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June 22, 2003

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Issue No. 104          http://www.etnews.org           6-22-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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I'll see you in Wichita this week.

Have fun!

Mike
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
37007 REQUIREMENTS FOR LISTING
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37007 is a Level IV General Non-core work element.

37007 DESCRIPTION
Understand how fire alarm signaling equipment is reviewed and
tested by testing laboratories before being listed. Understand
the requirements for the general construction, the components,
performance and manufacturing follow-up by the testing
laboratories. (U. L. Fire Protection Equipment Directory, Fire
Alarm Signaling Systems)

37007 REFERENCES:
UL Fire Protection Equipment Directory
http://www.ul.com/info/uldirs.htm

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

37007 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand how fire alarm signaling equipment is reviewed and
tested by testing laboratories before being listed. Understand
the requirements for the general construction, the components,
performance and manufacturing follow-up by the testing
laboratories."

Glossary of terms

Labeled. Equipment or materials to which has been attached a
label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that
is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned
with product evaluation that maintains periodic inspection of
production of labeled equipment or materials and by whose
labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate
standards or performance in a specified manner.

Listed. Equipment, materials, or services included in a list
published by an organization that is acceptable to the authority
having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of products or
services, that maintains periodic inspection of production of
listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation of services
and whose listing states that either the equipment, material, or
service meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested
and found suitable for a specified purpose.

Listing Service. A system whereby UL determines that a
manufacturer has demonstrated the ability to produce a product
that complies with UL’s requirements with respect to reasonably
foreseeable risks associated with the product. As part of the
system, by the terms of the Follow-Up Service Agreement, UL
authorizes the manufacturer to use the UL Listing Mark on
products that comply with UL’s requirements and establishes a
Follow-Up Service conducted by UL as an audit on the means the
manufacturer exercise to determine compliance with UL’s
requirements.

Testing laboratories.  The following NRTL’s (Nationally
Recognized Testing Laboratories) have been recognized by OSHA in
accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7 to test and certify equipment or
materials (products) requiring approval by certain OSHA safety
standards: 
1. MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET)
2. Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. (ITSNA)
3. Communication Certification Laboratory, Inc. (CCL)
4. Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
5. SGS U. S. Testing Company, Inc. (SGSUS)
6. Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) 
7. Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (WL)
8. Entela, Inc. (ENT)
9. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
10. Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC)
11. TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. (TUV)
12. Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI)
13. Applied Research Laboratories, Inc. (ARL)
14. Detroit Testing Laboratory, Inc. (DTL)
15. National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS)
16. NSF International (NSF)
17. Curtis-Straus LLC (CSL)

FASS Chapter 12
Testing Laboratory Procedures
In the United States a testing laboratory develops a product
safety standard and tests samples of the product to that
standard. A fire alarm signaling system designer should be
familiar with the detailed inspection and quality assurance
procedures that comply with a testing laboratory listing.

Once samples of the original product have passed all the tests
and been listed, inspection procedures for the product are
developed by the engineer who conducted the original
investigation for the laboratory. Periodic unannounced plant
inspections are conducted on production units to ensure that no
changes are made that might result in unacceptable performance.

Heat detectors are tested by UL with an alcohol pan fire. In each
of two tests, the time of operation is measured for 160 degree
Fahrenheit-rated automatic sprinklers that are installed on
10 X 10 ft. spacing. When a fire of sufficient size is reached to
operate the sprinklers in 2 min. after ignition, the heat
detector installed on its maximum spacing must have operated
before the automatic sprinkler.

NFPA 72-1999 B-4.1.2.4.9 To be listed by UL(r), a smoke detector
must respond to a gray smoke before it reaches a maximum of
4% / foot and respond to black smoke optical density before it
reaches a maximum of 10% / feet.

UL Standards
UL 217 Single & Multiple Station Smoke Detectors
UL 268 Smoke Detectors for Fire Protective Signaling Systems
UL 268A Smoke Detectors for Duct Applications
UL 864 Control Units for Fire Protective Signaling Systems

FM Standards
FM 3210 Thermostats for Automatic Fire Signaling
FM 2130, 50 Smoke-Actuated Detectors for Automatic Fire Signaling
FM 3260 Radiant Energy-Sensing Fire Detectors for Automatic Fire
Alarm Signaling


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 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.
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 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 15-17, 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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