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June 23, 2002

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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 25                                      6-23-2002
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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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The NICET website got a makeover this week, including new application
forms. The new web site looks great and is *much* easier to navigate.

http://www.nicet.org

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REMAINING U.S. CEOs MAKE A BREAK FOR IT
Band of Roving Chief Executives Spotted Miles from Mexican Border 
El Paso, Texas (SatireWire.com) - Unwilling to wait for their eventual
indictments, the 10,000 remaining CEOs of public U.S. companies made a
break for it yesterday, heading for the Mexican border, plundering towns
and villages along the way, and writing the entire rampage off as a
marketing expense. 

"They came into my home, made me pay for my own TV, then double-booked
the revenues," said Rachel Sanchez of Las Cruces, just north of El Paso.
"Right in front of my daughters." 

http://www.satirewire.com/news/june02/ceonistas.shtml

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
33009 SYSTEM ACCEPTANCE AND PERIODIC TESTS
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33009 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.

33009 DESCRIPTION
Understand the requirements and related procedures for conducting and
documenting proper fire alarm system acceptance tests. Procedure
includes (1) documentation of plans and acceptance test reports; (2)
indicating approval authorities; (3) instructing owners as to the
location of all alarm initiating, alarm indicating, and all other
related components of the system; (4) care and maintenance of the
system; and (5) providing owner with appropriate technical data sheets
and maintenance manuals issued by the equipment manufacturer. Know the
periodic equipment and circuit testing procedures, including frequency
of tests and method of testing each component and circuit of a fire
alarm system. (NFPA 72 and manufacturers' test manuals)

33009 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

33009 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand the requirements and related procedures for conducting and
documenting proper fire alarm system acceptance tests. Procedure
includes (1) documentation of plans and acceptance test reports; (2)
indicating approval authorities; (3) instructing owners as to the
location of all alarm initiating, alarm indicating, and all other
related components of the system; (4) care and maintenance of the
system; and (5) providing owner with appropriate technical data sheets
and maintenance manuals issued by the equipment manufacturer. Know the
periodic equipment and circuit testing procedures, including frequency
of tests and method of testing each component and circuit of a fire
alarm system."

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.2 The owner or owner's designated representative is
responsible for inspection, testing, and maintenance of the system and
alterations or additions to this system. The delegation of
responsibility is to be in writing, with a copy of such delegation made
available to the authority having jurisdiction upon request.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.2.1 Inspection, testing, or maintenance is permitted to
be done by a person or organization other than the owner where conducted
under written contract. Testing and maintenance of central station
service systems will be performed under the contractual arrangements
specified in 5-2.2.2.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.2.2 Service personnel will be qualified and experienced
in the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.
Examples of qualified personnel is permitted to include, but not limited
to, individuals with the following qualifications:
(a) Factory trained and certified.
(b) National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
fire alarm certified.
(c) International Municipal Signal Association fire alarm certified.
(d) Certified by a state or local authority.
(e) Trained and qualified personnel employed by an organization listed
by a national testing laboratory for the servicing of fire alarm
systems.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.3.1 Before proceeding with any testing, all persons and
facilities receiving alarm, supervisory, or trouble signals, and all
building occupants, are to be notified of the testing to prevent
unnecessary response. At the conclusion of testing, those previously
notified (and others, as necessary) will be notified that testing has
been concluded.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.4 Prior to system maintenance or testing, the system
certificate and the information regarding the system and system
alterations, including specifications, wiring diagrams, and floor plans,
will be provided by the owner or a designated representative to the
service personnel upon request.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.5.3 Discharge testing of suppression systems is not
required by this code. Suppression systems will be secured from
inadvertent actuation, including disconnection of releasing solenoids or
electric actuators, closing of valves, other actions, or combinations
thereof, as appropriate for the specific system, for the duration of the
fire alarm system testing.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.5.4 Testing will include verification that the
releasing circuits and components energized or actuated by the fire
alarm system are electrically supervised and operate as intended on
alarm.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.6.1 Initial Acceptance Testing. All new systems will be
inspected and tested in accordance with the requirements of this NFPA
72-1999 Chapter 7.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.6.2.1 Reacceptance Testing. Reacceptance testing will
be performed after any of the following:
* Added or deleted system components
* Any modification, repair, or adjustment to system hardware or wiring
* Any change to site-specific software
All components, circuits, systems operations, or site-specific software
functions known to be affected by the change or identified by a means
that indicates the system operational changes are to be 100 percent
tested. In addition, 10 percent of initiating devices that are not
directly affected by the change, up to a maximum of 50 devices, also
will be tested and proper system operation verified. A revised record of
completion in accordance with 1-6.2.1 will be prepared to reflect any
changes.

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.6.2.2 Changes to all control units connected or
controlled by the system executive software requires a 10 percent
functional test of the system, including a test of at least one device
on each input and output circuit to verify critical system functions
such as notification appliances, control functions, and off-premises
reporting.

NFPA 72-1999 7-2.1 Central Stations. At the request of the AHJ, the
installation will be inspected at the request of the authority having
jurisdiction for complete information regarding the system, including
specifications, wiring diagrams, and floor plans that have been
submitted for approval prior to installation of equipment and wiring.

Review Table 7-2.2 Test Methods.

Review Table 7-3.1 Visual Inspection Frequencies.

Review Table 7-3.2 Testing Frequencies.

NFPA 72-1999 7-3.2.1 Smoke detector sensitivity will be checked within 1
year after installation and every alternate year thereafter. After the
second required calibration test, where sensitivity test indicate that
the detector has remained within its listed and marked sensitivity range
(or 4 percent obscuration light gray smoke, if not marked), the length
of time between calibration tests is permitted to be extended to a
maximum of 5 years. Where the frequency is extended, records of
detector-caused nuisance alarms and subsequent trends of these alarms
will be maintained. In zones or in areas where nuisance alarms show any
increase over the previous year, calibration tests will be performed.
To ensure that each smoke detector is within its listed and marked
sensitivity range, it will be tested using any of the following methods:
(a) Calibrated test method
(b) Manufacturer's calibrated sensitivity test instrument
(c) Listed control equipment arranged for the purpose
(d) Smoke detector/control unit arrangement whereby the detector causes
a signal at the control unit where its sensitivity is outside its
acceptable sensitivity range
(e) Other calibrated sensitivity test method acceptable to the authority
having jurisdiction

Detectors found to have a measured sensitivity outside the listed and
marked sensitivity range are to be cleaned and recalibrated or replaced.

Detectors listed as field adjustable are permitted to be either adjusted
within the listed and marked sensitivity range and cleaned and
recalibrated, or replaced.

This requirement does not apply to single station detectors referenced
in 7-3.3 and Table 7-2.2.

The detector sensitivity will not be tested or measured using any device
that administers an unmeasured concentration of smoke or other aerosol
into the detector.


"Procedure includes (1) documentation of plans and acceptance test
reports; ...

NFPA 72-1999 7-5.1 Permanent Records. After successful completion of
acceptance tests approved by the authority having jurisdiction, a set of
reproducible as-built installation drawings, operation and maintenance
manuals, and a written sequence of operation will be provided to the
building owner or the owner's designated representative. The owner will
be responsible for maintaining these records for the life of system for
examination by any authority having jurisdiction. Paper or electronic
media is permitted

NFPA 72-1999 7-5.2.1 Maintenance, Inspection, and Testing Records.
Records will be retained until the next test and for 1 year thereafter.

NFPA 72-1999 7-5.2.2 A permanent record of all inspections, testing, and
maintenance is to be provided that includes the following information
regarding tests and all the applicable information requested in Figure
7-5.2.2
(a) Date
(b) Test frequency
(c) Name of property
(d) Address
(e) Name of person performing inspection, maintenance, tests, or
combination thereof, and affiliation, business address, and telephone
number
(f) Name, address, and representative of approving agency(ies)
(g) Designation of the detector(s) tested, for example, "Tests performed
in accordance with Section _____.
(h) Functional test of detectors
(i) Functional test of required sequence of operations
(j) Check of all smoke detectors
(k) Loop resistance for all fixed-temperature, line-type heat detectors
(l) Other tests as required by equipment manufacturers
(m) Other tests as required by the authority having jurisdiction
(n) Signatures of tester and approved authority representative
(o) Disposition of problems identified during test, for example, owner
notified, problem corrected/successfully retested, device abandoned in
place

See NFPA 72-1999 Figure 7-5.2.2 Inspection and Testing Form.

NFPA 72-1999 7-5.3 For supervising station fire alarm systems, records
pertaining to signals received at the supervising station that result
from maintenance, inspection, and testing, is to be maintained for not
less than 12 months. Upon request, a hard copy record will be provided
to the authority having jurisdiction. Paper or electronic media will be
permitted.

NFPA 72-1999 7-5.4 If the operation of a device, circuit, control panel
function, or special hazard system interface is simulated, it will be
noted on the certificate that the operation was simulated, and the
certificate will indicate by whom it was simulated.


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 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/02.
Test 11/16/02. Postmark deadline 9/28/02.

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/02.
Test 12/14/02. Postmark deadline 10/26/02.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 7/25/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.
Test 10/19/02. Postmark deadline 8/31/02.

Spokane Community College;
Test 8/24/02. Postmark deadline 7/6/02.
Test 11/16/02. Postmark deadline 9/28/02.

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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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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OREGON
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OSFAA (Oregon Security and Fire Alarm Association) is sponsoring a
3-hour NICET Introduction:

>> 7-18-2002 1 a.m. - 4 p.m. NICET Certification application process and
Fire Alarm System Fundamentals Review.

LOCATION
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LES Expo
Portland Airport Holiday Inn
8439 NE Columbia Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97220
http://www.rogueweb.com/holidaypa/

INSTRUCTOR
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Michael B. Baker SET
(503) 209-7345
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org?subject=les_expo_seminar

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

>> TBA

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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