, formed to maintain and develop the vibrancy that exists in Duns. The group decided to reshape the volunteer hall’s facilities so that it better served the needs of the community – a part of which included addressing the Manual Call Points. Various makes and models had been previously installers, which made testing unreliable, while testing keys were no longer working in some of the alarm points.

SAFE Services, who specialises in fire and security system integration, therefore recommended Apollo’s new Conventional Manual Call point. All existing call points on the site were changed to this model, each fitted with a hinge cover to reduce false alarms from accidental activation on the busy premises. There was minimal disruption to the volunteers as the SC2900-001APO was developed to make installation quick and simple for the engineer, explains Apollo.

Liz Brown, Finance & Facilities Manager at A Heart of Duns, said: “Having a consistent make of modern Manual Call Point makes it easier to test across the site with minimal effort. Simple and effective. It has made a huge difference!”

Graeme Millar, Fire Systems Technical Engineer at SAFE Systems, added: “The new Apollo call point lends itself easily to swapping out older model call points. I think that because all the testing is done by forward pressure on the call point then all the stress is greatly reduced on the back-box fixings into the wall and less to go wrong with the call point itself. Other models require a bit of upwards and downwards force to test and this has led to call points coming loose and worst case, breaking.

“The call point looks much more modern compared to others on the market and Apollo has got this one spot on when it comes to testing and resetting. The rotation of the element makes it obvious if the call point has been activated should this be maliciously or accidentally.”

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