In general, a fire alarm system is classified according to whether it is automatically operated, manually operated, or both. Automatic fire alarm systems are intended to simultaneously notify the monitoring company and building occupants to evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency, to report the event to an off-site location for the purpose of calling emergency services, and to prepare the structure and associated systems to control the spread of fire and smoke.

It is essential to have specialists in the area who have extensive knowledge about the factors of the building and the systems to be implemented in each case.