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August 25, 2002

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    A NEWSLETTER FOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 34                                      8-25-2002
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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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I've posted a few photos from the AFAA Advanced Fire Alarm Class
held in Portland last week:
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?tb=index1&s=20

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netringer [slashdot] writes: "Two Yale University students used
the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory to
capture a series of still images of asteroid 2002 NY40 on August
15-16, two nights before it made a close flyby of Earth. The
still images were made into a cool digital movie that shows the
asteroid streaking across the sky over a period of two hours.
According to an AP story the students were supposed to looking at
some binary stars when they decided to look a the asteroid
instead."

http://www.noao.edu/outreach/press/pr02/images/asteroid_2002ny40
.mov

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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend the upcoming AFAA
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar to be held in Chicago:

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September 4-6, 2002 Chicago, IL
Holiday Inn O’Hare International, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL
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Registration Form:
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http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_Chicago_Sept2002.pdf

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FPET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
33018 SUPERVISING STATION FIRE ALARMS SYSTEMS
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33018 is a Level II General Non-Core Work element.

33018 DESCRIPTION
Understand a remote station protective signaling system,
including its purpose, system operation, general requirements,
power supplies at protected premises and the remote station,
signal transmission, operation under fault condition, and types
of services available. (NFPA 72 and 101 and Fire Alarm Signaling
Systems)

33018 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

NFPA 101
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=10100

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

33018 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand a remote station protective signaling system, ..."
FASS-94 Table 2-1 Remote station protective signaling system.
[Description] An alarm system connecting protected premises over
leased telephone lines to a remote station, such as a fire
station or a police station. Includes separate receiver for
individual functions being monitored, such as fire alarm signal,
or sprinkler water flow alarm.
[Comments] Requires leased lines into each premise. See NFPA 72,
_National Fire Alarm Code_.

NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Remote Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems.
A system installed in accordance with NFPA 72-1999 to transmit
alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals from one or more
protected premises to a remote location where appropriate action
is taken.


"... including its purpose, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-4 and 5-4.1. Remote Supervising Station Fire Alarm
Systems. Scope. NFPA 72-1999 5-4 applies where central station
service is neither required nor elected. Section 5-4 describes
the installation, maintenance, testing, and use of a remote
supervising station fire alarm system that serves properties
under various ownership from a remote supervising station where
trained, competent personnel are in constant attendance. Section
5-4 covers the minimum requirements for the remote supervising
station physical facilities, equipment, operating personnel,
response, retransmission, signals, reports, and testing.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.3.2 Supervisory and trouble signals are to be
handled at a constantly attended location that has personnel on
duty who are trained to recognize the type of signal received and
to take prescribed action. The location is permitted to be other
than that at which alarm signals are received.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.3.3 If locations other than the public fire
service communications center are used for the receipt of
signals, access to receiving equipment will be restricted in
accordance with requirements of the authority having
jurisdiction.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.4.1 Signal-receiving equipment will indicate
receipt of each signal both audibly and visibly.


"... system operation, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-4.4.4 Retransmission of an alarm signal, if
required, will be by one of the following methods, which appear
in descending order of preference as follows:
(a) A dedicated circuit that is independent of any switched
telephone network. This circuit is permitted to be used for voice
or data communications.
(b) A one-way (outgoing only) telephone at the remote supervising
station that utilizes the public switched telephone network. This
telephone is to be used primarily for voice transmission of
alarms to a telephone at the public fire service communications
center that cannot be used for outgoing calls.
(c) A private radio system using the fire department frequency,
where permitted by the fire department.
(d) Other methods acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction.


"... general requirements, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 A-5-4.3 As a minimum, the room or rooms containing
the remote supervising station equipment should have a 1-hour
fire rating, and the entire structure should be protected by a
fire alarm system complying with NFPA 72-1999 Chapter 3.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.3.1 If a remote supervising station connection
is used to transmit an alarm signal, the signal will be received
at the public fire service communications center, at a fire
station, or at the governmental agency that has a public
responsibility for taking prescribed action to ensure response
upon receipt of a fire alarm signal.
If such an agency is unwilling to receive alarm signals or
permits the acceptance of another location by the authority
having jurisdiction, such alternate location will have personnel
on duty at all times who are trained to receive the alarm signal
and immediately retransmit it to the fire department.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.5.1 The remote supervising station shall have
sufficient personnel, but not less than two persons, on duty at
the remote supervising station at all times to ensure disposition
of signals in accordance with the requirements of 5-4.6.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.6.1 If the remote supervising station is at a
location other than the public fire service communications
center, alarm signals will be immediately retransmitted to the
public fire service communications center.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.6.2 Upon receipt of an alarm, supervisory, or
trouble signal by the remote supervising station other than the
public fire service communications center, the operator on duty
is responsible for notifying the owner or the owner’s designated
representative immediately.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.7.1 A permanent record of the time, date, and
location of all signals and restorations received; the action
taken and the actions taken will be maintained for at least 1
year and made available to the authority having jurisdiction.
These records are permitted to be created by manual means.

NFPA 101-2000 9.6.4 Where required by another section of this
_Code_, emergency forces notification shall be provided to alert
the municipal fire department and fire brigade (if provided) of
fire or other emergency. Where fire department notification is
required by another section of this _Code_, the fire alarm system
shall be arranged to transmit the alarm automatically via any of
the following means acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction and shall be in accordance with NFPA 72, _National
Fire Alarm Code_:
(1) Auxiliary alarm system
(2) Central station connection
(3) Proprietary system
(4) Remote station connection


"... power supplies at protected premises and the remote station, ...
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 emergenc!
y 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.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.4.2 Power supplies will comply with the
requirements of NFPA 72-1999 Chapter 1. In a remote supervising
station fire alarm system where the alarm and supervisory signals
are transmitted over a listed supervised one-way radio system, 24
hours of secondary (standby) power is permitted in lieu of 60
hours, as required in 1-5.2.5.3, at the radio alarm repeater
station receivers (RARSR), provided that personnel are dispatched
to arrive within 4 hours after detection of failure to initiate
maintenance.


"... signal transmission, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-5.2.1.1 If the protected premises master control
unit is neither integral to nor co-located with the supervising
station, the communications methods of 5-5 shall be used to
connect the protected premises to either a subsidiary station,
if used, or a supervising station providing central station
service in accordance with Section 5-2, proprietary service in
accordance with Section 5-3, or remote station service in
accordance with 5-4. These communications methods shall be
permitted to include the following:
(1) Active multiplex circuits that are part of a supervising
station, including systems derived channels.
(2) Digital alarm communicator systems, including digital alarm
radio systems.
(3) McCulloh systems.
(4) Two-way radio frequency (RF) multiplex systems.
(5) One-way radio alarm systems.
(6) Directly-connected noncoded systems.


"... operation under fault condition, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-4.4.1.2 Means for silencing alarm, supervisory,
and trouble signals are to be provided and will be arranged so
that subsequent signals will re-sound.

NFPA 72-1999 5-4.4.1.3 A trouble signal will be received when the
system or any portion of the system at the protected premises is
placed in a bypass or test mode.


"... and types of services available."
FASS-94 Chapter 2 Acceptable methods of transmitting signals from
a remote station to a fire department (assuming the fire
department is not the remote station) include:
1. A dedicated circuit independent of any switching network using
voice communication or coded signals.
2. A one-way (outgoing only) telephone using a commercial dial
network, or
3. A radio system with fire department frequency
(where permitted).


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

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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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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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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