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New head of fire products for hazardous areas

Author : J GALE

16 February 2011

Siemens has appointed a new Head of Fire Products to further strengthen its focus on the Fire Products sector in the UK (part of the successful Building Technologies - I BT - division).

Derrick Hall, who was previously employed as National Sales Manager for Siemens’ Fire Safety division for seven years, brings more than 15 years’ experience to the role.

Commenting on his new role, Derrick said: “I’m looking forward to my new position and helping to shape further business development in this area of our business. This increased focus will be instrumental in the ongoing development of Siemens I BT as we respond to the needs of the industry and our customers. It enables us to explore new markets for our innovative Cerberus PRO range of fire detection and alarm products, expanding the reach of this technology through our network of approved value added partners (VAPs).”

With significant previous experience in the fire industry, Derrick has seen it change and evolve in recent years. He believes that the future of fire safety products lies in the use of IT networks to develop innovative solutions.

“There is a need to address the challenges faced by new legislation and to put greater emphasis on the performance of detection systems in terms of the speed of response to fires, but also reducing false alarms.

“The industry will have more responsibility for environmental impact both in detecting fire early enough and in not responding to false alarms and the use of remote servicing and diagnostics. Cerberus PRO is an innovative range of products which addresses both these issues, helping to cut through some of the confusion that currently exists.” explained Derrick.

As Head of Fire Products for Siemens I BT, Derrick will report to Barry Glew, divisional managing director, who added: “With an increased focus on fire safety products, which is further strengthened with Derrick’s appointment, Siemens aims to bring added value to our existing, and future, customer base, while strengthening our overall market position in the fire products and safety industry.

“Siemens is now able to offer an exclusive and industry-leading range of products to our partners, and Derrick’s experience will ensure this area of the business goes from strength to strength. We are delighted to welcome him to the role.”

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