Moseley Hall Hospital Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Over the past 12 years Midland Fire Security Services (Midland Fire) are proud to have worked on fire and life safety projects with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC). Our reliable design, installation and maintenance service has helped the trust comply with legal requirements on time and within budget.

BCHC NHS trust operates a portfolio with 22 sites, predominately health centre clinics, however the portfolio includes 4 residential hospital buildings across Birmingham and the West Midlands region.

We conducted comprehensive site surveys at each location. We also worked with the existing fire and life safety systems to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet the latest legal requirements.

2007 – Present

  • Access control systems
  • BT Redcare centralised monitoring services
  • Electrical installations in line with site refurbishments
  • Fire alarm system Installation
  • Planned and reactive maintenance services
  • Remedial works and electrical safety testing

Working in a live hospital/care environment

BCHC NHS Trust operates primary care facilities for the elderly including patients with high dependant needs with conditions such as dementia. When working in this environment, extra care was taken to ensure patients were not disturbed.

Dan Sillito, Director at Midland Fire explains: “Midland Fire safety engineers are experienced in working in busy public spaces. All engineers have up to date DBS checks and we took extra care to ensure that patients were not disturbed and planned our work around the hospital’s day to day routine. A detailed risk assessment was completed and agreed with the BCHC NHS Trust prior to any work taking place.

Asbestos is a big concern in older facilities. Our engineer’s due diligence was crucial in checking the Asbestos Registers prior to carrying out work and their awareness throughout each project.  Commissioning works were performed by our fully trained fire system technicians, who are qualified to Gent24 standards and competent in many system protocols.”

Planned maintenance and emergency callouts

Midland Fire has been awarded a planned maintenance contracts for fire alarm systems across the region. Projects include working with fire alarm equipment from multiple suppliers including Gent Vigilon, Ziton & Notifier multi panel network systems.

Our maintenance service includes regular site visits for maintaining the fire alarm systems, planning and liaising with site contacts, testing of control panels and standby batteries, input device testing (MCP’s, Sensors), Cause & Effect testing & reporting defects / recommendations for compliance to BS5839-1 2017. As part of this contract we also provide full customer support, callout facilities and access to our qualified technicians 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

BT Redcare secure 24 hour alarm monitoring

Midland Fire has recently been awarded the BCHC BT Redcare manned centre monitoring contract. Monitoring is an important part of any life safety system. All monitoring is undertaken by our partner company EMCS monitoring who provide comprehensive monitoring solutions for a wide variety of fire alarm equipment. Midland Fire worked closely with EMCS to ensure a seamless transition to our services.

Helping the NHS stay within budget

Working with EMCS Midland Fire secured a significant discount (and in some cases free) on BT Redcare monitoring equipment. We are pleased to have been able to add value to the contract. The new equipment comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty, reducing the risk of expensive maintenance should equipment need replacing in the near future.

Access control and Fire alarm refurbishment at Moseley Hall Hospital

As part of a major building security improvement project, new door access equipment was installed and interfaced to the main fire alarm system. Midland Fire was responsible for conducting initial site surveys and worked closely with NHS project management and security contractors to ensure the system was adequate for the trust’s needs.

All fire safety system design work is completed in house at Midland Fire to ensure that legislative and technical requirements are met. The system meets or exceeds the requirements of the Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Safety Order Regulatory Reform (2005) and British Standards in Fire Alarms BS5839-1 2017.

 

We look forward to working with BHCH NHS Trust on future projects.

Types of Fire Extinguisher

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a necessary part of fire safety and protection. In order to ensure that you keep your surroundings safe, it is important to ensure that you utilise the right type of fire extinguisher for your unique situation. There are different types of fire extinguishers that serve a variety of purposes and these will be covered in this article to ensure that you are adequately protected. There are six types of fire extinguishers that will be outlined here, each suitable for a different class of fire.

Categories of Fire

Let us first take a quick look at the different categories of fire, this should help you to understand when is best to use each type of extinguisher.

  • Class A – fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles.
  • Class B – fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils.
  • Class C – fires involving gases.
  • Class D – fires involving metals.
  • Class E – fires involving live electrical apparatus.
  • Class F – fires involving cooking oils such as in deep-fat fryers.

Water – Category A

Water fire extinguishers are suitable for fires involving solid combustibles (category A), these include wood, textiles and paper. When using this type of fire extinguisher it is important to avoid electrical equipment, as this is another potential fire risk. Water based fire extinguishers are also not for use on burning fat or oil fires.

To use a water fire extinguisher, point the jet at the base of the fire and move it around the area, ensuring that all of the fire is extinguished.

Water based fire extinguishers work on solid combustible fires as they cool down the fuel’s surface.

There are a few different types of water based fire extinguishers, which is worth noting. Some have additives added to the water and this makes them overall more effective. This is due to the fact that this extinguisher sprays, rather than jets, covering a larger surface area, and also the addition of surfactants helps to penetrate the combustibles, cooling them more rapidly.

Another category of water based fire extinguishers is the Water Mist Extinguisher. These extinguishers contain de-ionised water and are capable of fighting class A, B, C and F fires (solid materials, flammable liquids, gases and cooking oils/fats).The mist emitted from the extinguisher suffocates and cools the fire. It also helps to create a barrier of sorts between the person using the extinguisher and the fire itself, therefore improving safety.

AFFF Foam – Categories A, B, E

AFFF fire extinguishers are used for fires that are burning solids or liquids. They are not suitable for use on fires stemming from oil/fat. AFFF Foam extinguishers are used in the same way as water based extinguishers, in that you aim the foam at the base of a solid combustible fire and cover the area of the flames, ensuring that all of the fire is extinguished. However, if the fire is a liquid, you need to aim to build enough foam to cover the surface of the liquid. Therefore, it is a good idea to aim the foam above the flames, or into a corner of the flames if the fire is in a container.

AFFF Foam extinguishers work by forming a barrier on top of the burning liquid, preventing the interaction between the flames and the fuel. The foam prevents reignition from occuring due to the foaming agent.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Categories B and E

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are best used for electrical fires, as CO2 is not a conductor of electricity. They were originally intended for use on flammable liquid fires, but have since proven to be very effective on electrical fires. As a result of this, they are commonly used on large computer servers.

When using CO2 extinguishers it is important that you take care as they are not recommended for use in close quarters, as it can lead to suffocation. Not only that, but it is important to remember that these extinguishers are not to be used on category F (fat/oil) fires as it can carry the oil out of the container, therefore spreading the fire. Areas should be ventilated as soon as the fire is under control in order to avoid asphyxiation.

To use a CO2 extinguisher you should point the horn at the base of the fire and keep it moving until the flames have extinguished. The extinguisher works by literally suffocating the fire, as the CO2 displaces the oxygen in the air. As the CO2 dissipates there is a risk that the fire will reignite, so be aware of this.

ABC Powder – Categories A, B, C and E

ABC Powder extinguishers are very versatile and can be used on many different categories of fires, including organic materials, liquids, gases and electrical fires. They are not to be used on oil/fat fires.

There is a slight danger of inhalation of the powder when it is used within buildings and it is therefore not recommended for use within enclosed areas. To use this type of extinguisher point the horn at the base of the flames and move it in a rapid sweeping motion, driving the flames backwards.

ABC powder is effective as it cools the fire down so much that the chemical reactions can no longer take place. However, there is a chance that the flames will reignite shortly after the powder is administered when the components heat back up.

Wet Chemical – Categories A and F

Wet chemical fire extinguishers are ideal for use on cooking fires including oils and fats. They can also be used on category A fires. The wet chemical extinguisher is simple to use and should be applied in a slow circular motion to the fire, eventually the fat/oil will become a soapy-like liquid and this shows you that the fire is adequately extinguished. Application should be gentle in order to prevent any oil from splashing and the fire spreading.

Wet chemical extinguishers work by providing a blanketing effect, similar to foam extinguishers. They usually contain some form of chemical, such as potassium acetate, that helps to cool and blanket the fire.

Summary

It is important that you have the right type of fire extinguisher for your own situation. But remember that safety is key and anybody expected to use a fire extinguisher should have the proper training in order to ensure that they fight the fire effectively.

Midland Fire has been supporting Burton Albion and the Community Trust Charity for several years. We recently took part in their corporate 5-a-side tournament helping raise money for local causes.

This month we made it official and became a Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) ‘Friends of the Community’ supporter. As part of the agreement we will be providing all BACT facilities with adequate fire safety systems.

For more about the BACT please visit the Burton Albion Community Trust website. You can read more about our partnership here.

To find out more information about becoming of BACT’s ‘Friend of the Community’ visit https://www.burtonalbioncommunitytrust.co.uk/ or E-mail bactadmin@burtonalbionct.org.

Aston University, Birmingham

After successfully becoming one of three nominated framework providers for Aston University’s Electrical Framework, Midland Fire is pleased to announce that we are the Life Safety Framework provider for the next 3 to 5 years at Aston University.

We will be providing all-inclusive service and maintenance to the fire alarm system across campus. The system is made up of over 30 networked Gent control panels complete with full graphics package and a total of over 6000 devices.

The framework includes service and maintenance of all emergency lighting units so we will be conducting 3hr discharge and monthly flick tests including a mixture of self-contained battery back-up and central battery systems. Disabled refuge systems and pager systems are also covered ensuring the protection of all staff, students and guests in the event of a fire.

Midland Fire has over 10 years’ experience working within the education sector including schools and colleges. Please contact us if you would like a free consultation.

midland fire celebrates 20 years of trading

Over the past 20 years Midland Fire Security Services Ltd (Midland Fire) has become one of the most successful fire alarm and life safety system providers in the local area. With a team of 20 engineers the company has come a long way from its inception at the start of the century.

Midland Fire’s focus on commercial fire safety systems have seen them work on several complex projects over the years. Previous projects include fire alarm systems at Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, Xscape Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK near Derby.

The company’s engineers are local to the Burton On Trent area, it also employs 5 apprentices to support the future growth of the business.

Humble beginnings

To this day Midland Fire remains a family run life safety company. The company was founded by Gary Sillito in September 1999. Gary worked as a specialist subcontractor to Gent / Honeywell Building Solutions, catering for their more complex commissioning and programming needs. He earned a reputation for quality workmanship and excellent customer service helping the company win projects of their own throughout the East and West Midlands.

Over the last decade the business has continued to grow with the help of Gary’s three sons, Daniel, Luke and Jack who started out their careers as electricians at WT Parker Ltd. Their input and varied experience enabled Midland Fire to be able to carry out more installations throughout the UK and offer more services including electrical services, emergency lighting, door access, gas suppression and fire extinguisher services.  The company has also gained several accreditations to meet suppliers’ requirements and maintain the highest standards of workmanship.

Recent successes

Throughout the busy summer period, Midland Fire have successfully completed a range of complex projects, including the full rewire of fire alarms at Fairfax Multi Academy Trust, several school fire alarm rewires for local electrical contractors, the electrical Infrastructure for the new medical school at Aston University and the upgrade of sub-station fire alarms system at Toyota Manufacturing. Along with this they have secured a 3-year electrical framework contract at Aston University, and multiple contracts with the NHS within the West Midlands, along with various upgrade works to fire alarm systems for local contractors.

For more information or to work with us please call 01283 741000 or email info@midlandfiresecurity.co.uk

job vacancy at midland fire

Job Vacancy at Midland Fire: Administration Assistant/trainee

Midland Fire Security Services are looking to recruit an office administration assistant/trainee to help with the day to day running of the business.

The role will involve assisting other office staff as required. Ideally suited to a school leaver or someone looking for or already completing an admin apprenticeship.

  • Small office environment, based just outside of Tutbury, Staffordshire.
  • Hours are negotiable.
  • Own transport preferred for occasional post office runs.

How to apply

Please send your CV to admin@midlandfire.com and if we think you are the right person for the job we’ll get in touch.

Midland Fire Security Charity Football Tournament

On 10th May Midland Fire took a break from installing fire alarms to compete in the Burton Albion Corporate five-a-side football tournament.

The tournament held at the Pirelli stadium in Burton On Trent saw MFSS compete against 19 other local businesses looking to take home the coveted trophy.

After a competitive afternoon, JCB emerged as the winners beating the Burton Chamber of Commerce 5-3 in the final. Midland Fire finished around mid-table. Of course…it is the taking part that counts!

The event raised £5000 for the Burton Albion Community Trust. The money raised will go towards sports inclusion projects in the local community.

More photos and videos from the day are available on the Burton Albion website:

https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/news/2019/may/1405-cfas/

https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/news/2019/may/1005-gallery/

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