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Nittan fire detectors assist in protecting NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol

08 June 2020

NITTAN EUROPE, the manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products and systems, has had its Evolution analogue addressable fire detectors installed at the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Bristol.

Built in less than three weeks at the University of West of England Frenchay campus, NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol has the capacity to provide up to 300 intensive care beds for Coronavirus patients if local services need them. The new facility is one of seven Nightingale Hospitals to be set up around the country as part of a massive NHS effort to respond to the COVID-19 health emergency.

The Nittan fire detectors have been incorporated into Ramtech Electronics’ WES wireless firm alarm system, which is designed to provide a simple, fast and secure method of communicating fire and medical emergencies in the complex environmental conditions of construction sites. While WES has been designed to provide temporary protection on construction sites, its ease of use, reliability and quality made it ideal for use in the temporary Nightingale Hospital. 

Wireless fire alarm systems are ideal for temporary sites as they don’t require specialist trades to set up, and any number of Call Points can be deployed in minutes and linked wirelessly to cover large or small sites. The signal passes through all commonly found materials including steel, concrete and stone.

Nittan Evolution EVC-DP dual optical detectors are incorporated into the WES system. These detectors feature dual optical technology to reduce false alarms caused by non-combustion products such as steam, dust and aerosols.

Unlike other conventional detectors that claim to distinguish between smoke and non-combustion products, the EVC-DP effectively measures the actual particle size in the chamber via its combined IR and blue LED technology. As steam and dust are much larger particles than smoke, the detector will not false alarm. This makes the EVC-DP detector ideally suited to use in hospitals, hotels and other areas of multiple occupancy which are prone to steam and dust.

The WES wireless fire alarm system featuring the Nittan detectors has been installed into the communal and welfare areas of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol.