Deaf Message Service alerts deaf people to fire alarms

Fireco, deaf message service

Fireco has developed a technique for sending text messages to the mobile phones of people who are deaf or hard of hearing when the fire alarm sounds in a public place like a supermarket, shopping centre or library. When such a person enters a building with Deaf Message Service (DMS) installed, a sign will advise them to text a location code to the DMS number. When that connection text has been sent, the person will be connected to the DMS service for that location.

The DMS controller unit is hard wired into the control panel. In the event of the fire alarm sounding, a text message will be sent to everyone connected to that location within a few seconds. A DMS controller unit can normally be installed in under half an hour.

Fireco says that one in seven people in the UK suffers some form of deafness.

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