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April 11, 2004

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 146   http://etnews.org   mailto:mike@etnews.org   4-11-2004
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Contents
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- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Fire Alarm Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS 
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AGAIN, judicial center in need
York Daily Record - York,PA,USA
... They call for more fire alarm devices, additional emergency lighting and
modifications to a ceiling in a stair tower, just to name a few. ...
http://ydr.com/story/main/20880/

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999 fire cutback sparks attack
ic Huddersfield.co.uk - Huddersfield,England,UK
By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. LONE fire engines are now being sent to
handle automatic fire alarm call-outs during the day. ...
http://ichuddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_objectid=1411969
9&method=full&siteid=50060&headline=999-fire-cutback-sparks-attack-name_page.html

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NEIGHBORS escape fire
Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Honolulu,HI,USA
By Helen Altonn. A Pearl City couple is lucky their home fire alarm woke up a
neighbor yesterday morning. "I could see sparks, like ...
http://starbulletin.com/2004/04/04/news/story4.html

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I'll see you in Charleston, SC this week.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_TI_Charleston_Apr2004.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org

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ET NEWS JOURNAL 
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NICET LIBRARY PART III
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This NICET Library installment focuses on the non-specific and generic
references that appear in the NICET Program Detail Manual for fire alarm systems
level I and II.

31002 NFPA STANDARDS lists "See definition and scope sections of standards" as
the only reference.
Every NFPA standard include a list of definitions and a short statement of
Scope. Both appear near the beginning of the standard. To prepare for this
element you simply have to know how to use an NFPA standard. Where to find a
term defined and where to find the Scope statement.

31006 BASIC ELECTRICITY lists no reference. Gak! What to do!? Generally, if the
element title includes the word BASIC, you can relax. In many US States a fire
alarm technician is required to be a licensed electrician or indentured
apprentice working under the supervision of an electrician. If that's the case
for you, not to worry. You learned basic electricity in the first year of your
apprenticeship. You spent three 10-week classes learning from Delmar's Basic
Textbook of Electricity or something similar. If this is not the case for you or
you need to brush up before testing, I recommend UGLY's Electrical References.
UGLY's includes a review of Ohm's Law; series, parallel, and combination
circuits, electrical formulas, and more. 
 
31007 BASIC WORKING DRAWINGS includes "Drafting Texts" as one of the references.
Step away from the AutoCAD station and pick up a pencil, ruler, t-square, and
triangle. You'll be asked about BASIC stuff such as line type, line width, lead
hardness, and so on. 

31008 BASIC MATHEMATICS lists "See general mathematics textbooks" as the only
reference. Remember the word BASIC appears so you can relax. In the worst case
you're rusty and need a little remedial reading and practice exercises and again
I recommend UGLY's Electrical References, which includes a Math Reference
section with formulas, fractions, geometry, algebraic equations, and
trigonometry.

31010 BASIC COMMUNICATION SKILLS says "See basic grammar references" as the only
reference. If you can communicate with your co-workers and family members using
complete sentences, you're prepared for this BASIC element.

32001 PLANS, SPECIFICATIONS, AND CONTRACTS lists "See general construction texts
and references" as the only reference. In my opinion the best and least
expensive reference material is found at work. The plans and specifications you
or your co-workers use to estimate and install systems include a lot of good
generic, boiler-plate reference material. 
 
32003 BASIC PHYSICAL SCIENCE says "Solutions may involve simple formulas found
in basic physics textbooks, but will not involve algebraic manipulations or
trigonometry". That's a rather long-winded reference. It's more of an element
description. The use of the word BASIC tells me that the material I learned in
my 6th grade science class prepared me to test in this element.

32006 BASIC FIRST AID lists "See general handbooks on first aid" as the only
reference. Near the back of the Program Detail Manual is a list, SELECTED
GENERAL REFERENCES, which includes "Standard First Aid and Personal Safety" by
American Red Cross. Once again I recommend UGLY's Electrical References, which
includes 6 pages of First Aid, or the leaflet included with your first aid kit.
If you carry a first aid and CPR card you're ready to test.

33009 SYSTEM ACCEPTANCE AND PERIODIC TESTS lists "manufacturers' test manuals"
as one of two references. This may just as well be omitted, in my opinion. The
fact that "Fire alarm system equipment shall be maintained in accordance with
the manufacturers instructions" is the important thing to remember.

33010 CONSTRUCTION PLANS says "See general construction texts and references" as
its only reference. See 32001.

33014 INSURANCE AUTHORITIES AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS has no references. Honestly I
haven't had much luck in finding information relevant to this element. May I
suggest a web search.

33015 GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES lists "VA specifications, state, city, and related
documents". Again I beg ignorance and suggest a web search.

33028 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS lists "See basic grammar and writing handbooks" as
its reference. Building on 31010, if you can communicate with people you aren't
familiar with using written and spoken communication skills, you're ready to
test.

33029 INTERMEDIATE MATHEMATICS lists "See basic textbooks on algebra and
trigonometry" as its reference. One word: UGLY's.

34002 SIGNAL PROCESSING lists "manufacturers' data, electrical and electronic
textbooks" as one of many references and may as well be omitted. The only thing
that comes to mind in this regard is that NFPA 72 is not a do-it-yourself guide.
It "... establishes minimum required levels of performance, extent of
redundancy, and quality of installation but does not establish the only methods
by which these requirements are to be achieved." Manufacturers figure out the
method.

34004 FIRE ALARM SYSTEM MAINTENANCE includes "electrical textbooks" as one of
two references. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I recommend UGLY's
Electrical References as a good resource to brush up on electrical fundamentals.

35007 BASIC ELECTRONICS lists no reference. Don't panic, the word BASIC should
put you at ease.

35012 TRANSIENT AND RFI/EMI PROTECTION includes "basic electronic textbooks" as
one of many references. Researching this element using NFPA 70 article 800 and
the application guides available from LittleFuse are all you need.

35016 TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS lists no reference material. Minimal
experience coupled with common sense is all you need to be prepared for this
element.

38002 PROJECT SCHEDULING AND COORDINATION says "See general construction texts
and references". This is a level IV element. To apply for level IV you'll need
some experience as a project manager, which means your practical experience is
all you need to prepare for this element.

38009 COMPUTER/MICROPROCESSOR BASED FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS includes "general
computer texts" with another reference. The computer-based technology related to
computer-based fire alarm systems is outdated by the time we see them installed
in the field. Don't worry about learning new computer technology but rather
focus on fundamentals related to all computer systems; Boolean logic, short-term
memory (RAM), long-term storage (floppy), and so on.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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OPPORTUNITY
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"Looking for a couple of fire techs in the Detroit area."

Contact:
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Jack Franzino
SS&C, Inc.
Phone: (805) 557-0077 ext.110
Fax: (805) 557-0801
E-mail: Jack@SSCnow.com
Visit our Website: www.SSCnow.com

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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)
mailto:dmitchell.sales@fsec.net?subject=AZAFAA_Seminars

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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 18-20, 2004 Cleveland, OH
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IntFA_Cleveland_May2004.pdf

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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 Plan Review Seminar
Understanding Fire Alarm Requirements of the International Building Code
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_UCR_DesMoines_Jun2004.pdf

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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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