Argus Fire Protection has an enviable reputation which becomes evident when reading the various case studies displayed on their website at www.argusfire.co.nz . One of their case studies involved the semi-circular extension at the iconic Auckland War Memorial Museum which needed their fire protection system to be upgraded and, following a highly competitive tender process, Argus Fire was appointed to complete the upgrade and installation. The Argus Fire team worked closely with Hawkins Construction and the Auckland War Memorial Facilities Manager, conducting the upgrade to the fire protection system whilst accommodating public access to the galleries and allowing for the continued operation of the Museum.
Argus successfully completed the fire protection system upgrade within the set timeframe, installing, integrated smoke and heat detectors, sprinklers, voice sounders and siren speakers, hose reels, fire hydrants and a master Siemens fire control panel. By March 2009 the installation of fire alarm and sprinkler system within the Stage I building was complete and the integration of the Stage I and II fire alarm systems was conducted, bringing the Museum under the control of one comprehensive fire protection system. The benefits of the fully integrated fire protection system include continuity of products, systems and services across the whole building, an integrated system which simplifies the ability to detect, locate and communicate with fire brigade services, allowing faster dispatch of fire services to the scene of the alarm and the Argus Fire protection enables greater accuracy in pinpointing any detector that is alarmed and communicates the exact location to the facilities manager and attending emergency services.
This highly successful upgrade to the fire protection system at the Museum ensures that it now complies with the New Zealand industry standard NZS4512 (1997) and provides the highest possible protection for Museum workers, volunteers, visitors, the treasured and historic artefacts and the historic building itself. This is the type of work that the highly skilled and industry experienced team members at Argus Fire are so well known for. At Argus Fire they attract and retain the best in the business and the most promising young practitioners, as they recognise their success and their clients’ success is dependent on the people within their team. All Argus systems, whether they are designed from the ground up, or involve the refurbishment of existing systems and installation of new equipment, fully comply with the New Zealand and international industry standards and their excellent relationship with their clients has resulted in outstanding client loyalty.