January 28, 2021 – Fire monitoring system upgrade in McGill buildings

*** UPDATE - March 5, 2021: The fire monitoring system upgrade has now been completed in all McGill buildings. ***

McGill is currently upgrading the fire monitoring external network in all its buildings. The external network is what links our buildings’ fire alarms to the external alarm monitoring centre.

The work has been completed in several buildings (see list below), but replacing the systems in all buildings will require several more weeks.

The process will not affect the internal systems used to detect and suppress fire (detectors, alarm panels, sprinklers) or to alert building users (manual pull stations, bells, horns). All work conducted as of February 1, 2021 will however affect the connection between the internal systems and the external monitoring centre.

As the external monitoring centre will not be automatically alerted if there is a fire alarm during the transition, security agents will patrol buildings on an hourly rotational basis 24/7. Additionally, we wish to remind building users that in the event of a fire alarm, you should always alert Security Services by calling 514-398-3000 (downtown campus) or 514-398-7777 (Macdonald campus) immediately after exiting the building.

With fewer people around, everyone’s vigilance and collaboration are more important than ever, as there may not be evacuation teams around. We take this opportunity to invite you to watch this video to review emergency evacuation procedures, as they were recently updated in accordance with COVID-19 prevention measures.

Upgrade tracker

To keep you informed on the progress of the upgrade, buildings are added to the list below when their fire monitoring system has been upgraded and it is fully functional again. This list will be updated weekly. For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Fire Prevention by fireprevention [at] mcgill.ca (email).

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