midland fire cyber essentials certified

We are pleased to announce that Midland Fire have achieved Cyber Essentials Certification – Demonstrating that we have the processes and technical setup to minimise the risk of attack from cyber criminals.

Cyber Essentials is designed to provide technical controls to organisations computers and portable devices – reducing the risk of common cyber threats. it is backed by the government and the National Cyber Security Centre and required for many tender schemes.

Tim Parker, Compliance manager comments: “The process involved auditing our devices and internal network – ensuring that the software we use is supported and that devices have appropriate access control and malware protection. By doing so, we have reduced the risk of a cyber-attack on our systems.”

By meeting the standards set by Cyber Essentials, Midland Fire are well positioned to meet the IT security needs of existing and future contracts. Looking for a new fire alarm provider? Please get in touch for a free consultation.

midland fire warwick castle fire alarm install

Warwick Castle has appointed Midland Fire Security Services to manage, upgrade and maintain its fire safety systems, guarding more than 1000 years of history for generations to come.

As the incumbent fire safety provider, Midland Fire will protect the castle and estate buildings on the 64-acre site including the Knight’s Village. The mediaeval-themed woodland retreat has become a jewel in the crown of the Warwick Castle experience since opening in 2016, with lodges, glamping tents, a banqueting hall and over one kilometre of raised wooden boardwalk to guide visitors around the site.

The Staffordshire-based firm was invited to assess the fire alarm systems in place at the Knight’s Village site, to review and enhance the fire detection system throughout the outdoor boardwalk area. Following their successful assessment and upgrade at the site, Midland Fire has now been awarded the service contract for the entire Warwick Castle estate.

A bespoke approach to fire safety solutions

The extensive woodland setting at the Knight’s Village site created its own logistical and environmental challenges for the team at Midland Fire.

Following a thorough assessment of the area, including the potential effects on the fire safety system design from the weather and local wildlife, a robust solution was created to provide complete protection.

After careful planning, the answer, aptly for the site, was armour, with the team opting for a strong, stainless steel braided linear heat detection cable network interfaced with the existing Protec fire alarm system.

 

Thomas Sleath, Business Development Manager at Midland Fire Security Services said: “As Warwick Castle’s new fire safety provider, the logistics of the Castle, its many outbuildings and the Knight’s Village site, offered us an interesting challenge.

“Our bespoke fire safety solution incorporates fully networked GENT Vigilon fire alarm systems, air sampling fire alarm detection in key areas, and strong, braided linear heat detection cable from our project partner, Patol, to complete this complex fire safety solution and offer full protection to this historic site.”

 

Matthew Halford, Head of Facilities at Warwick Castle said: “We have been very pleased with the good value and straightforward proposals for new installations provided by Midland Fire, followed by great quality installations. This ultimately led us to award the full maintenance contract from 1st January 2022.”

Linear Heat Detection Cable

The design of Patol’s linear heat detection cable ensures vital early detection of fire and overheating alerts. Encased in armour worthy of a knight, the strong stainless steel braided coating offers maximum protection for use in challenging or extreme conditions.

This advanced heat detection method is essential in circumstances where more standard forms of point detection, such as smoke alarms or heat detection, wouldn’t work due to the location or setting.

The outdoor nature of the Boardwalk at Knight’s Village required the cable network to have protection from environmental impacts, such as exposure to the elements or risk of interference from wildlife.

The cable network detects any warning signs, including hazards at temperatures well below flame point. If an issue is detected, it triggers a real-time alert to the monitor unit which is interfaced with the existing Protec fire alarm system, which not only raises the alarm but pinpoints the exact position and threat level so immediate action can be taken.

Linear Heat Detection Cable Monitor

The Patol linear heat detection cable monitor feeds information from the heat detection cable directly through to the Protec Fire Alarm System. This alerts both the Knight’s Village reception and Warwick Castle’s security team of any issues and displays the exact distance along the cable network to the zone that requires attention, providing crucial information about the level of risk and its exact location.

The monitor also has an end of line terminator with a key switch facility to carry out weekly tests and a reset function to allow for regular fire drills and service/planned maintenance checks.

End of Line Terminators for easy fire alarm maintenance

Patol’s End of Line Terminators complete the bespoke fire safety solution by monitoring the linear heat detection cable for any faults. The key control function enables easy transition between fire, fault, and normal operational settings allowing for easy testing, maintenance checks and reporting along the length of the cable network.

GENT Vigilon fire alarm systems and life-safety solutions

The Castle itself is covered by a fully networked GENT Vigilon Fire Alarm System incorporating life-saving Wagner air sampling detectors, which continually monitor the air within the area of coverage to provide vital early smoke detection.

This advanced sensing technology utilises (HPLS) high power light source technology, which detects and assesses any potential threats using sensors, reducing the chance of false alarms.

Warwick Castle’s 18th-century Conservatory Tea House and warehouse building were also recently upgraded to the GENT Vigilon Compact fire alarm systems and S-Quad loop devices to feed real-time information to the control panels.

Regular maintenance and additional fire safety measures

To ensure the Castle and its grounds are fully protected, Midland Fire provides rigorous planned maintenance service checks at regular intervals throughout the year.

These checks include preventative testing, fire drills, cable inspections/reporting and robust testing of all fire alarm systems and their networks to ensure full compliance with BS 5839 under the Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) guidance.

 

Thomas Sleath added: “We’re delighted to be able to play our part in protecting this historically important tourist attraction for the future. Our bespoke solution provides full fire alarm coverage to all areas of the Warwick Castle site.”


At Midland Fire, we’ll work with you to plan and deliver the optimum fire safety solution for your premises, including ongoing maintenance, support, and fire safety training. At Midland Fire WE PROTECT.

For more information and a free consultation contact Midland Fire Security Services Ltd.

walkers crisps fire alarm maintenance

We are delighted to announce that Midland Fire have been awarded the site planned maintenance contract for life safety equipment at Walkers Snack Foods (Leicester) – Leycroft and Bursom Road Sites. The site manufactures and packs a range of products under the Walkers brand distributed throughout the UK.

Upgrading the existing Fire Detection System

As part of the service Midland Fire recently completed the upgrade of full site control panels from an Advanced Mx4 panels to Advanced Mx5 Pro panels.

The Advanced Mx4 is a powerful piece of equipment however has been superseded so by upgrading to the latest Mx5 Pro panel we are able to guarantee availability of spare parts and have full confidence in the system moving forward.

The panels are connected to Hochiki loop devices with numerous Vesda aspiration smoke detectors. The system provides continuous air sampling – ensuring the earliest possible warning of a potential fire hazard. The control panels link to a brand new DRAX front end system so that the system status can be monitored from a central location. New Dell IT equipment was sourced to ensure reliability of system monitoring.

Midland Fire will also be responsible for fixed extinguishing systems and water mist deluge systems throughout the site – Ensuring the safety of staff and visitors in the event of an emergency.

Comprehensive Fire Alarm Maintenance

The service contract is based on Midland Fire’s Gold Service Plan. The plan is designed to offer a high level of service with consistent pricing throughout the life of the contract. Spare parts, an annual service and emergency call outs with a 4-hour response time 24/7 are included in the plan. Regular Inspection and testing visits are conducted throughout the year by our team of experienced Fire Alarm Engineers.

Business development manager Thomas Sleath has been working on the project: “Its great to see another international business like Walkers Snack Foods utilising local suppliers for essential services like life safety system maintenance. For any business in the food industry downtime results in problems throughout the supply chain and impacts profitability. By working with us we are able to help minimise the risk of false alarms and fire emergencies on site”

Looking for someone to maintain your Fire Alarm System?

Please call 01283 741000 or email info@midlandfire.com for advice and a free consultation.

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Closing date for applications Friday 29th April 2022.

Due to further expansion, we are looking for several ambitious individuals looking for a long successful career within our family run business.

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarm installation and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

For the right candidates, this is an exciting opportunity which could open doors to lots of other areas in the business which is actively seeking growth.

 

Electrical Installation (Electro technical) Advanced Apprenticeship

This role involves training to become a qualified installation electrician. This 4 year apprenticeship will involve on the job training, and block release class-room training via Derby College and Burton Training Organisation Limited. Successful completion will gain a level 3 Electrotechnical qualification.

The candidates should have both theoretical and practical skills, and will need to pass theory exams and practical assessments to progress.

The place of work will vary, and sites include, Universities, Public Sector Properties, Commercial and Industrial Environments based across the Midlands and further afield on occasions. Working within small teams.

The candidate should have the accessibility to start work early and to be picked up from our offices in Tutbury, or other areas of Burton-on Trent. Hours of work will vary and finish times may change, a basic week will be a minimum of 40 hours.

Person Specification:

  • Have good theoretical and practical skills
  • Clear communication skills
  • A confident, friendly manner & strong interpersonal skills
  • Have an interest in electrical installation and theory
  • Have GCSE or equivalent grade level 4 (grade C) or above in English, Maths & Science
  • Be willing to work at Height, and capable of manual handling
  • Have ability to use hand tools and battery drill

Full time 40 hour basic week

To apply please send your CV and a short introduction to careers@midlandfire.com

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midland fire security apprenticeships

Midland Fire Security Apprenticeships. 4th Year Apprentice Jimmy with course tutor / lecturer Dave Peach.


National Apprenticeship Week runs from the 7th – 13th February 2022 to celebrate the young people and businesses investing in individuals to help the wider business economy.

This year’s theme is how we will ‘build the future’ reflecting on how individuals develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and develop a talented workforce for the future of UK business. We wanted to take a moment to celebrate and raise awareness of our current apprentices working to become qualified Electricians.

Electrotechnical Apprenticeship 1st Year Charlie working on a fire alarm control panel

Electrotechnical Apprenticeship 1st Year Charlie working on a fire alarm control panel.

Electrotechnical Apprenticeships at Midland Fire

Midland Fire Security Services have 7 apprentices all at different stages of their Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification – Installation (C&G). This includes 2x Stage 1, 2x Stage 2 and 3x Stage 3.
On successful completion learners will have achieved the industry desired level of competence to carry out specific roles within the industry.
Each apprentice ‘Earns while they learn’ receiving a salary designed to cover living expenses during their training. Upon completion of training, apprentices are offered a full-time position within the business.

Midland Fire Apprentices get block release (1 week at a time) to attend Burton Training Organisation (BTOL) Ltd. BTOL operates in association with Derby College – teaching both practical and theoretical lessons in preparation for work on site.

On the job training takes place in-between – The apprentices will attend sites with Midland Fire installation teams where they will learn practical skills with supervision.

Jack Sillito, Director at Midland Fire: “Apprenticeships are vital for our future staffing requirements. It means we can train staff from the start of the careers helping them develop into excellent electricians and fire alarm engineers. Once qualified, they can start a role within the business and hit the ground running – already familiar our way of working. A worthwhile investment to secure the future of our business.”

 

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Electrotechnical Apprenticeship 2nd Year Harry working on an electrical installation.

Grant Funding Awarded

Midland Fire was successful in securing the Staffordshire Means Back To Business Apprenticeship 500 Grant – Helping contribute towards the cost of training. We’d like to thank Staffordshire County Council for their support and look forward to seeing our apprentices learn and develop into skilled electricians and installers.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

If you would like to know more about our apprentice roles or are considering your options after finishing school please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have.

fire alarm protocols closed open managed comparison

As a leading Fire Alarm Provider, Midland Fire Security Services are frequently asked what the difference is between different fire detection systems and protocols. We wanted to provide some clear information so that you can make an informed decision when choosing your Fire Alarm provider.

What is a Fire Alarm Protocol?

In fire detection systems a protocol is the language which allows communication between different devices. Sounders, call points and control modules etc. will need to communicate with the Fire Alarm Control Panel using the same protocol.

Typically these systems can be divided into three categories: Open Protocol, Closed Protocol and Managed Protocol

Closed Protocol Fire Alarm Systems

In a Closed Protocol System, the panel and devices are manufactured by the same company. Engineer functions can only be worked on by the manufacturer. System modifications or fault repairs would need to be carried out by the manufacturer directly.

Advantages:

  • Company working on system will be approved and have correct understanding helping meet legislative duties and requirements of BS5839.1 2017.
  • All components made by one manufacturer.
  • All software provided by one company.
  • All technical support & training provided by one company.
  • Software only supplied to trained personnel.
  • All faults must be down the manufacturer or Installer.

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of choice for consumers.
  • No options commercially, stuck with single supplier so costs tend to be higher for additions, call-outs, service and maintenance.
  • Life time cost of owning the system is higher in most circumstances.

Open Protocol Fire Alarm Systems

In an Open Protocol System, the panel and devices may be manufactured by different companies – as long as they are compatible. Equipment available to anyone via wholesalers and work can be carried out by any contractor.

Advantages:

  • Available for any contractor to carry out modifications and fault finding.
  • Lots of options commercially, so tends to be lower cost.

Disadvantages:

  • No training required, so no proof of competence.
  • Easy access to software can lead to untrained engineers working on systems.
  • Like all Analogue Addressable fire systems, once a manufacturers equipment is installed, only one equipment supplier can be used.
  • Panels can still be locked out so an end user can be tied to a single supplier.
  • Different manufacturers for panels & devices – when things do go wrong, more than one company may have to be involved to find a solution, software, etc.
  • End users are not always given full functionality of equipment.
  • May not have technical support from the manufacturer.

Managed Protocol Fire Alarm Systems

A Managed Protocol System is a middle ground between Open / closed protocols. Engineer functions can be provided by contractors but only with approval from the manufacturer. This helps ensure systems are set up correctly but gives the client freedom to choose their own contractor from a pre-approved list.

Advantages:

  • Any contractor / company working on the system will be approved and have correct training and expertise – helping meet legislative duties and requirements of BS5839.1 2017.
  • Choice from a wide selection of companies to work on the system.
  • Contractors will have 3rd party accreditations (such as BAFE) as a requirement for approval.
  • Commercially you have choice, usually a lot of options meaning competitive pricing.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited companies able to work on the system – But more than in a Closed Protocol System.

Can I use equipment from different providers Together?

Once a fire alarm system is installed the field of devices selected dictate that any additional replacement device must use the same protocol. Therefore, devices from other manufactures are not compatible when installed on the same addressable loop.

Does the protocol give freedom of choice?

Customers can choose any protocol for their fire alarm system however once the choice is made they are locked in to the performance of the fire alarm system using that protocol. To change from one protocol to another would involve replacing the entire system.

The most important factor is that the system chosen meets the required legal standards with the ability to expand if the business needs change.

Contact Midland Fire to arrange a free site survey

Midland Fire offer Open and Managed Protocol Systems from reputable manufacturers, giving customers more choice.

If you would like more information please call us on 01283 741000 or email: info@midlandfire.com

midland fire security siemens solution partner

We are excited to announce that Midland Fire Security Services have been appointed as a Siemens Solution Partner.

From the start of 2022 Midland Fire can specify and install a range of high-quality open protocol fire detection products from Siemens – adding to our existing service offering.

Dan Sillito at Midland Fire: “Midland Fire have chosen to partner with Siemens to bolster our open protocol system offering focusing on the high quality and reliability of their detectors and electronics. By becoming a Siemens Solutions Partner we are able to offer another top-quality open protocol system alongside our current well-established system offerings. We feel this It gives our customers more choice and flexibility over the type of system we install and means we can reach a greater proportion of the market. We look forward to our first Siemens installation in 2022.”

Advanced product Training and Knowledge

As a partner company. Midland Fire staff are fully trained on Siemens Cerberus PRO products. In addition to this we hold third party certifications including BAFE LPS1014. Click here to see our full accreditation list.

Midland fire Security Services Ltd is listed on the Siemens website as Cerberus PRO Fire Partners. You can see the listing by following the website link below. https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/products/buildingtechnologies/fire-partners.html

New products from Siemens

siemens cerberus fire alarm system products

Siemens Cerberus Fire Alarm System

Siemens Solution Partners can install and service the latest Cerberus PRO fire protection system. Cerberus PRO devices feature built-in high-performance isolators. These keep the alarm device active even if there a short on the loop, ensuring maximum protection of people and premises.

Fire and false alarms cost the UK economy £1 billion a year with fire services attending almost 225,000 callouts annually (Fire Statistics Gov.uk and The London Fire Brigade). Siemens Cerberus PRO Advance Signal Analysis (ASA) detectors can identify the cause of fumes before setting off the full alarm. The fire alarm only goes off in case of a real emergency, so occupants know to respond. No more paying the price of burnt toast!

With Siemens Cerberus PRO fire panels even if the control unit CPU fails, the fire control panel continues to works in degraded mode operation meaning continued protection and no downtime.

By choosing Siemens Midland Fire can provide the latest technology and peace of mind to customers at a competitive price.

Contact Midland Fire to arrange a free site survey

If you would like more information please call us on 01283 741000 or email: info@midlandfire.com

job-vacancy-experienced-fire-alarm-install-commissioning-engineer-2

Due to company growth we are looking to expand our team of engineers to work on contracts throughout the Midlands.

About Midland Fire

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarms and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

Experienced Installation / Commissioning Engineer

Your main responsibility will be to carry out modification works at our customer’s sites across the Midlands on predominantly Fire Alarm Systems, but the ability to work on Security systems would be beneficial.

You will be expected to complete small installations and commissioning in line with BS5839:1 as well as attending fault calls and carrying out small remedial works. 1 in 10 call outs.

You will be required to work on a wide variety of fire alarm panels.

Some experience on Gent and Siemens would be beneficial.

A full clean driving licence is required.

Benefits

  • Door to door travel paid.
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • 22 days holiday

We are a family run firm, good team spirit and high moral within the team.

To apply please send your CV and a short introduction to info@midlandfire.com

job-vacancy-experienced-fire-alarm-service-technician-1

Due to company growth we are looking to expand our team of engineers to work on contracts throughout the Midlands.

About Midland Fire

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarms and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

Experienced Service Technician

Your main responsibility will be to carry out Service work at our customers sites across the Midlands on predominantly fire alarm systems, but the ability to work on security systems would be beneficial.

You will be expected to complete services in line with BS5839:1 as well as attending fault calls and carrying out small remedial works. 1 in 10 call outs.

You will be required to work on a wide variety of fire alarm panels.

Experience on Gent and Siemens systems would be beneficial.

A full clean driving licence is required.

Benefits

  • A company van (new – good spec) and fuel card
  • Door to door travel paid.
  • Company Laptop
  • Company phone or phone allowance
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • 22 days holiday

We are a family run firm, good team spirit and high moral within the team.

To apply please send your CV and a short introduction to info@midlandfire.com

job-vacancy-experienced-fire-alarm-install-commissioning-engineer-1

We are looking for a Fire Alarm Installation Engineer for on-going commercial installations at our customers sites in the Midlands.

About Midland Fire

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarms and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

Fire Alarm Installation Engineer

Your main responsibility will be to install Fire Alarm Systems at customer’s sites throughout the Midlands.

You will be expected to complete installations in line with BS5839:1 as well as attending fault calls and carrying out small remedial works. 1 in 10 Call Outs.

You must have experience in electrical installation, but fire alarm experience or electrical qualifications not essential.

The place of work will vary, and sites include, universities, public sector properties, commercial and industrial environments based across the Midlands and further afield on occasions. Working within small teams.

A full clean driving licence is required.

Benefits

  • A company van (new – good spec) and fuel card
  • Door to door travel paid.
  • Company Laptop
  • Company phone or phone allowance
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • 22 days holiday

We are a family run firm, good team spirit and high moral within the team.

To apply please send your CV and a short introduction to info@midlandfire.com