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Chubb Fire & Security appointed as SmartCell distributor 07/07/2020

Chubb has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor, installer and service provider of SmartCell, a complete wireless fire detection platform by EMS.

The platform provides customers with smaller commercial sites and properties complete control of their fire safety systems’ performance and strategy. Chubb and EMS are part of Carrier (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

EMS’ new product range, SmartCell, comprises all elements required in a fire safety solution, including an EN-certified control panel, detectors, manual call point, sounder (with visual alarm), a dual input/output device and contact transmitter. Designed with the ability to expand as required, the system can accommodate up to 32 wireless fire and a variety of information devices.

A notable feature of SmartCell, and an innovation in the marketplace, is its built-in communications capability, which not only enables remote diagnostics (to identity and remedy potential issues), but also allows all event notifications to be sent to mobile devices via a dedicated Chubb mobile app. This enables customers to have total visibility of their fire system performance, anytime and anywhere.

It is also Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) ready – enabling potential fire alarms to be remotely monitored by a third party, as well as having the ability not only to monitor fire but also floods and potential issues with heating/cooling systems.

Making maximum use of EMS’ technology, a market-leader in wireless and hybrid fire detection systems, Chubb has limited exclusive access to the SmartCell system for four months.

“With integrated signalling and intelligent cloud-based communications and notifications, the system offers users the ultimate convenience in accessing their fire safety information,” said Richard Drew, FD&A technical and product manager, Chubb. “Compact and with an aesthetically pleasing design, it is quick and simple to install. Its flexibility makes it a user-friendly, commercially-attractive solution for a wide variety of customers and applications.”

Whether as a business owner looking for a complete new system, retrofitting or expanding your existing system, SmartCell offers an easy to install, flexible solution. You can watch a video about the technology at https://bit.ly/2X6I7nV

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Shopping mall installs suppression solution 13/03/2020

Falk Ursinus, country manager Germany, Chubb Fire & Security, explains how the retail sector can benefit from bespoke, intelligent fire solutions.

About 91% of all retail sales last year were still transacted in physical stores and, despite the anticipated rapid growth of online shopping, more than 80% of all retail sales will likely still be done in actual physical stores in the year 2025, according to a Forbes article. The shopping mall’s bricks-and-mortar remains a key format for the traditional retailer and, therefore, commercial building managers need to remain ahead of the curve from a health and safety (and specifically, fire) perspective. The fire risks associated with crowds of people flowing through large-scale spaces can be heightened, underscoring the need to implement improved, effective fire systems to protect tenants, customers and staff alike. 

In addition to safety, the operational and cost efficiency of a shopping mall can be a high priority for developers and investors. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fire safety solutions and older buildings can present architectural challenges and demand specialized solutions. Therefore, fire safety solutions must not only be tailored and bespoke, but must also be cost-effective, compliant and efficient. 

One way to achieve this is through interfaced systems, which can offer clients a cost-effective solution for fire protection. By combining capabilities in detection and fire suppression systems, there can be faster response times while ensuring the safety of shoppers. As one of the best-known service providers of innovative fire safety and security solutions for business and organisations worldwide, Chubb works with many large retail chains across Europe, protecting customers and premises with essential systems, equipment and services. Its network of more than 20 monitoring centres worldwide provide dedicated 24/7 alarm monitoring services to monitor alarms and the status of systems, and ensure rapid response to any alarm activation.

The changing face of the urban landscape has created the need for creative and innovative solutions, unlike what’s been seen in more traditional structures. One such example of a daring architectural design that proved challenging for fire and security protection is the shopping mall CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany. Its size and abundance of open spaces, combined with the value of the contents of the 250+ shops, resulted in the need for a tailored fire safety solution to protect tenants and customers alike. CentrO’s fire safety requirements vary with the architectural features across the site including the unique, no-roof design in some parts of the mall which can present challenges for the fire safety strategy.

The customer needed rapid detection of any fire-related emergency, with quick activation of the fire suppression solution to protect both retail and leisure customers - and retail workers and assets.  

Chubb developed a bespoke solution to address CentrO’s needs that combined traditional water sprinklers with a high-pressure water mist system to protect the open-top areas of the shopping centre. At CentrO, wall mounted nozzles can discharge high pressure water mist into the entire area. The use of these side wall sprinkler nozzles is paramount to the protection of the open-top areas and cannot be found anywhere else in Europe.

A high pressure water mist systems uses significantly less water than traditional water-based sprinkler systems.  It is also ideal for both new and older buildings, as it complements the visual beauty and structural constraints that buildings like CentrO present. 

As with many retrofit projects, it was important not to disrupt the thousands of customers flowing through the mall throughout the day during the installation process. Therefore, all development work took place outside of opening hours. The unique shape and size of CentrO meant that carrying out this work could have been an arduous task, but by using scissor lifts and scaffolding, Chubb was able to safely install the necessary fire systems while maintaining business continuity. Chubb continues to service CentrO today. 

Retail centres come in all shapes and sizes and the requirements can differ greatly. In the UK, Chubb works with retail giant, Tesco, to service and maintain fire extinguishers and security systems across its United Kingdom stores and Tesco’s head office, as well as the fire extinguishers in the business’ distribution centres. Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer with over 2,600 stores and has worked with Chubb for a number of years. 

In addition to servicing and maintaining all of Tesco’s fire extinguishers and security systems in accordance with their Service Level Agreements (ensuring that service and maintenance of systems and equipment, as well as calls are responded to within specified periods of time), engineers also sign in and out of all site visits electronically, giving Tesco real-time visibility of engineer attendance as well as reassurance that systems are fully maintained. With the number of sites involved, good communication, collaboration and robust organisation are as essential as having a nationwide team of competent technicians to be on the client’s site as needed.

The challenges facing the fire industry are multi-faceted and ever-changing. However, with new fire detection and suppression technology backed by third party certifications and best practice guides for protecting buildings old and new, we now have the tools to protect occupants from fire – all while helping clients maintain their business continuity and keeping their customers, employees, assets and daring architecture safe.


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Families kept safe at Ronald McDonald House 10/12/2019

Chubb Fire & Security is providing the fire and security solutions for the latest Ronald McDonald House, part of a worldwide charity supporting over five million people with home-from-home accommodation for the families of sick children resident in hospital.

The house, which opens on 2 December, is run by Ronald McDonald Kinderfonds België and provides comfortable family accommodation close to local Brussels hospitals. Chubb installed a complete fire detection and security system that includes surveillance cameras and access control for the building to ensure the security and safety of families staying there. To enable ongoing security, Chubb will also carry out essential maintenance and servicing. Chubb is part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. 

“We are providing an essential environment for families with ill children, and an important aspect of this is providing a safe haven free of external distractions. We are thrilled to be working with Chubb Fire & Security, whose Belgium-based engineers worked tirelessly to provide a practical, integrated security solution,” said Katia De Greve, house manager at Ronald McDonald House Brussels.

“We have always admired the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities and their employees, providing vital relief from the day-to-day challenges of caring for ill children. Chubb has provided fire safety and security solutions to ensure the families feel safe and secure during these difficult times, and Chubb is proud to be part of this exciting project,” said Gino Ghilardi, managing director at Chubb Fire & Security Belgium.


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Chubb grows apprenticeship scheme 12/03/2019

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited employed more apprentices last year than in any previous year.

Expanding its apprenticeship programme to 28 new employees across many new disciplines, ranging from finance and IT to monitoring and project management, as part of an investment in the next generation of fire and security employees. Apprenticeships now span both office- and field-based opportunities, which has proven effective for increasing interest in the apprenticeship programme. Chubb is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. 

For more than 20 years Chubb has supported the next generation of fire and security engineers and in that time more than 400 employees have completed apprenticeships, with 64 currently in intermediate, advanced and higher-level programmes. 

Apprenticeship opportunities are posted on the Chubb UK job website on the Careers at Chubb page; interested parties can access job details and apply for a range of roles. For more information, visit www.chubb.co.uk.

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Further accreditation for Chubb Systems 08/01/2019

CHUBB SYSTEMS Limited has achieved the ISO 45001, a new global standard for occupational health and safety (H&S), designed to increase safety, prevent work-related injuries and improve employee health and well-being at work.

After an extensive audit conducted by Alcumus Isoquar, which is governed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, Chubb received official certification. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

To qualify for the standard, Chubb Systems worked extensively to improve all areas of H&S, including updating its management systems, culture and behaviours, and focusing on the physical health and well-being of its people. 

Graeme Heanan, managing director at Chubb Systems, said employee and customer safety is the business’ number one priority, “We have a world-class health and safety record, and meeting the ISO 45001 demonstrates our company’s commitment to proactive risk prevention, innovation and continual improvement – enabling us to grow as a business.”

This accreditation further recognises Chubb Systems’ ability, as a leading security systems integrator in critical national infrastructure sectors, to safely deliver leading-edge technology solutions in high-risk environments.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager, Chubb Systems, said implementing ISO 45001 has been challenging, but extremely worthwhile, “We must never become complacent about safety and the environment or lose sight of ensuring our customers safety.”

For more information, visit www.chubbsystems.co.uk

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Chubb's new Blackburn development 13/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new high-performance workspace in Blackburn.

The new building will house a total of 400 employees from Chubb and affiliates of Otis UK and Carrier Controls UK, and serve as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.

The development, which saw the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park, has resulted in a modern building for employees working in information technology, finance, supply chain and customer service. It is also the new home for two specific businesses of Chubb: Chubb Systems – which specialises in the most complex, enterprise-wide installations including critical infrastructure – and Chubb Community Care, including their research, development and engineering teams.


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Chubb Celebrates 200 years 16/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE and Security Limited is celebrating its 200-year anniversary with a renewed commitment to investment in innovation and customer service.

In 1818, two enterprising brothers, Charles and Jeremiah Chubb, invented the first and original secure lock mechanism – an innovation that started the security industry and cemented the brand’s focus on innovation, safety, security and customer peace of mind. Now, Chubb is a globally recognised fire and security service business, building on the legacy of its founding fathers, with advancements that continue to make its technology and service solutions essential in an ever-changing world.

 “We mark this milestone in appreciation of and to honour the legacy of our founders, who pioneered our entire industry. We’re very proud of our history and where we are today,” said Tracy Cordes, managing director, Chubb Fire & Security. “Our success and tremendous longevity is due to the hard work, talent and loyalty of our employees, who embody the spirit established by Charles and Jeremiah Chubb. That culture and customer commitment is just as important today as it was in the beginning of the 19th century.”
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Chubb secures award 13/08/2018

CHUBB FIRE & Security Limited has won the Fire Safety & Security award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its fire detection system at the Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering and the judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled.

The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led them to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotels’ main reception. It is a fully-zoned, addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated. A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased so at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.


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Chubb Installs CCTV for Council 01/06/2018

CHUBB FIRE and Security is helping Keswick Town Council to combat crime and reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre with the installation of a new high-definition CCTV system at The Moot Hall.

The Moot Hall, originally built in 1571, is a Grade II-listed building located at the southern end of the main street in Keswick town centre. It was identified by the council as the best location for a new CCTV system due to the number of crimes in Keswick tied to the market square.

Chubb has installed four high-definition CCTV cameras, positioning one camera on each of the corners of the building to maximise the coverage area. Designated Keswick Town Council employees can access the footage remotely at any time as required. Keswick Town Council Town Clerk Lynda Walker, said: “We selected Chubb as we have only ever heard good reviews and they were able to provide us with a high-quality and cost effective system.” 

For more information, visit www.chubb.co.uk.

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Chubb's tips to stay safe in winter conditions 14/03/2018

THE ONSET of winter bring added fire and security risks and Chubb Fire & Security Limited wants to help keep homes, families and their belongings safe and secure.

To help in the prevention of crime and the prevention, detection and containment of fire, Chubb offers this 12-point guide to staying safe next winter and during the festive period. 

“Incidents of domestic burglary are more common than many would think. By applying common sense and following our list of basic security precautions, we hope people and their properties are safer next winter,” said Jane Garland, marketing and communications, Chubb Fire & Security. 

“We also urge everyone to be mindful of the devastating effects a house fire can have,” Garland added. “With there being such a high percentage of fire-related fatalities happening in homes, it is critical that domestic fire safety is not overlooked. Installing a fire or smoke alarm is one of the easiest measures to prevent a potentially devastating incident from taking place.”

For more information, visit www.chubb.co.uk.

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