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Hyfire rings changes to drive wireless fire safety systems growth

07 June 2022

WIRELESS FIRE detection and alarm solutions developer Hyfire has unveiled a raft of changes to its UK team as the business seeks to build on unprecedented growth in the wireless sector due to evolving fire regulations, increased demand on installers and the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UK business unit director Tom Crane (pictured) has been appointed international director for Hyfire with a brief to boost the company’s international presence and further develop its systems offer.

In addition, UK technical manager Robert Read will adopt a new role as head of innovation for both Hyfire and Argus, its Italian sister company within Halma plc, while Darren Walker becomes UK technical support manager.

“These changes represent a new direction for the Hyfire brand, which has expanded rapidly over the past two years, and notably so since the launch of our Taurus range in 2021,” stated Giorgio Koursaris, general manager for both the Hyfire and Argus brands. “We already had the right people. Now they are in optimised roles to help drive further growth in 2022 and beyond.”

In the UK sales teams, existing regional sales managers Robert Bruce and Ollie Murray have been promoted to national sales manager (North) and national sales manager (South) respectively, with a brief to develop and support Hyfire’s growth strategy across the UK. They will support the existing regional sales network, while also overseeing expanded business development and pre-sales engineer teams. The latter will be recruited over the coming months.

Comprehensive range

Hyfire offers “the widest range” of commercial standard wireless fire devices on the market, encompassing everything from optical, multi-criteria and heat detectors through to notification, alarm, interface and control units. All are fully certified to EN54.

All products offer “the highest performance and quality” in the industry, and are also fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 1. The company recently introduced EvacWireless, a rapid and scalable solution designed to meet the BS 8629 evacuation alert standard for residential buildings over 18 metres in height.

Speaking about the new appointments, Tom Crane told Fire Safety Matters: “Wireless is now more relevant than ever due to the savings it can make in both time and installation costs. This is evident in a residential environment where installers and end clients require rapid fulfilment with minimal upheaval. With this revamped team, we are now ideally positioned to work for future growth in the business.”

Having started out as a niche technology aimed at large industrial buildings and heritage sites, wireless is rapidly becoming the first choice for UK installers. With up to 90% less cabling required, and install times reduced by 75% or more, wireless represents an ideal choice for complex fire systems, and particularly so in those environments where contact with building users needs to be minimised, or where system renewals are required outside of the wider refurbishment schedule.

Five-year warranty

Hyfire was launched as Sterling Safety Systems back in 2007, bringing to market some of the first commercial wireless detection and alarm devices fully certified to EN54.

Hyfire devices are available for Advanced or Kentec panels and are supplied with a five-year warranty, backed up by a dedicated Partner Programme to ensure the very best survey, installation, commissioning and after-sales service in addition to “exceptional” technical support.

*Further information is available online at www.hyfirewireless.com