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May 18, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 99           http://www.etnews.org           5-18-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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After it was determined that I cannot be in New York and Seattle
simultaneously, the Seattle seminar was rescheduled for July8-10,
2003 http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_July2003.pdf.

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The University of Texas at Austin is looking for a Fire Safety
Shop Supervisor.
Read all about it here: http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=257

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Special Hazards work element eliminated.
Special Hazards Suppression Systems Work Element 55008, Automatic
Fire Detector Spacing, has been eliminated. After May 17, 2003,
the work element will not appear on any NICET exams.

If you were scheduled to test 55008 after May 17, you may request
a substitute work element by contacting NICET at 888-476-4238,
Option 2, at least 18 days prior to the scheduled exam date.

If you are scheduled to test 55008 on May 17, you will not be
affected by the change. The work element will still appear on
your exam, and if you pass it successfully, you will retain
credit for it.

Crossover work element 37001 (Fire Alarm Systems subfield) was
deleted last month. A panel of Special Hazards Suppression
Systems Committee members agreed that the work element’s
procedures are no longer considered valid by industry standards.

Source: http://www.nicet.org/about/news.htm

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I'll see you at the NFPA conference in Dallas this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
37001 AUTOMATIC FIRE DETECTOR SPACING
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Effective April 1, 2003, Automatic Fire Detector Spacing is no
longer available for testing. Credit is retained by all those who
previously passed it.

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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
37002 SYSTEM FEATURES FOR HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS
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37002 is a Level IV 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.

37002 DESCRIPTION
Understand system design features needed for applications subject
to severe environments, including structures that are unheated or
subject to vandalism or physical abuse (for example, prisons or
mental hospitals), high humidity, or corrosive or salty
atmospheres. (NFPA 70, NFPA 72, NFPA 101)

37002 REFERENCES:
NFPA 70
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=13

NFPA 72
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=5

NFPA 101
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=11

37002 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand system design features needed for applications
subject to severe environments, including structures that are
unheated or subject to vandalism or physical abuse (for example,
prisons or mental hospitals), high humidity, or corrosive or
alty atmospheres."

NFPA 101-1997 10-3.4.2.3 (New Education Occupancies) Alternative
 Protection System. Manual pull stations are permitted to be
 eliminated where all of the following conditions apply:
 o Interior corridors are protected by smoke detectors using an
 alarm verification system as described in NFPA 72, National Fire
 Alarm Code.
 o Auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, etc., are protected by
 heat or other approved detection devices.
 o Shops and laboratories involving dusts or vapors are protected
 by heat or other approved detection devices.
 o Fire alarm signals are automatically transmitted to the public
 fire department in accordance with 7-6.4.
 o Provision is made at a central point to manually activate the
 evacuation signal, or to evacuate only affected areas.


NFPA 101-1997 14-3.4.4 (New Detention and Correctional
Occupancies) An approved, automatic smoke detection system will
be installed in accordance with Section 7-6 throughout all
resident sleeping areas and adjacent day rooms, activity rooms,
or contiguous common spaces.

Except that smoke detectors are not required in sleeping rooms
with four or fewer occupants in Use Condition II or III, and
except in smoke compartments protected throughout by an approved,
automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with 14-3.5.3,
smoke detectors are not required in sleeping rooms with four or
fewer occupants.

Other arrangements and positioning of smoke detectors are
permitted to prevent damage or tampering, or for other purposes,
provided the function for detecting any fire is fulfilled and the
placement of detectors is such that the speed of detection is
equivalent to that provided by the spacing and arrangements
described in Section 7-6. This is permitted to include the
location of detectors in exhaust ducts from cells, behind
grilles, or in other locations. The equivalent performance of
the design, however, must be acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction in accordance with the equivalency concepts
specified in Section 1-6 of NFPA 101-1997.

NFPA 101-1997 12-3.4.2 (New Health Care Occupancies) Initiation.
Initiation of the required fire alarm systems will be by manual
means in accordance with 7-6.2 and by means of any required
sprinkler system water flow alarms, detection devices, or
detection systems.

Except that fire alarm pull stations installed in patient
sleeping areas are not required at exits if located at all
nurses’ control stations or other continuously attended staff
location, provided such pull stations are visible and
continuously accessible and that travel distances required by
7-6.2.4 are not exceeded.

NFPA 72-1999 1-5.4.6.3.1 A means for silencing the trouble
notification appliance(s) is permitted only if it is
key-operated, located within a locked enclosure, or arranged to
provide equivalent protection against unauthorized use. Such a
means is permitted only if it transfers the trouble indication
to a suitably identified lamp or other acceptable visible
indicator. The visible indication will persist until the trouble
condition has been corrected. The audible trouble signal will
sound when the silencing means is in its silence position and no
trouble exists.

NFPA 72-1999 1-5.4.8 A means for turning off activated alarm
notification appliances is permitted only where it is
key-operated, located within a locked cabinet, or arranged to
provide equivalent protection against unauthorized use. Such
means is permitted only if a visible zone alarm indication or
the equivalent has been provided as specified in 1-5.7.1, and
subsequent actuation of initiating devices on other initiating
 device circuits or subsequent actuation of addressable
 initiating devices on signaling line circuits cause the
 notification appliances to reactivate. A means that is left in
 the “off” position when there is no alarm will operate an
 audible trouble signal until the means is restored to normal.
 If automatically turning off the alarm notification appliances
 is permitted by the authority having jurisdiction, the alarm
 will not be turned off in less than 5 minutes.

Except where otherwise permitted by the authority having
jurisdiction, the 5-minute requirement does not apply; and

When permitted by the authority having jurisdiction, subsequent
actuation of another addressable initiating device of the same
type in the same room or space is not required to cause the
notification appliance(s) to reactivate.

NFPA 72-1999 3-8.3.4.1 Automatic fire suppression system alarm-
nitiating devices and supervisory signal-initiating devices and
their circuits are to be designed and installed such that they
are not subject to tampering, opening, or removal without
initiating a signal. This provision includes junction boxes
installed outside of buildings to facilitate access to the
initiating device circuit.

Except covers of junction boxes inside of buildings and except
that tamperproof screws or equivalent mechanical means are
permitted to be used to prevent access to junction boxes
installed outside buildings.

NFPA 70-1999 760-52(b) PLFA Wiring Methods and Materials. Power-
limited fire alarm conductors and cables described in Section
760-71 are to be installed as detailed in (1), (2), or (3) of
this section. Devices are to be installed in accordance with
Sections 110-3(b), 300-11(a), and 300-15.

(1) In raceway or exposed on the surface of ceiling and sidewalls
or fished in concealed spaces. Cable splices or terminations will
be made in listed fittings, boxes, enclosures, fire alarm
devices, or utilization equipment. Where installed exposed,
cables will be adequately supported and installed in such a way
that maximum protection against physical damage is afforded by
building construction such as baseboards, door frames, ledges,
etc.
Where located within 7 ft (2.13 m) of the floor, cables are to be
securely fastened in an approved manner at intervals of not more
than 18 in. (457 mm).

(2) In metal raceways or rigid nonmetallic conduit where passing
through a floor or wall to a height of 7 ft (2.13 m) above the
floor, unless adequate protection can be afforded by building
construction such as detailed in (1), or unless an equivalent
solid guard is provided.

(3) In rigid metal conduit, rigid nonmetallic conduit,
intermediate metal conduit, or electrical metallic tubing where
installed in hoistways.

Except as provided for in Section 620-21 for elevators and
similar equipment and except where other wiring methods and
materials installed in accordance with the requirements of
Section 760-3 are be permitted to extend or replace the
conductors and cables described in Section 760-71 and permitted
by Section 760-52(b).

NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.1 An initiating device will be protected
where subject to mechanical damage. A mechanical guard used to
protect a smoke or heat detector will be listed for use with the
detector being used.

NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.2 In all cases, initiating devices will be
supported independently of their attachment to the circuit
conductors.

NFPA 72-1999 2-1.3.3 Initiating devices will be installed in all
areas required by other NFPA standards or the authority having
jurisdiction. Each installed initiating device will be accessible
for periodic maintenance and testing.


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 7/26/03. Postmark deadline 6/7/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

OR2 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 6/21/03. Postmark deadline 5/3/03.
Test 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.

WASHINGTON
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WA1 Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 7/26/03. Postmark deadline 6/7/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

WA2 Walla Walla Community College;
Test 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

WA3 Spokane Community College;
Test 8/23/03. Postmark deadline 7/7/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

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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June 3-5, 2003 Cleveland, OH
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_Sacramento_June2003.pdf

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June 9-12, 2003 Sacramento, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_CAFAA_Sacramento_June2003.pdf

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June 17-19, 2003 Las Vegas, NV
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_LasVegas_June2003.pdf

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June 18-20, 2003 Minneapolis, MN - Conducted by MN AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
More information will be available soon.

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June 18, 2003 Cincinnati, OH
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_Cincinnati2003.pdf

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June 23-25, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Wichita_June2003.pdf

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July 8-10, 2003 Seattle, WA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_July2003.pdf

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July 8-10, 2003 Yonkers, NY - Sponsored by NYBFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
For more information contact NYBFAA at
mailto:executivedirector@nybfa.org

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July 22-24, 2003 Chicago, IL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Chicago_July2003.pdf

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August 5-7, 2003 St. Louis, MO
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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August 19-21, 2003 Denver, CO - Co-sponsored by Rocky Mtn AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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September 15-18, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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September 16-18, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
Automatic Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems Seminar (Fund.)
More information will be available soon.

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September 22-25, 2003 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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October 8-9, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Plans Review Seminar.
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
More information will be available soon.

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October 15-17, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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October 21-23, 2003 Anchorage, AK
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 3-6, 2003 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 4-7, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 21, 2003 Reno, NV
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Plan Review Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 2-4, 2003 Phoenix, AZ - Co-sponsored by AZ AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 9-11, 2003 San Antonio, AZ - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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