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August 6, 2006

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 267    ISSN 1554-074X       http://www.etnews.org   8-6-2006 
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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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Illinois Carbon Monoxide Regulation
KHQA - Quincy,IL,USA
... If you live in Illinois and don't have a carbon monoxide detector
near your bedroom.....you'll need to take action before the beginning
of next year. ...
http://www.khqa.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=14042

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NFPA To Loosen Burglar Alarm Standard Language... a Little Bit
CEPro - Framingham,MA,USA
The members of the security industry fought like crazy to prevent the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from creating electronic
premises security ...
http://www.cepro.com/news/editorial/14394.html

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3,675 Die in US Fires in 2005
Fire Chief - Chicago,IL,USA
... fires occurring. The death toll is the third lowest recorded by
NFPA since it began conducting this annual study in 1977. Fire Loss ...
http://firechief.com/news/fire_deaths08012006/

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I'll see you in Happyrock this week where my lovely wife Cynthia is
celebrating her 50th birthday on the 8th. (Can you hear the wailing and
teeth gnashing?)

Have fun! 

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
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One of the many changes that occurred during the most recent NFPA code
cycle is the allowance to electronically monitor fire extinguishers
with a fire alarm system. 

Here are some snippets from the 2007 ROP and ROC: 

*NFPA 10-2007 7.1.4 Electronic Monitoring Systems. 
 7.1.4.1 When used in conjunction with fire alarm systems, fire
 extinguisher electronic monitoring devices shall be inspected and
 maintained in accordance with NFPA 72 and 7.3.2.5. 
 7.1.4.2 When used in conjunction with non-fire alarm systems, fire
 extinguisher electronic monitoring devices shall be inspected and
 maintained as required in 7.1.4.2.1 through 7.1.4.2.3 and the
 manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manuals). 
 7.1.4.2.1 The connection to the electronic monitoring device shall be
 continuously supervised for integrity. 
 7.1.4.2.2 The power source for the electronic monitoring device shall
 be supervised for continuity of power. 
 7.1.4.2.3 The monitoring device shall be tested and maintained 
 annually in accordance with 7.3.2.5. 

*NFPA 10-2007 7.2.1.1 Fire extinguishers shall be manually inspected
 when initially placed in service. 
 7.2.1.2 Fire extinguishers shall be inspected either manually or by
 means of an electronic monitoring device/system at a minimum of 30-day
 intervals. 
 7.2.1.2.1 Where electronic monitoring is used and the specific
 extinguisher cannot be verified electronically, the extinguisher shall
 be continuously monitored for location. 

*NFPA 10-2007 7.3.2.5 Electronic Monitoring. The components of the
 monitoring device/system shall be tested and maintained annually in
 accordance with the manufacturer’s listed maintenance manual with the
 following items as a minimum: 
 1. Power supply inspection / Battery change 
 2. Obstruction sensor inspection 
 3. Location sensor inspection 
 4. Pressure indication inspection 
 5. Connection continuity inspection - 100 percent of all units shall
    be tested upon initial installation or reacceptance with
    verification of receipt of signal at the control panel or a local
    alarm. 20 percent of units shall be tested annually on a rotating
    basis so that all units are tested within a five-year period. 


*NFPA 72-2007 3.3.69 Fire Extinguisher Monitoring Device. A device
 connected to a control unit that monitors the fire extinguisher in
 accordance with the requirements of NFPA 10. 

*NFPA 72-2007 5.13.6 Fire Extinguisher Monitoring Device. A fire
 extinguisher monitoring device shall indicate the following conditions
 for a specific fire extinguisher to the fire alarm control unit. 
 (1) Extinguishing agent low pressure. 
 (2) Extinguishing agent high pressure. 
 (3) Obstructed access to the fire extinguisher. 
 (4) Removal of the fire extinguisher. 

*NFPA 72-2007 5.14 Fire Extinguisher Monitoring Device. A fire
 extinguisher monitoring device shall indicate those conditions for a
 specific fire extinguisher required by NFPA 10 to a fire alarm control
 unit or other control unit. 

*NFPA 72-2007 6.8.5.11.1 Fire extinguishing monitoring devices that
 electronically monitor fire extinguishers whereby the extinguisher
 monitoring device causes a signal at a control unit when a deficiency
 occurs relative to location, obstructions and changes in pressure
 gauge readings. The signal initiated shall be a supervisory signal in
 accordance with the direction and approval from the authority having
 jurisdiction. 

*Copyright (c) NFPA. 
*The wording and numbering of these requirements may change before the
  final version is published. 


Additional requirements regarding frequency of inspection and tests,
documentation requirements, and more will appear in the final version
of NFPA 10 and NFPA 72. 

NFPA ROP and ROC's may be viewed here http://tinyurl.com/ox2dm

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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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JOB OPPORTUNITY
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Looking for an experienced Technician in the Fire Alarm, Security &
Clean Agent Suppression Systems businesses.  Required skills include
programming, commissioning of fire alarm, security/access/CCTV, &
clean agent suppression systems.  Working knowledge of NFPA standards;
NICET II or higher; read shop drawings; and good computer skills.
Send resume to firehr1@yahoo.com. 

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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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August 14-18, 2006 Denver, CO
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Fire Alarm Plan Review
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/IntFA_TI_AdvFA_Denver_Aug2006.pdf

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August 21-23, 2006 Rolling Meadows, IL
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Fire Alarm Plan Review
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_AdvFA_RollingMeadows_Aug2006.pdf 

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August 29-31, 2006 Kent, WA
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_Kent_Aug2006.pdf 

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September 18-22, 2006 Marlborough, MA
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More info to follow ...

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September 25-27, 2006 San Leandro, CA
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_AdvFA_SanLeandro_Sep2006.pdf 

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