- In 2017, we conducted more than 3,600 fire alarm and special hazards inspections.
- Our service technicians average over 17 years of industry experience.
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Fire Alarm & Control Systems
We offer Conventional and Intelligent control releasing systems with varying degrees of flexibility for customization.
Conventional Control & Releasing Systems
Conventional fire detection and control systems provide the basic functions needed for most fire protection scenarios. Early units were very rudimentary in their function, as they typically used relay logic. Today, through integrated circuitry, they contain single board processors to provide input and output logic. They are not as versatile as the Intelligent type of panel, but do have limited modification to their logic through predefined function modes. All input and output devices are contact style or yes/no style units, thus they are not classified as Intelligent. This allows for any brand of device matching the parameters of panel circuitry be used for replacement.
Intelligent Control & Releasing Systems
Intelligent fire detection and control systems get their name from the fact that they contain a processing system or on-board processor. This processor is uploaded with a defined set of actions to make the system perform output functions based on a defined input. To keep the systems operating within the requirements and parameters of NFPA codes and UL Listing, there are limits set to how, what, and when these functions happen. In general, they are less customizable than a typical process control system due to the life safety factors of their function. These units can function as stand-alone fire alarm systems, release suppression agents or systems, and provide fire detection and control to protect critical spaces and equipment. Input and output through analog Intelligent devices allow communication to the processor through a dedicated circuit using proprietary protocols between each device. This communication requires devices matching the processors protocols be used when replacing devices.
Fire Alarm Monitoring
Ahern offers total fire alarm monitoring to owners of all fire protection systems, regardless of who performed the original installation. Our service includes a range of features that ensure quick response and comprehensive facility safety including:
- 24/7 live monitoring
- Redundant, geo-diverse central stations across the U.S.
- Rigorous dispatcher training under supervision of an industrial psychologist
- UL-listed and FM-approved equipment and facilities.