FireSpec, based in Cape Town and operating nationally, specialises in the supply and fitment of active and passive fire protection and security systems.
“We can supply fire protection, security and access control systems and fittings as well as a comprehensive maintenance package on an ongoing basis,” says CEO, Leo Slootmans.
One of the services that FireSpec provides is the retrofitting of fire doors – with products providing 30-minute to two-hour protection – for businesses, warehouses and domestic installations.
A special service that has taken off recently, with the more stringent fire safety standards for buildings coming into force, is the application of a 30-minute fire rated coating to standard meranti and other wooden domestic doors. Typically, this 30-minute fire rating is required for access doors between a house and garage. Standard doors can be brought to the FireSpec warehouse to be coated with intumescent paint, to ensure that they meet the 30-minute fire rating standard.
A FireSpec team is also available to visit building sites and apply the coating in-situ. Once coated, the doors can be finished with conventional paint to suit the household decor.
These services are particularly valuable to developers and builders, and to hotel and restaurant owners, who are looking for a one-stop service to assist them in complying with the fire safety regulations of the national building standards.
“For heavyweight fire protection, we supply two-hour fire rated vermiculite core doors as well as doors and partitioning made from FireSpec Fireboard CS™,” says Slootmans.
Installations undertaken by the company include current refurbishments at the new administrative wing of the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street, Cape Town.
FireSpec also supplies electronic locking devices – such as magnetic locks and closers, as well as access control systems – including security doors, turnstiles and others, to deliver integrated security, access control, fire protection and evacuation systems.
The company is currently busy with a major overhaul and retrofit on the campuses of the University of Cape Town. This involves more than 1 400 doors or access control units of various types, linked to centralised control mechanisms and secure user identification.