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November 2, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 123         http://www.etnews.org            11-2-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS 
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SEATTLE PLAN REVIEW SEMINAR
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December 17, 2003 Kent, WA 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_Seattle_Dec2003.pdf

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The 2004 NICET test schedule is now online:
http://63.70.211.210/nicet/nicetschedule.cfm

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SMOKE alarm helps avoid injury in apartment fire
KUSA, CO
... don't know how the fire started. South Adams County
firefighters and volunteers with the Red Cross spent Saturday
reminding people to check their smoke alarm ...
http://www.9news.com/storyfull.aspx?storyid=20206

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SMALL Fire Forces School Evacuation
WEEK-TV, IL
... afternoon. Fire Chief Roger Aylward says a secretary found a
small fire, tried to smother it, then pulled the fire alarm and
called 911. ...
http://www.week.com/morenews/morenews-read.asp?id=2681

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CITY Hall fire alarms still not working
Fitchburg Sentinel, MA
By Evan Lehmann. FITCHBURG -- The pull-down fire alarm levers in
City Hall don't work, and never have, city officials acknowledged
Tuesday. ...
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106~4992~173
0923,00.html

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MAYOR assures City Hall workers they are safe
Fitchburg Sentinel, MA
... Mayor Dan H. Mylott sought to assure city employees on
Wednesday they're safe despite the fact City Hall's manually
operated fire alarm system is inoperable. ...
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106~4992~173
3510,00.html

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BLAZE forces mall evacuation
Trenton Times, NJ
... to report the blaze. The mall's automatic fire alarm system
went off a few minutes later. Township firefighters, realizing
the fire ...
http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-1/106742195010
7840.xml

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ALARM panels recalled
Washington Times, DC
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Notifier of Northford, Conn., Friday
recalled 6,000 fire alarm control panels because of software
problems. ...
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031031-083744-3530r.htm

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ELDERLY lady saved by smoke alarm
Waterford News, Ireland
... Assistant Chief Fire Officer Des O’Brien stated, "This is a
perfect example where a few cents spent on a fire alarm saved
thousands of euro of damage and ...
http://www.waterford-news.ie/news/story.asp?j=12397

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I'll see you in Anaheim, CA this week.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_ADV_CAFAA_ANAHEIM_NOV2003.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL 
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THE NICET EXAMINATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
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Here are some tips to help you manage your time during the test.

1. Begin reading the test questions. If you experience
"brain-lock", continue to read test questions until you can
confidently answer a question from memory. Highlight the test
questions that you are unable to answer quickly either from
memory or by quickly confirming your choice by referring to your
codes, standards, and handbooks.
2. Continue reading test questions, highlighting those that you
can’t answer quickly (1-2 minutes) until you read all test
questions. You should be able to accomplish this first pass
during your first 3 hours before the lunch break at 11:30 a.m.
3. After the lunch break, begin re-reading the test questions
that you highlighted before lunch, spending more time to look up
answers in your codes, standards, and handbooks. Be careful not
to get mired in a complicated question that you are not at all
familiar with or wordy questions such as "A train leaves Miami
bound for Kenosha ... what is its speed in furlongs per fortnight".
4. You should be able to complete this second pass with at least
30 minutes remaining before the scheduled end of your test. Use
a highlighter of a different color to mark those questions that
you haven’t a clue about. The time at which you will be expected
to finish your exam should be appear on the blackboard or
whiteboard at the front of the classroom.
5. After your second pass, begin to re-read the questions that
you highlighted with the second highlighter color and guess if
you're running out of time. Often times you can eliminate two
possible answers as obviously incorrect leaving a 50-50 chance at
guessing the correct answer.
6. With the remaining few moments before the end of your exam,
review your answer sheet to ensure that the header information is
correct and that all test questions have been answered. If time
doesn't allow you to work on the test question simply pick a
letter on the answer sheet and color it in!

I don’t guarantee that these tactics will work for you, but they
worked for me.

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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 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.
Test 1/24/04. Postmark deadline 12/1/03.

To view the entire list of test centers visit 
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule1.cfm

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AFAA CLASS SCHEDULE 
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November 3-6, 2003 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW*
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_ADV_CAFAA_ANAHEIM_NOV2003.pdf

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November 4-7, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW*
*NEW* -> Understanding Code Requirements for Fire Alarm Systems 
More information will be available soon.

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November 21, 2003 Reno, NV
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW* 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_Reno_Nov2003.pdf

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December 2-4, 2003 Phoenix, AZ - Co-sponsored by AZ AFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW* 
*NEW* -> Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV)  <- *NEW* 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_ADV_Phoenix_Dec2003.pdf

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December 9-11, 2003 San Antonio, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_SanAntonio_Dec2003.pdf

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December 17, 2003 Seattle, WA
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Plan Review Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_Seattle_Dec2003.pdf

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