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February 17, 2002

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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 7                                       2-17-2002
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Contents
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- Erratum
- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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ERRATUM
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A reader properly pointed out that my description of Circular Mil (cmil)
in the last issue was incorrect. I neglected to include an adequate
description:

From Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity
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The diameter of a round wire is measured in Circular Mils (CM). One mil
equals .001 inch. A Circular Mil is the diameter of the wire in mils
squared. For example: assume a wire has a diameter or 0.064 inch.
Sixty-four thousandths should be written as a whole number, not as a
decimal or a fraction (64^2 [64 X 64] = 4096 CM).

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NEWS
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CSAA OPPOSES LAS VEGAS FIRE DEPARTMENT NO-RESPONSE POLICY

VIENNA, Va. -- The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) supports
National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and the Nevada
Association of Security Professionals (NASP) to oppose the new Las Vegas
Department of Fire and Rescue (LVF/R) no-response policy for automatic
alarms. According to the new policy that became effective at 5 p.m.,
Feb. 1, any alarm received from an alarm company that does not comply
with the new Fire Alarm Response Criteria will receive no response. The
new criteria stipulates that LVF/R will only respond to water flow
signals (automatic sprinklers) and alarms accompanied by the smell of
smoke or an unusual odors. The LVF/R will not respond to any other alarm
unless the homeowner or an alarm company representative verifies it on
site. False water flow alarms carry a $250 fine to homeowners and a
$1,000 fine to central stations that verify an alarm but are not on the
premises when the LVF/R arrives. "The new LVF/R response policy has
caught the Las Vegas community by complete surprise. It is unfortunate
that the fire department and the fire alarm industry have had no
communications and that the chief has imposed colossal response
restrictions without even consulting with us," says Bud Wulforst,
president of Las Vegas-based A-1 Security Ltd.

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET(r) Fire Alarm Systems Level I
Element 31007 BASIC WORKING DRAWINGS
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31007 DESCRIPTION:
"Understand the basic requirements of fire alarm system working
drawings. Demonstrate good drafting techniques. Prepare simple layouts
by use of good standard practice with proper line widths and letters.
Produce work that meets standards of the employer and is of good
standard practice in the industry. Calculate quantity and type of
automatic fire detectors required and prepare job material lists. (NFPA
72, NFPA 170, and drafting texts)"

31007 is a General Non-Core Work element.

The asterisk following 31002 means that once you pass this exam element,
you will receive credit in certain other sub-fields, such as sprinkler
system layout. You will receive the crossover credit when you actually
test in the other sub-field.

31007 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72-1999
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=72%2D99
NFPA 170-1999
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=170%2D99
Drafting texts

31007 DESCRIPTION OUTLINE:
"Understand the basic requirements of fire alarm system working
drawings.
NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Record Drawings. Drawings (as-built) that document the
location of all devices, appliances, wiring sequences, wiring methods,
and connections of the components of the fire alarm system as installed.

NFPA 72-1999 1-6.2.2 Every system will include the following
documentation, which will be delivered to the owner or the owner's
representative upon final acceptance of the system.
(a) An owner's manual and installation instructions covering all system
equipment; and
(b) Record drawings.

"Demonstrate good drafting techniques. Prepare simple layouts by use of
good standard practice with proper line widths and letters.
LINES. The lines used to make a blueprint are typically of one of three
widths; thin (.010"), medium (.015"), and thick (.020"). Types of lines
include:
BORDER LINE. A thick line used to identify the edge or border of a
blueprint.
OBJECT LINE. A thick line used to depict an object or structure.
DIMENSION LINE. A thin line used to define a dimension terminating with
an arrow at each end.
CENTER LINE. A thin line of alternating long and short dashes which
always ends with a long dash.
EXTENSION LINE. A thin line disconnected from an object used to indicate
the end of a dimension line.
CUTTING PLANE LINE. A thick broken line used to illustrate where a cross
section drawing exists usually identified with an 'A' or 'AA'.
SECTION LINE. Thin evenly spaced crosshatched lines used to indicate a
cross-section.
HIDDEN LINE. Broken (dotted) medium width line used to represent either
that something exists above a cutting plane line or that something is
hidden.
BREAK LINE. A thick jagged line drawn freehand to indicate a short
break. A thin straight line interrupted by zigzags indicates a long
break.

"Produce work that meets standards of the employer and is of good
standard practice in the industry. Calculate quantity and type of
automatic fire detectors required and prepare job material lists."
Floor Plans are views of a building drawn to scale. Rooms, hallways,
cabinets, etc. are drawn in the correct relationship to each other. A
legend is used to identify devices using symbols.

NFPA 170 includes standard symbols representing the devices found in
fire alarm systems.

An orthographic, right angle, or projection drawing include projector
lines, which are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the plan of
projection.

An oblique projection includes projector lines which are parallel to
each other and oblique to the plane of projection. (Oblique is defined
as slanting or sloping).

When the receding lines are a true length, that is when the projector
lines form an angle of 45 degrees with the plane of projection, the
oblique drawing is called a cavalier projection.

THE INFORMATION IN ET JOURNAL IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. THE MATERIAL HEREIN IS
NOT INTENDED TO BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN EXAM.

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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 12/1/01.
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.

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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CLASS SCHEDULE 
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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:

>> 4-6-2002 8am - 5pm NICET(r) Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 4-13-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

OUTLINE
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http://geocities.com/michaelbaker/outline.pdf

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
(503) 209-7345
mailto:mbbaker@attbi.com&subject=seminar_info

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