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September 15, 2002

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    A NEWSLETTER FOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 37                                      9-15-2002
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Contents
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- News
- FPET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments and Contacts

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NEWS
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I was on the road, without email access [Gaak!], all last week,
which is why I wasn't able to send out a newsletter last Sunday.
I took some photos of Baltimore's Inner Harbor during that trip
and posted them here: http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=22&tb=index1.

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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
33020 CENTRAL STATION FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
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33020 is a Level II General Non-Core Work element.

33020 DESCRIPTION
Understand fire alarm systems for central station service,
including purpose, operation, basic requirements, power supply
sources at the supervising station and protected premises, signal
capacity of circuits, types of signaling services available,
active multiplex systems, digital alarm communicator systems,
and alarm retransmission. (NFPA 72)


33020 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299

33020 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand fire alarm systems for central station service,
including purpose, ..."
FASS-94 Table 2-1 Central station protective signaling system.
[Description] An alarm system connecting protected premises to a
privately owned central station whose function is to monitor the
connecting lines constantly and record any indication of fire,
supervisory, or other trouble signals from the protected
premises. When a signal is received, the central station will
take such action as is required, such as informing the municipal
fire department of a fire or notifying the police department of
intrusion.
[Comments] Flexible system. Can handle many types of alarms,
including trouble within system at protected premises. See
NFPA 72, _National Fire Alarm Code_.

NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Central Station Fire Alarm System. A system or
group of systems in which the operations of circuits and devices
are transmitted automatically to, recorded in, maintained by,
and supervised from a listed central station that has competent
and experienced servers and operators who, upon receipt of a
signal, take such action as required by NFPA 72-1999. Such
service is to be controlled and operated by a person, firm, or
corporation whose business is the furnishing, maintaining, or
monitoring of supervised fire alarm systems.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.2.2 Fire Alarm Systems for Central Station
Service. NFPA 72-1999 Section 5-2 applies to central station
service, which consists of the following elements:
(1) Installation of fire alarm transmitters
(2) Alarm, guard, supervisory, and trouble signal monitoring
(3) Retransmission
(4) Associated record keeping and reporting
(5) Testing and maintenance
(6) Runner service

The central station service elements will be provided under
contract to a subscriber by one of the following:
(a) A listed central station that provides all of the elements
of central station service with its own facilities and personnel.
(b) A listed central station that provides, as a minimum, the
signal monitoring, retransmission, and associated record keeping
and reporting with its own facilities and personnel and that is
permitted to subcontract all or any part of the installation,
testing and maintenance, and runner service.
(c) A listed fire alarm service-local company that provides the
installation and testing and maintenance with its own facilities
and personnel and that subcontracts the monitoring,
retransmission, and associated record keeping and reporting to a
listed central station. The required runner service is to be
provided by the listed fire alarm service-local company with its
own personnel or the listed central station with its own
personnel.


"... operation, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-2.6.1.1 Alarm signals initiated by manual fire
alarm boxes, automatic fire detectors, waterflow from the
automatic sprinkler system, or actuation of other fire
suppression system(s) or equipment will be treated as fire alarms.
The central station will perform the following actions:
(1) Immediately retransmit the alarm to the public fire service
communications center
(2) Dispatch a runner or technician to the protected premises to
arrive within 1 hour after receipt of a signal if equipment needs
to be manually reset by the prime contractor
(3) Immediately notify the subscriber
(4) Provide notice to the subscriber or authority having
jurisdiction, or both, if required.
If the alarm signal results from a prearranged test, the actions
specified by 5-2.6.1.1(1) and (3) are not required.


"... basic requirements, ..."
NFPA 72-1999 5-2.2.3.1 The installation will be certificated.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.2.3.2 The installation will be placarded.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.3.1 The central station building or that
portion of a building occupied by a central station will conform
to the construction, fire protection, restricted access,
emergency lighting, and power facilities, requirements of the
latest edition of ANSI/UL 827, Standard for Safety
Central-Station for Watchman, Fire-Alarm and Supervisory Services.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.3.2 Subsidiary station buildings or those
portions of buildings occupied by subsidiary stations will
conform to the construction, fire protection, restricted access,
emergency lighting, and power facilities requirements of the
latest edition of ANSI/UL 827, Standard for Safety
Central-Station for Watchman, Fire-Alarm and Supervisory Services.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.3.2.1 All intrusion, fire, power, and
environmental control systems for subsidiary station buildings
will be monitored by the central station in accordance with 5-2.3.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.3.2.2 The subsidiary facility will be inspected
at least monthly by central station personnel for the purpose of
verifying the operation of all supervised equipment, all
telephones, all battery conditions, and all fluid levels of
batteries and generators.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.5.1 The central station will have sufficient
personnel, but not less than two persons, on duty at the central
station at all times to ensure disposition of signals in
accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72-1999 5-2.6.1.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.5.2 Operation and supervision will be the
primary functions of the operators, and no other interest or
activity will take precedence over the protective service.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.6.2.1 Complete records of all signals received
will be retained for at least 1 year.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.6.2.3 The central station will make arrangements
to furnish reports of signals received to the authority having
jurisdiction in a manner approved by the authority having jurisdiction.


"... power supply sources at the supervising station and
protected premises, ..."
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 capacity of circuits, ..."
Review NFPA 72-1999 Table 5-5.3.1.4 Loading Capacities for
Active Multiplex Systems

Review NFPA 72-1999 Table 5-5.3.2.2.2.3 Loading Capacities for
Hunt Groups (DACR)

Review NFPA 72-1999 5-5.3.3.3 Loading Capacity of McCulloh
Circuits

Review NFPA 72-1999 Table 5-5.3.4.5.1 Loading Capacities for
Two-Way RF Multiplex Systems

Review NFPA 72-1999 Table 5-5.3.5.6 Loading Capacities of
One-Way Radio Alarm Systems


"... types of signaling services available, ..."
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.


"... active multiplex systems, ..."
Review NFPA 72-1999 5-5.3.1 Active Multiplex Transmission Systems


"... digital alarm communicator systems, ..."
Review NFPA 72-1999 5-5.3.2 Digital Alarm Communicator Systems


"... and alarm retransmission."
NFPA 72-1999 5-2.3.2.3 In the event of the failure of equipment
at the subsidiary station or the communications channel to the
central station, a backup will be operational within 90 seconds.
Restoration of a failed unit will be accomplished within 5 days.

NFPA 72-1999 5-2.4.4 Two independent means are to be provided to
retransmit a fire alarm signal to the designated public fire
service communications center.


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

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 12/14/02. Postmark deadline 10/26/02.
Test TBA/03. Postmark deadline TBA/03.

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 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
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar 9/17-19
SOLD OUT!

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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
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_NE_Oct2002.pdf

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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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