How does a Fire Alarm System Work?

A fire alarm system  is one of the most important security features of any building.

ESCO Security had the opportunity to partner with Community Fellowship Church in Lancaster Pa, to replace and upgrade their existing fire alarm system.

Community Fellowship Church was in the process of building an addition on to their existing building, so this was the right time to upgrade.

This was also a great opportunity to demonstrate what we consider while designing a fire alarm system and how it works with your commercial building.

Please continue to the video below to join us as we demonstrate the features of this impressive fire alarm system.

Objective: Design a fire alarm system that will notify hundreds of people in attendance on any given Sunday, or during an event outside of their normal gathering times.

ESCO Security took a few things into consideration when designing this system:

  • The fire codes that pertain to this building
  • Tying into the sprinkler system
  • This church is equipped with an elevator that we needed to make sure it could not be used during a fire, or if it is in use, it would not let occupants out on a floor that is compromised
  • During a worship service the music could easily over-power the fire alarm system and cause the occupants to miss the alarm notification


Our team decided that a Kidde VM Fire Alarm System with Voice Evacuation was the right solution for Community Fellowship.



In the video below ESCO Security Technician, Matt Deets, will demonstrate the functions of this fire alarm system and solutions that we implemented that make this system unique to this church.

We are confident that providing a notification with clear instructions will help the occupants evacuate the building quickly and safely. A voice evacuation system also provides the fire department a way to communicate to the occupants throughout the building from the fire alarm panel.

If you have any questions about installing a commercial fire alarm system, ESCO Security would be happy to help you navigate through the requirements and the options that are available to you.