Advanced fire safety at the circus

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Designer and installer Fire Systems Ltd had just three days to install a specially designed fire alarm system for Cirque du Soleil’s new tour in Germany.

Believed to be the first of its kind to be installed in the country, it is being used to protect the tunnel between the main performance tent and the dressingroom/holding tent.

The system is designed around a single loop Kentec Syncro AS analogue addressable fire alarm control panel, and uses Argus open communications protocol with Hyfire devices, including one translator and two expanders to control 22 wireless sounder strobes and wireless manual call points.

To meet German Fire Authority requirements, the fire alarm system is connected to a Scope pager system that, on activation, will first alert on-site fire wardens and security staff via radio pagers. Any alarm would need to be investigated to determine its status, before triggering the audible fire alarm and evacuating the big top.

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