Project Description

Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust Case Study

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself. WWT Slimbridge is one of nine wetland centres across the UK, founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946 and is now a world-renowned reserve for water birds. Its new £6.2m visitor centre houses a wildlife art gallery, The Hanson Discovery Centre, the Waterside Restaurant, a cinema and the Sloane Observation Tower. Wild swans from Russia come every winter and all six types of flamingos delight the crowds in summer.

Client’s Requirements

Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust required an update to its fire alarm system to provide them with state of the art fire protection. CIA Fire and Security were required to upgrade the old system, which was rapidly becoming outdated.

CIA introduced Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust to EMS, the UK’s number one developer and manufacturer of wireless and hybrid fire detection products. EMS were chosen as the preferred supplier for the site as it provides the best solution for a robust fire alarm system that can be easily adapted without too much disruption.

Project Summary

The installation provided several challenges for CIA’s engineers due to the wildlife present and the challenging layout of the site. CIA was aware of the WWT’s on-going conservation projects, including the Spoon-billed Sandpiper project and the Great Crane project, and had to ensure its engineers were sensitive to their surroundings so they didn’t disrupt the conservation projects.

The system installed by CIA is a wireless system that can be easily adapted. Due to the nature of conservation areas changes to the site may need to take place, the new fire system can be altered to reflect any on-going changes made to Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust.

System Installed – Fire Alarm System

130 x Sounders

22 x Red Strobes

190 x Optical Smoke Detectors

32 x ROR Heat Detectors

55 x Red EMS Manual Call Points

Alarm log book, user testing and plan provided


“CIA has done a fantastic job on our fire alarm system. They were extremely helpful throughout the entire process and have provided extensive training on how to test the alarm. We look forward to working with them in the future.” – Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust