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February 9, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 85           http://www.etnews.org            2-9-2003
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Contents
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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LICENSING
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There doesn't seem to be a central repository of U.S. licensing
requirements for persons working in the fire protection industry,
such as electricians, contractors, designers, engineers, et al.
So, I'm offering up a section of etnews.org for this purpose. I
have collected some of the requirements, which are here:
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=125 and I will add your
licensing information to it, for fire alarm, fire sprinkler, and
other limited-energy electrical trade requirements.

If you have know what these requirements are in your State,
County, City, or other fiefdom, please send them to me
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org along with the source document or a
link to the source document if possible. I'm also looking for
State CEU requirements for technicians, electricians,
professional engineers, building officials, etc.

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PORTLAND
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A 3-day Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) is
scheduled for Portland on February 18-20, 2003 at the PDX Airport
Holiday Inn.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Portland_Feb2003.pdf

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SEATTLE
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A 3-day Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) is
scheduled for Seattle on April 29-May 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn
- SeaTac.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_April2003.pdf

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BOISE
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A 3-day Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) is
scheduled for Boise on April 22-24, 2003 at the DoubleTree
- Boise Riverside.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Boise_April2003.pdf

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I'm off to San Diego this week.

Have fun!

Mike

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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level III
35005 SUPPLEMENTARY CIRCUITS
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35005 is a Level III General Core Work element.

General Work Elements are categorized as either Core or Non-Core
Work Elements. All Level III General Core Work Elements
constitute a mandatory requirement for achieving certification at
Levels III and IV.

35005 DESCRIPTION
Understand supplementary functions and circuits permitted by the
code, such as fan shutdown, elevator capture, and smoke
management systems, their purpose, location, operation,
restrictions, and supervision requirements. (NFPA 72, 101,
ANSI/ASME A 17.1) 
 
35005 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

ANSI/ASME A17.1
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer
_id=21254A334B0A&shopping_cart_id=2725382B2B4B204C4A5A3020250A&c
ountry_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&item_s_key=00006947&item_key_date=
991231&input_doc_number=ASME%20A17%2E1&input_doc_title= 

35005 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand supplementary functions and circuits permitted by the
code, such as fan shutdown, elevator capture, and smoke
management systems, their purpose, location, operation,
restrictions, and supervision requirements."


NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Supplementary. As used in NFPA 72, National Fire
Alarm Code, supplementary refers to equipment or operations not
required by NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, and designated as
such by the authority having jurisdiction.

NFPA 72-1999 1-4 Supervision. The term supervised refers to
monitoring of the circuit, switch, or device in such a manner
that a trouble signal is received when a fault that would prevent
normal operation of the system occurs.

Smoke Control
Smoke detectors used to prevent smoke spread by initiating fan
control, dampers, doors, and other equipment are classified as:
 o Area detectors that are installed in the related smoke
   compartments
 o Detectors installed in the air duct systems

Duct smoke detectors are not a substitute for open area detection.

Area smoke detectors are the preferred means to initiate smoke
control.

Smoke detectors are used to initiate smoke control:
 o To prevent the recirculation of smoke
 o To operate smoke exhaust equipment
 o To operate equipment pressurizing smoke compartments
 o To operate smoke doors and dampers

A duct detector, in accordance with NFPA 90A, is to be installed
in the supply side of air handling systems to prevent the
recirculation of dangerous quantities of smoke. Detectors located
in the supply air duct will be listed for the velocity present
and installed downstream of both the fan and filters.

Where detectors are required in the return air supply, the
detector will be listed for the air velocity present and located
at every return air opening within the smoke compartment, where
the air leaves each smoke compartment, or in the duct system
before the air enters the return air system common to more than
one smoke compartment.

Where complete smoke detection is installed in the smoke
compartment, installation of duct detectors in the supply and
return are not necessary if their function can be accomplished
by design of the area detection system.

Smoke Door Release
Smoke detectors listed exclusively for door release service are
not to be used for open area detection. Smoke detectors will be
of the photoelectric or ionization type.

When the depth of the wall above the door to be released is 24"
or less, only one detector is required on one side of the door.
When the depth is greater than 24", one detector is required on
each side of the door.

Where a detector is specifically listed for doorframe mounting or
is part of a detector-door closer unit, only one detector is
required.

Ceiling mounted detectors are to be located on the centerline of
the doorway and no more than 5' from the door and not closer
than 12". The minimum distance depends upon the height of the
wall above the door unit.

An auxiliary fire alarm relay used to control an emergency
control device is to be located within 3 feet of the emergency
control device. The wiring between the control system panel and
the relay must be supervised. Control devices that operate on
loss of power to the auxiliary relay are considered
self-monitoring for integrity.

Elevator Recall
System smoke detectors located in elevator lobbies, hoistways,
and elevator machine room used to recall the elevators, are to be
connected to the building fire alarm system.

NFPA 72-1999 3-9.3.7 For each group of elevators within a
building, three separate elevator control circuits are to be
terminated to the elevator controller such that:
(a) The smoke detector located in the designated elevator lobby
    actuates the first elevator control circuit.
(b) The smoke detectors in the remaining elevator lobbies actuate
    the second elevator control circuit.
(c) The smoke detectors in the elevator hoistways and elevator
    machine rooms actuate the third elevator control circuit.

Fire safety functions are not to interfere with the operation of
the fire alarm system. The control devices are to be listed and
compatible with the fire alarm control unit. The total system is
to be acceptance tested together.

Transfer of data via a listed serial communication port, between
the fire alarm control unit and fire safety function control is
acceptable.

NFPA 101-1997 12-6.3.7.7 Doors in smoke barriers are to be
normally kept closed, or, if held open, they will be equipped
with automatic devices that will release the doors upon
activation of the fire alarm system, and either;
 o A local smoke detector, or
 o A complete automatic fire extinguishing system or complete
   automatic fire detection system

ANSI A17.1 211.3a Phase I Emergency Recall Operation. A
three-position key-switch will be provided at the designated
level only for each single elevator or for each group of
elevators.

The three-position switch will be marked "BYPASS", "OFF", and
"ON" in that order, with "OFF" as the center position.

In the "BYPASS" position, normal elevator service will be
restored regardless of the status of the elevator-recall smoke
detectors.

In the "OFF" position, normal elevator service is provided and
the operation of elevator-recall smoke detectors is functional.

In the "ON" position;
(a) All elevator cabs controlled by the Phase I switch return
nonstop to the designated level and power-operated doors open and
remain open, and

(b) An elevator cab traveling away from the designated level will
reverse direction at or before the next available landing,
without opening its doors.

NFPA 101-1997 5-2.3.10.1 For both mechanical ventilation and
pressurized stair enclosure systems, the activation of the system
is to be initiated by a smoke detector installed in an approved
location within 10 feet of the entrance to the smoke proof
enclosure.
 
NFPA 101-1997 5-2.3.10.2 The required mechanical systems are
required to operate at the activation of the smoke detectors in
5-2.3.10.1 and by manual controls accessible to the fire
department. The required system also is to be initiated by the
following, if provided:
1. Water flow signal from a complete automatic sprinkler system,
   and
2. General evacuation alarm signal. (See NFPA 101-1997 7-6.3.5)

NFPA 101-1997 6-3.5.1 An approved damper designed to resist the
passage of smoke will be provided for each air-transfer opening
or duct penetration of a required smoke barrier.

Except ducts or air-transfer openings that are part of an
engineered smoke control system in accordance with Section 7-3
and except ducts where the air continues to move and the
air-handling system installed is arranged to prevent
recirculation of exhaust or return air under fire emergency
conditions and except where the air inlet or outlet openings in
ducts are limited to a single smoke compartment and except where
ducts penetrate floors that serve as smoke barriers and except
where permitted by Chapters 8 through 31.


NFPA 72-1999 3-9.6.4 Magnetic door holders that allow doors to
close upon loss of operating power are not required to have a
secondary power source.


NFPA 72-1999 3-9.3.1 System-type smoke detectors located in
elevator lobbies, elevator hoistways, and elevator machine
rooms used to initiate fire fighters' service recall will be
connected to the building fire alarm system. In facilities
without a building fire alarm system, these smoke detectors will
be connected to a dedicated fire alarm system control unit that
will be designated as "elevator recall control and supervisory
panel", permanently identified on the control unit and on the
record drawings. Unless otherwise required by the authority
having jurisdiction, only the elevator lobby, elevator hoistway,
and the elevator machine room smoke detectors are used to recall
elevators for fire fighters’ service.

For each group of elevators within a building, three separate
elevator control circuits will be terminated at; the designated
elevator controller within the group’s elevator machine room(s).
The operation of the elevators will be in accordance with Rules
211.3 through 211.8 of ANSI/ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators
and Escalators. The smoke detectors will actuate the three
elevator control circuits as follows:

The smoke detector located in the designated elevator recall
lobby will actuate the first elevator control circuit. In
addition, if the elevator is equipped with front and rear doors,
the smoke detectors in both lobbies at the designated level will
actuate the first elevator control circuit.

The smoke detectors in the remaining elevator lobbies will
actuate the second elevator control circuit.

The smoke detectors in elevator hoistways and the elevator
machine room(s) will actuate the third elevator control circuit.
In addition, if the elevator machine room is located at the
designated level, its smoke detector will also actuate the first
elevator control circuit.

NFPA 101-1997 6-3.5.2 Required smoke dampers in ducts penetrating
smoke barriers are to close upon detection of smoke by approved
smoke detectors installed in accordance with NFPA 72, National
Fire Alarm Code.
Except duct detectors, which are not required where ducts
penetrate smoke barriers above the smoke barrier doors and the
door release detector actuates the damper and except approved
smoke detectors located within the ducts in existing
installations.


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 4/26/03. Postmark deadline 3/8/03.
Test 7/26/03. Postmark deadline 6/7/03.

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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February 10-13, 2003 San Diego, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_SanDiego_February2003.pdf
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_SanDiego_February2003.pdf

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February 11-13, 2003 Houston, TX - Co-sponsored by TFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_HOUSTON_Feb2003.pdf

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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.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Raleigh_February2003.pdf

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February 25-27, 2003 Honolulu, HI
Co-sponsored by SFPE Hawaii Chapter 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Honolulu_Feb2003.pdf

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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/nscaweb/content/expo2003/attendee/class.asp
?t=4&document=854&a=10&c=2

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March 11-13, 2003 Deerfield Beach, FL (Ft. Lauderdale)
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Deerfield_March2003.pdf

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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/App/homepage.cfm?linkid=7623&moduleid=33
1&speakerdetails=speakerdetails&pram=15433&appname=180&date=03/2
5/2003

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April 7-9, 2003 New Orleans, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_NewOrleans_April2003.pdf

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April 22-24, 2003 Richmond, VA - Sponsored by VA AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
More information will be available soon!

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April 22-24, 2003 Boise, ID
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Boise_April2003.pdf

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April 29-30 & May 1, 2003 Seattle, WA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_April2003.pdf

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