Chubb Fire, the UK’s leading fire specialist, has confirmed its commitment to Thames Water with a two-year extension of its contract to install new fire alarm systems, refurbish and upgrade current fire alarm systems and service fire alarm, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers.
Thames Water is the utility company responsible for water supply and waste treatment in parts of Greater London, Surrey and the Thames Valley. Headquartered in Reading, Thames Water employs over 4,500 people and its property covers some 500 square miles with over 1,000 sites. It is estimated to have approximately 14,000 buildings on these sites including offices for administration alongside operational sites for clean water works and sewage treatment works.
Since 2003’s changes to the British Standards for fire detection systems (BS 5839), Thames Water has been upgrading its fire systems to these latest standards. These standards emphasise the need for increased flexibility in fire system design, they recognize new technologies and introduce a new focus on minimising false fire alarms. Chubb Fire is responsible for upgrading Thames Water’s existing fire alarm systems to meet these standards and also continues to service and maintain all fire systems across the estate.
Commenting on Chubb’s work, Steve Pulling, Health and Safety Advisor for Thames Water said: “Whether upgrading an old fire system, extending an existing one, or installing a new one, Chubb Fire carries out a site survey to identify the fire risks and assess our requirements. Then they design a fire detection and alarm system for us to review.
“Fire prevention is important so we work closely with Chubb to this end but everyone understands that we have a strict budget so careful consideration is always given to the existing infrastructure, and where possible we always re-use existing cable if it meets current British Standards. This not only saves us money but it also helps to save Chubb’s time on site, which obviously minimises disruptions.
“Each site is different but from a health and safety point of view it is imperative to identify the deficiencies so that they can be rectified, and it goes without saying that everything has to come in line with government fire legislation.
“I have been working with Chubb Fire since 1999 and the extension of their contract is a testament to the work that they do for us. They have a hard and unremitting task but Chubb is a competent organisation, reliable and responsive, so in the event of something going wrong we can trust them to put it right.”