Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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Freephone: 0800 410 1130
E-mail: fire@lwf.co.uk

Fire Alarm & Detection

In order to meet your requirements for life safety, most premises are required to have a means of giving warning in the event of a fire. Fire alarm systems are by far the most common and effective means of achieving this. However, all too often systems are specified and installed by manufacturers and contractors that are inappropriate to the specific risk and occupancy of the building. A rationalised design undertaken by a specialist fire consultant can meet your legal obligation and provide you with the additional benefit of cost effectiveness, content, property fabric and business process protection.

LWF are able to undertake on your behalf: -

  • The review of your legal, insurers and operational requirements.
  • Condition survey of your existing installation.
  • Prepare on your behalf a performance specification for both your existing and proposed new system.
  • Prepare detailed designs for your fire alarm and automatic fire detection systems.
  • Provide independent advice on your behalf for a fire alarm system performance, its suitability and appropriateness of installation.
  • Prepare proposed / existing fire alarm installation layouts on CAD.
  • Prepare detailed performance and material specifications.
  • Advise you on suitable manufacturers and contractors for system installation and prepare tender packages.
  • Prepare comparative costs set against specific risk and performance.
  • Represent and negotiate on your behalf with all statutory approval authorities at the design and post construction stages.
  • Prepare tender packages and undertake full project management.
  • Advise on servicing requirements and service contracts.
  • Staff training in all aspects of fire detection systems.
  • After-care service, including for changing needs and risks, fire drills and evacuation procedures.
To ensure you meet your statutory obligations, give us a call and discuss your needs on 0800 410 1130.


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To discuss any of our services please call Freephone 0800 410 1130 or email fire@lwf.co.uk

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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 36

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been talking about firefighting and rising water mains in buildings. In part 35, we began to discuss wet rising water mains and in part 36 we will continue looking at that subject before considering horizontal mains, also known as internal hydrants, which are seen more commonly in buildings with large floor area.It was established in part 35...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Audits - Part 70

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 69, we discussed the management of staffing levels and in addition to the number of staff available, it was important that each and every staff member had adequate training in fire and evacuation issues. In part 70, we will discuss fire safety audits and what arrangements should be...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Business Continuity Insurance - Part 17

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at how businesses are protected against interruption from fire. In part 16, we began an overview of the history of consequential loss insurance, which only came into being around 1900, long after life and property protection insurance.  In part 17, we continue from the 1960s.Although the increase in...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 35

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at those provisions which can be made to assist firefighting in case of a fire. In part 34, we commenced looking at wet rising mains and noted that while they can be permanently connected to water mains, it is more common to see the systems connected to a water tank with a pump or gravity feed,...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety & Staffing Levels - Part 69

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 68, LWF discussed staffing levels in terms of fire safety and the importance of the staff in attendance having sufficient fire safety training. In part 69, we will continue looking at staffing levels and fire safety concerns.The management of any healthcare venue must consider and agree what...

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Case Studies

Brentwood Town Hall Redevelopment
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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
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