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Protec History


Protec Fire Detection Plc was initially formed by our current Managing Director - Mr B Russell in September 1968.  The business was then known as 'Protec Fire Alarms' and basically operated as an installer of fire alarm systems.

Through forming an association with Mr J B Merrin, a partnership developed which then became 'R M Protec Fire Detection {Nelson} Limited'.

Through the newly formed partnership and considering the technical background of Mr J B Merrin a decision was made to manufacture an exclusive range of fire alarm and emergency lighting equipment. The necessity to enter the manufacturing industry resulted from poor service and frustrations in obtaining suitable equipment from established sources.

The progression of the partnership lead to a Private Limited Company being formed on the 16th May 1974.  Continued progression and national expansion led to the Company's name being re-registered on the 30th July 1984, then becoming 'Protec Fire Detection Limited'.


During the period to-date from 1984, major changes have taken place within the Company which included the appointment of additional Directors, opening of Regional Offices, together with the acquisition of Sterling Cristel Limited, Camerfield Limited and Face Macanda Limited and Hacousto Ltd.  In addition, the Production and Head Office accommodation has been relocated following the construction of a purpose built Factory, Offices and High Bay warehouse at Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, Nelson.

Resulting from the above, a large number of additional jobs have been created, the current payroll is in excess of 750.

The current Company structure, includes high calibre staff, providing services which include Research and Development, Manufacturing, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance.


During the year 1990 the status of the Company was revised, following advice presented to the Directors, which included adjusted share issue levels and effectively amending the registration to PROTEC FIRE DETECTION PLC.
Protec offer a full 24 hour 365 day manned call out service and the department has a team of over 200 engineers based throughout the country and fully equipped to deal with most emergencies. The department operates a computer system to provide 'finger tip' access to information relating to the status, programming and historical information of all Engineering activities.


During July 1994 an independent Blackburn based Sprinkler Company (formally Camerfield Ltd) was acquired by Protec Fire Detection Plc. The complete operation together with all staff have been re-located within our Nelson Complex and continue to provide fixed Extinguishing Systems under the heading of Protec Camerfield Limited, an integral part of the Protec Group.


A new modern purpose built extension has recently been completed to accommodate the expanding administration personnel.

The regional offices offer design and estimating personnel, sales engineers, installation projecting staff and service and maintenance control teams, predominantly serving Clients within their sector of the Country.

Protec are currently the largest independent fire detection manufacturer in the UK and our reputation is built upon solid and reliable systems meeting the needs of a variety of applications.  We are able to offer a full package to our clients from planning and design, optional installation and project management, through to the commissioning and maintenance.

From Fire Alarm systems it was a natural progression to providing Emergency Lighting, Fire Suppression, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Ansul R-102 Systems, Voice Evacuation/Public Address, Security and CCTV systems.  This enables Protec to offer a tailor made complete package to suit customer requirements.

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