"The South African National Standard SANS 10400 Part T, as the Code of Practice relating to the public and building safety aspects of the National Building Regulations, brings with it a host of compliance standards and practices. It addresses risk management comprehensively. The legislation regarding fire containment is a priority with government departments – national, provincial and local – and compliance with regulations generally is firmly on the agenda of many commercial and industrial companies. This has made the installation of best practice active and passive fire protection systems key in commercial and industrial buildings,” says Leo Slootmans, CEO of FireSpec.
FireSpec offers a turnkey service, backed by ongoing service and maintenance. "With the current state of the economy globally,” Slootmans continues, “there is an emphasis on optimising the performance of existing buildings and on refits. These have become important considerations for engineers and facilities managers. We provide the asset manager or property owner with the peace of mind of knowing that the fire and security solutions we install will continue performing to specification and are in good hands on an ongoing basis.
“We stay in touch with international trends via our technology partners worldwide and we ensure that out technicians can install and service new and existing equipment to a high standard.”
FireSpec offers a comprehensive range of fire protection and security solutions that can be used in diverse buildings and facilities. Some of the different projects that the company has undertaken recently have been at, for example, the Chevron Refinery in Cape Town, the Artscape Theatre Complex, the Departures Terminal at Cape Town International Airport, on the three different campuses of the University of Cape Town, and at Obz Square, Cavendish Square and the Blue Route Mall.
Over its 40 years of trading, FireSpec has been involved in a range of challenging projects in fire protection and security. It is also responsible for service and maintenance contracts for a number of high profile facilities. Its mission is the safeguarding of people and property.
FireSpec’s products include active and passive systems. Slootman’s believes that one of its passive products, FIREBOARD CS™, offers great potential in the low income or even informal housing environment. “Correctly placed on the outer walls of a home, this product resists fire penetration for up to two hours and can help prevent the spread of a runaway fire from one dwelling to another – as happens in some informal settlements,” says Slootmans. “At the other end of the spectrum, our intumescent coating is being used to protect steel frame work in major upgrades such as at the Blue Route Centre in Cape Town. We are well equipped and ready to assist architects, engineers and facilities managers with their building protection planning,” he adds.