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November 26, 2006

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 274    ISSN 1554-074X     http://www.etnews.org   11-26-2006 
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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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Remembering America's deadliest hotel fire on its sixtieth ...
Hotel & Motel Management Magazine - Cleveland,OH,USA
... number of deaths and injuries," said Chris Jelenewicz, Engineering
Program Manager with the Bethesda, Maryland-Based Society of Fire
Protection Engineers. ...
http://www.hotelmotel.com/hotelmotel/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=388313 

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NIST Tests Positive Pressure Ventilation
Azom.com - USA
... from the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), the Chicago Housing
Authority (CHA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST), the real excitement ...
http://www.azom.com/details.asp?newsID=7205

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Fire Alarm Boxes on Sale
WJET - Erie,PA,USA
You`ve seen them on the streets of Erie for decades, and now you can
own one. This week, the more than 200 red Gamewell fire alarm boxes
went on the market. ...
http://www.wjettv.com/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=6875

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I'll see you in Laurel, MD this week. 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/AdvFA_IBC_Maryland_Nov2006.pdf 

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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NFPA 72-2007 Changes (Part II)
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Chapter 4 Fundamentals
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4.3.1 Equipment. Equipment constructed and installed in conformity
with this Code shall be listed for the purpose for which it is used.
Fire alarm system components shall be installed, tested, and
maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s published
instructions and this Code. 
(ADDED "... TESTED, AND MAINTAINED ..." "... AND THIS CODE") 

4.3.2.2 The system designer shall be identified on the system design
documents. Acceptable evidence of qualifications or certification
shall be provided when requested by the authority having jurisdiction.
Qualified personnel shall include, but not be limited to, one or more
of the following: 
(1) Personnel who are factory trained and certified for fire alarm
system design of the specific type and brand of system being designed  
(2)* Personnel who are certified by a nationally recognized fire alarm
certification organization acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction 
A.4.3.2.2(2) Nationally recognized fire alarm certification programs
might include those programs offered by the International Municipal
Signal Association (IMSA) and National Institute for Certification in
Engineering Technologies (NICET). Note: These organizations and the
products or services offered by them have not been independently
verified by the NFPA, nor have the products or services been endorsed
or certified by the NFPA or any of its technical committees 
(3) Personnel who are registered, licensed, or certified by a state or
local authority 
(RE-WORDED AND ANNEX MATERIAL MODIFIED) 

4.3.3 System Installer. Installation personnel shall be qualified or
shall be supervised by persons who are qualified in the installation,
inspection, and testing of fire alarm systems. Evidence of
qualifications or certification shall be provided when requested by
the authority having jurisdiction. Qualified personnel shall include,
but not be limited to, one or more of the following: 
(1) Personnel who are factory trained and certified for fire alarm
system installation of the specific type and brand of system being
installed 
(2)* Personnel who are certified by a nationally recognized fire alarm
certification organization acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction 
A.4.3.3(2) Nationally recognized fire alarm certification programs
might include those programs offered by the International Municipal
Signal Association (IMSA) and National Institute for Certification in
Engineering Technologies (NICET). Note: These organizations and the
products or services offered by them have not been independently
verified by the NFPA, nor have the products or services been endorsed
or certified by the NFPA or any of its Technical Committees. 
(3) Personnel who are registered, licensed, or certified by a state or
local authority 
(RE-WORDED AND ANNEX MATERIAL MODIFIED)

4.4.1.8.3.5  A rectifier employed as a battery charging supply source
shall be of adequate capacity. A rectifier employed as a charging
means shall be energized by an isolating transformer.
(DELETED)

4.4.1.9.6.2  Where gasoline-fueled generators are used, fuel shall be
supplied from a frequently replenished tank, or other means provided,
to ensure that the gasoline is always fresh.
(DELETED)

4.4.3.7* Alarm Signal Deactivation. 
A.4.4.3.7 It is the intent that both visual and audible appliances are
shut off when the signal silence feature is activated on the fire
alarm control unit.  
Per the ADA, it is important not to provide conflicting signals for
the hearing impaired. 
4.4.3.7.1 A means for turning off activated alarm notification
appliance(s) shall be permitted only if it complies with 4.4.3.7.3
through 4.4.3.7.6. 
4.4.3.7.2 When an alarm signal deactivation means is actuated, both
audible and visible notification appliances shall be simultaneously
deactivated. 
(RE-WORDED AND ADDITIONAL ANNEX MATERIAL PROVIDED)

4.4.5* Protection of Fire Alarm System.   In areas that are not
continuously occupied, automatic smoke detection shall be provided at
the location of each fire alarm control unit(s), notification
appliance circuit power extenders, and supervising station
transmitting equipment to provide notification of fire at that
location. 
A.4.4.5 The fire alarm control unit(s) that are to be protected are
those that provide notification of a fire to the occupants and
responders.  The term fire alarm control unit does not include
equipment such as annunciators and addressable devices.   Requiring
smoke detection at the transmitting equipment is intended to increase
the probability that an alarm signal will be transmitted to a
supervising station prior to that transmitting equipment being
disabled due to the fire condition.  
CAUTION:  Exception No. 1 to 4.4.5 permits the use of a heat detector
if ambient conditions are not suitable for smoke detection. It is
important to also evaluate whether the area is suitable for the
control unit. 
Where the area or room containing the control unit is provided with
total smoke-detection coverage, additional smoke detection is not
required to protect the control unit.  Where total smoke-detection
coverage is not provided, the Code intends that only one smoke
detector is required at the control unit even when the area of the
room would require more than one detector if installed according to
the spacing rules in Chapter 5.  The intent of selective coverage is
to address the specific location of the equipment. 
Location of the required detection should be in accordance with one of
the following: 
(1) Where the ceiling is 4.6 m (15 ft) in height or less, the smoke
detector should be located on the ceiling or the wall within 6.4 m
(21 ft) of the centerline of the fire alarm control unit being
protected by the detector in accordance with 5.7.3.2.1. 
(2) Where the ceiling exceeds 4.6 m (15 ft) in height, the automatic
smoke detector should be installed on the wall above and within
1.8 m (6 ft) from the top of the control unit. 
Exception No. 1: Where ambient conditions prohibit installation of
automatic smoke detection, automatic heat detection shall be permitted.  
Exception No. 2: Fully sprinklered buildings shall not require
protection in accordance with 4.4.5. 
(RE-WORDED AND ADDITIONAL ANNEX MATERIAL PROVIDED)

4.5.1.1* The authority having jurisdiction shall be notified prior to
installation or alteration of equipment or wiring. At the authority
having jurisdiction’s request, complete information regarding the
system or system alterations, including specifications, type of system
or service, shop drawings, input/output matrix, battery calculations,
and notification appliance circuit voltage drop calculations shall be
submitted for approval. 
(RE-WORDED WITH ADDITIONAL SUBMITTAL REQUIRMENTS)

FIGURE 4.5.2.1  Record of Completion. 
(RE-ORGANIZED WITH AN EXAMPLE IN ANNEX A)

4.5.2.1.3 One copy of the record of completion, updated to reflect all
system additions or modifications and maintained in a current
condition at all times, shall be stored at the fire alarm control unit
or other location approved by the authority having jurisdiction. 
(MORE RESTRICTIVE LANGUAGE ADDED "... SHALL BE STORED AT THE FACU ...")

4.7 Mass Notification Systems. 
See Annex E. 
(NEW ANNEX)


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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE
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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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January 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, HI 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_Honolulu_Jan2007.pdf 

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January 8-10, 2007 Honolulu, HI 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_Honolulu_Jan2007.pdf 

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January 9-11, 2007 San Antonio, TX 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_San%20Antonio_January2007.pdf

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January 16-18, 2007 Houston, TX 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IntFA_Houston_January2007.pdf 

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February 14-16, 2007 Seattle, WA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_AdvFA_Seattle_Feb2007.pdf

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