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June 29, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 105          http://www.etnews.org           6-29-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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Are you a Washington State electrician, PE, AHJ, NICET
certificate-holder, or electrical administrator?

Do you have your license renewal CEU's and CPD points? Sign up
now and earn *21 CEU's or CPD points by attending a seminar:

SEATTLE
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A 3-day Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) is
scheduled for Seattle on July 8-10, 2003 at the Holiday Inn -
SeaTac. http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_July2003.pdf

*21 CEU's & CPD points are based upon 21 classroom hours.
CPD (Continuing Professional Development) NICET recertification
requires 90 CPD points during each 3-year certificate cycle. See
NICET policy #30 for more information
http://www.nicet.org/about/policy30.htm.

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Sad news. Larry Neibauer passed away last Tuesday. I didn't know
Larry very well or for very long. What stands out in my mind
about him is his passion for the fire alarm industry. Over the
years he has worked diligently on model building code committees
to ensure that fire protection (sprinkler) and fire detection
(alarm) were considered evenly. Much of the fire alarm
requirements that we see in the building codes today is a direct
result of Larry's hard work.

There will be a memorial in St. Louis on August 9. 

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I am once again going through the ISP dance when attbi.com
officially botches up er... switches to comcast.net on Tuesday,
7/1/03. This is only the 3rd time I've gone through this since
'94 but it's a drag and I hope to avoid it in the future by using
a domain name that I own, etnews.org. Please change your records
to reflect my email address as mbbaker@etnews.org. My attbi email
addresses will forward to the new comcast.net email address
(or so they say) for the next year when attbi.com evaporates.

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I'll see you in Lake Mary, FL 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
38001 PUBLIC FIRE ALARM REPORTING SYSTEMS
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38001 is a Level IV Special work element.

38001 DESCRIPTION
Understand the general requirements for communication centers and
fire stations. Know the various types of dispatching systems,
including wired, radio, telephone, and computer aided dispatch
(CAD) systems. Understand the fundamentals of public reporting
systems and know the types of systems used. (NFPA 72, NFPA 1221,
Fire Protection Handbook, Fire Alarm Signaling Systems) 

38001 REFERENCES:
NFPA 72
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=5

NFPA 1221
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=37

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

38001 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand the general requirements for communication centers
and fire stations. Know the various types of dispatching systems,
including wired, radio, telephone, and computer aided dispatch
(CAD) systems. Understand the fundamentals of public reporting
systems and know the types of systems used."

Glossary of terms

CAD. Computer Aided Dispatch systems support several functions of
the typical dispatching operation:
1. Alarm receipt. Telecommunications management, fire alarm box
decoding, central station communications, etc.
2. Communications and signaling management. Alerting
(unit/station, two-way exchange of data, audit switching,
frequency selection, etc.).
3. Status maintenance. Resources, equipment, personnel, system
supervisor, etc.
4. Response assignment. Dynamic assignment based on current
availability and relative location of fire-fighting resources
to the incident.

The four types of public fire reporting systems are:
 o Coded wired
 o Coded radio
 o Telephone (series)
 o Telephone (parallel)

FASS-1994 Chapter 15
If the fire service communication center building is located
within 150 ft. of another structure, special attention should be
given to guard against damage by protecting openings and
constructing the roof to resist damage that might be caused by
falling walls.

Two sources of power should be provided to operate the
communications network and its supporting related systems and
equipment under all conditions. Three recommended power sources
for the communication center that are considered acceptable are:
1. One circuit from a utility distribution system and a second
from an engine-driven generator plus a 4-hr capacity standby
storage battery.

2. Two circuits from separate utility distribution systems
serviced or connected so that normal supply to one will not be
affected by trouble in the other. This requires supply from two
building services on entirely separate distribution networks from
independent generating stations.

3. Two engine-driven generators with one unit supplying normal
system power and a standby unit that activates within 30 seconds.
A standby storage battery having a 4-hr capacity should be
provided.

A Type A public reporting system is one in which an alarm from a
fire alarm box is received and is retransmitted to fire stations
either manually or automatically. A Type B is one in which an
alarm from a fire alarm box is automatically transmitted to fire
stations and, if used, to outside alerting devices.

Two separate means of transmitting alarms to fire stations should
be provided at the communication center. (Only one means of
transmission is necessary when fewer than 600 alarms per year are
received.)

NFPA 72-1999 6-7 Public Fire Alarm Reporting Systems.
Power Supply.
Form 2A. Deleted
Form 2B. Deleted
Form 2C. Deleted
Form 3A. Deleted
Form 3B. Deleted
Form 4A. An inverter, powered from a common rectifier, receiving
power by a single source of alternating current with a floating
storage battery having a 24-hour standby capacity.
Form 4B. An inverter, powered from a common rectifier, receiving
power from two sources of alternating current with a floating
battery having a 4-hour standby capacity.
Form 4C. A rectifier, converter, or motor-generator receiving
power from two sources of alternating current with transfer
facilities to apply power from the secondary source to the system
within 30 seconds.

NFPA 1221 categorizes CAD systems as Class 1, 2, and 3:
Class 1: The most complex, utilizing computers to automatically
track the status of all fire apparatus, and to select and
recommend the appropriate units for dispatch. A Class 1 system
requires complete redundancy and automatic switchover to an
on-line backup computer, in event of failure of computer hardware
or software.

Class 2: Uses a computer to support dispatching operations.
Redundancy, but not automatic switchover, is required.

Class 3: requires manual entry from the operator, and is used
primarily to keep track of unit status and related information.
In a Class 3 system, computer redundancy is not required.

In all classes of CAD systems, manual backup facilities should
be provided and be readily available for use in the event of
problems with, or failure of, the CAD system. There also should
be an up-to-date hard copy file of stored information located on
the premises to support the dispatch functions should the CAD
system fail. 


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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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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