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February 15, 2004

                             ET NEWS 
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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 138   http://etnews.org   mailto:mike@etnews.org   2-15-2004
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Contents
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- News
- ET Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Fire Alarm Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS 
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SOLUTIONS sought as false fire alarms rise
White Plains Journal News - White Plains,NY,USA
... The one they will never forget, a 2:55 pm call to an automatic fire alarm
Dec. 13, resulted in the death of George Wohl. The 59-year ...
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/021404/a0114falsealarms.html

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FIRE in couch destroys condominium interior
Pioneer Press Online - Glenview,IL,USA
... complex. The new equipment includes alarm horns in individual units, so
residents can more easily hear the fire alarm. Previously ...
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/bg/02-12-04-2219
15.html

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FALSE alarms
Fort Wayne News Sentinel - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
... Dianne Koch, the office manager at Certified Burglar & Fire Alarm Systems,
said all new customers are told of the ordinance when their system is set up. ..
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/7937734.htm

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JAIL will have to close without repairs
Union County Advocate - Morganfield,KY,USA
... The state came down and took 15 of our state inmates out of jail because of
the fire alarm problem," Judge Jenkins said during Tuesday morning's lengthy ...
http://www.ucadvocate.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?/200402/11+Jail-will-have-to-close-wi
thout-repairs-02-11-04_lnews.html+20040211+lnews

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COPS SEARCH TIP IN CARE HOME FIRE PROBE
Glasgow Sunday Mail - UK
... Sources claim the police are searching for old fire alarm control panels
which had been replaced and thrown out of the nursing home before the fire in an
http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/content_objectid=13951752_method=full_siteid=86
024_headline=-COPS-SEARCH-TIP-IN-CARE-HOME-FIRE-PROBE-name_page.html

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I'll see you in Happy Rock this week.

Have fun!

Mike


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RELEVANT STANDARDS
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Reprinted from the NICET Program Detail Manual for Fire Alarm Systems

The following organizations issue standards appropriate to this certification
program (003 Fire Alarm Systems). The standards below are specifically
referenced in the work element listing. Each Fire Protection exam applicant will
be mailed a listing of the NFPA standards with his or her exam confirmation
letter. This listing will give the edition year of the NFPA standard used in
writing the test questions. This information can also be found on NICET's web
site.

  * See pages 6 and 21 in this manual for additional information concerning
  publications and standards.
  * This listing is not intended to be complete or representative.
  * In all cases, we suggest that the most current edition of the publication
  be used.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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NFPA 12A Halon Fire Extinguishing Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=34

NFPA 13 Installation of Sprinkler Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=19

NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=13

NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=5

NFPA 75 Protection of Electronic Computer/Date Processing Equipment
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=25

NFPA 80 Fire Doors and Windows
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=18

NFPA 90A Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=16

NFPA 90B Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=17

NFPA 92A Smoke Control Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=35

NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=11

NFPA 110 Emergency Power Supplies
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=15

NFPA 170 Fire Safety Symbols
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=14

NFPA 230 Fire Protection of Storage
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=36

NFPA 1221 Installation, Maintenance and Use of Public Fire Service Communication
Systems
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=37

NFPA 2001 Fire Extinguishing Systems, Clean Agent
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=38

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
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IEEE/ASTM SI 10 Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric
System
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25HS%2B%0A&shopping_cart_id
=%27%25X3%2FK%40%3CLZ%40%210%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_name=AST
M%20SI%2010&input_doc_number=ASTM%20SI%2010&input_doc_title=


American Institute of Architects
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A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction 1997
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=10>

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME)
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ANSI/ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Moving
Walks.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=21254A334B0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725382B2B4B204C4A5A3020250A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00006947&item_key_date=991231&input_doc_number=ASME%20A17%2E1&input_doc_
title="

ANSI S12.31 Precision Methods for the Determination of Sound Pressure Loss of
Wideband Noise Sources in Reverberation Rooms.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=21254E2E400A&
shopping_cart_id=2725382324495048405A3020250A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00122252&item_key_date=091231&input_doc_number=ANSI%20S12%2E31&input_doc
_title=

ANSI S1.4 with Amd.S1.4A Specification for Sound Level Meters.
http://webstore.ansi.org/ansidocstore/product.asp?sku=ANSI+S1%2E4%2D1983+%28R+20
01%29+with+Amd%2ES1%2E4A%2D1995

Underwriters Laboratories
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UL-217
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125402B5B0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020220A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097011&item_key_date=021010&input_doc_number=ul%20217&input_doc_title=

UL-268
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125412A320A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020220A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097029&item_key_date=960209&input_doc_number=UL%20268&input_doc_title=
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125412A320A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020220A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097029&item_key_date=960209&input_doc_number=UL%20268&input_doc_title=
target=

UL-268A
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=21254C2C5C0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020200A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097031&item_key_date=010716&input_doc_number=ul%20268a&input_doc_title=

UL-521
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=212544544D0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D5940202C0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097138&item_key_date=001012&input_doc_number=UL%20521&input_doc_title=

UL-864
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125434E5D0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020290A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097267&item_key_date=960300&input_doc_number=UL%20864&input_doc_title=
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125434E5D0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020290A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097267&item_key_date=960300&input_doc_number=UL%20864&input_doc_title=
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=2125434E5D0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725585B2E4A30484D594020290A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00097267&item_key_date=960300&input_doc_number=UL%20864&input_doc_title=
target=

Selected General References
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Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

Current Guidelines
http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#4.28>

Proposed Guidelines
http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/commrept.htm#702>

Basic/National Building Code. Building Officials and Code Administrators
International Inc. Country Hills, IL.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9995784114/amazonassoc/thebakergroup/102-
5535675-2317767

Bryan, John L.
Fire Suppression and Detection Systems (current edition). MacMillan.
New York, NY.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0023159901/qid=1051717893/amazonas
soc/thebakergroup/102-5535675-2317767?v=glance&s=books

Fire Alarm Signaling Systems. National Fire Protection Association. Quincy, MA.
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=6>

Fire Protection Handbook. National Fire Protection Association. Quincy, MA.
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=7>

Fire Protection Through Modern Building Codes. American Iron and Steel
Institute. Washington, DC.
http://odin.syscomsrv.com/aisishop/product.asp?dept%5Fid=55&top%5Fdept%5Fid=2005
&pf%5Fid=Z%2D6

Gagnon, Robert M.
Design of Special Hazard and Fire Alarm Systems. Delmar Publishers. Albany, NY.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0827382936/qid=1051717511/amazonas
soc/thebakergroup/102-5535675-2317767?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. American Institute of
Architects. Washington D.C.
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=10

International Building Code. Available from the three existing code groups.
http://www.bocai.org/shop/shop_bldg_res.htm>

IRI Information Sheets. Industrial Risk Insurers. Hartford, CT.
http://www.geercgroup.com/ci/resource_center/risk_management/resource_standards.
shtml

NEMA Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors. National Electrical
Manufacturers Association. Alexandria, VA.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25O%5B%5B%0A&shopping_cart_
id=%27%25%28%2B%2CK00OZ0%20%26%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_name=N
EMA%20GUIDE%20%2D%20SYSTEM&input_doc_number=&input_doc_title=GUIDE%20FOR%20PROPE
R%20USE%20OF%20SMOKE%20DETECTORS%20IN%20DUCT%20APPLICATIONS&doc_numb=NEMA%20GUID
E%20%2D%20DUCT&num_rec=30&origin=dss

NEMA Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors in Duct Applications.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Alexandria, VA.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25D%2E%2C%0A&shopping_cart_
id=%27%25%28%2B%2CK00OZ0%20%22%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_name=N
EMA%20GUIDE%20%2D%20DUCT&input_doc_number=&input_doc_title=GUIDE%20FOR%20PROPER%
20USE%20OF%20SMOKE%20DETECTORS%20IN%20DUCT%20APPLICATIONS

NEMA Guide to Code Requirements for Fire Protective Signaling and Detection
Systems. National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Alexandria, VA.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25%40%2CN%0A&shopping_cart_
id=%27%25X%5B%2EJ0HMY%40%20%23%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_name=N
EMA%20GUIDE%20TO%20CODE%20CD&input_doc_number=&input_doc_title=NEMA%20Code%20Req
uirements%20for%20Fire%20Detection%20Systems

NFPA Inspection Manual. National Fire Protection Association. Quincy, MA.
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=39>

NSCA Audio Systems Technology Level I and II. Indianapolis, IN (generic
crossover elements)
http://www.nsca.org/nscaweb/content/store/bookstore/default.asp?_v=details&book=
747

OSHA Safety & Health Standards 29 CFR Parts 1929/1910.
http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owastand.display_standard_group?p_toc_level=1&p_
part_number=1910&p_text_version=FALSE

Poage, Waller S.
Building Professional's Guide to Contract Documents. RS Means Co. Kingston,
Massachusetts.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0876295774/qid=1051715018/amazonas
soc/thebakergroup/102-5535675-2317767?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Safety Code for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Moving Walks, (ANSI/ASME
A17.1). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. New York, NY.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?currency_code=USD&customer_id=21254A334B0A&
shopping_cart_id=2725382B2B4B204C4A5A3020250A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&ite
m_s_key=00006947&item_key_date=991231&input_doc_number=ASME%20A17%2E1&input_doc_
title=

SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. Available from National Fire
Protection Association. Quincy, MA.
http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=461&bid=20

Standard Building Code. Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc.
Birmingham, AL.
http://www.sbcci.org/store5/merchant.ihtml?pid=117&lastcatid=81&step=4

Standard First Aid and Personal Safety. American Red Cross. Washington, D.C.
http://www.redcross-oregontrail.org/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ARCO
TC&Product_Code=OTC+2002PG&Category_Code=GAU

Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems. National Electrical Manufacturers
Association. Alexandria, VA.
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25I%2AL%0A&shopping_cart_id
=%26%27H3%29I%40HJ%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&document_name=NEMA%20TRAINI
NG%20MANUAL&input_doc_number=&input_doc_title=training%20manual%20fire

Transient Voltage Suppression. Harris Semiconductor. Melbourne, FL.
http://www.littlefuse.com/Resources/TechInfo.htm#AppNotes>

U. L. Electrical Construction Materials Directory. Underwriters Laboratories,
Inc. Northbrook, IL.
http://www.ul.com/info/uldirs.htm>

U. L. Fire Protection Equipment Directory. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
Northbrook, IL.
http://www.ul.com/info/uldirs.htm>

Uniform Building Code. International Conference of Building Officials. Whittier,
CA.
http://www.icbo.org/wsnsa.dll/prodshow.html?prodid=100S97&stateInfo=giJfjdVhbcAc
cknx3704|4

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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Place your "job opportunity" or "seeking employment" ad here.
mailto:jobs@etnews.org

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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE 
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February 24-26, 2004 St. Louis, MO
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IntFA_StLouis_Jan2004.pdf

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February 26, 2004 Boca Raton, FL 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_FL_Feb2004.pdf

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March 10-12, 2004 Minneapolis, MN
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information will be available soon! 

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March 10-11, 2004 Wichita, KS
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_TI_KSAFAA_Mar2004.pdf

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March 16-18, 2004 Chicago, IL
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IntFA_Chicago_Mar2004.pdf

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March 23-25, 2004 Baton Rouge, LA
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Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_PR_LAAFAA_Mar2004.pdf

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April 13-14, 2004 Charleston, SC
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_TI_Charleston_Apr2004.pdf

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April 20-23, 2004 Wilmington, DE
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Wilmington_April2004.png

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May 11-13, 2004 Cleveland, OH
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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May 18-20, 2004 Newark, NJ
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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June 8-10, 2004 Kansas City, MO
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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June 15-17, 2004 Des Moines, IA
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Fire Alarm System Fundamentals
Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
More information is forthcoming.

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July 6-8, 2004 Seattle, WA
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Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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July 13-14, 2004 Chicago, IL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV)
More information is forthcoming.

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July 20-22, 2004 Salt Lake City, UT
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Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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