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September 1, 2002

                           FPET NEWS
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    A NEWSLETTER FOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 35                                       9-1-2002
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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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Spokane!
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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend the AFAA Intermediate
(NICET Level II) Fire Alarm Seminar to be held in Spokane:

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October 8-10, 2002 .: Spokane, WA :.
Doubletree Hotel—Spokane Valley, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd Spokane, WA
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This three-day seminar covers the layout, installation and
maintenance of manual and automatic fire alarm systems as well
as an in-depth review of the 1999 NFPA standard #72, the
National Fire Alarm Code, and the wiring requirements of NFPA
standard #70, the National Electrical Code.

Who Should Attend:
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- Individuals preparing for NICET Level II certification testing 
- Designers of fire alarm systems 
- Sales and service personnel 
- Installers 
- Building and Fire Officials 

Suggested Prerequisite:
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- Two years of fire alarm experience - (minimum required for
NICET Level II certification) 

Course materials provided:
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- NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, 1999 edition
- Student workbook and handout material

What the attendee needs to bring:
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- Battery powered calculator 
- Pencils, note paper, and highlighter 
- NICET Program Detail Manual
 
Download NICET Program Detail Manuals here:
http://www.nicet.org/publications/index.html

Registration Form:
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http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Spokane_Sept2002.pdf

See you there!

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FPET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
33019 PROPRIETARY SUPERVISING STATION SYSTEMS
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33019 is a Level II General Non-Core Work element.

33019 DESCRIPTION
Understand a proprietary fire alarm system, including its
purpose, system operation, general requirements, power supplies
at central proprietary station and remotely located control
equipment, signal transmission and processing, types of service
available, performance capacities of initialing device and
signaling line circuits, and alarm retransmissions. (NFPA 72)

33019 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

33019 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand a proprietary fire alarm system, including its
purpose, ..."
FASS-94 Table 2-1 Proprietary protective signaling system.
[Description] An alarm system that serves contiguous or
noncontiguous properties under one ownership from a central
supervising station at the protected property. Similar to a
central station system but owned by the protected property.
[Comments] Requires 24-hr manning of central supervising station
on the premises. See NFPA 72, _National Fire Alarm Code_.

NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Proprietary Supervising Station Fire Alarm
System. An installation of fire alarm systems that serves
contiguous and noncontiguous properties, under one ownership,
from a proprietary supervising station located at the protected
property, at which trained, competent personnel are in constant
attendance. This includes the proprietary supervising station;
power supplies; signal-initiating devices; initiating device
circuits; signal notification appliances; equipment for the
automatic, permanent visual recording of signals; and equipment
for initiating the operation of emergency building control
services.


"... system operation, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-3.4.7 The maximum elapsed time from sensing a
fire alarm at an initiating device or initiating device circuit
until it is recorded or displayed at the proprietary supervising
station will not exceed 90 seconds.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.5.2 When the runner is not in attendance at the
proprietary supervising station, the runner will establish
two-way communications with the station at intervals not
exceeding 15 minutes.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.5.3 The primary duties of the operator(s) is to
monitor signals, operate the system, and take such action as is
required by the authority having jurisdiction. The operator(s)
will not be assigned any additional duties that would take
precedence over the primary duties.


"... general requirements, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.1 The proprietary supervising station is to
be located in a fire-resistive, detached building or in a cutoff
room and will not be exposed to the hazardous parts of the
premises that are protected.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.2 Access to the proprietary supervising
station will be restricted to those persons directly concerned
with the implementation and direction of emergency action and
procedure.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.3 The proprietary supervising station, as
well as remotely located power rooms for batteries or
engine-driven generators, will be provided with portable fire
extinguishers that comply with requirements of NFPA 10, Standard
for Portable Fire Extinguishers.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.4.1 The proprietary supervising station is to
be provided with an automatic emergency lighting system. The
emergency source will be independent of the primary lighting
source.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.4.2 In the event of a loss of primary
lighting for the supervising station, the emergency lighting
will provide illumination for a period of not less than 26 hours
to permit the operators to carry on operations, and will be
tested in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72-1999
Chapter 7.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.4.2 Provision is to be made to designate the
building in which a signal originates. The floor, section, or
other subdivision of the building will be designated at the
proprietary supervising station or at the building that is
protected except where the area, height, or special conditions
of occupancy make detailed designation unessential as approved
by the authority having jurisdiction. This detailed designation
will use indicating appliances accepted by the authority having
jurisdiction. 

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.6.7.1 Complete records of all signals received
will be retained for at least 1 year.


"... power supplies at central proprietary station and remotely
located control equipment, ..."
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.


"... signal transmission and processing, ..."
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.


"... types of service available, ..."
FASS-94 Chapter 4 The three retransmission methods in order of
preference are: (1) a dedicated circuit independent of any
switching network; (2) a one-way (outgoing only) telephone at
the remote station that utilizes the commercial dial network, or
other method acceptable to the local authority; and (3) a
wireless retransmission in remote station systems that can
transmit an alarm signal from the remote station to the fire
department and consists of a private radio system that uses the
fire department frequency (when permitted). Wireless
transmission can also be used in proprietary systems as the
signaling channel. Where a private radio is used as the
signaling channel, appropriate supervised transmitting and
receiving equipment should be provided at the central
supervising, satellite, and repeater stations.


"... performance capacities of initialing device and signaling
line circuits, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-3.4.9 Trouble signals required by 1-5.8 and their
restoration will be automatically indicated and recorded at the
proprietary supervising station within 200 seconds.


"... and alarm retransmissions."
NFPA 72-1999 5-3.3.5 If 25 or more protected buildings or
premises are connected to a subsidiary station, both of the
following will be provided at the subsidiary station: 
(a) Automatic means for receiving and recording signals under
emergency-staffing conditions
(b) A telephone

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.5.1 At least two operators will be on duty at
all times. One of the two operators is permitted to be a runner.
If the means for transmitting alarms to the fire department is
automatic, at least one operator will be on duty at all times.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.6.6.1 Alarms. Upon receipt of a fire alarm
signal, the proprietary supervising station operator will
initiate action to perform the following:
(a) Immediately notify the fire department, the plant fire
brigade, and such other parties as the authority having
jurisdiction requires.
(b) Promptly dispatch a runner to the alarm location (travel
time will not exceed 1 hour).
(c) Restore the system as soon as possible after disposition of
the cause of the alarm signal.

NFPA 72-1999 5-3.4.8 To facilitate the prompt receipt of fire
alarm signals from systems handling other types of signals that
are able to produce multiple simultaneous status changes, the
requirements of either of the following will be met:
(a) In addition to the maximum processing time for a single
alarm, the system will record simultaneous status changes at a
rate not slower than either a quantity of 50, or 10 percent of
the total number of initiating device circuits connected, within
90 seconds, whichever number is smaller, without loss of any signal.
(b) In addition to the maximum processing time, the system will
either display or record fire alarm signals at a rate not slower
than one every 10 seconds, regardless of the rate or number of
status changes occurring, without loss of any signals.

If fire alarm, waterflow alarm, and sprinkler supervisory signals
and their associated trouble signals are the only signals 
processed by the system, the rate of recording will not be 
slower than one signal every 30 seconds.


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 9-12, 2002 College Park, MD - Sponsored by
MD-DC-VA AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar 9/9
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_MD-DC-VA_Sept2002.pdf
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
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 8-10, 2002 Spokane, WA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Spokane_Sept2002.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; Level I & II element review

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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