Raman Chagger
Raman Chagger
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Principal Consultant(Fire Detection) at BRE.

The causes of fire fatalities and serious fire injuries in Scotland

Fire fatalities in Great Britain have gradually been decreasing over the last three decades but have now plateaued. This first phase of a research study investigating fire fatalities and serious injuries in Scotland has identified the types of people most…

Development of tests to assess video flame and video smoke detectors

Video fire detectors are increasingly being used to detect fires in areas where traditional detectors may be inappropriate, or where a quicker response is needed or visual verification required. Due to their complex and variable functionality, there are no defined…

Multi-sensor capabilities for false alarm resistance

It has been widely reported that multi-sensors can help to reduce false fire alarms, when compared with standard optical smoke detectors, while still providing early warning of fire. A research study to investigate variations in the types of multi-sensor available,…

Live investigations of false fire alarms

Fire detection and fire alarm systems (FDFAS) are used to provide early warning of fire in order to alert the local Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). FRS attendance at fires saves lives, prevents injury and reduces associated property damage costs.…

The Effectiveness of LED Devices in Warning of Fire

Visual alarm devices (VADs) are used to warn deaf and hard of hearing people in the event of a fire, and to provide silent warnings where required. The effectiveness of VADs, most of which are Xenon or LED flashing light…

Testing the Response of Smoke Detectors

The test fires that are used to assess ionisation and optical smoke detectors were developed in the 1980s, but the materials found in modern service environments have changed since then. There is now a greater use of plastics and flame…

The Causes of False Fire Alarms in Buildings

False alarms from fire detection and fire alarm systems are a problem worldwide, but their underlying causes are not well understood. This article reports on research to investigate the causes of false alarms with the aim of identifying measures to…

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