Derby Arena Protected by Optical Beam Smoke Detectors

FFE’s Fireray 5000 detectors ensure safety of athletes, spectators and staff

The Derby Arena has been fitted with nine Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) Fireray 5000 advanced infra-red beam smoke detectors as part of its fire protection system. The arena is a new multi-sports complex currently under construction by Derby City Council and scheduled for completion in early 2015.

“Optical beam smoke detectors provide wide area detection and are used when it is impractical, inappropriate or not cost effective to use traditional point-type detectors,” comments FFE’s Technical Director Jon Ben. “They are ideally suited to large arenas with high ceilings, such as the Derby Arena, as they enable coverage of a large area at minimal cost.

“The Fireray 5000 in particular excels at detecting smoke over large areas in wide indoor spaces: the infra-red beam of a single detector spans up to 100m.  With automatic motorised alignment and a low level controller for easy commissioning and maintenance, the Fireray 5000 makes smoke detection in large spaces much easier and more effective than it might be with using other technologies,” added Jon.

The £27.5 million Derby Arena will contain Britain’s fifth 250-metre indoor cycle track and the fourth in the UK capable of holding international standard track racing. The track will be raised to allow access to an indoor sports hall the size of 12 badminton courts, suitable for activities such as badminton, basketball, netball, football and volleyball. There will also be a cafe, fitness gym, group exercise studios and a spinning studio. View a video of the arena being constructed here.

About Fire Fighting Enterprises
Fire Fighting Enterprises is at the forefront of beam-type optical smoke detection technology, leading the market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use, and also producing a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. Fire Fighting Enterprises is a Halma Company.

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