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Plumis – Automist was installed by Eurotec Safety Services of Belfast as a key part of an alternative fire protection scheme to protect the control room within the control tower of the Isle of Man's famous Tourist Trophy (TT) and Manx Grand Prix (MGP) motorbike races, where riders compete on a road circuit of nearly 38 miles. The Isle of Man Government's Department of Tourism and Leisure (DTL) operate a suite of IT systems in support of these annual races and these are all controlled from a tower, situated at the start/finish line in Douglas.
The whole room was undergoing major refurbishment before this year’s event which takes place from 30 May until 12 June. The Island’s Building Control officers stipulated that the room would require additional fire suppression measures because the control room leads off the only escape route. The Department of Infrastructure had worked with Eurotec Safety Services of Belfast on a number of projects in the past and were pleased when Geoff Dougan, Eurotec’s Director recommended the use of Plumis Automist, a simple, yet effective fire protection appliance that uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist. Automist automatically and reliably detects and suppresses incipient fires before they can take hold and cause devastating damage. Each nozzle is designed to provide up to 80m³ of protection or 32m2 of floor area with a ceiling height of 2.4 metres. The system is activated utilising a heat detector as recommended in Approved Document B, effectively eliminating nuisance alarms which would be highly disruptive to the thousands of visitors attending the races. In this case, 2 pumps and 2 sprayheads were used to provide complete protection at a fraction of the cost and with much less disruption than fitting sprinklers. Furthermore, the use of sprinklers was unattractive to the organisers of the races because water damage would have caused a highly inconvenient interruption to the races.
Dayle Collister from the Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure who run the races was very satisfied with the solution and would recommend Automist to resolve similar situations.