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August 18, 2002

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    A NEWSLETTER FOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 33                                      8-18-2002
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Contents
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- News
- FPET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Other Class Schedule
- Comments and Contacts

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NEWS
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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend the upcoming AFAA
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar to be held in Portland:

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August 20-22, 2002 Portland, OR - Co-sponsored by Oregon AFAA
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland
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This three-day seminar covers NICET Level III & IV certification
training and continuing education requirements; fire alarm system
surveys and design; addressable and multiplex systems; system
reliability; principles of smoke movement in buildings;
principles of combustion; application of automatic fire alarm
devices and Appendix B application; transient protection; power
supplies, supplementary circuits, and much more.

Who Should Attend:
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* Individuals preparing for NICET Level III & IV certification
testing 
* Designers of fire alarm systems 
* Sales and service personnel 

Suggested prerequisite:
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Five years of fire alarm experience and either a Professional
Engineer license, NICET Level II certificate, or have previously
attended the AFAA Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.

Course materials provided:
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* NFPA 101(r), Life Safety Code(r), 2000 edition
* Student workbook and handout material 

The attendee will bring:
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* NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code(r), 1999 edition 
* The NFPA(r) _Fire Alarm Signaling Systems_ book (FASS-94) 
* A battery powered calculator 
* Pencils, note paper, and highlighter

Registration Form Link:
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http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Portland_August2002.pdf

See you there!

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FPET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
33017 AUXILIARY FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
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33017 is a Level II General Non-Core Work element.

33017 DESCRIPTION
Understand an auxiliary protective signaling system, including
its purpose, types of auxiliary alarm systems, its application,
basic requirements, special wiring requirements, power supply
sources, and types of signaling services available. (NFPA 72,
Fire Protection Handbook, and Fire Alarm Signaling Systems)

33017 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

Fire Protection Handbook
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=fph1897

Fire Alarm Signaling Systems
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=fass94

33017 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand an auxiliary protective signaling system, including
its purpose, ..."
FASS-94 Table 2-1 Auxiliary protective signaling systems.
[Description] An alarm systems utilizing a standard municipal
coded fire alarm box to transmit a fire alarm from a protected
property to municipal fire headquarters. These alarms are
received on the same municipal equipment and are carried over the
same transmission lines as are used to connect fire alarm boxes
located on streets. Operation is initiated by the local fire
detection and alarm system installed at the protected property.
[Comments] Direct means of summoning help from municipal fire
department. Some communities will accept this type of system and
others will not. See NFPA 72, _National Fire Alarm Code_. Trouble
signal may register in a separate attended location.

NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Auxiliary Fire Alarm System. A system connected
to a municipal fire alarm system for transmitting an alarm of
fire to the public fire service communications center. Fire
alarms from an auxiliary fire alarm system are received at the
public fire service communications center on the same equipment
and by the same methods as alarms transmitted manually from
municipal fire alarm boxes located on streets.


"... types of auxiliary alarm systems, ..."
NFPA 72 1-4 Auxiliary Fire Alarm System Local Energy Type. An
auxiliary system that employs a locally complete arrangement of
parts, initiating devices, relays, power supply, and associated
components to automatically trip a municipal transmitter or
master box over electrical circuits that are electrically
isolated from the municipal system circuits. 

NFPA 72 1-4 Auxiliary Fire Alarm System Parallel Telephone Type.
An auxiliary system connected by a municipally controlled
individual circuit to the protected property to interconnect the
initiating devices at the protected premises and the municipal
fire alarm switchboard.

NFPA 72 1-4 Auxiliary Fire Alarm System Shunt Auxiliary Type.
An auxiliary system electrically connected to an integral part
of the municipal alarm system extending the municipal circuit
into the protected premises to interconnect the initiating
devices, which, when operated, open the municipal circuit shunted
around the trip coil of the municipal transmitter or mater box,
which is thereupon energized to start transmission without any
assistance whatsoever form a local source of power. 

NFPA 72-1999 6-16.4.1 Types of Auxiliary Systems. Auxiliary fire
alarm systems are of the following two types:
(a) Local Energy Type.
    1. Local energy systems are permitted to be of the coded or
    non-coded type.
    2. Power supply sources for local energy systems will
    conform to Chapter 1.
(b) Shunt Type.
    1. Shunt systems will be non-coded with respect to any remote
    electrical tripping or actuating devices.
    2. All conductors of the shunt circuit will be installed in
    accordance with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, Article
    346, for rigid conduit, or Article 348, for electrical
    metallic tubing.
    3. Both sides of the shunt circuit will be in the same
    conduit.
    4. If an auxiliary transmitter is located within private
    premises, it will be installed in accordance with 6-9.1.
    5. If a shunt loop is used, it will not exceed a length of
    750 feet and will be in conduit.
    6. Conductors of the shunt circuits will not be smaller than
    No. 14 AWG and will be insulated as prescribed in NFPA 70,
    National Electrical Code, Article 310.
    7. The power for shunt-type systems will be provided by the
    public fire alarm reporting system.
    8. A local system made to an auxiliary system by the addition
    of a relay whose coil is energized by a local power supply
    and who’s normally closed contacts trip a shunt-type master
    box is not permitted.


"... its application, ..."
NFPA 72 6-16.6 Operations. Operations for auxiliary fire alarm
systems shall be in accordance with the requirements of Sections
6-1 through 6-16 and NFPA 1221, _Standard for the Installation,
Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems_.


"... basic requirements, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 6-16.2.2 Permission for the connection of an
auxiliary fire alarm system to a public fire alarm reporting
system, and acceptance of the type of auxiliary transmitter and
its actuating mechanism, circuits, and components connected
thereto, is to be obtained from the authority having jurisdiction.

NFPA 72-1999 6-16.2.3 An auxiliary fire alarm system will be
maintained and supervised by a responsible person or corporation.

NFPA 72-1999 6-16.4.4.1 Shunt-type auxiliary systems are to be
arranged so that one auxiliary transmitter does not serve more
than 100,000 square feet total area, except where otherwise
permitted by the authority having jurisdiction.


"... special wiring requirements, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 6-16.4.1 (b) 2. All conductors of the shunt circuit
will be installed in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electrical
Code, Article 346, for rigid conduit, or Article 348, for
electrical metallic tubing.

NFPA 72-1999 6-16.4.1 (b) 6. Conductors of the shunt circuits
will not be smaller than No. 14 AWG and will be insulated as
prescribed in NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, Article 310.


"... power supply sources, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 1-5.2.6 Secondary Supply Capacity and Sources. The
secondary supply will automatically supply the energy to the
system within 30 seconds, and without loss of signals, wherever
the primary supply is incapable of providing the minimum voltage
required for proper operation. The secondary (standby) power
supply will supply energy to the system in the event of total
failure of the primary (main) power supply or when the primary
voltage drops to a level insufficient to maintain functionality
of the control equipment and system components. Under maximum
normal load, the secondary supply will have sufficient capacity
to operate a protected premises, central station, or proprietary
system for 24 hours, or an auxiliary or remote station system for
60 hours; and, at the end of that period, will be capable of
operating all alarm notification appliances used for evacuation
or to direct aid to the location of an emergency for 5 minutes.
The secondary power supply for emergency voice/alarm
communications service will be capable of operating the system
under maximum normal load for 24 hours and then be capable of
operating the system during a fire, or other emergency condition
for a period of 2 hours. Fifteen minutes of evacuation alarm
operation at maximum connected load is considered the equivalent
of 2 hours of emergency operation.


"... and types of signaling services available."
FASS-94 Chapter 2. An auxiliary protective signaling system
circuit connects the alarm initiating devices to a municipal
fire alarm system. The connection is made either through a nearby
transmitter or a master fire alarm box or through a dedicated
telephone line run directly to the municipal connection center
switchboard. The signal received by the fire department is
identical to that received by the department upon manual
activation of the municipal fire alarm box. Because fire
department personnel know which municipal boxes are auxiliarized,
responding fire fighters can check for an alarm originating
within the protected facility.

NFPA 72-1999 6-16.2.4
Section 6-16 does not require the use of audible alarm signals
other than those necessary to operate the auxiliary fire alarm
system. If it is desired to provide fire alarm evacuation signals
in the protected property, the alarms, circuits, and controls
will comply with the provisions of Chapter 3 in addition to the
provisions of Section 6-16.


THE INFORMATION HEREIN 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 11/16/02. Postmark deadline 9/28/02.
Test TBA/03. Postmark deadline TBA/03.

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 10/19/02. Postmark deadline 8/31/02.
Test TBA/03. Postmark deadline TBA/03.

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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AFAA CLASS SCHEDULE 
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August 20-22, 2002 Portland, OR - Co-sponsored by Oregon AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Portland_August2002.pdf

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September 4-6, 2002 Chicago, IL
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 9/4-6
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_Chicago_Sept2002.pdf

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September 9-12, 2002 College Park, MD - Sponsored by
MD-DC-VA AFAA
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Automatic Fire Detection & Fire Alarm Systems Seminar 9/10-12
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_MD-DC-VA_Sept2002.pdf

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September 16-19, 2002 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 9/16
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_OAKLAND2002.pdf
Automatic Fire Detection & Fire Alarm Systems Seminar 9/17-19
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_OAKLAND2002.pdf

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September 17-19, 2002 Houston, TX - Co-sponsored by
Texas Fire Alarm Assoc.
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 9/17-19
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Houston_Sept2002.pdf

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September 26, 2002 Cincinnati, OH
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Automatic Fire Detection & Fire Alarm Systems Seminar 9/24-25
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/AHJ_TI_Cincinnati_Sept2002.pdf
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 9/26
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/AHJ_TI_Cincinnati_Sept2002.pdf

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September 24-26, 2002 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Automatic Fire Detection & Fire Alarm Systems Seminar 9/24-25
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/AHJ_TI_Lafayette2002.pdf
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 9/26
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/AHJ_TI_Lafayette2002.pdf

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October 7-10, 2002 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 10/7
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_TI_Anaheim_Oct2002.pdf
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar 10/8-10
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_TI_Anaheim_Oct2002.pdf

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October 14-16, 2002 Anchorage, AK
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 10/14-16
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_ANC_Oct2002.pdf

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October 28-30, 2002 Brockton, MA - Sponsored by
AFAA of New England
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 10/28-30
More information will be available soon.

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November 4-7, 2002 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 11/4
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_ANAHEIM_November2002.pdf
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 11/5-7
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_ANAHEIM_November2002.pdf

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December 2-5, 2002 Orlando, FL
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 12/2
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_Orlando_Dec2002.pdf
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 12/3-5
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_Orlando_Dec2002.pdf

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February 4-6, 2003 Orlando, FL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar 2/4-6
More information will be available soon.

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February 19-21, 2003 Raleigh, NC
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 2/19-21
More information will be available soon.

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April 7-9, 2003 New Orleans, LA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar 4/7-9
To be held prior to the AFAA 50th Anniversary celebration.
More information will be available soon.

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OTHER CLASS SCHEDULE
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September 7 & 8, 2002, Oregon City, OR
NICET Test Preparation Seminar

October 12 & 19 and November 23 & 30, 2002, Seattle, WA
NICET Test Preparation Seminar

Instructor:
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Dean Reed, CET
Dean Reed and Associates 
8317 35th Avenue SW 
Seattle, WA 98126 
(206) 935-8950 voice & fax
(206) 953-8240 cell
mailto:bubba@oz.net

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