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Canberra’s IKEA well underway

FS Solutions is pleased to have commenced work at Canberra’s Majura Parkway IKEA site. Working with Construction company Hindmarsh, FS Solutions will provide all essential fire protection systems for the single level 25,000 square metre building.

The project is due for completion later this year with the Swedish furniture giant expected to employ in excess of 250 people and attract a million visitors each year.

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Avoiding false alarms

Your automatic fire alarm system is complex and is designed to provide advance warning in the event of a fire.

False alarms can be disruptive and building owners or managers are responsible and accountable for the payment of false alarm charges resulting from unwanted false alarms.

Main Causes of False Fire Alarms

Most common causes are listed first:

  • Poor building maintenance
  • Fire system malfunctions
  • Burnt toast
  • Cooking fumes
  • Steam
  • Aerosols sprays
  • Cigarettes/candles
  • Workmen/cleaners
  • Dirty smoke detectors
  • ‘Break Glass’ alarm damage

Avoiding False Fire Alarms

For tenants:

  • Ensure any fans, vents, and if possible windows, are open before cooking or
    showering.
  • Some smoke detectors are extremely sensitive and steam from showers, smoke from burning food, even sprays from aerosol cans such as deodorant and hair-spray can set them off.
  • Be aware of where all alarm detectors are and ensure all reasonable measures are taken to avoid false alarm activation.

For building owners, managers and workers:

Effective maintenance of Automatic Fire Alarm systems is critical in reducing false alarms. Ensuring a well regulated work place protocol is in place can also be extremely effective in reducing false alarms. There are a number of ways workers can set off false alarms:

  • Dust
  • Cutting wires
  • Spraying
  • Steam cleaning

All workers on-site must register with the building owner or manager and be inducted into the workplace processes ensuring appropriate isolation of Automatic Fire Alarm systems and responsible work-site activities.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about your Automatic Fire Alarm system, or if you are having problems with false alarms, please contact us on 1300 131 357.

Working with Jones Lang Lasalle

CASE STUDY MAINTENANCE SITE

Case study

Sites: 20 Allara Street & 25 Constitution Ave, Canberra City

Contract: Fire System Repairs & Maintenance

Jones Lang Lasalle sites 20 Allara Street and 25 Constitution Ave have been serviced by FS Solutions for over 3 years.

Working closely with Jones Lang Lasalle, FS Solutions maintains system compliance across these sites providing all required testing and documentation in accordance with the relevant standards.

The following fire protection systems are comprehensively maintained at both sites: Automatic Sprinkler Systems, Sprinkler Diesel Pump sets, Fire Detection Systems, Emergency Warning & Inter-communication Systems, Emergency Evacuation Lighting, Fire Hydrants, Fire Hose Reels, Fire Extinguishers, Fire & Smoke Door sets and Fire Blankets.

Client testimonial:

“From all aspects of the business FS Solutions have provided a high quality service and a clear understanding of the assets throughout the contract, with a kind friendly manner. Recently I have optioned a clause within the contract further extending their contract period for an additional 2 years, this decision was based upon reasons such as a strong firm commitment to delivering services to the assets in a timely manner and value for money. Recently FS Solutions have begun factoring in security services for the Alan Woods Building, given the company already provides fire services this makes them even more versatile in today’s market. I have no reservation in recommending this well established company to any persons in the foreseeable future.” Dane Squires, Property Services Manager – Lend Lease Account

For more information contact: Jess Leet on 1300 131 357

 

Christmas message


The team at FS Solutions would like to wish their clients and business contacts a wonderful Christmas season.

Our office will be closed from 4pm Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 5th January. For enquiries during this time you can contact 1300 131 357 and speak with our on-call field staff.

Stay safe and happy holidays.

 

 

Warning: Building Owners and Occupiers

The Fire Protection Association of Australia has released a warning in relation to unethical providers of Fire Protection services. Building owners/occupiers are advised to exercise caution regarding unannounced audits of their fire protection systems unless the identity of those on site can be clearly verified as a local council inspector, relevant fire authority, other government agency or your contracted fire protection provider.

The full article can be viewed here.

If you are a customer of FS Solutions, you should always contact us first with any questions relating to your site specific service levels and/or site compliance. We take our role in the maintenance and safety of your site seriously and all unscrupulous behaviour will be immediately reported to the Fire Protection Association of Australia.

Please contact Jess Leet on 1300 131 357 should you wish to enquire further about this advice.

Position Vacant | Service Sales Coordinator

Would you like to join a growing company with a committed and professional team?

FS Solutions deliver Fire and Security services across the Canberra region and are seeking a service sales coordinator with experience in the fire protection industry.

The most important aspect to the role is a high level of knowledge and leadership in customer service and the ability to work with sales systems. The successful applicant will report directly to the service manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Service and minor works quotes
  • Service and minor works scheduling
  • Achieve set targets for growth
  • Administrative functions to support to the service manager
  • Build and develop positive relationships with customers
  • Liaise confidently with stakeholders at all levels

To be successful, you will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent verbal and written English (good use and understanding of grammar and sentence construction)
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft applications
  • Ability to tailor messages to specific stakeholder/audience groups
  • Experience in compiling communication approaches, plans, and key messages
  • Team player, self starter and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment
  • Would suit someone with an understanding of the Australian Standards relating to Fire protection.

All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence. Email cover letter and application to: r.mckenzie-mcharg@fssolutions.com.au

Charity Market Day

Don’t miss the Independent Charity Market Day this Sunday the 2nd of November! There will be plenty to see and enjoy with fresh coffee, cupcakes, a BBQ, fresh juice from Autolyse, delish paleo treats from Paleo Perfection Espresso Bar, face painting, flower bulbs from Floriade, stalls run by the amazing Finnigan&Co and YorkeLee Kids Prints and a huge range of other goods waiting to be snatched up at bargain prices.

FS Solutions is proud to have donated a Fire Protection Safety pack. All proceeds will go to The Yellow Van so make sure you pop by and join the fun.

Time: 9am – 2pm
Where: 91 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City

Charity market day

 

Garangula Gallery Project

Garangula Gallery

FS Solutions was the specialist fire systems contractor for the Garangula Gallery project.

The iconic gallery was built by Canberra’s Manteena Constructions who took out top honours in the Master Builders Association’s Excellence Awards for 2014, winning Project of the Year. The gallery was designed by Architects Fender Katsalidis Mirams to house the client’s collection of indigenous art.

The project was a noted by the judges as a perfect example of how a close collaboration between client and architects could deliver a unique building with minimal impact on the environment.

Click here for a project overview published by Business World Australia.

 

Emergency+ App

AppIf you’ve ever had to call make an Emergency 000 call then you know how difficult it can be to keep a cool head and deliver instructions about the incident and location, especially if someone is critically injured.

The Emergency+ App offers callers the ability to verbally provide emergency operators with their location information as determined by their smart phone’s GPS functionality.

It also provides users with the contact numbers and a short explanation of when to call other service for support numbers.

The Emergency+ App is free and was developed by Fire & Rescue NSW and the Triple Zero Awareness Working Group. 

Click here to learn more and download the free app today.

 

Latest project: Jamieson Apartments, Canberra

Jaimie Hardie, Dave Healey, Tom Hannan, Will O'Brien & Stephen McKenzie-McHarg

Jaimie Hardie, Dave Healey, Tom Hannan, Will O’Brien & Stephen McKenzie-McHarg

FS Solutions is proud to be working with Hindmarsh in the construction of The Jamieson Apartments. Adjacent to the St John’s Church in Reid and within Canberra’s National Triangle, the development is a modern building capturing the best of contemporary design features within an idyllic location.

Jamieson Project Scope:  Fire Detection Systems, Occupant Warning Systems, Sprinklers and Extinguishers, Access Control Systems, Intercom, MATV and CCTV.

Unique to the project:  Both Fire Protection and Security Solutions delivered by one integrated team, led by a single Project Manager Jaimie Hardie. This integrated approach provides operational efficiency in coordination and communication for the duration of the project.

Jamison Project Key Contacts:
Managing Director: Stephen McKenzie-McHarg
Project Manager: Jaimie Hardie
Security Design Engineer: Dave Healey
Fire Design Engineer: Dave Reid
Project Supervisor – Fire: Tom Hannan
Project Supervisor – Security: Will O’Brien

Other projects FS Solutions is currently working on: Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), AFP Forensics Building Majura Park, BUPA Aged Care Stirling, DFAT building Barton and the National Gallery of Australia.

For more information call 1300 131 357