Agrippa fire door holders prove the perfect prescription at leading hospital


Acoustic fire door holders installed by Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust

Agrippa acoustic fire door holders are proving a great success at one of the North East’s largest hospital trusts, where they are legally holding open fire doors, helping to ease access through busy corridors while protecting occupants in the event of a fire alarm.

Designed for ease of installation and quick fitting to any door, Agrippa door holders use Geofire’s unique, advanced digital technology to uniquely ‘listen and learn’ the sound of a specific fire alarm. This ensures the holder’s releasing trigger reacts only to the precise sound of the fire alarm rather than extraneous loud noises, so false activations are virtually eliminated.

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust’s fire safety advisor recognises that, for many, fire doors can be a barrier to access, particularly for wheelchairs users and people with restricted mobility.

“Agrippa fire door holders have proved to be the perfect solution within certain areas of the trust – compact, easy to fit and programme,” he said.

“Additionally, their ‘learning’ of the specific fire alarm means that they work perfectly with our alarm bells and there have been no false closures due to loud noises."

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As a retrofit solution, Agrippa acoustic devices are designed for ease of installation and can be fitted quickly to any door. The magnetic fire door holder is mounted behind the door at either floor level or at the top of the door. A unique learning function optimises settings to suit the installed position, and it can be programmed for timed daily releases. It will not cause damage to flooring, and can be reapplied or moved with minimal fuss. It requires only two C cell batteries, which last for 12 months, has battery life indication and low battery warning. It is approved to EN1155 and CE Marked.