Fire alarm control panels (FACP) are systems, which receive information from input devices (smoke detectors, heat detectors, etc.) process the information, and trigger and output device (audio or visual alarm).

Fire alarm control panels may have a long list of specialty features which may include (but are not limited to); acknowledge or silence, back-up batteries, built-in printer, data storage, explosion-proof housing, pre-alarm, intrinsically safe (IS) operation, a paging system for voice evacuation, modular construction, outdoor ratings, fire alarm control panels with a PC interface, programming options, remote telephone interface, submersible ratings, volume control adjustments, or web enabling.