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December 15, 2002

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 77                                          12-15-2002
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments and Contacts

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NEWS
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New training opportunities available in 2003:

Web-based training
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Scheduled for release on January 2, 2003, an 18-course
certificate program in fire alarm system fundamentals. Each of
the 18 courses may be taken independently or in concert to
qualify for a certificate. Introductory pricing is $34 per course
and $199 for the complete program. http://www.afaa.org


Plan Review
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A 1-day classroom seminar entitled Plan Review will be available
in July 2003.

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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II
34004 FIRE ALARM SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
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34004 is a Level II Special Work element.

34004 DESCRIPTION
Maintain a fire alarm system. Know the tests and inspections that
identify components that have become undependable or inoperative.
Know which components are field serviceable. Know methods of
cleaning, checking, operating, and adjusting the system and its
components to keep the system in an operative condition.
(NFPA 72 and electrical textbooks)

34004 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72 http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/product.asp?category%5Fname=&pid=7299
Electrical textbooks

34004 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Maintain a fire alarm system. Know the tests and inspections
that identify components that have become undependable or
inoperative. Know which components are field serviceable. Know
methods of cleaning, checking, operating, and adjusting the
system and its components to keep the system in an operative
condition."

NFPA 72-1999 7-1.1.1 Inspection, testing, and maintenance
programs will satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72-1999, conform
to the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations, and verify
proper operation of the 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 provided to the authority having jurisdiction
upon request.
NFPA 72-1999 7-1.6.1

Initial Acceptance Testing. All new systems are to be inspected
and tested in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 72-1999
chapter 7.

Familiarize yourself with the test methods described in chapter
7 of NFPA 72 such as:

NFPA 72-1999 Table 7-2.2
14. Alarm Notification Appliances
a. Audible	Measure sound pressure level with sound level meter
meeting ANSI S-1.4a, Specifications for Sound Level Meters, Type
2 requirements. Levels throughout the protected area are to be
measured and recorded.
b. Audible Textual Sound pressure level is to be measured with
sound level meter meeting ANSI S-1.4a, Specifications for Sound
Level Meters, Type 2 requirements. Levels throughout the
protected area are to be measured and recorded. Audible
information will be verified to be distinguishable and
understandable.
c. Visible	Test is to be in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions. Device locations are to be verified to be per
approved layout and it is to be confirmed that no floor plan
changes affect the approved layout.

NFPA 72-1999 7-3.2 Testing. Testing is to be performed in
accordance with the schedules in NFPA 72-1999 Chapter 7 or more
often if required by the authority having jurisdiction. If a
remotely monitored fire alarm control unit specifically listed
for the application performs automatic testing at least weekly,
the manual testing frequency will be permitted to be extended to
annual. NFPA 72-1999 Table 7-3.2 applies, except that devices or
equipment that are inaccessible for safety considerations, (for
example, continuous process operations, energized electrical
equipment, radiation, excessive height) are to be tested during
scheduled shutdowns if approved by the authority having
jurisdiction but not more than every 18 months.

NFPA 72-1999 A-7-3.2 It is suggested that the annual test be
conducted to segments such that all devices are tested annually.

NFPA 72-1999 7-3.2.1 Detector sensitivity is to 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 will be 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 are to be
performed.
To ensure that each smoke detector is within its listed and
marked sensitivity range, it is to be tested using any of the
following methods:
(a) A calibrated test method; or
(b) The manufacturer's calibrated sensitivity test instrument; or
(c) Listed control equipment arranged for the purpose; or
(d) A smoke detector/control unit arrangement whereby the
detector causes a signal at the control unit where its
sensitivity is outside its acceptable sensitivity range; or
(e) Other calibrated sensitivity test method acceptable to the
authority having jurisdiction.
Detectors found to have a sensitivity reading outside the listed
and marked sensitivity range are to be cleaned and recalibrated
or replaced except 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 NFPA 72-1999 7-3.3 (single-station smoke detectors
installed in one- and two- family dwelling units) and Table 7-2.2
(Test Methods).

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

NFPA 72-1999 7-4.1 Fire alarm system equipment is to be
maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The frequency of maintenance depends on the type of equipment
and local ambient conditions.

NFPA 72-1999 7-4.3 All apparatus requiring rewinding or resetting
to maintain normal operation is to be restored to normal as
promptly as possible after each test and alarm. All test signals
received are to be recorded to indicate date, time, and  type.

NFPA 72-1999 7-4.4 The retransmission means as defined in NFPA
72-1999 Section 5-2 (Fire Alarm Systems for Central Station
Service) is to be tested at intervals of not more than 12 hours.
The retransmission signal and the time and date of the
retransmission is to be recorded in the central station except;
where the retransmission means is the public switched telephone
network, it is permitted to be tested weekly to confirm its
operation to each 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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OR1 PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 1/25/03. Postmark deadline 12/7/03.
Test 4/26/03. Postmark deadline 3/8/03.

OR2 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 3/15/03. Postmark deadline 2/1/03.
Test 6/21/03. Postmark deadline 5/3/03.

WASHINGTON
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WA1 Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 2/22/03. Postmark deadline 1/4/03.
Test 5/17/03. Postmark deadline 3/29/03.

WA2 Walla Walla Community College;
Test 2/22/03. Postmark deadline 1/4/03.
Test 5/17/03. Postmark deadline 3/29/03.

WA3 Spokane Community College;
Test 2/22/03. Postmark deadline 1/4/03.
Test 5/17/03. Postmark deadline 3/29/03.

These dates are from the NICET web site. 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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January 14-16, 2003 Denver, CO - Sponsored by
the Rocky Mountain AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Denver_Jan2003.pdf

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January 21-23, 2003 Oklahoma City, OK - Sponsored by OK AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_OKC_Jan2003.pdf

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February 4-6, 2003 Orlando, FL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Orlando_Feb2003.pdf

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February 10-13, 2003 San Diego, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar.
More information will be available soon! 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
More information will be available soon!

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February 18-20, 2003 Portland, OR - Co-sponsored by Oregon AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Portland_Feb2003.pdf

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

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March 11-13, 2003 Dallas, TX - Sponsored by NSCA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar. http://www.nsca.org

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March 17-20, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar.
More information will be available soon! 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
More information will be available soon!

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March 25-26, 2003 Las Vegas, NV - Sponsored by ISC West
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar.
http://www.iscwest.com

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