Tag Systems Alerted Security Team to Fire at Liverpool University Hospital Building Site

Fire crews tackled a blaze on the site of the new £335 million Royal Liverpool University Hospital building on September 8, 2015. At 12:25 two separate break glass call points were activated and Tag Systems responded immediately by attempting to contact the safety manager Lee Groves and the project manager Terry Packer – as well as the site security team.

They were all busy, but were aware of the alarm simultaneously due to the local monitoring software. They had already received the alarm immediately and had sent a site operative to investigate via radio. They activated all klaxons and master blasters on the site in order to initiate evacuation. All of the 800 site operatives were safely clear of the site after the sounders were alerted for a total of 24 minutes. The evacuation went smoothly and fire crews were able to deal with the blaze efficiently. 

The fire crews from Kirkdale, Old Swan and Liverpool City Centre arrived just after 12:30pm and spent just under an hour at the scene of the fire. According to a spokesman for the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, the fire broke out on the first floor of the new hospital’s construction site. The firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading and found the source – a metal tool box. If this fire was not detected sooner by the security system and personnel were not evacuated it could have been a much more dangerous situation.

By 1:30 pm the fire was out and three workmen had been seen to by paramedics at the scene. They did not require hospital treatment and no one was seriously injured.

The building will have 646 beds, 18 brand new state of the art operating theatres and 23 wards. The building has been steadily rising toward the skyline and building work has recently reached the milestone of being complete up to the fifth floor. The modern wards have been designed to take advantage of the natural light and the rooms will offer spectacular views across the city. Progress on the building is going very quickly and it is estimated that the external walls of the brand new hospital will be completed in the summer of 2016.

Safety manager Lee Groves spoke with Tag Systems after the fire and confirmed that there had been a fire and the system had been used to effectively evacuate the site. This is an excellent result, as the Tag Systems security monitoring set up in place has resulted in an early notification of the problem and has meant that no one on site was injured. The incredibly quick response to the fire has reduced the amount of damage and will improve the chances that construction of the hospital will continue on schedule. 

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