Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport
Hilton Hotel has a head start in safety
Clarity of message in a fire emergency was required, especially as employee numbers are high at the Guildhall. “Once you’ve done your roll call and 2000 members disperse, how do you get them to come back to the Guildhall when it is safe to do so?” asks Paul Roberts, Health and Safety Manager of the City of London Corporation.
There was also another issue. “The City of London has used DMS in its Victorian pipe subways/cable tunnels,” says Terence Short, Principal Fire Safety Advisor for the CoLC. “We have a fire detection system in there, but there was no way of releasing that signal to a control room to alert people to a fire unless they were in the pipe subway itself.”
Paul explains how DMS has helped. “By pressing a button on our fire alarm system using the technology from the DMS, we can send a text message to all our staff saying that Guildhall is safe, please return as soon as possible.”
“With the pipe subways,” continues Terence, “Fireco delivered a solution with DMS to send that signal to our Central Control Room which is manned 24 hours a day.”
Paul adds, “DMS has been instrumental in allowing us to communicate with up to 2000 staff members at any one time, and helping them move to their designated safe area as soon as possible.”