|Auckland, New Zealand|
The Eden Park Stadium, the county’s largest sports ground was upgraded with new grandstands and facilities to accommodate the requirements needed to stage the Rugby World Cup. Part of the upgrade involved the complete replacement of the stand alone fire alarm systems in the existing stands, a new system in both the new East and South stands, incorporating them into one networked system.
The system comprises of seven networked FireFinders and four remote display units. There are 28 loops in the South stand alone. There are over 2500 loop devices and three separate Brigade connections. The system has been designed to allow for the addition of SmartGraphics at a later date.
SITE SPECIFIC CHALLENGES
The evacuation scheme was required to have to separate scenarios. On non match days the evacuation requires that the whole site is “shut down”. On match days there are specific time out periods and totally different responses to different zones within the complex necessary to allow for an orderly evacuation of 60,000 people.
SITE SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS
Seven SP8X FireFinders networked together to cover all the grandstands with 4 RDU’s in security and match offices. One of the system’s oddities is its evacuation element. On a non-match day when the alarm goes off, the whole stand shuts down-roller doors drop and the stand is evacuated. On a match day only the zone in fire shuts down. Everything else is on a 10 minute stand –by. If the zone in alarm isn’t reset within that 10-minute period, everything is evacuated.
“A big job like that just has so many variables and because we know and understand how our systems go together, it was good to be a part of the project from the beginning. It’s all gone very well thanks to the Wormald boys on site, led by Darren Brailey”
Kevin Roughead- Sales and Technical Support- Ampac Pacific.