Argus Fire Protection - Fire protection services and equipment

By: Argus Fire  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Inspections, Fire Protection, Sprinkler Systems


Argus has over 100 years combined experience in the fire protection and life safety industries and our team is able to offer an extensive range of fire protection of products and services to meet your needs.

Design / Engineering
Argus’s design and engineering team are able to assist you by carrying out a detailed analysis of your fire protection needs and objectives in order to develop the best possible solution to meet your needs whilst ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations, standards and codes.

We are able to offer a full design and build service for new installations as well as comprehensive support for your existing systems.

We have very experienced and skilled installation staff who are able to undertake a wide variety of work including both installation and maintenance/alterations of existing installations. All staff have or are undertaking FireTech training to achieve level 4 or higher certification.

As we utilise the same staff for both installation of new systems and maintenance of existing installations we are able to offer continuity of the staff serving our customers, in addition to which our staff know the sites they are working on and have a sense of ownership which in results in a high level of consistency and quality being delivered.

Argus is able to undertake all aspects of Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm system and Special Hazard installations, alterations and extensions for a full range of systems including:

  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems including wet pipe, dry pipe and pre-action, systems.
  • Fire Hydrant Systems.
  • Fire Hose reel and Fire Extinguisher installation.
  • Manual and automatic Fire Alarm Systems, including conventional and analogue addressable.
  • Evacuation and Early Warning Systems
  • VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus).
  • ProtectowireTM linear heat detection systems.
  • Gaseous suppression systems (Clean agent systems).
  • Deluge systems & water spray systems.
  • Water mist.
  • Foam systems.
  • Audio Loop Systems for the Hearing Impaired

Experienced Service co-ordinators and project managers control all aspects of installations including:

  • Client contact.
  • Planning and programming (Microsoft Project)
  • Design.
  • Procurement.
  • Prefabrication.
  • Installation.
  • Commissioning.
  • Ongoing maintenance and testing.

Reference projects include:

  • Warkworth Birthing Centre.
  • Diocesan School for Girls.
  • Bellagio Apartments
  • Sky City Federal St Carpark Hydrant System.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Westfield Chartwell extensions and alterations.
  • Westfield Albany Mall
  • Kawerau Geothermal Power Station.

Testing and Maintainence
It makes sense to regularly check your Fire protection equipment to ensure it will be ready when called on in an emergency.

For peace of mind and for compliance with New Zealand code requirements Argus Fire protection offers routine testing and maintenance service to ensure both that the systems will operate correctly when needed and comply with the relevant codes and standards. Service is offered for the following systems types:

  • Fire hose reels and extinguishers
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Hydrant systems
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Preaction sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Dry systems
  • Anti-freeze systems
  • Foam systems
  • Gaseous fire suppression systems
  • Emergency lighting systems
  • Restaurant systems
  • Vehicle suppression systems

In addition to the above standard systems our service and engineering team are able to work with you to develop appropriate testing and maintenance regimes to suit other specialist installations.

Argus are able to provide you with an economical packaged service proposal for any combination of systems to suit your needs.

At Your Service 24/7

For maximum protection your automatic Fire Protection System must be operational at all times.

To assist you with this, our Fire System technicians are on call every minute of every day, to attend to urgent repairs, system isolations or any other need that can’t wait until normal business hours.

Simply dial 0800 4 ARGUS (0800 4 27487) any time.

Building Warrant of Fitness
A building warrant of fitness is very similar to the warrant of fitness that we get for our motor vehicle. A series of inspections and tests are carried out by a qualified person (mechanic) to ensure that our motor vehicle is safe. Once the vehicle passes the inspections and tests, the mechanic will then issue our vehicle with a warrant of fitness.
This process is then repeated to ensure your vehicle is safe on an annual basis.

This is very similar for buildings. Each building has certain features (specified systems) that need to be inspected and tested regularly by an independent qualified person (IQP). Once these features pass the inspections and tests, the IQP will issue a Building Warrant of Fitness. A copy is sent to the local Council (Territorial Authority), and a copy is also sent to the building to be put on display (similar to the warrant of fitness displayed on the windscreen of our motor vehicle). This process is then repeated annually to ensure the building is kept safe.

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) is the document that is issued to the local Council (Territorial Authority) and also displayed on site as a declaration by the building owner or building owners agent stating that the specified systems in the building have been maintained in accordance with the Compliance Schedule for a period of 12 months prior to the issue date.

The role of an Independent Qualified Person (I.Q.P) is to inspect report and maintain the Specified Systems as detailed on the Compliance Schedule.

1 Automatic systems for fire suppression (eg, sprinkler systems).
2 Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers.
3 Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows (eg, ones that close on fire alarm activation).
4 Emergency lighting systems.
5 Escape route pressurisation systems.
6 Riser mains for use by fire services.
7 Automatic backflow preventers connected to a potable water supply.
8 Lifts, escalators, travelators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings.
9 Mechanical ventilation or air-conditioning systems.
10 Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings.
11 Laboratory fume cupboards.
12 Audio loops or other assistive listening systems.
13 Smoke control systems.
14 Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified for any of the above systems or features.
15 Means of Escape from Fire.
16 Cable Cars.

Local government structure, either a city council or district council (including the four unitary authorities). There are 74 territorial authorities in New Zealand (15 city and 59 district councils), responsible for the provision of local services and land use planning. (see local government model and regional council) (NZ).

IQP Services
Argus Fire Protection offers a range of IQP services and specialises in providing a “one stop shop” for all our clients. We value the importance of client relationships and by having the one company looking after all IQP services, reduces the stress and inconvenience caused for clients by having to deal with different people from numerous companies.
IQP services Argus provides include:

Building Warrant of Fitness  Inspections & Issue
Form 12a Certificates   Inspections & Issue
Fire Sprinkler Testing & Maintenance
Fire Alarm Testing & Maintenance
Special Hazards Testing & Maintenance
Emergency Lighting   Testing & Maintenance
Fire Extinguisher & Hose Reels Inspections & Maintenance
Backflow Prevention Testing & Maintenance
Automatic Doors  Testing & Maintenance
Means of Escape  Inspections
Safety Barriers  Inspections
Signs   Inspections
Access for Disabled Inspections Inspections and Issue

Form 12A is a form issued by an IQP to verify that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures on a compliance schedule for a specified system have been carried out during the previous 12 months.

Compliance Management
Argus Fire Protection understands the effort and concentration required to successfully run a business and have developed a system to make this a lot easier for our clients.

We do this by managing the whole compliance aspect of the building for the owner, which ensures that the client can actually focus on running a successful business and not have to worry about compliance issues, ringing council or chasing documentation from contractors etc.

This is unnecessary stress and time consuming, which distracts the client from running their business. Argus handles and organises all compliance procedures and works with the building owner to ensure compliance is maintained at all times.

The Argus Promise
Argus recognises that within the compliance industry as a whole, accountability needs to be improved. We have backed ourselves to insure the standard of the service we have been delivering to our clients remains excellent, and have put out a challenge to the rest of the industry.

The Argus Promise

“We will ensure your BWOF documents (12As) are issued on time, or we will credit the value of one month's testing.”

(Providing the systems/features are compliant)

Keywords: Fire Protection, Fire Protection and Life Safety, Inspections, Safety Industries, Sprinkler Systems