Global Fire Equipment (GFE) awarded EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval, demonstrating compatibility and connectivity of its systems

Leading fire detection equipment manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has been awarded EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 system compatibility approval, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers best-in-class fire detection and alarm solutions.

An international third-party accredited laboratory awarded GFE the EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval for its entry level and high-end addressable fire detection and alarm systems.

EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 is one of 23 standards for fire detection and alarm (product) systems (FDASs) in the EN54 series of standards. The European standards define the requirements, test methods and performance criteria required by various individual components making up FDAS.

EN 54-13 differs from the other standards because it is a system performance standard rather than a product standard.  It is a particularly important standard as it confirms the compatibility and connectivity of all the individual components of a FDAS to work together. EN54-13 was first published in 2005 and has since been adapted with a number of technical revisions. As such, the 2005 edition is recognised as being outdated and will soon become obsolete.

João Paulo Ajami, Managing Director of GFE, comments: “We are delighted to have been awarded the latest EN 54-13 approval. When specifying fire detection and alarm solutions it is always advisable to specify that the system approval should be the latest version and, as such, this announcement brings GFE right up to date. This is a significant achievement and further demonstrates our commitment to compliance and innovation. Our customers now have the added reassurance that each individual component of our fire systems will work in conjunction with the other components which, in turn, conform to the relevant standard for that particular component.

“We have witnessed a marked increase in the number of authorities, specifiers, installers and end users requesting EN 54-13 compliance, and we’re also seeing EN 54-13 compliance being stated in the approval requirements for commercial installations in several European countries.  Now, with the full EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval in place, we can guarantee that our entire systems and fire control panel networks offer compatibility and connectivity.”

Global Fire Equipment appoints new Technical Support Engineer for the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East

Leading European-based fire detection manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has appointed Sudeep Dalvi as Technical Support Engineer to cater for the company’s growing customer base in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Sudeep will be responsible for providing advanced technical support for GFE’s partners’ installation and service teams, developing and delivering technical training, as well as writing technical specifications for GFE’s product ranges and strengthening the company’s existing pre- and post-sales technical support for customers in these key regions.

Sudeep has extensive experience in the fire detection industry having worked across project planning, installation, commissioning and maintenance roles for two leading international suppliers to the fire detection and safety industry.

Based in Mumbai, India, Sudeep will report to Vikrant Patil, GFE’s Regional Director for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Paul Pope, Global Fire Group’s Business Development Director Worldwide, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Sudeep to the company. His vast experience in providing technical support for fire detection solutions across commercial, industrial and marine sectors make him ideally placed to further strengthen our offering for both existing and new customers in India, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East, all of which are strategically important regions for GFE.”

Commenting on his role, Sudeep adds: “It’s an exciting time to be joining GFE as the company has a very strong product offering and is experiencing substantial growth. There are a number of large-scale projects in the pipeline in the regions I’ll be covering, so I know my skillset and technical expertise will add value as these projects come to fruition. I’m very much looking forward to this exciting challenge and collaborating with my new colleagues at GFE.”

Global Fire Equipment launches the G-One, a versatile addressable single loop fire control panel with advanced connectivity

Innovative manufacturer of fire detection equipment, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has added to its product portfolio with the launch of G-One, a versatile addressable single loop fire control panel with advanced connectivity.

The G-One has been designed with affordability and flexibility in mind. Thanks to its sophisticated design, easy installation and intuitive commissioning, it is an ideal solution for a wide range of single loop applications, from offices and restaurants, to shops, schools and more.  The control panel can be either surface or recessed mounted.

CPR Certified to EN54-2 and EN54-4, the G-One offers advanced Chameleon peer-to-peer multi-master network communications and is capable of being networked with up to 32 fire control panels from the GFE range. The control panel has a high-integrity digital protocol for resilient high- speed monitoring and data communication with up to 250 devices on a single loop. Powerful cause and effect programming capabilities, along with enhanced system diagnostics performance, are also offered by the panel.

One of the unique benefits offered by the G-One panel is its installer-friendly dynamic, automatic self-learn facility, which continuously auto-learns, without human intervention, bypassing the traditional manually initiated auto-learn process.  The G-One also features a unique high resolution back-lit blue graphical LCD display, which ensures a clear and effective user interface.

The G-One is fully compatible with all GFE-manufactured digital analogue-addressable loop devices and its menu structure is identical to existing GFE panels, ensuring familiarity and ease of operation for users.

Paul Pope, Group Business Development Director Worldwide, at GFE, comments: “We are delighted to bring to market this highly versatile fire control panel. The G-One incorporates sophisticated peer-to-peer multi-master network communications and powerful cause and effect programming capability, the panel is easy to install, programme and operate, making it the ideal choice for a wide range of single loop applications. We are confident that G-One will be well-received by our international customer base.”



Paul Pope, Group Business Development Director for Global Fire Equipment, re-elected to main board of Fire Industry Association (FIA).

Global Fire Equipment is delighted to announce that its Global Business Development Director, Paul Pope Eng.Tech AIFireE, has been re-elected to the main board of the Fire Industry Association (FIA). This is Paul’s third consecutive term on the board.

Paul was also elected as Vice Chair of the FIA’s Fire Detection and Alarm Council which represents manufacturers and suppliers of fire detection and alarm equipment. In addition, Paul remains the Vice Chair of the Service Council and has also been appointed to a new position on the FIA’s Export Council.

Paul Pope comments: “As someone who is firmly committed to improving standards within the fire safety sector, I am thrilled to have been re-elected to the FIA’s main board and appointed as Vice Chair of the Fire Detection and Alarm Council. I am also very pleased to have been elected to the Export Council for the first time, particularly at such an important time for the sector with Brexit fast approaching.”

Paul has previously sat on the FIA’s main board for four years and has been involved in the Fire Detection and Alarm Council for more than 12 years.

Global Fire Equipment (GFE) appoints Vikrant Patil as Regional Director for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to help drive further growth in this key market

Global Fire Equipment (GFE) appoints Vikrant Patil as Regional Director for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to help drive further growth in this key market. Leading fire detection equipment manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has set its sights on further growth in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with the appointment of Vikrant Patil as Regional Director to help deliver the company’s ambitious growth plans for this key market. In this newly created role, Vikrant will be responsible for strengthening GFE’s brand awareness. Operating out of Mumbai, Vikrant will travel the length and breadth of the region to establish new long-term commercial partnerships and sales opportunities with installers, distributors and end users. Vikrant brings more than 25 years’ experience of both process automation and fire detection solutions to the role, having worked for some of the world’s leading pioneers in automation – including Emerson (USA), Mettler Toledo (Switzerland) and Krohne Marshall – and in fire detection, having spent the past seven years as Regional Sales Manager for India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives for a leading manufacture in fire safety. Vikrant’s previous experience includes product management, customer support, OEM sales, project sales, business development and channel development. With extensive experience of channel and distribution management, Vikrant is ideally placed to strengthen GFE’s presence in India and across the region to drive sustainable growth for the brand. Paul Pope, Global Fire Equipment’s Business Development Director Worldwide, comments: “India is a key target market in GFE’s growth strategy. We anticipate considerable interest in our products and solutions, which are ideal for this market.” Joao Paulo Ajami, Managing Director of Global Fire says: “We’re delighted to have Vikrant on board to help capitalise on the growth opportunities this dynamic region presents. Vikrant’s in-depth understanding of the local fire detection industry, coupled with his vast automation and fire detection technical expertise, make him an ideal addition to GFE’s global sales team. Having Vikrant present on the ground in India is bound to have a positive impact on developing new customers and providing ongoing support.” Commenting on his role, Vikrant adds: “I’m delighted to join the GFE team at this exciting time. I believe the company has the best-in-class products, solutions and customer support to ensure its ambitious growth plans can be achieved.” With a manufacturing base in Europe, GFE is part of the GSS Group which also includes the emergency lighting company Createch. In his new role Vikrant will also be responsible for sales of Createch’s emergency lighting equipment, which is also manufactured in Europe.