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May 21, 2006

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 256    ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   5-21-2006 
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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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Fire safety scam alert
The Courier News - Elgin,IL,USA
... then placing those tags on the fire extinguisher he claims to have
inspected, said Chief Joe Cluchey of the South Elgin & Countryside
Fire Protection District. ...
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/top/3_1_EL20_A1SCAM_S1.
htm

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West Virginia Adopts NFPA 1 & 101
Fire Chief - Chicago,IL,USA
West Virginia has adopted the 2003 editions of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire
Code, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. The codes will take effect ...
http://firechief.com/news/NFPA_codes05172006/

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Woman Rescued From Stalled Elevator in Smoke-Charged High Rise
LAFD News & Information - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The first Company arriving in response to an Automatic Fire Alarm
activation, discovered forty persons calmly self-evacuating a twenty-
story sealed high rise ...
http://lafd.blogspot.com/2006/05/woman-rescued-from-stalled-elevator-i
n.html

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Fire Experts Reveal Danger of Being 'Intimate With Ignition'
LAFD News & Information - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The report, which debunks some strongly held beliefs, is the result of
a USFA partnership with NFPA to develop sound, research-based
recommendations for ...
http://lafd.blogspot.com/2006/05/fire-experts-reveal-danger-of-being.h
tml

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I'll see you in Newark, NJ this week, again! 

Have fun! 

Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN NFPA 72 AND IBC
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What happens when the building code and the installation standard
don’t agree with each other?  For example, NFPA 72 allows the use of
alarm verification, so long as it’s not initially enabled and IBC-2003
requires alarm verification of smoke detectors installed in E
occupancy corridors:

NFPA 72-2002 6.8.5.4.1* Systems equipped with alarm verification
features shall be permitted under the following conditions:  
(1) The alarm verification feature is not initially enabled unless
conditions or occupant activities that are expected to cause nuisance
alarms are anticipated in the area that is protected by the smoke
detectors. Enabling of the alarm verification feature shall be
protected by password or limited access. ... (plus additional
requirements)

NFPA 72-2002 A.6.8.5.4.1 The alarm verification feature should not be
used as a substitute for proper detector location/applications or
regular system maintenance. Alarm verification features are intended
to reduce the frequency of false alarms caused by transient
conditions. They are not intended to compensate for design errors or
lack of maintenance.

IBC-2003 907.2.3 
Exception 2. Manual fire alarm boxes are not required in Group E
occupancies where all the following apply:
2.1. Interior corridors are protected by smoke detectors with alarm
verification. ... (plus additional requirements)

The answer lies within the IBC:

IBC-2003 102.4 Referenced codes and standards. The codes and standards
referenced in this code shall be considered part of the requirements
of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where
differences occur between provisions of this code and referenced codes
and standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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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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May 11-12, 2006 Carteret, NJ - Sponsored by NJ AFAA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/IntFA_NJAFAA_May2006.pdf 

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May 30-31 & June 1, 2006 Laurel, MD - Sponsored by MD-DC-VA AFAA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_IntFA_Maryland_May2006.pdf 

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June 13-15, 2006 Dallas, TX 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_IntFA_Dallas_June2006.pdf 

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June 20-21, 2006 Albuquerque, NM 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/IntFA_Albuquerque_Jun2006.pdf 

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June 20-21, 2006 San Antonio, TX 
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/AdvFA_SanAntonio_Jun2006.pdf

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June 27-29, 2006 Buena Park, CA 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_IntFA_Maryland_May2006.pdf 

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July 17-21, 2006 Edmond, OK 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV)
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_TI_IBC_AdvFA_Edmonds_OK_July2006.pdf 

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July 20-21, 2006 Oklahoma City, OK 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/BasFA_IntFA_OKAFAA_July2006.pdf 

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July 25-27, 2006 San Leandro, CA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_IBC_SanLeandro_July2006.pdf 
 
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