by İpek Yavuz KONAK
on 15 February 2018

Fire alarm systems are essential for the safety of people in the building. An emerging fire can put all the people in danger in minutes, Therefore fire incidents should be detected early. With developing technology, high rise smart buildings are more common nowadays. So fire scenarios is a necessity in order to maintain security of people and the building itself in case of a fire.

Evacuation of people in the building is essential. However safety of people during evacuation is as important as evacuation itself. Many people are affected from inhaling smoke in a fire incident. So smoke should be removed from escape routes and after then from the building. Pressurization of elevator shafts and stairwells, and control of dampers may be done within the scope of fire scenarios.

Fire alarm signal can come from detectors and manual call points. Also information from other systems can be evaluated as fire alarm signal. For example, sprinkler systems are triggered when the heat of a place exceeds approximately 68 Celcius degrees. So flow switches of sprinkler systems should be monitored by input modules. If a flow switch change its position due to acitvation of sprinkler systems, fire alarm signal will be sent to fire alarm panel and fire scenarios will be triggered.

Fire scenarios should be determined according to intended use of the building and the number of people in the building. Also architecture, mechanical and electrical structure of the building are important parameters to consider while determining fire scenarios.

– Control of extinguishing system

– Control of elevators

– Control of sounders and beacons

– Control of HVAC systems

– Control of access control systems

– Control of dampers

– Monitoring of flow switches

Monitoring and control of other systems can be done by input and output modules of fire detection and alarm systems. These modules are generally designed for addressable systems. Also modules with short circuit isolator should be prefered for the safety of addressable system loop.

For more information about intelligent addressable input and output modules:

Input Output Modules

To conclude, fire alarm scenarios are very important for security of people and the building itself. Also it is very important that fire alarm system is designed according to pertinent standards like EN 54 or NFPA. Additionally, system devices should be approved by notfied bodies according to laws and regulations of the country in which they are used.


– Mavili Project Notes

– EN 54-14 Standards