Apollo protects the Brazilian President from risk of fire

A new fire detection system based on Apollo technology has been installed at the Palàcio do Planalto in Brasilia, the official workplace of the President of Brazil. The contract to ensure that this landmark building continued to meet the latest fire protection requirements was awarded to Ezalpha MV.

The Palàcio do Planalto is a landmark building situated in the heart of Brazil’s capital city. It dates back to the planning and development of the city in 1956 and was designed by Principal Architect Oscar Niemeyer to showcase modern building materials such as concrete and glass. Along with other original buildings in Brasilia’s centre, it forms part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

Marcelo B de Vasconcellos, Director of Ezalpha MV, said:

“Ezalpha MV is very proud of its work at the Palàcio do Planalto, which will protect part of our national heritage. We have considerable experience in heritage applications, having also provided fire detection for the Palacio da Guanabara and Music City, both of which are in Rio de Janeiro.

“We won this fire detection contract through a combination of our own experience, the quality of Apollo’s products and because they held all the right certifications, thus meeting the client’s specification.”

Ezalpha MV recommended a fire system based on Apollo’s analogue addressable technology. Key features include flexible system configuration; continuous confirmation of system integrity; a pre-alarm to help reduce false alarm incidents; and verification of alarm levels to further reduce false alarms.

Many of these features were of particular importance at the Palàcio do Planalto, because it was essential to provide continuous and comprehensive fire protection, while ensuring that affairs of state would not be interrupted by non-fire alarms. In addition, the work of Government could not be stopped while the fire system was installed, so Ezalpha MV chose Apollo fire detectors for their simplicity of installation and commissioning. The company’s team of engineers worked around the clock to make sure the new fire detection system was completed within the client’s timescale.

Ezalpha MV has installed more than 2,000 Apollo fire detection devices in total, including 1,000 optical and heat detectors, plus sounder bases and manual call points. They also used aspirating detectors in some areas. The fire detection devices were configured around eight networked control panels. The company also supplied and installed an FM200 extinguishing system.

Marcelo concludes:

“Apollo analogue addressable fire detectors were perfect for this application. The products were simple to install and now provide the reassurance and reliability required to safeguard our President and senior Cabinet members from the risk of fire.”