COUNTY INSTALLS FIRE DETECTION SYSTEMS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS

COUNTY INSTALLS FIRE DETECTION SYSTEMS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS

County Facilities and Parks Director David King said that once the installations of the new smoke- and heat-sensitive systems are completed, both buildings will be hard-wired to an alarm-monitoring company that can immediately contact the Las Cruces Fire Department, ensuring the fastest possible dispatch of trucks and personnel necessary to fight a fire. All of the alarm points, King said, are addressable, so that fire response can be directed to exactly the right location.
Installation and testing are projected to be complete at the Manager’s Complex by Aug. 25 and at the Courthouse by Sept. 6, King said, adding that the system will provide verbal evacuation instructions through an audio feature in the event of an alarm. King said the price tag for the two systems – $79,977 – represents an investment not only in safety, but also in historical preservation.
“To retrofit these buildings with sprinkler systems would be both visually displeasing and financially prohibitive,” King said. “The systems we chose to install represent a cost-effective compromise that protects human life, valuable information files and the structures themselves without significantly affecting the aesthetics of either building.”
Grinnell Fire Protection Systems of El Paso will install and maintain both systems, King said.