Simpson Electrical

The contract – replacement of aging fire panels

Electrical contractors Simpson Electrical were looking for a fire alarm company to partner with as they had won a prestigious yet challenging contract to replace the existing panels at a large educational provider in East Sussex.

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The Solution – intelligent design and installation of new fire panel system

The solution included a design compliant with BS and it had to meet the technical and commercial needs of the client. Importantly, it had to be designed quickly, imaginatively and it had to be installed in a limited timescale at a time of year when resource traditionally is at its lowest.   

The multi-site establishment has 27 buildings, of which 17 are on the main site networked together using fibre optic cable and the panels on the main site were in excess of 10 years old and no longer available.

We designed a replacement system using Advanced Electronic fire panels linked via the use of fibre optic cables. We ensured that the panels were programmed with phased evacuation so as not to disturb the complete site should an incident be detected.

Outcome – successful installation

All of the panels were successfully installed over the Christmas holidays with the existing field devices being connected back onto the new panels and all within the agreed time constraints.

The future – an effective maintenance solution

The client’s fire system is now on Lightning Fire’s Customer Management Portal (CMP). Via the secure login, the client can view all the individual assets that make up their fire system. They can see the maintenance schedule, progress of projects in real-time, request jobs, and access all of their asset management history and advanced reports. Compliance and service transparency in one place.


‘After an exhaustive selection process we appointed Lightning Fire to look after our mixed portfolio of properties ranging from listed Victorian buildings to 21st century state-of-the-art structures. It’s challenging job but one which Lightning have begun with considerable aplomb’.