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March 28, 2004

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 144   http://etnews.org   mailto:mike@etnews.org   3-28-2004
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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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CHICAGO PUSHES SPRINKLERS
Mayor Daley and aldermen now have before them two crucial fire safety ordinances
pertaining to installing fire sprinklers in high-rises built before 1975.
"We disagree with the proposed Life Safety Code as it does not follow a National
Model Code ...
http://www6.lexisnexis.com/wpublisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&org
Id=63&docId=l:83003716&topicId=13680&start=1&topics=single

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EVERYONE safe after early-morning blaze
Iowa City Press Citizen - Iowa City,IA,USA
... Most of the residents were evacuated before fire crews arrived, she said.
"The nurses called me with the call that the fire alarm had gone off," Shirkey
said. ...
http://www.press-citizen.com/news/032704fire.htm

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SAMOSET school 'fire watch' ends a week after alarm breaks
Fitchburg Sentinel - Fitchburg,MA,USA
By Lisa Guerriero. LEOMINSTER -- A "fire watch" at Samoset Middle School ended
Thursday afternoon after technicians repaired an ailing fire alarm.
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/Stories/0,1413,106~4994~2043640,00.html

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HOME Depot closed
Somerville Journal - Somerville,MA,USA
... said. "That is when [Fire Captain Frank Lee] said 'You know what, we have to
evacuate the building' and pulled the fire alarm.". Fire ...
http://www.townonline.com/somerville/news/local_regional/sj_covsjhomedepotms0325
2004.htm

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LACK of smoke alarm kills man
Montreal Gazette - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
... The building's fire-alarm system did not function, fire department
operations chief Richard Liebmann said. Investigators were looking ...
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=CA7A1267-D9D5-4CFD-8
C51-59868D6BE9F5

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DECISION due today on school opening
Milford Daily News - Milford,MA,USA
... The main issue revolves around the grounding of the fire alarm systems.
Daigle said the manufacturer of the system asserts that ...
http://www.milforddailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=44340

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FALSE alarm evacuates Target
The Journal News.com - Westchester,NY,USA
WHITE PLAINS  A false fire alarm briefly forced the evacuation of Target at
City Center yesterday afternoon, the 20th false alarm at the entertainment and
http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/032304/b01p23target.html

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COURTHOUSE problems blamed on years of neglect
The Advertiser - Lafayette,LA,USA
... situation," said Clerk of Court Louis Perret. "And the fact that the fire
alarm system is not fully operational concerns me.". ...
http://www.theadvertiser.com/news/html/CE492D30-D046-4DDC-AD20-52CF4DC208F7.shtml

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I'll see you in Happy Rock this week.

Have fun!

Mike


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ET JOURNAL 
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NICET LIBRARY
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It is to no one's benefit to coach or to be coached on specific NICET test
questions. This disturbing approach undermines the value of the certificate and
over time will dilute the value of NICET certification. Recently NICET made
public their position on the this subject:

"All NICET examination questions are the property of NICET and are protected
under United States copyright law. NICET exam questions may not be disclosed,
reproduced, published, publicly displayed, or otherwise distributed, whether
intentionally or through neglect."

How does one prepare for an examination? Again, in the words of NICET:

"The questions, all multiple choice, are designed to be answered with little
difficulty by those technicians who regularly perform the tasks associated with
the work element."

As you prepare for a NICET examination you shouldn't have to buy additional
codes and standards than those you use to perform your job. The intent of a
NICET examination is to determine your job knowledge - your ability to find
relevant information within the codes and standards that you use regularly in
performing your job.

I went through the Program Detail Manual recently to determine how many books,
standards, and other reference material you will need access to while preparing
for an exam.

The resulting breakdown lists the number of elements within which each reference
is cited. I've only included references that I can find and I've omitted
non-specific references such as "general ... textbooks". I've also included the
price for each reference.

There are currently 85 elements to choose from in levels 1-4. The first number
in this breakdown indicates how many of the 85 elements a particular reference
is cited. For example, the first entry is for NFPA 72, which is cited in 52 of
the 85 test elements followed by the next most popular, FASS (29 elements) and
so on.

Price      Elements  Reference
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$   53.40     52     NFPA 72
$   94.95     29     Fire Alarm Signaling Systems
$  149.95     16     Fire Protection Handbook
$   71.40     13     NFPA 101
$   71.40      9     NFPA 70
$   50.00      4     (NEMA) Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems
$   35.00      4     (UL) Fire Protection Equipment Directory
$  229.95      3     SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering
$   91.00      3     (SBCCI) Standard Building Code
$  113.00      3     (ICBO) Uniform Building Code
$   46.25      3     NFPA 13 (includes NFPA 231C)
$   17.95      2     AIA A201
$   49.00      2     (BOCA) Basic/National Building Code
$   45.47      2     Building Professionals Guide to Contract Doc's
$   28.75      2     NFPA 170
$   33.30      2     NFPA 75
$   28.75      2     NFPA 90A
$  490.00      2     UL 268
$  490.00      2     UL 864
$  195.00      2     ANSI/ASME A17.1
$  130.00      1     ANSI S12.31
$   59.00      1     ASTM E-380 (ANSI SI 10)
$   95.70      1     Construction Contracting
$   30.00      1     (UL) Electrical Construction Mat'ls Directory
$   12.00      1     Fire Protection Through Modern Building Codes
$   44.00      1     (NEMA) Guide for Use of Duct Smoke Detectors
$   33.00      1     (NEMA) Guide for Use of System Smoke Detectors
$   33.30      1     NFPA 110
$   37.20      1     NFPA 1221
$   37.20      1     NFPA 12A
$   37.20      1     NFPA 80
$   33.30      1     NFPA 92A
$    2.25      1     OSHA 2201
$  490.00      1     UL 217
$  616.00      1     UL 268A
$  490.00      1     UL 521
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$4,564.67  Total

Next week I'll review the most efficient and least expensive methods currently
available to effectively prepare for an exam while remaining true to the spirit
of the NICET certification process.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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Place your "job opportunity" or "seeking employment" ad here.


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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE 
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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 20-21, 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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April 27-29, 2004 Anaheim, CA
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Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Anaheim_Apr2004.pdf

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May 3-5, 2004 Phoenix, AZ
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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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May 11, 2004 Buffalo, NY
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Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
More information is forthcoming.>
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/FASTAI%20Registration04.pdf

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May, 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, 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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August 17-19, 2004 Cincinnati, OH
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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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August 24-26, 2004 Indianapolis, IN
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
More information is forthcoming.

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COMMENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
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ET News is written nearly every week and almost always sent on Sunday.

Doug Hockinson http://phpvs.com built the PHP/MySQL ET News website.

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