Intelligent fire panel installed in Scottish historic mansion

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“The Advanced MxPro 5 is our panel of choice,” says Safe Services engineer

Fire protection solutions manufacturer Advanced has installed an intelligent fire panel with wireless detection to protect a historic mansion house and estate in Scotland.

An Advanced MxPro 5 analogue addressable fire panel has been installed in Wedderlie House, providing comprehensive protection.

The system covers the entire house, which required Category L2 coverage due to its use as wedding accommodation.

Wedderlie House, located in the parish of Westruther, features a fortified tower from the late 16th century, with a larger house added in 1680.

The late 17th-century addition has rough-cast walls, expanding the building further with the Renaissance House.

Installation and technical details

Fire and security service providers Safe Services installed the Advanced MxPro 5 four-loop analogue addressable fire panel, incorporating 86 devices on the loop.

Due to the building’s age and construction, installing cabling without damaging the property was impossible.

Thus, the Advanced panel was integrated with EMS Firecell wireless devices.

Graeme Millar, Fire Technical Sales Engineer at Safe Services, said: “We were responsible for the installation, commissioning, verification and handover of the system, and will also be conducting ongoing maintenance.

“The age and construction of Wedderlie House could have been a real challenge but being able to integrate the Advanced panel with wireless EMS Firecell detection made it far more straightforward.

“We have several sites with the same combination, and we know the Advanced MxPro 5 works well with EMS equipment.

“The Advanced MxPro 5 is our panel of choice as it’s a trusted and reliable panel with our design and installation teams.”

Advantages of wireless fire panels

Neil Parkin, Sales Manager at Advanced, highlighted the benefits of their wireless fire panels: “Our open-protocol MxPro 5 panels allow installers to select the most suitable device range to suit the needs of each site.

“They are designed to make life as easy as possible, delivering robust protection that offers real peace of mind, all backed up by our highly rated technical support.

“Opting for wireless equipment is ideal for historic sites like Wedderlie House, where cabling can be trickier to install and visually unappealing.

“Add to that the time and cost benefits they provide to installers, and it is a great choice in multiple scenarios both large and small.”

The MxPro 5 panel is certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard, offering a choice of leading detector protocols and an open installer network.

It can be used in single-loop, single-panel format or configured into networks of up to 200 panels covering large areas.

Features and benefits of the MxPro 5

The MxPro 5 panel’s wireless capabilities make it easy to install robust fire alarm systems while saving time, cost, and reducing disruption.

Wireless solutions are faster and cheaper to install, making them a popular alternative for sites where downtime is not an option.

With two-way communication, battery replacement and fault reporting can be integrated into the maintenance schedule via the panel service tools.

The MxPro 5 also offers advanced false alarm management with AlarmCalm, allowing precise control of verification and investigation delays.

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