Voice sounders chosen for busy high school

A fire safety system upgrade at Harwich and Dovercourt High School, a mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status serving more than 1,200 students, has 110 Vimpex fire-cryer voice sounders at its heart to help protect students and staff.

This extensive fire safety system upgrade, installed by life safety systems specialists Anglia Fire Protection, comprises 24 Vimpex wall-mounted fire-cryer and 86 high output midi fire-cryer voice sounders, with custom-built voice message controllers built to the customer’s specification.

Such a busy, multi-use facility as a senior school demands a bespoke evacuation and warning system solution. Vimpex’s fire-cryer voice sounders can be programmed to produce bespoke messages and tones specifically designed for the educational environment. Vimpex’s fire-cryer is the only voice sounder system available with a range of discreet ceiling-mounted voice sounders through to high output IP66 voice sounders.

The advantage of using multi-message voice sounders in schools is that traditional fire alarms can be mixed with everyday messages such as class change. It can be customary practice for schools to use the fire bells or sounders to announce class changes with the potential for confusion during an actual fire or routine test.

The fire-cryer range is the most extensive range of voice sounders available on the market today, with five models to choose from and literally millions of message combinations, ensuring that any site requirement can be fulfilled. The units require no special wiring and can be retrofitted to existing installations. They can be fully synchronised and have a low current consumption allowing simple replacement of existing sounders and bells.

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