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And we’re off!

31.03.14 - And we’re off!

Yes, that moment we’ve been both dreading and excitedly waiting for has arrived.

Team SRC, also known as Steve Collins and Shane Willmoth flew off to Veitnam on Sunday 30th March ready for the trek of their lifetime.

Steve, a fairly inexperienced trekker, kicked off his fundraising journey for the charity late September in 2013 with a couple of runs and ‘warm up’ gym sessions at Virgin Active in Shenstone.  In just under six months he is now running five miles in thirty minutes and has managed to lose almost three stone in the process as part of his own personal fitness goal.

Steve Collins, a Lichfield resident and business man says of his challenge:

“When I first signed up for the challenge in September, I didn’t quite realise how tough it would be. I knew I wanted to get involved with Help for Heroes and ambitiously decided on the Vietnam Jungle trek.

“After receiving the information pack, I soon realised how difficult it was going to be and managed to convince a client and now friend to do it with me. After months of personal training, a complete change of eating habits and no mince pies over the Christmas period I think I’m finally fit enough to get through it.”

Steve, an altruistic soul will start the challenge on Tuesday 1st April in Hoa Binh province at Tan Lac, where he will trek along the beautiful valley to Ngo Luong. The ten day trek will see Steve and his team partner Shane Willmoth walk 90km through Ban Hin, Ban Kho Muong, the original Ho Chi Minh Trail and finish off at through Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Ma River in Hanoi.

Currently Team SRC as Steve and Shane are known have already raised a staggering £6,257 with more activities to come to reach that lofty £10,000 target. Steve, now a regular gym goer due to the trek has also organised a charity night at Virgin Active in Shenstone featuring the popular music act Middle Eight, who have also donated their time to the cause at ‘cost’.

Just under a week to go!

25.03.14 - Just under a week to go!

Yes, it’s come around quickly!

Team SRC  jet off to the Vietnam Jungle this weekend (29 March) to take on the treacherous jungle to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Both Steve Collins and trekking partner Shane Willmoth are now  fighting fit after months of hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears but are still concerned at the challenge that lies ahead.

The Midlands based fire safety and prevention business has pledged to raise (with trekking partner) a whopping £10,000 for the soldiers’ charity and has also decided to throw an after party to continue their charity drive.

Show your support by sponsoring us before the Trek or come along to our Charity Night in May.

Fire Safety – it pays to be safe

14.11.13 - Fire Safety – it pays to be safe


Fire prevention is currently a hot topic in the UK with Fire Services urging the public to be on guard with possible fire hazards during their planned strikes.

SRC can only reiterate the message that Fire prevention, especially in the work place and sleeping accommodation is key to preventing potentially hazardous fires.

Throughout the winter Fire Safety should be on everyone’s minds, not just the Fire Service and professionals like ourselves as everyone cranks up the heat, uses additional heating such as calor gas fires and electric fan heaters and therefore increasing the risk of fire.

The biggest aid in Fire prevention is the use and installation of working smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are recommended to be replaced every 10 years due to reliability and False alarm management (Both of which are British Standard Compliance issues).

Below is a statement straight from the biggest supplier of smoke detectors’ website

Recommended Working Life of Apollo Detectors

Detectors manufactured by Apollo have a recommended working life of 10 years when used in dry, non-corrosive atmospheres and provided that they are regularly inspected, tested, cleaned and recalibrated as outlined in these pages. This period has been assessed on the basis of information provided by component suppliers and on twenty years’ experience of servicing these products.

Most Apollo detectors will continue to operate within specification after 10 years’ service, however, gradual deterioration of integrity and reliability should be allowed for.

In the interests of safety and the avoidance of unwanted alarms, Apollo recommends the routine replacement of detectors after 10 years’ service.

We have a fantastic offer on detector replacements valid until 1st January 2014;

Apollo S60 or S65 detectors         £32.50 each

Apollo XP95 detectors                   £42.50 each


There are other manufacturers in the market place, there are similar offers on most.

The offer is based on a minimum of 75 detectors + per site (Like for like replacements only). The price includes all labour and travel. There is a 50% deposit required on all orders then balance to be paid 30days month end.

All prices Exclude VAT.

To take advantage of this winter offer, please contact us




Productive Weekend at the Medex & Healthcare Forum 2013

18.06.13 - Productive Weekend at the Medex & Healthcare Forum 2013

We had an extremely productive weekend at the Medex & Healthcare Forum 2013 at the Epic Sana Resort in the Algarve. We met with buyers and suppliers from some of the UK’s top Healthcare organisations.

We would like to thank DP Events and the Hotel Staff for their incredible hospitality in a beautiful location.

Fire at Egger UK factory in Hexham

31.05.13 - Fire at Egger UK factory in Hexham

The fire at the Egger UK wood-product plant in Hexham. A Full investigation has been launched into a huge blaze at one of Northumberland’s biggest factories. Sixty firefighters from across the North East tackled the fire at the Egger UK wood-product plant in Hexham.

Full Production at the factory has been temporarily suspended and the organisation will be working with Fire investigators to determine the exact cause of the Fire. The intensity of the blaze was due to thermal oil used in the heating system catching fire and our engineers.

Roads were closed and nearby care home residents evacuated as fire crews from seven stations in three counties tackled the incident. As a full-scale investigation into the cause was launched, Egger management and police confirmed there had been no casualties.

It is believed the blaze, confined to the factory’s heat-generating biomass plant, was caused by thermal oil igniting and rupturing a pipe. As flames and a huge pall of smoke rose into the night sky at 10.30pm on Sunday, fire officers threw a 200-metre safety cordon around the plant.

Severe Fire in Birmingham – Smurfit Kappa Paper Mill

18.04.13 - Severe Fire in Birmingham – Smurfit Kappa Paper Mill

Around 10,000 Tonnes of paper and cardboard are on fire at the Smurfit Kappa Paper Mill in Birmingham, West Midlands.

More than 15 Fire Engines were on the scene of the Blaze at the Smurfit Kappa Paper Mill as reported by West Midlands Fire Service. Over 100 firefighters remain at the scene of the fire.

Station commander Mal Fellows said the service had help from a police helicopter to keep the fire under control.

“It’s been particularly difficult due to the high winds and the size of the site.”

“We’re pretty sure we’ve actually contained this within the boundary.”

“There is a good fire plan at Kappa but we’ve put crews in place to stop the fire spreading.”

“We’ve had small fires throughout the night from burning embers but we’ve been spotting those and we utilised the police helicopter to spot these which has been a great asset for us.”

There have been no reported injuries and local residents have been advised to keep all windows and doors shut although the material that caught fire is not toxic.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world with more than 41,000 employees in 32 countries, the company’s website says.

It is thought the fire started in an outside storage area and the cause of the fire is being investigated and CCTV footage being reviewed.

Cuming Museum Fire, London

26.03.13 - Cuming Museum Fire, London

Devastated by the news of the fire on the Walworth Road this afternoon. The old Walworth town hall building next to the Heygate Estate houses the Cuming Museum, and that part of the building seems to have been worst hit by the fire (photo from SE1 on twitter).

The Cuming Museum is not just a great local history museum, it also houses two irreplaceable collections, the 19th century Cuming collection of weird and wonderful global artifacts and Edward Lovett’s collection of objects associated with early 20th century London folklore. It seems inevitable that these collections will have been severely damaged at least, if not destroyed altogether.

It is great news that nobody on site was injured – the fire spread very quickly – and that the same applies to the many firefighters who have helped tackle the blaze.


Emergency Exit Sign Viewing Distances & Considerations (Emergency Lighting)

08.03.13 - Emergency Exit Sign Viewing Distances & Considerations (Emergency Lighting)

When installing Emergency Signage there are a few things that you need to consider and calculations you have to make. When a Fire officer or SRC Fire Engineer is surveying your premises he/she is making sure that occupants of every room can clearly determine the exit route should an emergency situation occur. To make this calculation they will walk around the area or routes and decide where the emergency exit is and the maximum distance somebody could be from it.

This will establish the maximum viewing distance.

The maximum viewing distance deemed safe to be viewed from is given in BS 5266 Pt7  and you will need to work to these guidelines. We will be featuring the SRC Fire version of the guidelines in the coming months. This will be an easy to read and understand visual guide so stay tuned for that.

In short, below are the guidelines for:

Internally Illuminated Exit Sign

The maximum viewing distance is 200 x the panel height.

Therefore if the sign is 175mm high then the maximum viewing distance is 35000mm or 35 meters.
175mm x 200 = 35000 mm (35 meters)


12 inches x 200 = 2400 inches (200 feet)

Externally Illuminated Exit Sign

The maximum viewing distance is 100 x the panel height.

Therefore if the sign is 175mm high then the maximum viewing distance is 17500mm or 17.5 meters.

175mm x 100 = 17500 mm (17.5 meters)


12 inches x 100 = 1200 inches (100 feet)



Greater viewing distances are achieved through internally illuminated exit signs. Externally illuminated signs are easy to install but they still need an emergency light to illuminate it during loss of power. If you have limited space above an emergency exit door and can only use a smaller sign, but the room is bigger than the viewing distance, then you will need more than one sign to indicate the direction of travel.

The above information is an overview guide. We recommend that you always seek advice from qualified emergency signage/lighting installer to ensure that you comply with the local and national laws.



SRC Fire Safety Launches New Website

06.12.12 - SRC Fire Safety Launches New Website

SRC Fire Safety have been working with Lightbox Creative Studio to develop our new Content Management Website. The website Communicates the areas that we cover including Birmingham and London and also offers an overview of the services that we offer:

  • Fire Alarm Systems installation & maintenance
  • Emergency Lighting installation & maintenance
  • Access Control Systems
  • CCTV
  • Fire Extinguishers

We will be updating the website with case studies, client testimonials and useful fire safety tips. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Click the following links and follow us: