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October 17, 2004

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             NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM
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Issue No. 173   http://etnews.org  mailto:mike@etnews.org   10-17-2004
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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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OREGON AFAA QUARTERLY MEETING
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.
E C Company
Education Center
2121 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97210

RSVP Jon Orrell mailto:jono@e-c-co.com if you will be attending.


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NY Deadline Approaches Requiring Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in All Residential
and Commercial Housing Units Takes Effect on Nov. 1, 2004
http://www6.lexisnexis.com/publisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&orgId=
563&topicId=13694&isPreview=true&docId=l:233351003&start=3

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Phoenix hospital uses Web-based system to monitor life safety ...
Health Facilities Management - USA ...
Joseph's to survey and detect code deficiencies according to the National Fire
Protection Association's NFPA 101 standards as defined by the JCAHO's Statement ...
http://www.hospitalconnect.com/hfmmagazine/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HFMMAGAZINE/
PubsNewsArticleGen/data/0406HFM_DEPT_Products_ATG&domain=HFMMAGAZINE

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CONSTANTLY ATTENDED LOCATION. A designated location at a facility staffed by
trained personnel on a continuous basis where alarm or supervisory signals are
monitored and facilities are provided for notification of the fire department or
other emergency services.
Source: IFC-2003 Section 902

I'll see you in Colorado Springs this week.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_ColoradoSprings_Oct2004.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org

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THE MOORE-WILSON SIGNALING REPORT
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Question #1218
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Our company has taken over the service contracts of 1,100 fire alarm installations
originally installed by a company that has since gone out of business. While we are
very grateful for this expanded business opportunity, one of the customers has a
large multiple building office complex with 87 air duct-type smoke detectors. In
reviewing Table 10.4.2.2 in the National Fire Alarm Code, we note that entry 13(g)(4)
specifies that "Air duct detectors shall be tested to ensure that the device will
sample the airstream. The test shall be made in accordance with the manufacturers'
instructions." We have had difficulty obtaining copies of the manufacturers'
instructions for the various duct-type smoke detectors installed at this facility.
Can you offer any advice as to how we can meet this testing requirement?

Answer
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You have a lot of work ahead! Properly testing all those air duct detectors will
keep your crew busy for quite a few days. Most manufacturers specify that you
determine the air flow through the air duct smoke detector assembly by use of a
manometer. The simplest type uses a U-shape glass tube mounted on a back plate that
has calibrated markings on it to give a reading in inches of water pressure. You
fill the U-shape tube with water to the specified level. Then you connect one end
of the U-shape tube to the sampling port of the air duct detector. With the air
handling unit operating, you will be able to read the differential pressure in
inches of water pressure. For example, one manufacturer states that the pressure
should measure no less than 0.03 inches of water and no greater than 1.4 inches of
water. In order to locate manufacturers' instructions, you should contact the
original equipment manufacturer. Most will cooperate in providing you with the
necessary service information. Of course, ideally, if the original alarm service
company that installed the detectors had provided the building owner with the proper
documentation, as currently required by Section 4.5 of NFPA 72-2002, you would have
access to the needed information. Naturally, the building owner would have had to
retained the documentation as currently requred by Section 10.6.1.3. This section
requires the owner to maintain the documentation for the life of the system.

Subscribe to The Moore-Wilson Signaling Report: http://tinyurl.com/5y23n.

Wayne Moore and Dean Wilson are senior engineers at Hughes Associates, Inc., a
leading international provider of engineering and research services to the fire
protection field, including fire hazard and risk assessment services, fire protection
systems design and testing, code consulting, loss control, and forensic engineering
services. Its clientele includes architects, building owners and manufacturing
companies in the private sector, as well as the Department of Defense and other
governmental bodies. For more information on Hughes Associates and its services,
call (410) 737-8677. Web site address: www.haifire.com. 

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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JOB OPPORTUNITY
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A Global leader in Fire Protection Engineering is seeking a qualified professional
to augment its operations in South Korea. Applicants should be certified to NICET
Level III in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and be willing to relocate. Company
provides relocation assistance, housing and a full benefits package. Periodic travel
to the US is included. Salary commensurate with experience. Written applications
only will be considered. Please send resume and contact information to
mailto:dboswell@haifire.com

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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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October 21-22, 2004 Colorado Springs, CO
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_ColoradoSprings_Oct2004.pdf

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October 26-28, 2004 Phoenix, AZ
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV)
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_ADV_Phoenix_Oct2004.pdf

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November 2-4, 2004 Oakland, CA
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_AdvFA_Oakland_Nov2004.pdf

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November 9-11, 2004 Anchorage, AK
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IntFA_Anchorage_Nov2004.pdf

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November 17-19, 2004 Buffalo, NY
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)
Contact Kristie Jesson mailto:kristiel@amherstalarm.com for more information

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November 30-December 3, 2004 Portland, OR
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_UCR-IBC_Portland_Nov2004.pdf

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December 14-16, 2004 Houston, TX
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_UCR-IBC_Houston_Dec2004.pdf

Contact me mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org to find out how your group can sponsor an AFAA seminar.

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