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FireClass FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System simplifies and intuitively operates

by Geny Caloisi

Johnson Controls has launched the FireClass FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System, designed to meet UK mandates for evacuation alert systems in buildings containing flats, per BS8629 code of practice. Using this system, fire and rescue service personnel will be able to effectively activate evacuation alerts in high-rise structures in a simple and intuitive manner.

In the UK, residential high-rise buildings must use sounders or similar devices to alert residents of emergencies and guide them to safety under the recently mandated BS8629:2019 code of practice.  

“Regarding fire safety, swift and controlled evacuation is paramount. Recent events in London have brought to light the critical need to re-evaluate evacuation protocols within densely populated buildings,” said Tony Gryscavage, director of Product Management, Fire Detection Products, Johnson Controls. “There are 80,000 high-rise buildings currently located in London alone, and many more planned for construction in the UK. Having the right technology in place is an important part of ensuring the safety of people living and working in these buildings.”

The FC-EAS (Evacuation Alert System) is designed to guide safe and controlled evacuation using an easy-to-operate, zoned communication system. Toggle switches allow the operator to activate and cancel sounders on each floor systematically. The indicators also let operators know the sounders on each floor are working properly. When evacuation is initiated, LED identifiers located on the panel indicate the zone’s power status and availability.  

Up to 16 building zones can be supported by the FireClass FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System. The entire system can be extended by networking with the FC-EAS-BB Evacuation Alert System Black Box panel or additional FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System panels.

Access to the panel is protected by a unique key to ensuring operation is permitted only to first responders. The user interface is intuitive and quick during critical moments. EN 54-24 certified speakers, sounders, and power supplies provide enhanced safety and performance.

The evacuation alert system operates independently from the fire detection system. This allows it to be installed alongside new or existing fire detection systems within new construction and retrofit buildings. A highly durable exterior casing helps prevent tampering and keeps the system protected and ready for when needed.

To learn more about the FireClass FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System, visit fireclass.co.uk.

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