First Great Western Trains Use Apollo Fire Detectors

Travellers on First Great Western trains from Penzance to Paddington can sleep safely knowing that they are being protected by world class fire detection technology from Apollo.

First Great Western Trains use Apollo Fire Detectors

First Great Western Trains use Apollo Fire Detectors

The sleeper service runs six days per week throughout the year, so reliability is a critical factor. Every component on the train, including the fire detectors, must withstand the rigours of travelling more than 95,000 miles every year.

David Cooke, Depot Engineering Technician for First Great Western, says: “Apollo fire detectors were first used on the sleeper carriages in the late 1980s, so we have first-hand experience of how reliable they are. When the interiors of the Night Riviera carriages were being refreshed we also reviewed the fire detection. The existing Apollo devices were still working well and we could have replaced them gradually, but we ultimately decided to change them in one go to coincide with the upgrade and to ensure our passengers and rolling stock were getting the best available protection.”

The fire system upgrade involved the installation of 130 Apollo Series 65 conventional smoke detectors as well as aspirating smoke detection on all ten Night Riviera carriages.

Ionisation smoke detectors are fitted in every berth and in the ducts, with optical smoke detectors providing protection in the communal areas. Each carriage has its own control panel to record fault and alarm signals, but the signals can also be conveyed from carriage to carriage. An alarm condition triggers audible warnings and a series of LED indicators.

Each fire panel clearly shows whether an alert has been triggered by a fault or a potential hazard and whether the incident has arisen in that particular carriage or in an adjacent carriage. An alarm condition will also automatically close the two internal fire doors within the carriage, enabling any genuine fire incident to be contained and guiding passengers away from the source.

Andy Haynes of Apollo’s Technical Sales team assisted with the system design. He says: “It’s certainly an unusual application but all our products undergo rigorous in-house testing and meet all major international standards, so we are confident that our fire detectors will provide First Great Western and its passengers with many years – and many miles – of reliable protection.”


Apollo XP95 Intelligent Smoke and Flame Detectors Protect Equinix Datacentre in Amsterdam

Apollo intelligent fire detectors have been installed to protect a new datacentre in Amsterdam operated by Equinix, a global supplier of data co-location, interconnection, support and monitoring services. Hi-Safe Systems, one of Apollo’s representatives in the Netherlands, won the contract to supply and install the comprehensive fire protection and suppression system.

Apollo XP95 smoke and flame detector

Apollo XP95 smoke and flame detector

Equinix offers data support and core internet infrastructure to more than 300 networks and 2,000 customers worldwide. Some of the world’s leading companies are among its customers, including Google, IBM, PayPal and YouTube. The new datacentre in Amsterdam will not only house the multi-million pounds worth of equipment necessary to support this level of data transfer, but will also provide office space for up to 50 Equinix staff, plus some of its customers. Ensuring that its premises are protected from any risk of fire is therefore critical.

To meet these requirements, Hi-Safe supplied an intelligent fire detection system that includes around 400 Apollo XP95 smoke and flame detectors and 160 inert extinguishing cylinders with distribution valves.  In addition to a central control panel, each of the 10 data suites has its own extinguishing panel. If any two fire detectors in a given location raise an alarm, the central control panel signals the appropriate extinguishing panel to trigger warnings and discharge inert gas.

A special requirement of the project was to ensure that the fire detectors located in the office areas do not detract from the décor. As the datacentre has very modern offices with black ceilings and sophisticated lighting, white detectors would have looked very out of place. Apollo was able to supply its devices with specially coloured black casings to match the office interiors.

Hans den Boer, Managing Director, Hi-Safe Systems comments: “We have worked closely with Apollo since the 1980s and have a very good understanding of its product range. The XP95 intelligent fire detectors met all the criteria for this project because they offer proven reliability in the field and have a unique addressing mechanism that enables the seat of any fire to be pinpointed. In addition, we were able to go the extra mile for the customer and offer colour co-ordinated devices so that the aesthetics of the building were not compromised.”