Extended Service, Periodic Discharge Testing and Pressure Testing
In addition to basic annual maintenance, every few years, (as a rough guide, 5 years for water, foam and powder and 10 years for CO2) extinguishers must be discharge tested (extended service or, for CO2, overhaul service) to make sure they actually work and are in good condition internally.

Fire Safety Services

With water and AFFF foam, they can be refilled on site. Powder will be too messy for this and CO2 extinguishers require specialist hydraulic testing in a workshop. The technician will usually exchange these for ones that have been factory tested rather than discharge in-situ.
Please note that we tend to replace these with new as our price for new products is usually less than the price to refill or test. Plus, as that extinguisher is already 5 years old, it is possible to pay for the test and refill this year and for it to fail the service and need replacing next year.

Commissioning Service
When it is removed from the box, each fire extinguisher needs an initial inspection; called a commissioning service in the British Standard 5306 part 3. It should be carried out by a competent person on site after delivery. Failure to have the extinguisher commissioned by a certified technician on site runs the risk of invalidating fire insurance cover and is a requirement of a thorough risk assessment for the current Fire Regulations (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005).
Note: Beware of companies offering to "commission" or "certify" and extinguisher before delivery. This is not acceptable as the unit may be damaged during delivery. Also, the commissioning service includes positioning in the correct location and checking suitability for the location.

Installation Service
All extinguishers must be fixed in a permanent position. Ones with contents of 3 kg or 3 litres and above should be wall-mounted so that the handles are one metre from the floor. This also includes the common 2kg CO2 extinguisher. Smaller ones need to be mounted so that handles are one and a half metres from the floor level.
Our new extinguishers are supplied with a suitable wall mounting bracket in the box. The back of the extinguisher will have a bracket holder welded onto the body and all UK models are the same fitting. CO2 extinguishers have a little hole on the back side of the brass valve by the handles.
If you transport the extinguishers, take a look at transport brackets and straps for extra support. Most 1kg and 2kg powders will come with a wire clip bracket suitable for transport.
As many of our modern shops and offices have partition walls or expanses of glass, this may not be always practical. In that case, a fire extinguisher stand would be suitable.

The "responsible person" (the person responsible for the fire safety equipment at the premises or area of risk) has a duty to visually inspect the item at least monthly to include the following:

a.    each extinguisher is correctly located in the designated place
b.    each extinguisher is unobstructed and visible
c.    the operating instructions of each extinguisher are clean and legible and face outwards
d.    each extinguisher has not been operated and is not obviously damaged or has any missing parts
e.    the pressure gauge or indicator is within the correct pressure range
f.    the tamper seals or OK indicators of each extinguisher are not broken or missing

The results of these visual inspections should be recorded in a fire log book and corrective action, if necessary, is arranged. In the event of doubt the responsible person should arrange for a competent person (a certified extinguisher technician) to examine the extinguisher



You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.
Carrying out the assessment
1.    Identify the fire hazards.
2.    Identify people at risk.
3.    Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
4.    Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
5.    Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
You’ll need to consider:
•    emergency routes and exits
•    fire detection and warning systems
•    fire fighting equipment
•    the removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
•    an emergency fire evacuation plan
•    the needs of vulnerable people, eg the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
•    providing information to employees and other people on the premises
•    staff fire safety training
Help with the assessment
The responsible person can do the fire risk assessment themselves with the help of standard fire safety advice documents.
If you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself you’ll need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help, eg a professional risk assessor.

 Our fully trained assessor will visit your premises to carry out a full audit of your existing building and procedures. You will then be provided with an easy to understand report detailing any action that is required from you together with a timeframe for action. This will form the basis of your workplace’s on-going fire safety procedures and demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.


Access Control can be used for limiting or increasing access to areas as well as recording/providing records of movement within buildings via control software.  This software can also be used to control the Access Control remotely to allow for full management.
All our Access Control systems are designed and installed to NSI standard and the current European Standards. We are also able to offer bespoke systems when required for a specific need.
When designing and installing an Access Control system there are plenty of external effects that have to be considered (for example DDA Regulation and Emergency exit procedures) as these can stipulate what type of equipment has to be used in order to comply with regulations. Boden Fire and Security are able to work with the customer to make sure they obtain the correct working systems for all involved.


Our expertise covers
•    Listed Buildings
•    Industrial Sector
•    MOD
•    Hospitals
•    Residential
•    Recreation and Public Places
•    Commercial Sector
•    Shopping Centres & Retail

Any business that has an Emergency Lighting system needs to keep it functional and without faults by using a service partner to keep it maintained in accordance with British Standards.
Trojan Fire & Security Ltd undertakes maintenance of all components.


Effective and reliable solutions
Trojan Fire & Security Ltd install state-of-the-art, open protocol detection systems that are focused on reliability and meeting the specific needs of the client. We design, supply, install, commission, verify and maintain all fire safety systems.

Maintenance & Servicing  
Any business that has a fire alarm system needs to keep it functional and without faults by using a service partner to keep it maintained in accordance with British Standards.
Trojan Fire & Security Ltd undertakes maintenance of all components within Analogue Addressable and Conventional Fire Alarm systems including:
•    Control Panels
•    Break Glass Call Points
•    Sounders & Bells
•    Smoke and Heat Detection
•    Interlinking Systems
•    Other Ancillary Equipment


Who is Responsible?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order applies to all non-domestic buildings in the UK. Put simply, all building owners, landlords, employers and head teachers are responsible for fire safety; with a duty to ensure that all fire doors have the correct hardware fitted and are properly maintained.

If hinges collapse, a door closer weakens or a latch wears badly, it’s unlikely that the door will maintain its critical self-closing function. This could result in fatal consequences. Non-compliance can result in heavy fines or even imprisonment, even if it hasn’t led to an injury.

Essential Ironmongery

This refers to hinges, closers, locks, latches and panic hardware. These items ensure that the door leaf stays closed within its frame in a fire emergency. All items should be CE marked, along with third party certification, such as Certifire.

On July the 1st 2013, the Construction Products Regulation will come into full force. This means that the CE marking becomes mandatory.

With a huge range of fully certified and compatible products for fire doors, we can save you time sourcing the correct fittings. All of our ironmongery is covered by a minimum 5 year guarantee, giving you quality assurance and peace of mind.


Providing Fire Door Inspections, Site Surveys, New and Upgraded Bespoke fire doors in Maidenhead, Slough, Reading, London and outside our local area up to an 80 mile radius from Maidenhead.

The legislation around fire door safety is extensive and for good reason. The safety of your staff and premises is of the utmost importance but it is often something that is unknowingly compromised. The 'Fire Door' is the first line of defence between you and the fire and plays a crucial role in restricting the spread of fire and smoke, thus reducing injury, property damage and death.

When you call upon the services of Trojan Fire Safety including Fire Door Inspections, Certification and Installation, we will quickly establish if the products you have in place have been well maintained and that both you and your premises are fully compliant to Fire Safety Regulations as well as safe.


Whether your requirements are for small conventional fire alarm and detection systems or large multi-panel networked systems, Vipond Fire Protection can take you through every step of the way from planning and design to installation and commissioning, ultimately offering a service and maintenance contract to ensure continued compliance throughout the life of the system. We also offer fire alarm inspections after a completed project goes live.

Vipond Fire Protection draws on considerable experience gained from working with clients as diverse as Matalan PLC, Peacocks Group, Chevron, Quaker Oats, Emtec FS, GSH Group and installing and maintaining fire detection and alarm systems for many more national and international customers.

Fire Alarm Systems

  •     Aspirating smoke detection systems
  •     Disabled refuge systems
  •     Emergency lighting systems
  •     Fire detection and alarms
  •     Gas suppression system
  •     Linear heat cable detection systems
  •     PC based graphics systems

Designed to give security while retaining convenient access our door entry systems help control the authorised access to your property and add value and safety We can offer a wide range of door entry systems to suit your requirement. A wide selection of additional equipment can be incorporated into the system to fully realise your needs.

These worthy additions are available ranging from simple code access keypads-key ring fob ID cards to biometric readers.


Cameras can be bought on their own, or as part of a whole security package. Costs range from around £20 for one wired camera with a night-vision range of five metres, to around £450 for a vandal-proof camera.

You will need to buy some equipment to accompany the camera, depending on what type you choose, such as connectors and a digital video recorder (DVR) to store and view the footage. You can also buy dummy cameras for around £10.

CCTV is just one line of defence against crime and works best when combined with other measures, such as door and window locks, gravel around your property, security lights and a burglar alarm.


How do fire alarms work?

    Optical fire alarms – a laser inside the alarm is shone over a receptor, which when blocked by smoke causes an alarm to sound. Optical alarms are good for detecting slower burning fires which give off larger smoke particles.
    Ionisation alarms – two electronically charged plates and a small amount of radiation ionise the air inside this type of alarm system; smoke from a fire neutralises this air and sets off the alarm. Ionisation fire alarms are best at detecting small smoke particles which are typically given off by high flaming fires.
    Combined alarms – contain both optical and ionising systems for the best protection.

Fire alarms for commercial buildings and businesses

Fire Alarm system

Fire sprinklers are a good addition
to your fire safety system

There are many fire alarm options for commercial buildings in London, consult with a fire alarm specialist to find the best solution to suit the size and type of your property. We always go and visit the building first to assess what kind of alarm system the client needs, larger companies for instance often need more sophisticated systems. Some companies are now choosing to install wireless alarms, which are good for complexes spread over several buildings, such as university campuses.

As well as installing standard smoke alarms and manual break glass boxes in commercial buildings, many companies choose to add extra fire safety features such as fire sprinklers and fire doors to stop the spread of fire. You can get addressable fire alarms which are more specific on the location of the fire, these types of alarms can be linked to the fire service and are particularly good for large buildings – they are legally required in sheltered housing.

Legally, businesses and commercial premises must have adequate alarm systems. This means alarms must be fitted by a professional and comply with building regulations, “We have to comply with fire regulations, This means products have to meet the British Standard Institution (BSI). Commercial fire alarm systems also need to be maintained properly and tested regularly by a professional.