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October 24, 2004

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             NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM
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Issue No. 174   http://etnews.org  mailto:mike@etnews.org   10-24-2004
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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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Kidde jumps as bid hopes intensify
Reuters - London,England,UK
... Kidde, which makes fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and aircraft fire
protection systems, and security services firm Chubb were demerged from UK
conglomerate ... 
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=
607646§ion=finance

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Revised fire code is causing confusion
Providence Journal (subscription) - Providence,RI,USA
..In talking to two local fire inspectors and a fire-alarm contractor, he's been
 told he'll need either 2, 6 or 14 pull stations for a new fire alarm system in..
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13201067&BRD=1712&PAG=461&dept_id=
478996&rfi=6

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Final Report For Station Fire Investigation Nearly Completed
Turn to 10.com - Providence,RI,USA
... intensity of the fire. One concern from the committee was not having access
to all the evidence because of the ongoing criminal investigation. NIST, the
agency ... 
http://www.turnto10.com/news/3837084/detail.html

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State Farm Insurance Is First From Its Industry to Help Steer Home ...
Yahoo News (press release) - USA
21 /PRNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has
announced that State Farm Insurance is the first representative of the insurance
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041021/cgth063_1.html

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3.3.5.3 Sloped Ceiling. A ceiling with a slope exceeding 2 in 12.
Source: NFPA 13-2002

3.3.22.2 Sloping Ceiling. A ceiling that has a slope of more than 1 in 8.
Source: NFPA 72-2002

I'll see you in Phoenix this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_ADV_Phoenix_Oct2004.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org


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COMPUTER-BASED INSPECTION
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Occasionally I'm asked to recommend a computer-based inspection program. The
last time I worked for a living I used the paper-and-pen method so I have no
experience with computer-based inspections.

I've collected the following list of web sites for your review, presented in
alphabetical order:

Blue Light Software LLC http://www.bluelightsw.com/

BuildingReports.com http://www.buildingreports.com/

ComeBack http://www.systemsalive.com/

EasyRoute Plus! http://www.easyroute.net/

MicroTrack http://www.microtrack.com/

TISCOR http://www.tiscor.com/

Z Micro Technologies http://www.z-microtech.com/

Let me know of your experience with any of these products mailto:mike@etnews.org.
If you represent a firm that provides computerized inspection, testing, and
maintenance products designed for fire protection systems, I'm happy to review
your product and publish the results.

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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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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

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December 15-16, 2004 Albuquerque, NM
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Albuquerque_Dec04.pdf

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

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