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September 21, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 117          http://www.etnews.org           9-21-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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CAMPUS smoke alarms may be inadequate - UW Badger Herald, WI
A fire last week at an apartment complex on West Gilman Street
has raised concern among tenants over faulty fire alarm systems
in student apartments. ... http://www.badgerherald.com/vnews/dis
play.v/ART/2003/09/18/3f691b633c7d6

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SYOSSET, NY, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synergx Systems
Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNX) announces that is has secured a new $1.8
million order for fire alarm, ... http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-
bin/stories.pl?ACCT=SVBIZINK3.story&STORY=/www/story/09-17-2003/
0002018883&EDATE=WED+Sep+17+2003,+09:00+AM

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SCHOOLS use backup plan for fire safety - Wichita Eagle, KS
... Whenever and wherever there is a problem with a fire alarm in
the Wichita school district, the fire watch will be there with
his trusty radio and logbook. ... http://www.kansas.com/mld/kans
as/news/6789553.htm

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FIRE Alarm, 9/11/03, 12:20 pm — Two officers were dispatched to
the Kappa Delta Rho to respond to a fire alarm. Upon arrival, the
officers discovered no fire. They found that house brothers were
grilling hamburgers in the kitchen area. The alarm was silenced
and reset without incident. http://www.thetartan.org/98/3/news/3
872.asp

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FIRE brings chief's ire - North Hills News Record, PA
... Anytime you have this amount of smoke in a structure, the
fire alarm should be pulled and the building evacuated," http://
www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/news/s_155226.html

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I'll see you in Lafayette, LA this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET CERTIFICATION STEP-BY-STEP PART II

Once you've downloaded the Technician Application Form
, read the
instructions included with the application and fill it out.
Choose your test center and test date from the NICET exam
schedule . If
possible, choose a 2nd test center, in case your first choice is
full. That happened to me on my first test and I had to wait 3
months for the next test cycle!

If you are testing for the first time, I recommend that you set
your sights on level II by testing in the following elements:
 
Take all of these: 31001, 31002, 31003, 31004, 31005, 31006,
31011
 
Pick 3 of these: 32001, 32002, 32003, 32004, 32005, 32006
 
Pick 19 of these: 33001, 33002, 33003, 33004, 33005, 33006,
33007, 33008, 33009, 33010, 33011, 33012, 33013, 33014, 33015,
33016, 33017, 33018, 33019, 33020, 33021, 33022, 33023, 33024,
33025, 33026, 33027, 33028, 33029
 
Pick 5 of these: 34001, 34002, 34003, 34004, 34005, 34006, 34007
 
This way you can afford to fail one of each type and still
achieve level II certification.
Exception: Element 31011 Basic Metric Units and Conversions MUST
be completed to achieve level II. Get a metric units conversion
calculator from Radio Shack (~$10) and PRACTICE USING IT BEFORE
THE TEST.

Use the program detail manual
 or a study guide
to prepare for the test.
Study guides: ,
which you can purchase here

 
Attend a seminar http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=8 to help
focus on the test material. It's more important to practice using
the reference material to find information than it is to memorize
information. Our 3-day Intermediate class reviews NFPA 13, 90A,
70, 72, 101, and 170. We practice battery-set and volt-drop
calculations, detector spacing, high air movement de-rating,
audible and visible notification layout, and much more. It is a
very beneficial way to improve your job skills, earn CEU's, and
prepare for a NICET examination.
 
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 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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