• Jackson Fire & Security launch the first Siemens Welsh voice evacuation sounders

Mold-based Jackson Fire & Security have combined with fire alarm manufacturers Siemens to introduce their first Welsh language voice evacuation sounders.

Siemens already had 15 languages integrated into the voice sounder beacons, but Jackson Fire & Security identified the importance of offering the Welsh language as an option to their customers.

Voice sounders are used as part of a voice evacuation system in large public and commercial buildings to quickly alert occupiers to an emergency and instruct them to evacuate the premises. They are used predominately in public buildings, office buildings, hotels and schools.

Jackson Fire & Security identified a need for Welsh voice sounders and have already been met with a positive response from their clients in North Wales, including education facilities and social housing providers.

They were then tasked with finding a suitable candidate for recording the evacuation messages in the Welsh language.

Managing Director Steve Jackson identified Coleg Cambria’s Learn Welsh tutor Eilir Jones as the perfect person to record these important fire safety messages for the Welsh public. Eilir is well-known for his writing and performances and is a regular on Welsh stage, screen and radio.

The Welsh fire and security specialists also called in help from long-term customers Coleg Cambria for the use of their music studio. The excellent facilities provided by Coleg Cambria allowed for the right quality of recordings for Siemens to implement into their system.

David Brennan, Coleg Cambria’s sound engineering and music technician met with managing director Steve Jackson and Eilir Jones at their Yale Campus in Wrexham – which is currently undergoing a £21m refurbishment. David helped coordinate the recordings to ensure they were the quality Siemens needed for their voice sounder beacons.

Managing Director Steve Jackson said: “Jackson Fire & Security are very proud to have led the implementation of the Welsh language into the Siemens voice evacuation system. We express our thanks to chief executive David Jones OBE and David Brennan at Coleg Cambria for their help with the facilities and recordings.

“We also express our gratitude to Eilir Jones for taking the time to record the evacuation messages which he did for us effortlessly.

“We have a fantastic partnership with Siemens Building Technologies and we would like to thank the team at Siemens for their cooperation in working with us to offer this to our Welsh customers.”

Head of Fire Products at Siemens Building Technologies, Rob Yates said: “Voice systems are generally the preferred method for managing the general public in an emergency situation with multilingual voice evacuation sounders able to convey precise information to a wider group of people.

“The Welsh language capability that Jackson has developed is another great example of the bespoke customisation work that our partners have been implementing into our protection system.  Different environments require the right solutions to create the perfectly protected environment.”

Listen to an example recording here.


Jackson Fire & Security contact

Rachel Evans


01352 755 866


About Jackson Fire & Security

Jackson Fire & Security employs 43 people across its Head Office in North Wales and regional branches in North West England, the Midlands, Yorkshire, Teesside, Cambridgeshire and Surrey.

Formed in 1991, the company has built a reputation for quality, reliability and service and is NSI gold-accredited for fire and security systems.

For more information visit: www.jacksonfire.co.uk


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About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at https://www.siemens.com/uk/en/home.html

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