Blake Fire and Security Systems

Quality School Fire Alarms and Fire Protection saves more than lives...

If the worst were to happen, quality Fire Protection and Detection equipment saves you money too.

Larger fires in schools cost an average of £2.8m. With some repair bills running to over £20m!

Ask Blake's to take care of everything for you. We are qualified and our long track record speaks for itself...

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    Fire Alarms In Schools

    By law, your school is required to have a Fire Alarm System to warn pupils, staff and visitors of danger and aid a safe evacuation.

    Blake's are trusted to design, install and maintain Fire Alarm Systems in over 200 schools in the South East because:
    • Our One Stop Shop is a cost effective, stress-free way of completing fire, security and building works in your school.
    • Our NSI Gold Fire and BAFE accreditations mean all works are completed to legislation and British standards (and you can have the paperwork to prove it).
    • Our friendly, DBS checked engineers turn up on time and complete works respectfully so your school endures minimal disruption.
    "What a credit your engineers are to your company, whether fire extinguishers, light or alarms. I never have any issues with invoices, booking in visits, early or late, your engineers do not spend all their time with us on their phones, they usually don’t even have a coffee - although we do ask. They bring all the equipment they need for the job, are smart and clean."
    Marian Brown, Office Manager
    Wethersfield C of E Primary School, Near Braintree, Essex
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    Audited & Approved

    ...compliant AND in safe hands with Blake's
    BAFE Registered OrganisationFIABMTRADA Q-Mark Fire Door Installation & MaintenanceBMTRADA Q-Mark Fire Stopping Installation
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    Keeping children safe from fire in school

    Fire Protection for Schools
    We cover everything you need to protect your pupils, staff and visitors in an emergency. Fully BAFE and NSI Gold approved for fire protection we will ensure your school is compliant with all legislation for:
    Take home point - if you don't use a professional, qualified and accredited installation company you are taking an unnecessary risk. If anything goes wrong you face a large fine or even imprisonment.

    Fire Protection for Schools

    We have NSI Fire Gold Scheme approval covering BAFE qualifications for:

    Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

    Design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Fire Alarm systems: SP203-1

    Fire Extinguishers and Signage

    Supply, positioning, commissioning and maintenance of portable Fire Extinguishers: SP101/ST104

    Emergency Lighting

    One of only three Essex-based NSI Gold approved Fire and Security Companies, we are approved to design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Emergency Lighting systems: SP203-4

    Fire Doors and Fire Stopping

    Supply, installation and maintenance of Fire Doors and Fire Stopping. We have 3rd party certification with BM Trada & FDIS. All work fully complies with Regulation 4 and 7 of the Building Regulations.

    Rory Foster

    Fire & Life Safety Systems Manager
    I have been manager of the department since 2010. My engineers are experienced and knowledgeable in all types of Fire Alarm Systems and we ensure all works are carried out in accordance with the BAFE SP 203 Scheme and to the highest standard of workmanship.
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    Rory Foster - Fire & Life Safety Systems Manager
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    The buck stops with the Responsible Person

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    The Responsible Person has a job on their hands. He/she must organise a fire risk assessment, review it annually and act on it accordingly. This includes informing and training staff about the risks, put in place fire safety measures and plan for an emergency.

    Your fire risk assessment needs to follow FSO guidelines because it
    places ultimate responsibility for competency and engineering skills of the installer or service provider onto the owner of the fire system. This places unmanageable levels of responsibility on fire-safety system owners

    IFSEC Global, July 2016
    So the buck really does stop with the Responsible Person OR the owner of the system! For schools, this means the Head Teacher, Governing Body, the Bursar/Financial Manager or another member of staff is ultimately responsible! Ask yourself, how qualified is your Responsible Person to ensure the competency and engineering skills of the installer?

    Blake Fire & Security Systems will take care of everything for you because we are qualified to do so and have the track record to back it up.
    "Tom was working here at Easter and this summer holiday to complete works to the new fire system...

    I would like to express my appreciation for his high standards and work ethic. He has explained things in detail when I have queried something or expressed an interest in the work he was carrying out. He has been amazingly polite and courteous to all staff that have been on site.

    Rory also has been very helpful and he too deserves praise. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to other schools"
    Chris Caton
    Collingwood Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex
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    School fire alarms

    How do school fire alarms work?

    Your school fire alarm system will include a control panel (which can be connected to your intruder alarm system), manual push points, smoke detectors and sprinklers.

    Blake's can offer your school specialised fire alarm systems subject to a free survey from one of our experts. These systems can include modern touch screen devices and flashing sirens for hard of hearing pupils.

    What happens when your fire alarm is activated?

    In addition to the stress of your internal fire safety practices, it's also the Fire Marshal's job to contact the authorities in the case of a real emergency.

    However, this worry can be taken away with a monitored alarm system.

    The ARC monitoring station have direct contact with the Police and Fire Brigade, so authorities can be notified ASAP when the alarm is activated. Your school's alarm will never go unheard.

    If your school fire alarm isn't working, does the school need to be closed?

    If your school fire alarm system is being maintained by an NSI Gold and SSAIB accredited professional, like Blake's, your school won't need to close!

    We offer emergency call outs at any time of the day or night. One of our qualified engineers will be with you in a maximum of 4 hours.

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    Maintenance, Monitoring and Takeovers


    Like a car, sophisticated electronic equipment needs a service to remain reliable. Maintenance contracts provide that care and are offered to all customers as a stipulation of both our NSI and SSAIB accreditations.


    Blake Fire & Security Systems offers a high-quality alarm monitoring service through our partner Southern Monitoring, who are an NSI Gold Approved CCTV Monitoring Station and Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).


    Blake Fire & Security Systems are happy to take on the maintenance of your current security system - in most cases this is an easy process with no loss of service.

    Dedication to Accreditation

    Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your Fire and/or Security system, including Fire Doors.
    Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing fire and security protection across four decades. We're not going anywhere. Your guarantee will be honoured!
    Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
    Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
    Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
    Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have BAFE, NSI Gold, SSAIB and BM Trada approval! This means you get:
    Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
    Highest quality systems and equipment - we only use the best quality, industry-approved equipment to provide protection that lasts and looks good.
    Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
    Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your Fire and/or Security protection is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

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      Accreditations and Memberships

      Domestic and commercial clients trust Blake's dedication to accreditation. We always meet or exceed the latest quality standards.
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