The new Mystique Community Ice Center opened its doors in Dubuque, Iowa just in time to meet the chill that’s in the air. Home to the United States Hockey League’s expansion team, the Fighting Saints, the 3,200 seat arena is dedicated to all things ice.
Since the Ice Center, like any sporting venue, may contain large amounts of people at any given time, the Local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) required a voice evacuation system be included in the overall life safety solution provided during construction of the facility. Heartland Fire and Security, a Fike Alarm Systems distributor, proposed Fike’s UL listed Integrated Voice Evacuation System because it is not only an effective means of safely evacuating occupants during an emergency situation, but has the ability to provide live paging and allows for pre-recorded messages to be automatically delivered during any number of hazardous situations. And the Integrated Voice System is designed for easy customization and seamless communication with Fike’s CyberCat® 254 fire alarm control panel. Also installed in the arena, the CyberCat is a fully digital system designed to respond to situations faster than the industry requires, in part by eliminating polling delays and interference.
Victor Obertance of Heartland Fire and Security, explained, “This fully integrated system provides a reliable means of protecting a facility … everything from automatic detection of a fire, to the notification of occupants and emergency responders. Additionally, this system allows responders the ability to provide live instructions to assist in the safe evacuation of all occupants out of the ice arena.”
Dennis Dietzel, Manager of Morse Electrical (the electrical contractor chosen to redesign the entire electrical system to meet the specifications and budget), agreed, “I had worked with Heartland Fire and Fike products in the past and thought they would offer a great solution for this job. In fact, the Fike Integrated Voice Evac system and the CyberCat 254 Fire Alarm system, coupled with the great service of Heartland Fire and Security, make it a no brainer decision. When I considered all factors including functionality, reliability, service and pricing, I knew we were making the right decision.”
Fike’s Integrated Voice System is designed for distributed intelligence and built-in survivability. With such features as integrated back-up amplifiers and multiple levels of fault protection built in, Fike’s system continues to operate effectively, even if one component fails for any reason. Add in the most versatile messaging capability available and the ability to expand the system as facility needs change, and you have THE flexible, reliable answer to your fire alarm/voice evacuation needs.
Fike has long been known for being a leader in service, support and delivery in the fire protection industry … with easy, convenient access to trained, knowledgeable Fike fire protection representatives. Combine that with the most advanced fire alarm technologies, competitively priced to meet all your application needs, and you have the total solution for all your fire alarm and fire protection needs.