UK Fire and Rescue services attend more than 500,000 incidents each year, with this number set to rise, it is crucial for home-owners and businesses to protect themselves from the risk of fire.

It is reported that there are more than 600 fire-related deaths and 16,000 injuries year on year. Therefore smoke and heat detection is a vital component in the battle against protecting you, your family and/or your business against the risk of fire! Fire alarms, smoke alarms and heat detection systems are all essential components that maximise the safety of people and property. GB Integrated Systems Burnley are trained in the legal practice and practical requirements for the design, supply, installation and commission of automatic fire detection systems.

GBIS are experienced in the conception, design and implementation of fire and smoke systems, advising on each or all of the following elements;

  • Fire Risk Assessment

  • Design

  • Installation

  • Commission

  • Verification

  • Maintenance & Monitoring

Our systems incorporate only the best products from leading manufacturers such as; Honeywell, Advance Electronics, Apollo, Hochiki and many more.


Building Fire Detection systems has always been central to GB Integrated Systems business. The company has built its reputation on providing solid and reliable detection systems which meet the needs of a wide variety of applications, from simple single zone conventional systems to the most complex of operations.

Conventional fire alarms are usually tailored towards smaller, more simple installations where there are fewer complex issues. For example, if there is a facility which accommodates 10 or fewer people to sleep, then a conventional fire alarm is accepted so long as the occupants do not need assistance from staff.


An addressable fire alarm system employs addressable (intelligent) fire detection sensors and other types of devices (i.e. sounders and or strobes) on a loop which are all individually addressed numerically. When a device or sensor goes into alarm or fault the address and in most cases, a text description of the exact device is reported to the CIE (Control indicating equipment) allowing precise locations of the cause.

Where occupants are going to need assistance from staff to evacuate the building (e.g. residential care homes, hospitals or large public spaces) then the fire detection and alarm systems should be addressable (Analogue Addressable). For example, if the facility is to sleep 10 or more people.

Analogue Addressable fire alarm systems can be tailored from single zone systems to more complex networked systems with involved cause and effect evacuation processes which enables smooth evacuation and monitoring of fire situations.


Aspirating smoke detection is an early warning solution. With continuous air sampling, it provides the earliest possible warning of an impending fire hazard. Most aspirating smoke detectors buy the critical time needed to investigate an alarm and initiate an appropriate response to the cause and effect solution employed.

ASD’s (Aspirating smoke detectors) have multi-level warnings and a wide range of sensitivity that does not degrade or change over time, so even minute levels of smoke can be detected before a fire has time to escalate. Air sampling pipework is installed back to a CIE which in turn can act as a standalone system or as part of a site-wide fire detection system and sit on the network just the same as a standard smoke detector.

Aspirating smoke detection can be used in applications like clean rooms or data centres where an early warning system is required. In other cases it can be used in areas where maintenance is an issue and access could be impossible such as voids, ducting or lift shafts.


Current building regulations insist that all new non-domestic buildings with more than one storey, are to provide ‘refuge’ areas – relatively safe places where people who cannot easily use fire escapes and evacuation lifts can call for assistance and wait there until help arrives.

Simple, effective two-way communication in these areas is essential, firstly to assist rescue teams in determining where assistance is required and secondly to reassure people help is on the way. GB Integrated Systems ensures that all systems installed meet the latest British and European standards.


Public address and voice evacuation systems are mainly used within buildings where there is a need to provide clear, concise spoken messages either for general day to day communication or in the event of an emergency to safely evacuate occupants. In an emergency situation, such as a fire, it is essential that people are evacuated safely and in the shortest possible time. Electronic sounders and bells are commonly used as fire alarm warnings, however, evidence suggests that people tend to ignore the sound of bells or sounders as they are heard so frequently in our day to life. Recent research revealed that the general public are less likely to panic when presented with a clear and easily understood message and upon adoption of this approach, evacuation times were reduced.

GB Integrated Systems, through a wealth of experience, are able to offer PAVA and voice evacuation systems as part of the overall fire detection and life safety design.