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March 3, 2002

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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 9                                        3-3-2002
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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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ISC West http://www.iscwest.com/

Conference: March 4-6, 2002
Exhibition: March 5-7, 2002
Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, Nevada

My employer's annual UL(r) audit prevents me from attending this year.

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level I
31009 INSTALLATION PRACTICES
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31009 DESCRIPTION
Understand installation methods, proper connections to maintain circuit
integrity, proper location of initiating devices, indicating appliances,
control panels, annunciators and other system components to comply with
fire alarm codes and standards, and assure proper operation of the
system. (NFPA 72)

31009 is a General Non-Core Work element.

31009 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72-1999
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=72%2D99

31009 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand installation methods,...
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*NFPA 1-5.5.1 Equipment will be designed so that it is capable of
performing its intended functions under the following conditions:
(1) At 85 percent and at 110 percent of the nameplate primary (main) and
secondary (standby) input voltage(s)
(2) At ambient temperatures of 32°F and 120°F.
(3) At a relative humidity of 85 percent and an ambient temperature of
86°F.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.5.2.2 Devices and appliances will be located and
mounted such that accidental operation or failure is not caused by
vibration or jarring.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.5.3 To reduce the possibility of damage caused by
induced transients, circuits and equipment will be protected in
accordance with the requirements of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code,
Article 800. 

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.5.4 The installation of wiring, cable, and equipment
will be in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, and
specifically with Article 760, Article 770, and Article 800. Optical
fiber cables will be protected against damage in accordance with Article
760.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.5.6.1 Initiating devices will be selected and
installed so as to minimize nuisance alarms.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.8.2 Interconnection means will be arranged such that a
single break or single ground fault does not cause an alarm signal.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.8.4 An open, ground, or short circuit fault on the
installation conductors of one fire alarm notification appliance circuit
will not affect the operation of any other notification circuit.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-6.1.1 The authority having jurisdiction will be notified
prior to installation or alteration of fire alarm equipment or wiring.
At the AHJ’s request, complete information regarding the system or
system alterations, including specifications, wiring diagrams, battery
calculations, and floor plans will be submitted for approval.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.2 In all cases, initiating devices will be supported
independently of their attachment to the circuit conductors.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.3 Initiating devices will be installed in all areas
where required by the appropriate NFPA standard or the authority having
jurisdiction. Each installed initiating device will be accessible for
periodic maintenance and testing.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-1.4.1 Detectors will not be recessed into the mounting
surface in any manner, except where tested and listed for such recessed
mounting.

"... proper connections to maintain circuit integrity,...
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*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.8.1 All means of interconnecting equipment, devices,
appliances and wiring connections will be monitored for integrity such
that the occurrence of a single open or a single ground-fault condition
in the installation conductors or other signaling channels and their
restoration to normal will be automatically indicated within 200
seconds. (See also the 13 exceptions)

*NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.4 Duplicate terminals or leads, or their equivalent
will be provided on each initiating device for the express purpose of
connecting into the fire alarm system to provide supervision of the
connections. Such terminals or leads are necessary to ensure that the
wire run is broken and that the individual connections are made to the
incoming and outgoing leads or other terminals for signaling and power,
except initiating devices that provide equivalent supervision.

"...proper location of initiating devices, indicating appliances,
control panels, annunciators and other system components to comply with
fire alarm codes and standards, and assure proper operation of the
system."
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*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.5.5 All fire alarm systems will test free of grounds,
except parts of circuits or equipment that are intentionally and
permanently grounded to provide ground-fault detection, noise
suppression, emergency ground signaling, and circuit protection
grounding.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.7.1.1 The primary purpose of fire alarm system
annunciation is to enable responding personnel to quickly and accurately
identify the location of a fire and to indicate the status of emergency
equipment or fire safety functions that might affect the safety of
occupants. Required annunciation means will be readily accessible to
responding personnel and will be located as required by the authority
having jurisdiction to facilitate an efficient response to the fire
situation.

*NFPA 72-1999 1-5.6 Automatic smoke detection will be provided at each
control unit(s) location to provide notification of fire at that
location in areas that are not continuously occupied. Except where
ambient conditions prohibit installation of automatic smoke detection,
automatic heat detection will be permitted.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.1 Where subject to mechanical damage, an initiating
device will be protected. A mechanical guard used to protect a smoke or
heat detector will be listed for use with the detector being used.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-2.2.1 Spot-type heat detectors will be located on the
ceiling not less than 4 in. from the sidewall or on the sidewalls
between 4 in. and 12 in. the ceiling. In the case of solid open joist
construction, detectors will be mounted at the bottom of the joists. In
the case of beam construction where beams are less than 12 in. in depth
and less than 8 ft on center, detectors will be permitted to be
installed on the bottom of beams.

*NFPA 72-1999 2-3.4.3.1 Spot-type smoke detectors will be located on the
ceiling not less than 4 in. from a sidewall to the near edge or, where
on a sidewall, between 4 in. and 12 in. down from the ceiling to the top
of the detector.

*NFPA 72-1999 8-1.4.2 Smoke alarms or detectors will not be closer than
3 feet from the door to a bathroom or kitchen. Smoke alarms or detectors
that are located within 20 feet of a cooking appliance and are equipped
with an alarm silencing means or are of the photoelectric type will be
considered acceptable.

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 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 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/01.

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 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 8/24/02. Postmark deadline 7/6/01.

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
two 16-hour CEU seminars:

FIRE ALARM INSTALLATION METHODS:

>> 3-18-2002 8am - 5pm

>> 3-19-2002 8am - 5pm

LIFE SAFETY CODE COURSE & WORKSHOP

>> 3-20-2002 8am - 5pm

>> 3-21-2002 8am - 5pm

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

LOCATION
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Honeywell
9555 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=Tmap&addr=9555+Se+36th+Street+&csz=
Mercer+Island+WA+&Get%A0Map=Get+Map

INSTRUCTOR
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Robert Sturken

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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, SET
(503) 209-7345
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org?subject=seminar_info

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