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October 13, 2021

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Hyfire wireless systems replaces waking watch to protect London residents

Hyfire’s Taurus wireless fire system has been installed in a London tower block currently awaiting the replacement of defective cladding. 

The tower block in Deptford, South-East London, had been subject to a 24/7 Waking Watch since defective HPL and ACM cladding was identified in 2020. Now, following guidance from the National Chiefs Council, the residents are utilising a Taurus wireless detection and evacuation system. 

Daren Pool, Managing Director of Triple Star Fire & Security Ltd, commented: “The brief from the management company was to deliver an interim solution that could cover the communal and residential areas of the tower, allowing them to do away with Waking Watch while ensuring the safety of all residents.

“The wireless devices limit contact with residents, which is of particular benefit in the current pandemic situation. Once the defective cladding has been removed, the system can be adapted in accordance with BS 5839-1 L5 requirements, with the devices inside each apartment used as part of a BS8629 evacuation management system, if required.” 

Ollie Murray, Hyfire Regional Sales Manager for South-East England, said: “We worked closely with Daren and his team to specify a system with 425 Taurus wireless devices that could be installed rapidly, and with limited impact on the fabric of the building, ensuring safety and peace of mind for all residents of the tower.”

Earlier this year, the UK Government announced its Waking Watch Relief Fund, designed to support interim fire safety measures as replacements for waking watch patrols from fire wardens in buildings identified as ‘high risk’. So far, £22.6million has been approved for applications, covering 264 buildings across England. A second round of applications opened in September 2021.

Read the latest regarding the Waking Watch Relief Fund.


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