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November 9, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 124         http://www.etnews.org            11-9-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS 
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Subcontractors Association Endorses NICET program
http://www.securitysales.com/t_ci_newsView.cfm?nid=1314

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CANDLE cited for living room fire
Hampshire Gazette, MA
... A neighbor notified the Fire Department of the blaze at
around 11:30 pm after hearing a battery-operated fire alarm go
off in the home, Fire Capt. ...
http://www.gazettenet.com/story.cfm?id_no=11030003

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MUM saves neighbors from inferno
Reading Chronicle, UK
... What worries me the most is that there is no central fire
alarm system or extinguishers in the hallways of the building.
I haven ...
http://icberkshire.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200berkshireheadlin
es/content_objectid=13589027_method=full_siteid=50102_headline=-
Mum-saves-neighbours-from-inferno-name_page.html

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PROPOSED alarm tax is misguided
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA
... every fire protection system. Given the average fire alarm
monitoring fee runs about $360, the city is just about doubling
the cost. ...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/146695_wes04.html

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STORE owner charged with pulling City Hall alarm
Fitchburg Sentinel, MA
... Police Capt. Charles Tasca said Tuesday that police are
"going to pursue charges, specifically alleging that (Hoover)
tampered with a fire alarm signal box.". ...
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106~4992~174
6339,00.html

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FIRE forces evacuation of hundreds
Gulf News, United Arab Emirates
... about 2.15pm, eyewitnesses told Gulf News. Minutes later, the
fire alarm went off, but only a few people took any notice of it.
http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=102071

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VILLAGE beefs up building codes
Chicago Daily Southtown, IL
... However, under the new ordinance, the hospital will have to
install electric mechanisms connected to a fire alarm system so
doors will automatically unlock ...
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/south/051syt4.htm

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REPORTS: Daley to seek tougher fire code
WLS, IL
... He also would like to see sprinklers in some public areas,
like hallways and waste and storage areas-and wants to have them
update the fire alarm systems. ...
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/110503_ns_firecodes.html

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CHICAGO Mayor Proposes Fire Code Changes
Guardian, UK
... Building owners also would have to leave the stairwell doors
open, install a system that unlocks the doors when the fire alarm
goes off or a release is ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3356266,00.html

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7NEWS Investigates: Nightclub Safety
KMGH, CO
... for concern -- everything from potential hazards like a burnt
out exit light on the roof at the Soiled Dove or tape covering an
exit sign and a fire alarm pull ...
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/2614960/detail.html

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WORKERS flee fire, deadly blaze in mind
Chicago Sun Times, IL
... fires. Some tenants wondered why no fire alarm sounded. Still
others seemed unclear about whether they should leave the
building. ...
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-fire08.html

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PRODUCT RECALLS
San Francisco Chronicle, CA
... Notifier of Northford, CT is recalling 6,000 Fire Alarm 
Control Panels. A software problem can result in system devices
unexpectedly ...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archiv
e/2003/11/09/BUG332T9H41.DTL&type=business

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PLASTICS factories alarm not connected
Newstalk ZB, New Zealand
... Regional assistant fire safety commander Mark Chubb says
although the building had a fire alarm it wasn't connected to the
Fire Service, and sent no alert. ...
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/40623.htm

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I'll see you in Oklahoma City and Tulsa this week.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_OKC_Nov2003.pdf
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Oklahoma_Nov2003.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL 
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OUTSIDE FIRE ALARM WIRING
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I spent some time in Disneyland last week and while in the Magic
Kingdom I was reminded that something magical happens to fire
alarm circuit conductors that extend beyond one building. When
this happens, *poof*, these circuits magically become a
communication system subject to the requirements of NFPA 70
article 800.

NFPA 72-2002 4.4.4.3 Transient Protection. To reduce the
possibility of damage by induced transients, circuits and
equipment shall be properly protected in accordance with the
requirements of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, Article 800.

NFPA 70-2002 760.7 Fire Alarm Circuits Extending Beyond One
Building.
Power-limited fire alarm circuits that extend beyond one building
and run outdoors either shall meet the installation requirements
of Parts II, III, and IV of Article 800 or shall meet the
installation requirements of Part I of Article 300.
Non–power-limited fire alarm circuits that extend beyond one
building and run outdoors shall meet the installation
requirements of Part I of Article 300 and the applicable sections
of Part I of Article 225.

NFPA 70-2002 800.1 Scope.
This article covers telephone, telegraph (except radio), outside
wiring for fire alarm and burglar alarm, and similar central
station systems; and telephone systems not connected to a central
station system but using similar types of equipment, methods of
installation, and maintenance.

NFPA 70-2002 800.30 Protective Devices.
(A) Application. A listed primary protector shall be provided on
each circuit run partly or entirely in aerial wire or aerial
cable not confined within a block. Also, a listed primary
protector shall be provided on each circuit, aerial or
underground, located within the block containing the building
served so as to be exposed to accidental contact with electric
light or power conductors operating at over 300 volts to ground.
In addition, where there exists a lightning exposure, each
interbuilding circuit on a premises shall be protected by a
listed primary protector at each end of the interbuilding
circuit. Installation of primary protectors shall also comply
with 110.3(B).

FPN No. 1: On a circuit not exposed to accidental contact with
power conductors, providing a listed primary protector in
accordance with this article helps protect against other hazards,
such as lightning and above-normal voltages induced by fault
currents on power circuits in proximity to the communications
circuit.

FPN No. 2: Interbuilding circuits are considered to have a
lightning exposure unless one or more of the following
conditions exist:  
(1) Circuits in large metropolitan areas where buildings are
close together and sufficiently high to intercept lightning.
(2) Interbuilding cable runs of 42 m (140 ft) or less, directly
buried or in underground conduit, where a continuous metallic
cable shield or a continuous metallic conduit containing the
cable is bonded to each building grounding electrode system.
(3) Areas having an average of five or fewer thunderstorm days
per year and earth resistivity of less than 100 ohm-meters. Such
areas are found along the Pacific coast.

NFPA 70-2002 800.31 Primary Protector Requirements.
The primary protector shall consist of an arrester connected
between each line conductor and ground in an appropriate mounting.
Primary protector terminals shall be marked to indicate line and
ground as applicable.

FPN: One way to determine applicable requirements for a listed
primary protector is to refer to ANSI/UL 497-1995, Standard for
Protectors for Paired Conductor Communications Circuits.

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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 10-12, 2003 Oklahoma City, OK - Sponsored by OK AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_OKC_Nov2003.pdf

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November 12-14, 2003 Tulsa, OK - Sponsored by OK AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Oklahoma_Nov2003.pdf

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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 


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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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January 13-15, 2004 Houston, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW* 
*NEW* -> Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV)  <- *NEW* 
More information is forthcoming

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January 20-22, 2004 Albuquerque, NM - Co-sponsored by NM AFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW* 
*NEW* -> Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)  <- *NEW* 
More information is forthcoming

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January 27-29, 2004 Portland, OR - Co-sponsored by OAFAA
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*NEW* -> Plan Review Seminar <- *NEW* 
*NEW* -> Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV)  <- *NEW* 
More information is forthcoming

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