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March 18, 2007

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 280    ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   3-18-2007 
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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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NC Panel Weakens Sprinkler Rule Against Advice of Fire Marshal
Insurance Journal - San Diego,CA,USA
The NC Building Code Council voted 8-4 earlier this week to relax the
new standard, which required sprinklers in new buildings where at
least 100 people ...
http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2007/03/16/77775.htm

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I'll see you in Conshohocken, PA this week 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_AdvFA_Conshohocken_Pa_Mar2007.pdf 

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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NFPA 72-2007 Changes (Part VII)
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Chapter 8 Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems  
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8.1.1* Where a protected premises fire alarm system has its signals
sent to a supervising station, the entire system shall become a
supervising station fire alarm system. 
(NEW)

8.2 General.  
(NEW)

8.2.1 Alarm Signal Disposition. Except as permitted by 11.7.8.2, all
fire alarm signals received by a supervising station shall be
immediately retransmitted to the public fire service communications
center.  
(NEW)

8.2.2 Other Signal Disposition. Signals received at a supervising
station, other than fire alarm, shall be handled as required by
Section 8.3, 8.4, or 8.5. 
(NEW)

8.2.3* Change of Service.  
(NEW)

8.2.3.1 Supervising station customers or clients shall be notified in
writing within 30 days of any scheduled change in service that results
in signals from their property being handled by a different
supervising station facility.  
(NEW)

8.2.3.2 Where the supervising station provides the required testing
and where service changes covered by 8.2.3.1 occur, the supervising
station shall test all zones, points, and signals from each affected
property in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 10. 
(NEW)

8.2.3.3 Where the supervising station does not provide the required
testing and where service changes covered by 8.2.3.1 occur, the
supervising station shall notify the prime contractor of the need to
test all zones, points, and signals from each affected property in
accordance with the requirements of Chapter 10. 
(NEW)

8.3.1 System Scope. Fire alarm systems for central station service
shall include the central station physical plant, exterior
communications channels, subsidiary stations, and fire alarm and
signaling equipment located at the protected premises. 
(NEW)

8.3.4* Indication of Central Station Service. The prime contractor
shall conspicuously indicate that the fire alarm system providing
service at a protected premises complies with all the requirements of
this Code through the use of a systematic follow-up program under the
control of the organization that has listed the prime contractor.  
(REFERENCE TO UL OR FM REPLACED WITH A GENERIC REFERENCE)

8.3.4.1 Documentation indicating code compliance of the fire alarm
system shall be issued by the organization that has listed the prime
contractor. 
(REFERENCE TO UL OR FM REPLACED WITH A GENERIC REFERENCE)

8.3.4.2 The documentation shall include, at a minimum, the following
information: 
(1) Name of the prime contractor involved with the ongoing code
compliance of the central station service 
(2)* Full description of the fire alarm system as installed 
(3) Issue and expiration dates of the documentation 
(4) Name, address, and contact information of the organization issuing
the document 
(5) Identification of the authority(ies) having jurisdiction for the
central station service installation 
(REFERENCE TO UL OR FM REPLACED WITH A GENERIC REFERENCE)

8.3.4.3 The documentation shall be physically posted within 1 m (3 ft)
of the fire alarm control unit, and copies of the documentation shall
be made available to the authority(ies) having jurisdiction upon
request. 
(REFERENCE TO UL OR FM REPLACED WITH A GENERIC REFERENCE)

8.3.4.4 A central repository of issued documentation, accessible to
the authority having jurisdiction, shall be maintained by the
organization that has listed the prime contractor. 
(REFERENCE TO UL OR FM REPLACED WITH A GENERIC REFERENCE)

8.3.4.7 The authority(ies) having jurisdiction identified in
8.3.4.2(5) shall be notified of expiration or cancellation by the
organization that has listed the prime contractor. 
(NEW)

8.3.4.8 The subscriber shall surrender expired or canceled
documentation to the prime contractor within 30 days of the
termination date. 
(NEW)

8.3.6.1.3 (Fire Alarm Systems for Central Station Service) Computer-
aided alarm and supervisory signal–processing hardware and software
shall be listed for the purpose. 
(NEW)

8.3.7.1.2 The central station shall perform the following actions:
(2) Dispatch a runner or technician to the protected premises to
arrive within 2 hours after receipt of a signal if equipment needs to
be manually reset by the prime contractor. Except where prohibited by
the authority having jurisdiction, the runner or technician shall be
permitted to be recalled prior to arrival at the premises if a
qualified representative of the subscriber at the premises can provide
the necessary resetting of the equipment and is able to place the
system back in operating condition. 
(EXCEPTION LANGUAGE ADDED)

8.3.7.3* Supervisory Signals. Upon receipt of a supervisory signal
from a sprinkler system, other fire suppression system(s), or other
equipment, the central station shall perform the following actions: 
(1)* Communicate immediately with the persons designated by the
subscriber and notify the fire department or law enforcement agency,
or both, when required by the authority having jurisdiction
(OLD ITEM (3) ADDED TO ITEM (1))

8.3.7.4 Trouble Signals. Upon receipt of trouble signals or other
signals pertaining solely to matters of equipment maintenance of the
fire alarm systems, the central station shall perform the following
actions: 
(3) When the interruption is more than 8 hours, provide notice to the
subscriber and the fire department if so required by the authority
having jurisdiction as to the nature of the interruption, the time of
occurrence, and the restoration of service
(REPHRASED)

8.6.3.2.2 Digital Alarm Communicator Receiver (DACR). 
8.6.3.2.2.1 Equipment. 
(A) Spare DACRs shall be provided in the supervising or subsidiary
station. The spare DACRs shall be on line or able to be switched into
the place of a failed unit within 30 seconds after detection of
failure. 
(ADDED "...SHALL BE ONLINE OR ...")

8.6.3.4 Two-Way Radio Frequency (RF) Multiplex Systems.
8.6.3.4.1 Maximum Operating Time. The maximum end-to-end operating
time parameters allowed for a two-way RF multiplex system shall be as
follows: 
(2) The maximum allowable time lapse from the occurrence of an adverse
condition in any transmission channel until recording of the adverse
condition is started shall not exceed 200 seconds for Type 4 and Type
5 systems. The requirements of 8.6.3.4.4 shall apply.
(MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE TIME LAPSE FOR AN ADVERSE CONDITION TO BE RECORDED
CHANGED FROM 90 SECONDS to 200 SECONDS)  

8.6.3.5 One-Way Private Radio Alarm Systems. 
8.6.3.5.3.4 Personnel shall be dispatched to arrive within 12 hours to
initiate maintenance after detection of primary power failure. 
(NEW)

8.7 Mass Notification Systems. See Annex E. 
(NEW)

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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE
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March 20-22, 2007 Conshohocken, PA 
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Fire Alarm System Plan Review Seminar 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_AdvFA_Conshohocken_Pa_Mar2007.pdf 

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March 27-29, 2007 Spokane, WA 
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Fire Alarm System Testing & Inspections Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_Spokane_Mar2007.pdf 

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April 3-5, 2007 San Leandro, CA 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar  
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_SanLeandro_April2007.pdf 

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April 10-12, 2007 Rolling Meadows, IL  
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements   
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_IntFA_RollingMeadows_Apr2007 
 
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