Fire Rover On-Watch System

For an ever-changing outdoor facility or a shifting workface, Fire Rover On-Watch is the ideal detection solution.

Fire Rover On-Watch is a trailer-mounted Thermal Fire Detection unit, and powered by Battery, Solar  and Wind Power.  Operating independent of onsite services, it can be quickly and easily relocated to a vantage point over any target area of risk.  Simply attach the trailer to a towbar, drive it to its new position, set it up, and there you have it – a fully-operational, self-contained and effective detection system.

This is ideal for any remote application where installing a hard-wired or fixed system isn’t practical, including:

      • Landfill Pits
      • Open Storage/Processing Yards
      • Remote HWRC Facilities
      • Dockside Loading Areas
      • Train Terminals


Key Features

Fire Rover On-Watch comes with several key benefits:

      • Thermal Fire Detection – recognised throughout the industry as an effective detection technology for nearly all applications
      • Trailer-Mounted and Portable – ensure protection when and where it is needed most
      • Monitored by Trained Fire Rover Operators – visual verification to prevent false alarms
      • Battery Powered Unit – self-contained unit for remote applications
      • Charged by Solar Panels & Wind Turbine – powered by the environment

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Nimbus Fire Alarm Notification System

Picture the scene…

It’s 2.45am, and you’ve just received a notification from your Fire Alarm Monitoring Centre, that the fire alarm has gone off at your premises.

As usual, that’s all the ARC can tell you.  Until you get to site, you won’t know what zone has activated.  Or what device has activated.  Or even if there has been multiple devices activated.  You won’t know all the information which will help you understand whether there is a real fire, or just a false alarm.

Rushing to get to work, you’re wondering – why is this still the case in the 21st Century?

Relax – we’ve got the solution.


Connecting your Fire Alarm to the 21st Century

With everything from your heating to your refrigerator connected to the internet, it’s about time your fire alarm was too, with our fire alarm notification app.

Our new partnership with Nimbus means you can connect almost any fire alarm system to a dedicated cloud portal and iPhone/Android App.

This provides you with the following benefits:

Nimbus Notify:

  • Receive detailed information about any fire alarm activity to your phone, via our fire alarm notification app.
  • Customisable alerts for different users, including details such as the device number, device name, device type (i.e. call point or smoke detector) and the zone.
  • When an event is cleared, you can log the cause of the alarm (i.e. welding fumes) to be able to track common false alarm reasons at your premises.

Nimbus Weekly Test

  • Fire alarm weekly testing can be carried out and recorded in Nimbus – cutting out the paper based logbook and ensuring you have the records to provide to your insurer if ever requested.
  • Also – Annual maintenance of the fire alarm can be monitored in Nimbus, ensuring all devices on your system are properly serviced every year, and nothing is missed out.


So how does Nimbus actually work?

Simply put, an addressable fire alarm control panel has its own internal ‘computer’.  As such almost all addressable fire alarm control panels (see list below) will have the ability to output their data across a range of ports and ‘languages’, such as RS232.

We wire a link from these ports into the Nimbus Gateway, located beside your fire alarm panel.  Depending on the panel type, we’ll sometimes need to install additional interface/BMS cards between the panel and Nimbus, to ensure the data is correctly shared.  Nimbus then translates the data from these ports into a format you and I can understand – just as it displays on your fire alarm screen.

The information is relayed to the Nimbus cloud servers, which pushes the information out to your phone or email notifications.

The Nimbus Gateway contains a SIM card, allowing it to transmit its data over the mobile network.

We can also connect Nimbus to your site LAN internet connection – particularly in areas where the mobile signal is not very good.


How easy is it to retrofit Nimbus to my Fire Alarm System?

Nimbus is generally a quick and simple upgrade for your fire alarm system.

Our Nimbus Gateway will be housed in a dedicated PSU (Power Supply Unit) with battery backup.  This will need a 230v power supply, although if we’re locating the Gateway beside your fire alarm panel we may be able to use the supply that’s already there.

If we’re just running Nimbus on cellular data via the built-in SIM card then we’ll not need any other connections from you.

If we’re installing a backup LAN internet connection from your site networks, then we’ll need a RJ45 network socket beside the Nimbus Gateway.  You’ll also have to open some specific ports on your router (we’ll provide you with the details to pass to your technical team) in order to allow data to flow out.

Once the Gateway is installed, wired into your fire alarm panel and connected to the internet, we’ll take a fire alarm panel download and put that onto your Nimbus Cloud Portal – this will link the data from the panel with the data on the cloud.

After that, your Blazequel account manager will assist you with setting up your Nimbus users, alerts and notifications – You’re good to go!


Question – What Fire Alarm Systems can you connect Nimbus to?

Answer – almost any addressable fire alarm control panel, including:

  • Advanced
  • Kentec
  • Fike
  • Ziton
  • EMS
  • Hyfire
  • C-TEC
  • Electro-Detectors
  • Honeywell
  • Gent
  • Notifier
  • Siemens

Conventional Panels can be linked to our Nimbus remote fire alarm notification system, but the information you can get from a conventional system is very limited – so it may not achieve your desired outcome.

Most panels by the above manufacturers will work with our Nimbus system.  However, if you’re not sure whether your panel will be compatible, then just email us a photo of your panel and we can check it out for you!


Who is Nimbus suited to?

Nimbus is ideal for a multitude of different users:

Keyholders –

Keyholders who may receive a call out-of-hours from your Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) find Nimbus helpful, as they are able to obtain all the information about a fire alarm activation remotely.  Picture yourself in the scenario described above…. Now with Nimbus you know exactly what you’re going to site to look at.

Multi-Location Companies –

Those responsible for the fire alarm systems at a company with multiple geographical locations (or even just multiple separate buildings on the same estate) can now monitor and manage fire alarms, faults and notifications from any location.

Compliance Managers –

You are able to ensure that the systems you’re responsible for are fully maintained and fault-free – ensuring nothing slips through the net, and you are compliant with the terms of your insurance policy.

Access Control

What is Access Control?

Access control refers to the selective restriction of access to a place or other resource.  In other words, a system or procedure that controls who can enter the premises or an area, and prevents the entry of unauthorised individuals.

Instead of the old lock and key method, access control electronically secures your building, allowing you to say who has access, when they have access, and where they can go.  The most commonly involve keypads, tokens and readers.

Common System Types

Standalone System

This is when all the information is housed in the keypad or reader.  It is the most cost-effective way to implement a single-door system, and can be used with automatic proximity readers, the cheap but effective swipe cards, or the traditional keypad system.

They often control access to a single door, and do not require any networking to additional devices (unlike PC-based systems), meaning they are reasonably simple and un-disruptive to install.  This system is ideal for low-security installations or for small to medium sized premises.

PC-Based Systems

Also know as a ‘networked’ system, this means that all devices for an entire building is controlled through a central PC platform.  This allows for much more flexibility and control over movement in the building, and allows specific persons to be given access based on their roles and responsibilities.

Access capabilities can be adapted instantaneously if onetime access is required, and the use of a singe device can be entirely blocked in the case of suspected theft or malicious intent.  These systems are typically much more disruptive to install due to the requirement to network the devices to a PC.

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Fire Rover Cannon System

A remotely-controlled detection and suppression system, which already has over 1000 fire-saves on record.

What is Fire Rover?

Fire Rover was conceived specifically for the waste & recycling sector and is the ideal solution for almost any high-risk facility / operation.

Fire Rover uses Thermal Fire Detection and  Video Smoke Detection for early-warning of a developing fire risk.  Any alarms detected are immediately viewed by our remote human operators – eliminating the risk of false alarms from disrupting your operations.

If a genuine fire is detected, our Fire Rover remote operators can activate our foam/water cannons and start to fight the fire – whilst notifying the site operators and Fire & Rescue Service.


Why is Fire Rover unique?

Fire Rover is monitored, controlled and operated by trained and experienced operators in a network of remote monitoring stations.  This is key to the systems unparalleled flexibility and accuracy.

Operations at recycling facilities create continual potential false alarm sources for fire detection systems.  Hot vehicle/plant exhausts, dust and steam can all trigger false alarms.

With Fire Rover, these alarms are inspected by our human remote operators – this means that we filter out these incidents, preventing it from ever disrupting your site operations.

They can then take one of 3 steps:

  1. False Alarm – Cancel the alert, reset the system. No site disruption.
  2. Unsure – Contact the site directly and warn them of a potential threat requiring further investigation immediately.
  3. Active Fire or Hotspot – Activate the Onsite Fire Alarm to trigger a site evacuation, call the local Fire Brigade, contact personnel onsite, and actively fight the fire.

After every fire incident, a full system report and video be produced and made available.


Why is Fire Rover so suited to Waste & Recycling Applications?

Fire Rover has a number of key features making it ideal for Waste & Recycling applications:

  1. Compact, self-contained system foam supply container – removing requirement for a large pump, tank and water supply.
  2. Targeted application of extinguishing agent via remotely-controlled cannon – suppression goes where it needs to go.
  3. Combined Thermal Imaging and Video Smoke Detection (depending on your application).  This provides the most advanced early-warning possible for harsh and dirty environments.  Plus you’ll never get false alarms, with our remote operators verifying each alert received.
  4. Visual verification of any detection activation – provides a ‘filter’ against false alarms, thereby reducing operational disruption
  5. Remote maintenance of the system on daily/weekly basis – ensuring your system is always ready for operation in the moment of need.



Please see below links to some videos in our video portal of the system in action:

Video 1 – Process Line & Bunker Fire

Video 2 –Waste Truck Fire

Video 3 – Large Waste Pile & Lithium-ion Battery Fire


Lockdown Systems for Schools

What is Lockdown?

Lockdown means the ability to secure all areas of a building against a potential threat.  Many view school lockdown procedures as a line of defence against an intruder with malicious intent.  Whilst this is true, there are many other reasons lockdown may be required.  These include:

  • A reported incident / civil disturbance in the local community (with the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils in the school);
  • An intruder on the school site or in the premises (with the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils);
  • A warning being received regarding a risk locally, of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc);
  • The close proximity of a dangerous animal.

How does it operate?

School lockdown systems are designed to close and lock all external doors, usually via a network of electro-magnets although other locking systems can be used.  In addition, internal doors can be included in the system in case the intruder has already entered the building.

Every lockdown system is unique, and customised to your own school facility and activities/procedures onsite.

What to do in a Lockdown?

This largely depends upon the nature and layout of your facility, and the potential risks you perceive onsite.  Typical actions in a school lockdown situation will include:

  • Alerting staff to the activation of the school lockdown plan by a recognised signal, audible throughout the school,
  • Bringing pupils from outside into the school buildings as quickly as possible,
  • Locking all external doors and windows as necessary,
  • Having arrangements for staff to notify the school office of any pupils not accounted for.

Communicating During a Lockdown

During a school lockdown, one of the most important things to consider is good communication.  Uncertainly can bring out the most irrational and unpredictable aspects of human nature, whilst also delaying a correct response to the incident.  That’s why it’s essential to consider the following points:

  • Training, so that everyone understands their role in a school lockdown situation to prevent unnecessary panic.
  • Communication with all staff during the event. Consider a paging system, or an instant messaging group such as WhatsApp for keeping everyone informed.
  • Communication with Emergency Services if required. Have a designated procedure/personnel for this task.
  • Communication with Parents/Guardians, to keep them informed and avoid them coming to the school during the incident.
  • Surrey County Council have issued some helpful advice on this latter point –

Choosing / implementing your own School Lockdown alarm system

This partially depends upon the nature of the systems you already have onsite, your available budget and whether you’re looking at protecting a brand new school build or new system fit out, or trying to achieve the best possible result with the systems you already have onsite.

REMEMBER – there are no set rules for school lockdown systems.  It is a matter of finding out what is best for your facility.  Choose an experienced and versatile partner who can help you find the best solution for your own specific requirements.

Raising the Alarm:

Firstly, remember that your School Lockdown Alarm is a more unique and application-specific solution than your fire alarm system, and you don’t have a set ‘code’ of rules to comply to.  Typically, your lockdown alarm will be activated manually by points close to the main entrance doors.

Start off by looking at your site security strategy and the building layout.  If the only place that an unauthorised person can gain access into your school during teaching hours is via the main reception, then you should have a manual ‘lockdown activation’ switch there, and possibly also in the staffroom and headteachers office.

If your facility is comprised of multiple separate buildings, you may also need additional manual ‘lockdown activation’ devices in these areas.  Alternatively, what is the procedure for staff to contact the main reception / security office in an emergency requiring a full school lockdown?

Additionally, you need to be able to avoid false school lockdown alarms by malicious or accidental activation.  For this reason, we recommend keeping your lockdown activation points with in staff-only areas, or using a key-activated type call point unit (with all staff carrying the key) to help prevent false alarms.

Alarm Types / Tones

There are a wide range of options for raising the school lockdown alarm which we’ll cover below, but first you need to consider these points:

  1. Is your lockdown alarm tone sufficiently different from the Fire Alarm or Class Change systems?
  2. If not, would proper staff training ensure that they can accurately distinguish between the different alarm sounds?
  3. Will the students within your school be with staff supervision at all times? If not, (i.e. college environment) then your alarm tone must be sufficiently different that everyone can understand it.  Preferably, a voice alarm or tannoy message with additional instructions would provide the best solution in this application.
  4. Depending upon the complexity of your site, do you need to have precautions on your final exit doors (i.e. door isolations / illuminated signage) to ensure an intruder cannot enter the building via deliberate or accidental assistance from inside?

Fire alarm / Class change system (with a different bell sound);

  • This is usually one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve the lockdown alarm.
  • Depending upon the type of systems you already have, it may be possible to use the existing alarm / bell infrastructure to sound a different type of alarm (pulsing vs. continuous) to signify a lockdown situation.
  • If using this route, staff training is essential to ensure they can accurately distinguish between the two alarms and react accordingly. Consider the points noted above to ensure that this solution is a viable option for your facility.

Voice Alarms (sounders/speaker system that can deliver different pre-recorded messages);

  • Voice alarms are one of the best ways of clearly delivering specific messages for specific alarm types. With multiple message alerts available on a single system, voice alarms can deliver different alerts for lockdown, fire alarm and any other requirement.

Illuminated warning signage over exit doors (Visual Alarm Devices);

  • A great solution to warn people inside, not to evacuate the building or open the doors to people outside during the lockdown duration.
  • Illuminated warning signage over the exit doors
  • Scrolling message board

Onsite Tannoy System;

  • Some of these systems can be equipped with pre-recorded messages. An electronic input from your school lockdown control system can trigger these messages / tones to play in the event of an emergency.
  • A tannoy system is also a great way to make site-wide announcements during a lockdown to keep everyone informed.

Paging System;

  • This is great way to communicate messages to staff members throughout the facility, allowing them to then implement the schools lockdown procedure.
  • This technique may be a good alternative to raising a general alarm in applications where a lockdown alarm could cause unnecessary distress to your students.

Security system door isolation, to prevent unauthorised admission of an intruder from inside;

  • One of the biggest concerns during a school lockdown, is the accidental or malicious admission of an intruder into the building via one of the exit doors.
  • This is particularly a concern if there is a risk of persons misinterpreting the lockdown alarm for a fire alarm, causing an evacuation to the external assembly point.
  • Your access control system may be able to isolate the final exit doors around your school, to prevent them from being opened during a lockdown.

Security systems to isolate the reception and waiting areas from the rest of the school;

  • The most obvious place for a potential intruder to enter your school building is through the front door. Having a reception and greeting area which is isolated from the rest of the school building is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent unauthorised access into other areas.
  • A simple code or keyfob operated door lock is an ideal solution for these areas.

Fire Alarm VS Lockdown Alarm

The two alarms have completely opposite meanings:

  • If your school is in lockdown, everyone is supposed to stay inside with the windows and doors locked.
  • If the fire alarm is activated, everyone is supposed to evacuate to an central external assembly point.

Evacuating the building means exposing yourself to the intruder!  Staying in the building means potentially running the gauntlet with fire!  So how do you find any middle ground?

The concern of course is, that the fire alarm system could be used maliciously – evacuating the building during a lockdown, and forcing persons into a potentially harmful or dangerous situation.  However, is it safe or practical to ignore a fire alarm?

How to react to a simultaneous alarm activation

This is a complex issue, which can largely depend upon your facilities layout, the systems/procedures you are using for your lockdown and the fire alarm system itself.  It may be possible to;

  1. Totally isolate the fire alarm sounders during a lockdown, but have a manual fire-watch in place
  2. Isolate the manual call points during a lockdown, to reduce the chances of a malicious evacuation.
  3. Have a ‘stay put’ strategy during a lockdown, regardless of fire alarm activations. This would require a very well-considered safety plan, liaison with the fire service, and absolute confidence in the passive fire protection of your facility.
  4. Have a policy to delay evacuation for 60 seconds in the event of a fire alarm activation while lockdown is in action. This would allow time for an announcement over the tannoy to alert everyone whether they should evacuate or not

Whatever procedure is in place, every responsible person must be aware and trained in what to do, otherwise the resulting confusion could cause a potentially harmful and dangerous situation occurring.

Useful Resources

NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) guide on lockdown procedures.

Download NaCTSO Guide Here

We would also recommend that you download the Central Bedfordshire Council’s guide “Lockdown Procedures, Guidance to schools and academies – (November 2013)”.  This document provides some useful guidance on creating your own lockdown strategy.

Download CBC School Lockdown Guide Here

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Ember Detection

Detect fire and hot particles on conveyors and process lines

Process lines are high risk.  Within minutes, a tiny fire or hot particle could have travelled all the way through your plant, setting fire to other items on its way.

Waste recycling has one of the highest risk types of process line, although sectors such as Coal, Biomass and Manufacturing (even industrial food production) all have high-risk process conveyors.  Ember/Spark detection is the most suitable solution for the protection of these area.

Contact Blazequel for free advice on how best to protect your facility.

Ancillary Supplies & Equipment

If you need any fire safety parts, signage, cabinets or equipment, please contact us today.  Our extensive range covers a huge variety of fire safety equipment, much of it available on next day delivery.

Please send us an email using the form below, or call the team on 01234 357357 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Nurse Call Systems

Blazequel supply, install and maintain a wide range of high quality nurse call systems and devices, offering total solutions for a wide range of applications. From our powerful conventional systems, offering an efficient solution to meet every budget, right through to the most advanced addressable call systems the industry has to offer, Blazequel can do it all!

Bespoke requirements, such as panic attack fobs for staff protection, surgery call signs and disabled toilet alarms can be interfaced into the main system, with an even more advanced range of motion and behaviour sensors for the mental health sector.

Other options available include directional emergency lighting and alternative forms of alerting patients, such as flashing beacons, paging machines and vibrating under pillow pads for hard of hearing patients.

Conventional Call Systems

In its simplest form, the Blazequel Conventional Call System:

  • Allows the general public, a member of staff or a patient to call for assistance;
  • Confirms that the call has got through;
  • Makes sure the caller is visited; and, if required;
  • Allows extra or more urgent assistance to be summoned using an optional ‘emergency’ call facility.

However, the unrivalled flexibility and versatility of the 800 Series Call System means it can also be used to:

  • Inform staff that someone is being attacked via an optional infrared  ‘staff attack’ facility.
  • Monitor storage cupboards, cash offices and stock rooms for unauthorised  access.
  • Monitor doorbells, telephones and machinery for activation or failure.
  • Send notification of calls to hand-held paging equipment.
  • It a very powerful and flexible system, and will support up to 90 individual zones!

A huge range of devices for a extensive range of applications can be included in these systems, which are designed to fit inside your requirements.

Addressable Call Systems

Blazequel`s most efficient access control system, Quantec is a powerful yet easy to use call system that helps ensure vital communication throughout a building. In environments where efficiency is paramount, Quantec delivers, helping save staff time, minimising disturbance and improving the quality of patient, customer and/or employee care.

Recently updated to include a host of new features, the way the system operates can be tailored to suit a care facility’s specific requirements. For example, different day, night and call divert arrangements can be easily accommodated to meet the exact operational needs and precise layout of any building.

This flexibility, coupled with many other advanced features such as multiple call levels, free built-in datalogging, simple system reprogramming and full monitoring of all network devices, makes Quantec the obvious choice for nursing homes, hospitals, health centres and many other private and public sector establishments.

Key features:

  • Multiple call levels – including Standard, Ensuite, Help Required, Emergency, Attack, Presence & Attendance
  • Wide range of system components – including programmable call points, ceiling pulls, monitoring points, displays, infrared ceiling receivers, radio receivers, staff attack transmitters and neck pendants (now with User ID), overdoor lights and sounders
  • Flexible call routing – Quantec can be tailored to suit a site’s exact operational requirements, whatever they may be
  • Call accept – Saves valuable time by preventing more than one member of staff responding to the same call
  • Automatic call divert – Transfers any unanswered calls to other areas to ensure they are responded to within a pre-determined time
  • Follow-me lights – Illuminates overdoor lights and corridor lights in sequence to visually guide staff to the source of a call
  • Staff presence – Helps managers, matrons and carers locate their colleagues by showing where they are working
  • Call follower sounders – Informs staff that other calls are waiting by sounding a soft tone in all occupied rooms (optional)
  • Night mode – Allows Quantec to work in a totally different way at night, providing for fewer staff and reduced sound levels
  • Infrared staff protection – Quantec’s optional infrared security transmitters can help protect staff against disturbed patients, intruders and aggressive visitors
  • ‘Surveyor’ data analysis software – Allows managers to output custom reports on longest calls, busiest shifts, most visited rooms, etc., to a desktop PC
  • Optional paging facilities – Optional alphanumeric and tone-only paging facilities available for carers on the move (DECT telephone capability also available)
  • Device monitoring – Quantec constantly supervises all network devices and informs you of any problems, reducing maintenance time and costs
  • Laptop programmable system controller – Allows Quantec to adapt to your changing requirements with no expensive rewiring, no mess and no fuss
  • Easy to install & expand -Quantec’s ‘two wire’ data transfer system makes it ideal for new and established sites where existing wiring can often be utilised
  • Universal programming devices – Allows optional third-party switch assemblies to be interfaced to Quantec for optional compliance with HTM 08-03
  • Tried, trusted & respected – From large NHS trusts to renowned nursing home groups, Quantec is specified by some of the UK’s most prestigious care providers

Easy to use

From the moment Quantec is up-and-running, you will begin to reap the benefits of the most advanced, versatile and affordable call system on the market.  Quantec’s easy-to-read backlit displays show the precise location of all relevant incoming calls and indicate their presence via a gentle unobtrusive alarm tone. Should you visit a room only to find additional assistance is required, simply reach across to the nearest call point to make a ‘help required’ or ‘emergency’ call. Quantec will prioritise your call, show it on all relevant displays and indicate its higher priority with a more urgent alarm tone easily recognisable by fellow staff.

Clear & concise

To say Quantec is easy to use is an understatement. Despite its many features, it is one of the easiest to use call systems ever manufactured. Calls can be made from a variety of devices including tail call leads, ceiling pulls and pressure pads, each designed to suit different levels of patient dexterity. Once triggered, calls are reset at the room from which they were made via a button or magnetic reset key. A confidence light on the bedhead reassures patients that calls have been registered, and for those prone to wander, door monitoring points and portable movement detectors can provide added protection.

A priceless asset

Quantec’s unparalleled reliability and feature-rich devices will combine to make your premises more cost-efficient and allow you to provide the highest standards of modern patient care. The system exceeds current registration requirements in all areas with features such as staff presence, call accept and automatic call divert all provided as standard. From large NHS trusts to renowned nursing home groups, Quantec is specified by some of the UK’s most prestigious care providers, all of whom are benefiting from the UK’s most versatile call system.

Nurse Call

Disabled Refuge Systems

Disabled refuge alarm systems are designed to provide robust fire resistant audio communication between the Fire Service or any person involved with the rescue operation, and wheelchair-bound persons who may be trapped on upper floor levels in a fire situation.

The system comprises a main control station with integral telephone and outstations which are strategically positioned within each refuge area – typically adjacent to staircases on upper floor levels.

During an evacuation, wheelchair users can call for assistance from the nearest available outstation. At the main control unit, the person responding can identify the respective outstation location via the LCD readout and communicate with the caller, determining where assistance is required the most, and assuring the caller that assistance is on it`s way.

Disabled refuge alarm systems are normally required to satisfy Building and Disability Discrimination Act regulations in new buildings.