FireMate eyes UK growth following Halma acquisition


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In the year following its acquisition by industry conglomerate Halma plc, Fire industry asset management and software specialist FireMate has experienced rapid growth, and has now set its sights on further expansion in 2022-23, spurred by growing demand for its products resulting from changes in UK legislation and best practice.

The Australian business, which specialises in fire protection maintenance software and remote fire alarm management, and its UK subsidiary were acquired in 2020 as part of Halma’s ambition to offer a full spectrum of fire systems and services through its various subsidiaries, including Ampac, Apollo, Advanced, FFE and Hyfire.

FireMate is now seeking to capitalise on the rapid evolution of the UK marketplace, where the Fire Safety Act 2021 and PAS 9980 have placed onerous new obligations on fire installers, building owners and Responsible Persons (RPs), especially in the multi-unit residential sector.

Rob Thomas, Managing Director of FireMate, explained: “The UK market is going through a challenging period of adjustment, yet it is also exciting as we already have a stable of products that can help to meet the challenges presented by changes to legislation, regulation and best practice.

“In particular, our products allow FireMate clients to effectively keep track of fire system maintenance and testing while simultaneously creating a digital record of all actions, from routine service activities and defect management to invoicing and compliance reporting.”

Thomas added: “While many of the new rules in the UK have been driven by the Grenfell fire, many of them are sensible and logical developments that take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology.

“When regulations become more complex and their fulfilment becomes a fundamental legal requirement, the old ways are no longer fit for purpose. RPs need a way to monitor all fire system maintenance, and keep track, often from an office hundreds of miles away. This is an opportunity for FireMate, but also a welcome discovery for many of our clients and end users.”

Founded in Australia, FireMate was established to fulfil a pressing, and often legally mandated, requirement for enhanced asset management, monitoring and reporting in the fire sector. Developed by industry experts the company’s fire protection maintenance software and remote fire alarm management represent a seismic change in the approach taken by many fire installers and their clients, giving them greater oversight, awareness and reassurance than ever before.

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