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May 12, 2002

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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 19                                      5-12-2002
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Contents
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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has some meetings
scheduled for this week:

WESTERN WASHINGTON May 14 - 11:30 to 1pm - Kirkland Roaster, 111
Central, Kirkland, WA. Lunch - $15.00. Guest Speaker:  Ben from ADI -
Grades of Wire, High Speed Data Cable and Fiber Optics.
 
EASTERN WASHINGTON May 16 - Noon - Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside,
Spokane, WA. Report on False Alarm Reduction Seminar held in Seattle.

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
33003* ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION STANDARDS
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33003 DESCRIPTION:
Know the National Electrical Code as it applies to installation of fire
alarm systems, including automatic fire detection systems, and fire
suppression systems. Understand power-limited and nonpower-limited
circuits and wiring. (NFPA 70 and 72)

33003 is a Level II General Core Work element.

All Level II General Core Work Elements constitute a mandatory
requirement for achieving certification at Levels III and IV.

The asterisk (*) following 33003 indicates that crossover credit exists
in selected other fields/subfields for this work element. Read
information on crossover work elements on pages 4 and 5 of the Program
Detail Manual http://www.nicet.org/nicetmanuals/alarms.pdf.

33003 REFERENCES:
NFPA 70
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7099sb
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

33003 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Know the National Electrical Code as it applies to installation of fire
alarm systems, including automatic fire detection systems, and fire
suppression systems."
NFPA 70-1999 760-1 This article covers the installation of fire alarm
system wiring and equipment including all circuits controlled and
powered by the fire alarm system.

"Understand power-limited and nonpower-limited circuits and wiring."
NFPA 70-1999 760 includes 3 parts: A. General, B. Non power-limited fire
alarm circuits, and C. Power-limited fire alarm circuits. Parts A & B
describe wire and wiring methods required of non power-limited fire
alarm circuits while Part C described the wire and wiring methods
required of power-limited fire alarm circuits.

NFPA 70-1999 Chapter 9 Table 12(a) and 12(b) list the power source
limitations of power-limited fire alarm sources.

NFPA 70-1999 760-52(a) Exception No. 3: Power-limited circuits shall be
permitted to be reclassified and installed as non power-limited circuits
if the power-limited fire alarm circuit markings required by Section
760-42 are eliminated and the entire circuit is installed using the
wiring methods and materials in accordance with Part B, Non
Power-Limited Fire Alarm Circuits.

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For what it's worth, I was asked to report on the affects of NFPA
72-1999 on NFPA 70-2002 for the State of Oregon Electrical and Elevator
Board. Here is a thumbnail sketch of that report for your amusement:

NFPA 72-1999
1-3.3 Reference to NFPA 70.
1-4 Definitions: Labeled, Listed, and Maintenance.
1-5.1.2 Equipment to be listed for its purpose.
1-5.1.3 Fire alarm system designer qualifications and identification.
1-5.1.4 Qualified supervision of system installation with examples.
1-5.2.2 Power supplies installed IAW requirements of NFPA 70.
1-5.2.3 Power sources IAW NFPA 70 700, 701, 702.
1-5.2.5.1 Light & power service.
1-5.2.5.2 Dedicated branch circuit, protected, & identified (red). 
1-5.2.5.3 Overcurrent protection NEC 230-84(4).
1-5.2.5.4 FACP not to share power with lighting or elevators.
1-5.2.9.1 Storage batteries NEC 480.
1-5.2.9.3 Storage battery overcurrent protection.
1-5.5.1 Allowed variation from nameplate voltage.
1-5.5.2.2 Device installation requirements.
1-5.5.2.4 Points to limits in 1-5.5.1.
1-5.5.3 Follow NEC 800.
1-5.5.4 Wiring IAW NEC 760, 770, & 800.
1-5.5.5 System shall be free of grounds except ...
2-1.3.2 Devices supported independent of the connection to circuit.
2-1.3.3 Devices installed IAW NEC (readily accessible).
2-1.3.4 Duplicate terminals, connectors, or leads except ...
3-4.2.2.2 Exception 1(b) 2-hour rated cable assembly NEC 760.
3-8.1.1 Electrical interconnection using listed devices and methods.
3-8.4.1.1.4(1) 2-hour rated cable assembly.
3-8.4.1.3.3.3(3b) 2-hour rated cable assembly.
3-9.2.1 Listed relay installed within 3 ft. of controlled device or ckt.
3-9.2.3 Interconnection IAW NEC 760.
4-2.1.2 Nameplate requirements and volt-drop calculations.
4-2.2 Physical construction, listed for application.
4-2.4 Mounted independent of attachment to circuit conductors.
4-2.5 Terminals or leads provided for connection.
5-5.2.2.2 Radio receivers installed IAW NEC 810.
6-5.10 Street boxes grounded IAW NEC 250.
6-5.11 Street boxes inside connected via EMT IAW NEC Ch. 3.
6-8.1.4 Public box inside connected via EMT IAW NEC Ch. 3.
6-8.2.1.1.2 Interior cables installed IAW NEC.
6-8.2.1.2 Paper or pressed pulp insulation shall not be permitted.
6-8.2.1.5 Signaling wire able to introduce a hazard follow NEC 760.
6-8.2.1.6 Cable insulation at least 200 M-ohm per mile.
6-8.2.4.2 Leads to box have 600v insulation rated for wet location.
6-8.2.5.2 Conductors in buildings shall be in conduit IAW NEC.
6-8.2.5.3 Conductors have flame retardant moisture resistant insul.
6-8.2.5.4 Splices only in listed enclosures IAW NEC.
6-8.2.5.5 Riser conductors shall be flame retardant.
6-8.2.5.8 Signal conductors separate from light & power by 2".
6-9.1.4 Prot. of comm. ckts, surge suppressors, lightning arresters.
6-9.1.4.1.3 Surge suppressors connected to ground IAW NEC.
6-9.1.4.1.4 Fuses rated over 2 amps shall be of the enclosed type.
6-9.1.4.1.6 Each aerial cond. entering fire stn has lightning arrestor
6-9.1.4.2.1 All conductors entering comm. ctr protected.
6-9.1.4.3 Protection on aerial construction.
6-12 All equipment installed IAW NEC.
6-14.3 Antenna lead in EMT IAW NEC ch. 3.
A-6-16.4.1(b) Shunt type restrictions.
7-1.2.2 Qualification requirements of technicians.

THE INFORMATION IN ET JOURNAL IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO
BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN EXAM BUT RATHER IT IS
INTENDED TO BE A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE KIND OF MATERIAL THAT YOU MAY BE
EXPECTED TO KNOW.

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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.
Test 11/16/02. Postmark deadline 9/28/02.

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 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.
Test 10/19/02. Postmark deadline 8/31/02.

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

>> 7-13-2002 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. NICET Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 7-20-2002 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

OUTLINE
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http://65.108.49.140/docs/outline.pdf

LOCATION
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Clackamas Community College
19600 South Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
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

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WASHINGTON
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Dean Reed and Associates is sponsoring a 16-hour NICET Test Preparation
Seminar:

>> 6-22-02 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. NICET Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 6-29-02 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

LOCATION
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Pinkerton Systems Integration
15404 53rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98188
[Near South Center]

INSTRUCTOR
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Dean Reed CET
(206) 935-8950 voice/fax
(206) 953-8240 cell
mailto:bubba@oz.net

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