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October 22, 2006

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 273    ISSN 1554-074X     http://www.etnews.org   10-22-2006 
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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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Smoke detector policy questioned
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription) - Milwaukee,WI,USA
... Neighborhoods & Development Committee. He argued that tougher 
smoke-detector laws are needed to save lives. But Ald. Michael Murphy 
and ...
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=519891

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Fire Protection Specialist Program Receives Accreditation
Fire Chief - Chicago,IL,USA
The National Fire Protection Association has announced that the 
Certified Fire Protection Specialist program it administers has 
received accreditation from the ...
http://firechief.com/news/NFPA_program_accredited10132006/

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I'll see you in Conshohocken, PA this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/IntFA_IBC_Conshohocken_Pa_Oct2006.pdf 

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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NFPA 72-2007 Changes
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Chapter 1 Administration includes some minor changes to language and 
the re-naming of two types of fire alarm systems:
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1.3.1 (2) Protected premises (local) fire alarm systems
(THE WORD "LOCAL" HAS BEEN ADDED)

1.3.1 (3)(a) Central station (service) fire alarm systems 
(THE WORD "SERVICE" HAS BEEN ADDED)

Chapter 2 Referenced Publications simply updated the versions of 
reference publications
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Chapter 3 Definitions modified some and added several new terms:
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3.1 General. The definitions contained in this chapter shall apply to 
the terms used in this code. Where terms are not defined in this 
chapter or within another chapter, they shall be defined using their 
ordinarily accepted meanings within the context in which they are used. 
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, shall be the 
source for the ordinarily accepted meaning. 
(NEW)

3.3.5 Alarm. A warning of danger.
(THE WORD "FIRE" AHEAD OF THE WORD DANGER WAS REMOVED)

3.3.12 Apartment Building. A building or portion thereof containing 
three or more dwelling units with independent cooking and bathroom 
facilities. 
(THE WORDS "OR PORTION THEREOF" WAS ADDED)

3.3.18* Average Ambient Sound Level. The root mean square, A-weighted, 
sound pressure level measured over the period of time that any person 
is present, or a 24-hour period, whichever time period is the lesser.  
(MATERIAL WAS ADDED TO ANNEX A)

"Central Station" is now "Central Supervising Station" and "Central 
Station Service"

"Proprietary Supervising Station" is now "Proprietary Supervising 
Station" and "Proprietary Supervising Station Service"

"Remote Supervising Station" is now "Remote Supervising Station" and 
"Remote Supervising Station Service"

The definition of the term "Certification" was removed.

3.3.39.1 Wireless Control Unit. A component that transmits/receives 
and processes wireless signals. 
(NEW)

3.3.43.4* Combination Detector. A device that either responds to more 
than one of the fire phenomena or employs more than one operating 
principle to sense one of these phenomena. Typical examples are a 
combination of a heat detector with a smoke detector or a combination 
rate-of-rise and fixed-temperature heat detector. This device has 
listings for each sensing method employed. 
(MATERIAL WAS ADDED TO ANNEX A)

3.3.43.11* Multi-Criteria Detector. A device that contains multiple 
sensors that separately respond to physical stimulus such as heat, 
smoke, or fire gases, or employs more than one sensor to sense the 
same stimulus.  This sensor is capable of generating only one alarm 
signal from the sensors employed in the design either independently 
or in combination.  The sensor output signal is mathematically 
evaluated to determine when an alarm signal is warranted.  The 
evaluation can be performed either at the detector or at the control 
unit. This detector has a single listing that establishes the primary 
function of the detector. 
(NEW)

3.3.43.12* Multi-Sensor Detector. A device that contains multiple 
sensors that separately respond to physical stimulus such as heat, 
smoke, or fire gases, or employs more than one sensor to sense the 
same stimulus.  A device capable of generating multiple alarm signals 
from any one of the sensors employed in the design, independently or 
in combination.  The sensor output signals are mathematically 
evaluated to determine when an alarm signal is warranted.  The 
evaluation can be performed either at the detector or at the control 
unit.  This device has listings for each sensing method employed. 
(NEW)

3.3.64* Fire Alarm Control Unit. A component of the fire alarm system, 
provided with primary and secondary power sources, which receives 
signals from initiating devices or other fire alarm control units, and 
processes these signals to determine part or all of the required fire 
alarm system output function(s). 
(RE-WRITTEN AND MATERIAL ADDED TO ANNEX A) 

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, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. 
(NEW)

3.3.102* Mass Notification System. A system used to provide 
information and instructions to people, in a building, area site, or 
other space. 
(NEW)

3.3.111* Nonrequired. A fire alarm system component or group of 
components that is installed at the option of the owner, and is not 
installed due to a building or fire code requirement. 
(MATERIAL ADDED TO ANNEX A)

3.3.113.1.1 Exit Marking Audible Notification Appliance. An audible 
notification appliance that marks building exits and areas of refuge 
by the sense of hearing for the purpose of evacuation or relocation. 
(NEW)

3.3.181.5* Video Image Smoke Detection (VISD). The principle of using 
automatic analysis of real-time video images to detect the presence of 
smoke. 
(NEW)

3.3.209* Video Image Flame Detection (VIFD). The principle of using 
automatic analysis of real-time video images to detect the presence of 
flame. 
(NEW)

3.3.214 Wide Area Signaling. Signaling intended to provide alerting or 
information to exterior open spaces, such as campuses, neighborhood 
streets, a city, a town, or a community. 
(NEW)

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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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October 24-26, 2006 Conshohocken, PA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/IntFA_IBC_Conshohocken_Pa_Oct2006.pdf 

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October 31 & November 1-2, 2006 Los Angeles, 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_CAFAA_Oct2006.pdf 

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November 7-9, 2006 Phoenix, AZ 
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_AdvFA_Phoenix_Nov2006.pdf 

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November 14-16 Minneapolis, MN 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Basic Fire Alarm Seminar  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/PR_TI_BasFA_Minneapolis_Nov2006.pdf 

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November 28-30, 2006 Laurel, MD 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/AdvFA_IBC_Maryland_Nov2006.pdf

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December 5-7, 2006 Los Angeles, CA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IBC_CAFAA_Dec2006.pdf
  
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December 11-15, 2006 Portland, OR 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_AdvFA_Portland_Dec2006.pdf

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