Posts made in November 2016


Greetings.  Following up on Why Monitored Fire Equipment Works a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to share How Monitored Fired Equipment works.

By National Fire Code, all commercial and residential fire equipment designed to detect “particulates” uses either radiative chamber analysis, photo electric analysis or energy beams for large and possibly very dusty or dirty environments.  The most used is photo electric.  It does the most reliable and affordable detection.  All three methods of detection result in the monitored circuit going CLOSED on detection.  The alarm proceeds from that event.  Fire equipment includes communicators (telephone line) or cellular based.  Both are supervised to ensure that the equipment is self-testing and ready 100% of the time.  Once an alarm happens, the communicator contacts the Central Station where the data is converted into an Alarm Event and Dispatched by Central Station Operators.  Typically, the time from initial discovery to dispatch is measured in seconds.  Data records are kept on location within the equipment, at the Central Station and at the Local 911 Center that broadcasts the alarm to waiting Fire Departments.

Knowing more about how the equipment and procedures operate makes clearer why losses are reduced or eliminated.  In my first post we looked “back in time”, after a total loss, to learn if it could have been prevented or mitigated.  Monitored Fire Systems are not only very effective, but they also come at such a small fraction of the risk value as to make them a “no brainer”.

Next time we’ll look at the Audible Response of Fire Alarm Systems.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

The Joy of Service

Hi . . . I am Pat Kunkel.


Welcome to our new site . . . we are looking to exceed our customers’ expectations each and every day.

I have been with Access Security since the start . . . what a privilege to meet so many people and be of service!   My contribution, in the business, is administration and customer advocacy.

Sadly, we meet lots of people after they have had a fire or burglary  and always wish we could have been of service before a member of our community had a loss

We employ many technologies to enhance the situational awareness of those we serve throughout Southwest Washington.  We know that each situation needs its own solution.  We customize service and equipment for each patron we serve.

Our goal is to serve each customer with personal service specific to their needs.    I look forward to sharing ideas and tips I have learned over time.  They will focus on the old adage “of an ounce of prevention”

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