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June 15, 2003

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Issue No. 103          http://www.etnews.org           6-15-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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Professional Edge Seminar: 

Workforce Retention through Professional Credentialing
Saturday July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

San Antonio, Texas: Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. 

In a shrinking work force, how can you compete for the best
employees? A panel of speakers from the construction industry,
including NICET's Mike Clark and Bud Darby, discuss how
certification can give your organization the professional edge. 

Part of the NSPE 2003 Convention and Expo, the seminar is a
cooperative effort by NICET, Construction Management Association
of America, American Institute of Constructors, National
Association of Women in Construction, and American Subcontractors
Association. 

Attendees may claim 1.5 CPD points towards NICET recertification. 

To register, visit https://www.nicet.org/seminar.htm 

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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
37006 SPECIAL PROTECTION 
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37006 is a Level IV General Non-core work element.

37006 DESCRIPTION
Lay out a fire detection system for protection of an electronic
computer data processing facility. Show the proper location,
mounting and spacing of smoke detectors, and the interconnection
of the smoke detection system with various extinguishing systems.
Understand the concept of cross zoning and proper sequential
shutdown for a computer facility. Lay out a fire detection system
in a hi-rack storage facility showing the proper location,
mounting and spacing of the detectors, and the interconnection
of the fire detection system with various extinguishing systems.
(NFPA 12A, NFPA 13, NFPA 72, NFPA 75, NFPA 230, Fire Protection
Handbook, Fire Alarm Signaling Systems)

37006 REFERENCES:
NFPA 12A
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=34

NFPA 13
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=19

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

NFPA 75
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=25

NFPA 230
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=36

Fire Protection Handbook
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=7

Fire Alarm Signaling Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=6

37006 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Lay out a fire detection system for protection of an electronic
 computer data processing facility. Show the proper location,
 mounting and spacing of smoke detectors, and the interconnection
 of the smoke detection system with various extinguishing
 systems. Understand the concept of cross zoning and proper
 sequential shutdown for a computer facility. Lay out a fire
 detection system in a hi-rack storage facility showing the
 proper location, mounting and spacing of the detectors, and the
 interconnection of the fire detection system with various
 extinguishing systems."

Glossary of terms

Cross-zone. An initiating circuit configuration, which allows an
alarm only after two or more devices, is in alarm.

High-Piled Storage. Solid-piled, palletized, rack storage, bin
box, and shelf storage in excess of 12 ft. in height.

The relationship of airflow to smoke detector spacing is covered
by NFPA 72 for high air movement areas excluding under-floor and
above-ceiling spaces.

NFPA 72-1999 A-2-3.6.5 Smoke detectors installed to protect high
rack storage may be required to be installed at several levels.

For the most effective detection of fire in high rack storage
areas, detectors should be located on the ceiling above each
aisle and at intermediate levels in the racks. This is necessary
to detect smoke that is trapped in the racks at an early stage
of fire development, when insufficient thermal energy is
released to carry the smoke to the ceiling. Earliest detection
of smoke is achieved by locating the intermediate level detectors
adjacent to alternate pallet sections as shown in Figures
A-2-3.6.5 (a) and A-2-3.6.5 (b). The detector manufacturer’s
recommendations and engineering judgment should be followed for
specific installations. A projected beam-type detector may be
permitted to be used in lieu of a single row of individual
spot-type smoke detectors. Sampling ports of an air sampling-type
detector may be permitted to be located above each aisle to
provide coverage equivalent to the location of spot-type
detectors. The manufacturer’s recommendations and engineering
judgment should be followed for specific installations.

A projected beam-type detector is permitted to be used in lieu
of a single row of individual spot-type smoke detectors.

Sampling ports of an air sampling-type detector can be permitted
to be located above each aisle to provide coverage that is
equivalent to the location of spot-type detectors. The
manufacturer’s recommendations and engineering judgment should
be followed for the specific installation.

NFPA 72-1999 A-2-3.6.5 Projected beam-type detectors may be
installed in a high-rack storage application to replace spot-type
detectors in a single row.

NFPA 72-1999 2-3.6.6.1 The purpose and scope of this section is
to provide location and spacing guidance for smoke detectors
intended for early warning of fire in high air-movement areas.
Except for detectors provided for the control of smoke spread are
covered by the requirements of Section 2-10.

NFPA 75-1999 6-2.1 Automatic detection systems will be installed
in the following locations:
(a) At the ceiling level throughout the computer area
(b) Below the raised floor of the computer area containing cables
(c) Above the suspended ceiling and below the raised floor in the
computer area where these spaces are used to recirculate air to
other parts of the building

NFPA 231C-1995 5-12 Smoke detectors used to activate high
expansion foam systems will be located:
 o At the ceiling only and installed using one-half listed
 spacing.
Except where clearance from the top of the storage exceeds 10
feet or the height of the storage exceeds 25 feet.
 o At the ceiling using listed spacing and in racks at alternate
 levels.
 o Listed for use in rack storage and installed to respond within
 1 minute of ignition.

NFPA 72-1999 2-3.4.3.2 To minimize dust contamination, smoke
detectors installed under raised floors will be mounted in the
orientation for which they have been listed. See Figure
A-2-3.4.3.2.


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 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.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_MNAFAA_June2003.pdf

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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.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/NYBFA_July03.pdf

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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, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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