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Fire detection solution for indoor-outdoor waterpark

The combination of water and a constant temperature of 30ºC does not make for the ideal working environment for electrical and electronic equipment. However, Apollo fire detectors have been successfully employed in such a situation, to protect visitors and staff at the the Wahooo! Waterpark in Bahrain – the Middle East’s first ever indoor-outdoor waterpark.

The contract to supply and install the fire detection system was awarded to Khayber Trading, who have represented Apollo Fire Detectors in the kingdom for many years. In addition to the fire detection system, Khayber also supplied a drowning alarm system to alert staff to any potential safety incidents.

The fire detection requirements were quite varied. In addition to a variety of local environments, ranging from commercial kitchens to large open areas, the fire system had to take into account the range of people in the waterpark at any one time. As Wahooo! is aimed at the entire family, visitors could include the very young and the elderly.

Khayber Trading recommended a fire system based on Apollo’s XP95 analogue addressable range. Arranged over four loops and controlled using an Advanced Electronics control panel, the fire system includes three hundred multisensors and heat detectors. Almost 100 ancillary devices, including manual callpoints and open area sounder beacons, are also installed throughout the complex.

An alert is raised if any two or more detectors go into alarm, or a manual callpoint is operated. This pre-alarm will also activate the sounder beacons on the relevant floor.

The drowning alarm system comprises 14 separate posts equipped with an addressable manual push button, sounder and amber beacon. It is controlled by three networked control panels. Operation of a local push button activates the local sounder and beacon and the location is shown on the three control panels so that lifeguards can proceed to the correct part of the site immediately.

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