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May 16, 2004

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             NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM            
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Issue No. 151   http://etnews.org   mailto:mike@etnews.org   5-16-2004
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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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FIRE official cites rules to owners of commercial buildings
Woonsocketcall.com - Woonsocket,RI,USA
... Virtually every commercial building in town will need to have fire alarm and
suppression systems approved by the fire marshal, DePault said. ...
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1712&dept_id=478996&newsid=11650638&PAG=461&rfi=9

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ROSSFORD may require installation of detectors
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
... He said he knew of no area communities that also require carbon monoxide
detectors. Mrs. Eckel said that was a logical extension of the smoke-detector
rule. ... 
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040513/NEWS18/405130324/-1/NEWS

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FALSE fire alarm causes stampede
IPPMedia - The Guardian - Tanzania
Panic and confusion reigned among tenants of PPF Tower building in Dar es Salaam
for about 45 minutes yesterday, following false fire alarm. ...
http://www.ippmedia.com/ipp/guardian/2004/05/13/10713.html

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I'll see you in Cleveland this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IntFA_Cleveland_May2004.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org

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LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT WRITE-UP
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Excerpt from the NICET Fire Alarm Systems Program Detail Manual:

LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT
Ten or more years of employment in the certification area, by itself, is not
sufficient for the granting of Level IV. An absolute requirement for
certification at Level IV is senior-level involvement in a major project that is
directly related to the sub field in which Level IV certification is sought. The
major project selected must be completed, must be recent (within the past 3-4
years), and must have taken place well into your career in the certification
area. A write-up submitted too early (for example, after only 5 or 6 years in
the certification area) will not be reviewed.

The write-up for a major fire alarm systems project should include the following
information:
 o Type of project (medical facility, warehouse, shopping mall,etc.);
 o Scope of work (number and type of alarms, detectors, pull stations, etc.
   installed);
 o Time involvement (start date, end date, number of hours worked);
 o Your supervisory responsibilities; and
 o Range of your involvement on this project -- hazard analysis, design
   calculations, approvals, proposals, system installation, checkout, and final
	 approval test.

Your write-up must address the Level IV requirement that your level of
responsibility demonstrates independent senior engineering technician work,
including delegated responsibilities and duties for which engineering precedent
exists. You must describe the pertinent work experience in depth; official job
descriptions or testimonials from others will not be evaluated.

LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT GUIDELINES

The project write-up must answer these basic questions:
 o What was the project?
 o How was the candidate involved?
 o The project write-up must be a separate document from the work history
 o The project must be recent (within the past 3-4 years)
 o The write-up must demonstrate independent, senior-level engineering
   technician work including delegated responsibilities and duties
 o The write-up must include a range of fire alarm system activities*
 o The candidate must describe the project; official job descriptions and
   testimonials from others will not be evaluated.
 o The project write-up must be a concise, detailed, two-to-three page written
   description of one* major fire alarm system project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 o Narrative description of the type and location of project (factory,
   warehouse, hotel, medical facility, etc.)  o Size of project (square footage,
	 number of stories, approximate installation time, etc.)
 o Time period (start / stop dates, dates of candidates involvement, amount of
   time candidate spent on project)
 o Scope of fire alarm system activities (risers, circuits, interconnections,
   spacing of components, etc.)

CANDIDATES INVOLVEMENT
 o Supervisory responsibilities (number of people and tasks they performed)
 o Range / scope of activities and role in each activity (hazard analysis,
   design calculations, approvals, proposals, system installation, check-out,
	 and final approval test, etc.)

*NOTE: If all of these activities cannot be documented for a single project,
they may be accumulated via several more narrowly focused projects.

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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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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 10-11, 2004 Colorado Springs, CO
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_ColoradoSprings_Jun2004.pdf

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June 14-16, 2004 Phoenix, AZ
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Phoenix_June2004.pdf

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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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June 22-24, 2004 Oakland, CA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Oakland_Jun2004.pdf

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July 6-8, 2004 Seattle, WA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_Seattle_Jul2004.pdf

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July 13-15, 2004 Chicago, IL
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III/IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_AdvFA_Chicago_Jul2004.pdf

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July 20-22, 2004 Salt Lake City, UT
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I/II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_IntFA_SaltLakeCity_Jul2004.pdf

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