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February 20, 2005

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             NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM
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Issue No. 191    ISSN 1554-074X     http://www.etnews.org    2-20-2005
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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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Tougher building codes adopted by council for March 1
Bethany Beach Wave - Bethany Beach,DE,USA
... The International Building and Residential Code, adopted on a
unanimous vote, will go into effect in Sussex March 1. It will bring
the county into conformity ... 
http://www.delmarvanow.com/bethanybeach/stories/20050216/1995983.html

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I'll see you in Honolulu this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/TI_AdvFA_Honolulu_Feb2005.pdf

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org

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ET NEWS JOURNAL 
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THE MOORE-WILSON SIGNALING REPORT
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QUESTION #1169
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NFPA 72-2002, National Fire Alarm Code, Section 4.3.2.1, requires that
the "fire alarm system plans and specifications be developed in
accordance with the Code by persons who are experienced in the proper
design, application, installation, and testing of fire alarm systems."
Who determines whether or not this is complied with and how does that
person make such a determination? 

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The answer to your question really appears in the very next Section of
the Code. Section 4.3.2.2 states that "The system designer shall be
identified on the system design documents. Evidence of qualifications
shall be provided when requested by the authority having jurisdiction."

So, to answer to the first part of your question - "Who determines
whether or not this is complied with?" - the Code charges the
Authority Having Jurisdiction with the responsibility to make this
determination. Such an Authority Having Jurisdiction would have to
request the designer to submit his or her qualifications.

Based on those qualifications, the AHJ would then have to determine
whether or not those qualifications satisfied the Code requirement
that such a person has experience "in the proper design, application,
installation, and testing of fire alarm systems." As to the evidence
itself, some AHJs rely on the certification offered by the National
Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). In so
doing, the AHJ presumes that a NICET Level III or Level IV fire
protection - fire alarm system certified individual would possess the
necessary qualifications to properly design a system. Similarly, the
AHJ might accept a licensed professional fire protection engineer who
had evidence of experience in designing fire alarm systems. Such an
individual would have gained that experience working under the
oversight of an experienced senior engineer. Or, an AHJ might have had
numerous designs submitted by a fire alarm system contractor. Over the
years, the AHJ had discovered that the contractor always provides
code-complying designs.

Furthermore, those designs perform properly during tests and during
actual events. Such an AHJ would have developed confidence in that
contractor, and would readily accept other designs whenever that
contractor would submit them.
When faced with a totally new designer who does not have NICET
Certification or does not have registration as a professional
engineer, the AHJ might require the designer to submit a list of
successful designs and the names of the AHJs who reviewed those
designs. This would allow the AHJ to query those reviewers regarding
the qualifications of the new designer. Some states and other
jurisdictions have begun to license designers. Sadly, the vast
majority of these license requirements that do not rely on NICET as a
foundation, do not begin to appear to rise to the level of competency
that we would expect and hope to have for a fire alarm designer. The
four-pronged approach of NICET Certification that includes time on the
job, personal reference, supervisor statement of competency for
specific work elements, and an examination covering those work
elements offers a very solid, well-thoughtthrough basis for
certification. In like manner, the rigorous process of the National
Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) used by all
state governments to examine and license professional engineers
provides a high level basis for such licensure. Organizations, such as
the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, promote "Canons of Ethics"
that encourages the professional development and competent performance
of fire protection engineers. Take particular note of Canon 14 on the
previous page. It reads as follows:

Canon 14 (adopted 9/17/92) - Fire Protection engineers shall perform
professional services using only those engineering methods and tools
for which they have an adequate understanding of the correct use and
limitations.

This Canon clearly states that fire protection engineers must perform
only those professional services using only those engineering methods
and tools for which they have an adequate understanding of the correct
use and limitations. This means that if a fire protection engineer
does not have such knowledge with regard to fire alarm systems, he or
she must not provide professional services relating to such systems.

In addition, State Boards of Professional Registration prohibit
licensed professional engineers from practicing engineering outside of
their fields of competency. Far and away, the value of NICET
Certification, or the state registration of a professional engineer
who practices competently in the field of fire alarm design, should
remain quite obvious.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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JOB OPPORTUNITY and SEEKING EMPLOYMENT announcements are provided as a
service. ET News provides a venue for direct contact between job
seekers and employers. ET News is not a placement agency and does not
endorse either job seekers or employers.

Send your announcement to: mailto:jobs@etnews.org 
or post your own ad: http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=257

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

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February 22-24, 2005 Honolulu, HI - Co-sponsored by SFPE-Hawaii
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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_Honolulu_Feb2005.pdf

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February 28-March 2, 2005 Kent, WA - Co-sponsored by Kent Fire Dept.
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_IBC_Seattle_Mar2005.pdf

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March 22-24, 2005 Chicago, IL
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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_Chicago_Mar2005.pdf

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April 5-7, 2005 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
More info to follow

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April 13-16, 2005 - Phoenix, AZ
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Automatic Fire Alarm Association Annual Meeting 
http://www.afaa.org

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April 19-21, 2005 Brooks, OR - Sponsored by Oregon AFAA
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
More info to follow

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April 26, 2005 Great Falls, MT - Sponsored by Montana State University
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More info to follow

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May 10-13, 2005 Minneapolis, MN - Sponsored by MN AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection Seminar 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_TI_PR_Minneapolis_May05.pdf

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May 17-18, 2005 Denver, CO - Sponsored by Rocky Mountain AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Denver_May2005.pdf

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May 24-26, 2005 Laurel, MD - Sponsored by MD-DC-VA AFAA
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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_Maryland_May2005.pdf

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