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January 27, 2002

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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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"Hope Springs Eternal..."
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My new Fire Alarm Handbook, NICET Level III and IV Element Review, is
now available for purchase from these fine vendors:

Building Tech Bookstore
8020 SW Cirrus Dr.
Beaverton, OR 97008-5986
(800) ASK-BOOK
www.buildingtechbooks.com

CW Cable
20422 87th Ave. So., Bldg. I
Kent, WA 98031
(800) 444-4961
www.cwcable.com

National Alarm Association of America
PO Box 3409
Dayton, OH 45401
(800) 283-6285
www.naaa.org 

Clarke & Stone Book Company
204 N. Division Street
Spokane, Washington 99202
(800) 551-0799
http://www.codemole.com/

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NICET(r) Fire Alarm Systems Element 31004 DEVICES AND COMPONENTS
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31004 DESCRIPTION:
"Understand the operation and use of manual fire alarm boxes, automatic
fire detectors, audible and visible signaling appliances, annunciators,
and other basic components of a fire alarm system. (NFPA 72 (the
National Fire Alarm Code), Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems, Fire
Protection Handbook, and Fire Alarm Signaling Systems)."

31004 is a General-Core work element.
To qualify for certification at Level III & IV, you must pass all Level
I General-Core work elements.

31004 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72-1999
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=72%2D99
NEMA Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems-1997
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25I%2AL%0A&shopping
_cart_id=%26%27H3%29I%40HJ%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_na
me=NEMA%20TRAINING%20MANUAL&input_doc_number=&input_doc_title=training%2
0manual%20fire
Fire Protection Handbook-1997
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=fph1897
Fire Alarm Signaling Systems-1994
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=fass%2D94

31004 DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
"Understand the operation and use of manual fire alarm boxes...
NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Definitions and 2-8 Manually Actuated Alarm-initiating
Devices.
NEMA-1997 Section 1 Definitions, Section 4 Initiating Devices, and
Section 6 Installation Instructions.
FASS-1994 Chapter 3 Signal Initiation and Glossary.
FPH-1997 Section 5 Chapter 1.

"...automatic fire detectors...
NFPA-1999 1-4 Definitions and Chapter 2 Initiating Devices.
NEMA-1997 Section 1 Definitions, Section 4 Initiating Devices, and
Section 6 Installation Instructions.
FASS-1994 Chapter 3 Signal Initiation, Chapter 9 Fire Detection System
Design, and Glossary.
FPH-1997 Section 5 Chapter 2.
 
"...audible and visible signaling appliances...
NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Definitions and Chapter 4 Notification Appliances.
NEMA-1994 Section 1 Definitions, Section 5 Notification Appliances and
Section 6 Installation Instructions.
FASS-1994 Chapter 7 Signal Notification and Glossary.
FPH-1997 Section 5 Chapter 3.

"annunciators...
NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Definitions, 1-5.7 Zoning and Annunciation, and 4-8
Textual Visible Appliances.
NEMA-1994 Section 1 Definitions, Section 5 Notification Appliances, and
Section 6 Installation Instructions.
FASS-1994 Chapter 7 Signal Notification and Glossary.
FPH-1997 Section 5 Chapter 1.

"and other basic components of a fire alarm system."
NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Definitions.
NEMA-1994 Section 1 Definitions
FASS-1994 and Glossary.
FPH-1997 Section 5 Chapter 1.

This information is provided as a guide only and is intended to assist
you in preparing for an exam. The references herein are not intended to
be inclusive of all information included on a test.

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NICET(r) TEST DATES
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OREGON
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/02.
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 6/22/02. Postmark deadline 5/4/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/02.

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 2/23/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/02.
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/01.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/02.
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.

Spokane Community College;
Test 2/23/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.

For a complete list of all test centers and test dates, visit
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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WASHINGTON
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) is sponsoring a
16-hour NICET(r) Test Preparation Seminar:

>> 2-28-2002 8am - 5pm NICET(r) Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 3-1-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

CONTACT
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Stella McDonald, WBFAA Executive Director
(800) 248-9272
mailto:smspokane@sisna.com

LOCATION
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Pierce County Fire District #3
University Place Fire Department
3631 74th Avenue
University Place, WA 98466

INSTRUCTOR
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Dean Reed, CET
(206) 935-8950
mailto:bubba@oz.net

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OREGON
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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour NICET(r) Test
Preparation Seminar:

>> 2-9-2002 8am - 5pm NICET(r) Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 2-16-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

CONTACT
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LERC
http://www.lerc.org

LOCATION
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Clackamas Community College
http://www.clackamas.cc.or.us/maps/campus/

INSTRUCTOR
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Michael B. Baker, CET
mailto:mbbaker@attbi.com

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