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Garden Route Fire and Safety

We cover the
whole of the
Garden Route
Wendell wendell@grfire.co.za
078 560 7656
Brendon brendon@grfire.co.za
081 2408003
16A Boswerker street
Knysna Industrial
Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Detection/Suppression System Design
Fire Detection/Suppression System Drawings
Fire Detection/Suppression System Installation
Fire Detection/Suppression Commissioning
Fire Detection/Suppression Servicing
Fire Detection Products
Fire Risk Assessment
The first step, before any decisions are made regarding Fire Safety,
starts with an assessment. To assess the risk for a portfolio of
buildings, a generic risk model can be used, which is applicable –
without any further model modification – to any building within a
A balanced ratio between consequences and costs should be aspired
when implementing fire safety measures. The client has the choice
between different decision alternatives and may choose one according to his preferences.
All assessments are done considering and in line with the following guidance:
 National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977
 SANS 10400-T
 SANS 10139
 SANS 246
 SANS 322
 SANS 369
 Occupational Health and Safety Act
 Local By-Laws
 Insurance Requirements
 Cost effectiveness
After the Assessment a comprehensive report can be presented to the client from which a decision can
be made on a model that is both cost effective and compliant to all requirements During the Assessment
the following are also explicitly noted and included in the report:
Building occupancy classification e.g. Industrial (High Risk), Hotel, Commercial etc.
Different fire risks in areas of building e.g. an oil store room has more fire risk than a tool room.
Escape routes and current evacuation plans.
Category of Fire Detection and/or suppression systems appropriate for building.
System Design Procedure
Once we evaluated our Assessment report, and with consultation with the
client, a decision is made on the appropriate system category and type of
equipment to be installed.
Taking into consideration the specific building and fire codes in force in the area
as well as fire alarm system design meeting the application requirements.
In South Africa we are governed by legislation: SANS 10139.
The selection of a fire alarm system design will take into consideration the following:
 The purpose of the system
 The fire protection goals of the owner
 The type of occupancy to be protected
 The type and quantity of the contents to be protected
 The applicable fire alarm system codes and standards
 The required response time of the system; i.e. how fast must it operate
 The basic function of the system
 The response time of the fire department
The purpose of the system is generally to notify the occupants and the fire department of a fire
condition in the building. The system may also be used to actuate suppression systems or shut down
equipment and manufacturing processes.
During our design process, we design to achieve the following:
 Life Protection
The first and most important objective of any system design is to save lives. A Fire
Detection and Alarm System acts as an early fire detection component and giving an alarm
warning occupants of a fire and in so doing allowing evacuation from the building before
the fire spreads, leading to casualties.
Property Protection
Second, but not less important, is designing a system that acts as a warning device during
early fire development for Firefighting and extinguishment to commence at the earliest
possible stage. This is very important to minimize damage to property. This is achieved by
various means of off-premises notification to enable extinguishment while the fire is still
relatively small.
 Mission Protection
The purpose of mission protection during the design phase is to determine the ability of a
company or organization to stay in business after a major fire in their facility.
Another way to look at the protection required in a facility is to determine whether or not
each area of the building or an area which houses a certain business function
(i.e., receivables computer, special finishing processes, etc.) will be able to withstand the
impact of a fire. Then determine if the business function can maintain its operation
after the fire. The results of the survey will often dictate which detection devices.
At Garden Route Fire and Safety, we have dedicated and qualified personnel that gives special attention
to the design phase of our clients Fire Protection and Detection needs to ensure the best possible
system, that is cost effective to meet their needs and all Regulative and Insurance requirements.
Fire Detection Suppression Drawings
As part of the project Garden Route Fire and Safety creates an “As-built
or As-Fitted” drawing according to SANS 10139 Standards. The drawing is
a fundamental part of the overall System as a whole, as it provides a
visual overview of the location of all system components, zones and
wiring. And include the following:
 The positions of all control, indicating and power supply equipment.
 The positions of all manual call points, fire detectors and fire alarm
 The positions of all equipment that may require routine attention or
replacement (e.g. short circuit isolators).
 The type, sizes and actual routes of cables.
All drawings are done to scale, and copies will be strategically placed throughout the building to give Fire
Brigade and other Firefighting personnel a visual overview of location of Detectors and Zone layout of
the building. The zones are a very important factor during our design period, where phased evacuation
will be used in the building/s.
Installation Procedure
All our installers are SAQCC registered and certified as required. During
installation it is their responsibility to ensure that the following
guidelines are adhered to:
 System is installed according to the design plan
 Correct PH rated cabling is used
 Correct conduit, ducting and trunking as prescribed is used
Placement of detectors are correctly placed with the correct spacing
as required.
 After installation the system is tested and all installation
components verified
 After installation the premises is in the same condition as before
work commenced.
As Garden Route Fire and Safety we put a lot of emphasis on our client’s needs on the outcome and how
the system displays in the overall interior design of the building. Because all detectors, manual call
points and System Control panel has to be placed in visible, unobstructed places, this is sometimes a part
of the installation that is ignored. Because we have access to such a wide variety of local and
international products we believe in consultation with our client as to not just install a Fire Detection
System, but we can give him design options that is both modern, and will display well and fit into his up
market interior design. Where wiring is not acceptable wireless and other modern options is available.
At Garden Route Fire and Safety, we strive to take installation to the next level.
We also install Gas Suppression and Kitchen Suppression Systems.
Commissioning Procedure
The final step of implementing the Fire Detection or Suppression system is
our Commissioning process. Our SAQCC registered Commissioners duty is to
ensure the system complies to the following:
System is correctly installed as per design
System complies to regulations and Insurance requirements
Every component is visually inspected with precision
The system is manually tested to verify that every component is
working correctly.
The system is then put through a soak test (a period to ensure that the system performs correctly under
peak and normal occupation of the building. This is done as a final test to assure all components operate
as expected and to rectify possible future false alarms.
All documentation for the client is prepared for handover which shall include:
 "As fitted" or “as built” drawings.
 Operating and maintenance instructions.
 Certificates of design, installation and commissioning.
 A log book in which all events, including fire alarm signals, fault signals, system tests and
maintenance visits can be recorded.
 An acceptance certificate
Servicing Procedure
According to SANS 10139 two Services need to be done on a Fire
Detection System. The one is a more general check and the other a full
system service. It is recommended by SANS 10139 that the interval period
for the two services shall not exceed six months. It is also the responsivity
of the client to have an appointed responsible person to do a weekly and
monthly check on the system as prescribed in documentation during
handover of the system. These are all measures implemented by SANS to
ensure that the Fire Detection or Suppression system stays in optimal
working condition. The aim of the installed system is after all to act as a Life and property saving
device due to early detection and notification. Having a system that fails can have disastrous
repercussions, both economic and life threatening.
Below are listed some of the systems and products we have access to, both national and international:
ZITON is at the moment one of the leading manufacturers of Fire Detection equipment
in South Africa. The panels are technologically advanced and have a modern look. Both
conventional and addressable systems are available. Where needed wireless setups can
be used. Every ZITON installation will be linked to a sophisticated software graphic
system that enables 24-hour monitoring of all detectors and events on the system.
ZITON is only one of a wide variety of systems Fire Detection Systems Garden Route Fire and Safety have
access to, and options will be discussed with the client as to the best suitable system according to his
The Emergency Voice Communication (EVCS) systems we use are
comprehensive Emergency Voice Communication Systems that combines Fire
Telephone, Disabled Refuge and Emergency Assistance Alarm Systems into a
fully‑integrated robust network.
The range encompasses compact, elegant touchscreen master stations, system
expander panels, repeater panels with compatible outstations for all applications.
An EVCS is a fixed, secure, bi-directional, full-duplex voice communication system to assist firefighters
during emergencies in large sites where radio communication cannot be guaranteed to work due to
interference from the fire. It is also a valuable tool where people, in disabled restrooms can
communicate from, for assistance during evacuation procedure.
Rotarex FireDETEC is one of the Kitchen Suppression systems we use.
It uses a proprietary continuous linear sensor tube that reliably detects and
actuates the release of the extinguishing agent using pneumatic technology. It is
more flexible, space-efficient, and cost-effective than alternative mechanical or
electronic systems. The fire is suppressed just moments after it starts —
minimising damage and downtime.
This valuable tool is a must for all Commercial Kitchens, Hotels, Restaurants or any large Kitchen where
uncontrolled fire can spread to loss of life or property damage. Each kitchen suppression system is
individually designed according to the specific requirements of each kitchen
BushSAFE is an early smoke detection, SMS Communicator, linked to FireGraphics
and Telegram Notifications. The aim of the BushSAFE system is to enable
monitoring of remote plantation or vegetation areas for the development of smoke
as an indication that a vegetation fire is developing. Each system is built based on an
assessment of the environment, GSM coverage and site suitability.
BushSAFE is an initiative from CobeyFire.
FM200 is an example of a waterless, clean suppression used by Garden Route Fire
and Safety for Fire Suppression in Server rooms, electrical switches and power
distribution cabinets.
There is no danger of the equipment being damaged by the fire suppressant and
there are no cleaning costs afterwards.
It has no effect on the ozone or global warming, and poses no threat to human safety or wellbeing, a
major advantage over chemical gasses.