Aussie convicts safer thanks to Havant company

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TWO prisons in Australia are now safer thanks to fire alarm systems from a Havant company.

Apollo fire detection equipment has been installed in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre and Wolston Correctional Centre, next door to each other in Wacol in Queensland.

Because of the nature of the two facilities, the new fire alarms had to be installed during a six-month phased process.

And extra care also had to be made to try to ensure the chances of a false alarm being triggered are very low.

The Apollo products were installed by Australia-based company Dayshelf Fire Systems.

Adam Lansdown at Dayshelf said: ‘A false alarm at this facility could be dangerous, so the client needed to be confident that the chosen fire detection was reliable and accurate.’

The company says it has the largest share of the Gold Coast fire protection market, and uses Apollo products 95 per cent of the time.

Ampac, who have been representing Apollo in Australia since 1993, were responsible for designing and supplying the system.

Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre is the only assessment and placement centre for female prisoners in South East Queensland.

The centre accommodates up to 258 prisoners across two accommodation areas – secure and residential cells.

The Women’s Correctional Centre includes a purpose-built area that can accommodate those women who have been approved to have their children live with them in custody.

Adjacent is Wolston Correctional Centre, which houses 600 male inmates.

Apollo’s system means that when an alert sounds, the area the alert is from can be pinpointed and an evacuation avoided if it is a false alarm.