Celebrating over 25 years experience in fire & security monitoring

24/7/365 sales

800 263 2534

 

Types of Fire Alarm Systems

types of fire alarm systems header image

A fire alarm system is one of the most important life safety components within a building, and it is instrumental in ensuring a safe environment.  As a result, it’s important to have an understanding of the available fire alarm systems to assist you in choosing the correct system for your facility.

The two primary types of fire alarm systems are conventional and addressable.  Both of these engage with a fire alarm’s devices and components in a similar fashion, however they are connected in their own unique way.

Conventional Fire Alarm Systems

In a conventional fire alarm system, the control panel connects with each device on a separate wire.  These devices are then grouped based on location to create a zone.  In this set up, when a device is activated, the system knows which zone the device is located in, which can be displayed as such on the fire panel and/or annunciator.  For example, if your facility has four floors and each floor is set up as a zone, the building manager and/or fire department can determine which floor the fire is located on based on the zone that is activated.

In a conventional fire alarm system, the control panel connects with each device on a separate wire, which are typically set up as zones.  In this set up, when a device is activated, the system knows which zone the device is located in, which can be displayed as such on the fire panel and/or annunciator.  For example, if your facility has four floors and each floor is set up as a zone, the building manager and/or fire department can determine which floor the fire is located on based on the zone that is activated.

A conventional fire alarm system is idea for small facilities.  These systems are often a less expensive option for buildings where it is not a priority to know the exact location of the activated device.

Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

An addressable fire alarm system assigns a unique address to each device within the system.  Because of this, you can pinpoint the location of the activated device and relay that information to the fire department.  All of the system’s devices are connected to the fire alarm panel on one single wire loop.  As a result, if one end of the loop is damaged, the system can still relay information to the control panel through the other end of the loop.

Addressable fire alarm systems are very customizable, and are typically used in large buildings or complexes.  Facilities that are made up of many floors or sections can benefit from an addressable system by being able to identify the location of an activated device.  This functionality can reduce response time by allowing the fire department to quickly identify the exact location of the activated device.

Hybrid Fire Alarm Systems

A hybrid fire alarm system brings together the functionality of both conventional and addressable fire alarm systems.  Typically, a hybrid system combines the hardwired zones found in conventional systems, and combines it with addressable loops back to the control panel.

Hybrid fire alarm systems are often used for retrofit facilities and buildings that are adding an addition onto their building.

Learn More

Contact Us

fire monitoring of canada logoFor over 30 years, Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC) has been a leader in the monitoring of fire alarm and intrusion alarm systems.  If you would like to learn more about fire alarm systems, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com, or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

Contact Us

We are proudly serving all of Ontario and monitoring throughout rest of Canada.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Testimonial & Case Study

  • "Fire Monitoring of Canada impressed us with their efficient, professional manner – an approach that not only inspired confidence, but resolved existing service issues with another alarm service provider." - Administrative Coordinator
    View More
  • "Their monitoring & service personnel are knowledgeable, helpful and responsible." - Facilities Manager
    View More
  • "The FMC technician was exceptionally professional in the performance of his duties. He was very organized, focused, safety minded" - Asset Manager
    View More