British fire detection technology manufactured by Apollo Fire Detectors has been chosen to protect the Ministry of Finance Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The project to upgrade the building’s fire detection system was awarded to Telectron, who have operated in the UAE for 35 years.
The Ministry of Finance is responsible for ensuring best use of federal government resources through effective financial management and implementation of fiscal policies. It comprises 14 departments and employs hundreds of staff. This presented Telectron with a major challenge: the fire detection upgrade – which included totally rewiring the system – had to be undertaken while the building was fully occupied and without causing any disruption to the work of the Ministry.
Telectron’s engineers therefore worked flexibly in shifts, depending on the type of work that was to be carried out. For example, any ceiling work was only undertaken outside office hours. Work in other areas was scheduled to fit with the accessibility available around the Ministry’s normal operations.
Telectron successfully completed the installation at the end of 2009. The new fire detection system provides comprehensive protection over all ten floors of the Ministry’s headquarters and comprises approximately 750 Apollo XP95 devices arranged over seven loops. The system is controlled using Advanced Electronics control panels and it interfaces with critical equipment such as lifts, air conditioning and pressurised fans. It was handed over to the client with full Civil Defense approval.