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September 14, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 116          http://www.etnews.org           9-14-2003
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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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NEW AFAA PLAN REVIEW SEMINAR RELEASED
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1-DAY SEMINAR CONTENT:
Common Problems with the Plan Review Process
Suggestions for Pre Plan-Review Checklists
Suggestions for Consistent Submittals
Suggestions for Conditional Requirement Stamps on Approved Plans
Suggestions for Acceptance Test Checklists
How to Perform Battery-Set Calculations
How to Perform Voltage-Drop Calculations
How to Determine Proper Audibility for Fire Alarms Before Devices
are Installed
How to Determine Proper Strobe Intensity and Placement
How to Space Detectors - New Spacing Exercises!
Checklist of Proper Device Mounting Heights

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Fire and Building Officials involved in Plan Review
Fire Alarm Contractors Submitting for Plan Review
Fire Alarm System Designers

MATERIAL PROVIDED:
Student workbook, reference manual, ruler, & compass

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SMALL fire flares again - Branson Daily News, MO 
... According to Branson Fire Department Division Chief Ted
Martin, firefighters were initially dispatched for an automatic
fire alarm that was immediately ...
http://www.bransondailynews.com/BRANSONDAILYNEWS/sites/BRANSONDA
ILYNEWS/0711edition/myarticles858939.asp?P=858939&S=557&PubID=14
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FIRE safety contractor sizzling with success - Stuart News, FL 
... That comes on the heels of being named a distributor for
Notifier, the Connecticut-based division of Honeywell that's a
major manufacturer of fire alarm
http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/local_business/article/0,1651,TCP_1012
_2236371,00.html

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FOUR work as guardians against fire at SV school - Sierra Vista
Herald, AZ
... He said the "fireguards" are required because State Fire
Marshal's inspectors have not approved a new circuit board for
the school's fire alarm system nor fire ...
http://www.svherald.com/articles/2003/09/06/news/news4.txt

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I'll see you in Oakland, CA this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET CERTIFICATION STEP-BY-STEP

1) Relevant Work Experience
2) Written Examination
3) Supervisor Evaluation
4) Personal Recommendation (Level III & IV)

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Sufficient work experience relevant to the desired certification
is necessary to qualify for a particular level of certification.
The amount of experience required for each level is:
 o Level I - several months
 o Level II - 2 years minimum
 o Level III - 5 years minimum
 o Level IV - 10 years minimum

Your work experience must be progressively more technical and
responsible. 

WRITTEN EXAMINATION
You may select work elements for testing according to your
personal employment situation and experience. Although it is
possible to meet the Level II certification exam requirement in
just one sitting, about half of all applicants need a second
examination to finish the requirement.

SUPERVISOR EVALUATION OF ON-THE-JOB PERFORMANCE
Your immediate supervisor is required to affirm that he/she has
personally observed you repeatedly and correctly perform the
task(s) and/or apply the knowledge associated with the particular
work element under a variety of on-the-job conditions.

RECOMMENDATION FROM A QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL (LEVEL III & IV)
A personal recommendation is required from a professional who is
familiar with your technical capabilities and background,
including the quantity and quality of your work experience.

To apply for NICET certification in fire alarm systems, download
the Technician Application Form
http://www.nicet.org/publications/wepackage.pdf and the Program
Detail Manual http://www.nicet.org/nicetmanuals/alarms.pdf. You
may also find my step-by-step guide useful
http://www.etnews.org/docs/stepbystep.pdf. 

If you have questions, call NICET at 1-888-IS-NICET or send me an
email mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org 

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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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OR1 PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.
Test ??/??/04. Postmark deadline 12/1/03.

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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September 15-18, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_INT_CAFAA_OAKLAND_SEPT2003.PDF

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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.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_LAAFAA_Lafayette_Sept2003.pdf

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September 16-18, 2003 Philadelphia, PA - Co-sponsored by PA AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Philadelphia_Sept2003.pdf

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September 25, 2003 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_LAAFAA_Lafayette_Sept2003.pdf

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October 8-9, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Plan Review Seminar.
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_TI_KSAFAA_Oct2003.pdf

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October 15-17, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_NewEngland_Oct2003.pdf

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October 21-23, 2003 Anchorage, AK
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Anchorage_Oct2003.pdf

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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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