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March 25, 2007

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
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Issue No. 281    ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   3-25-2007 
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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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Experts condemn many cities' fire codes - Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070316/ap_on_re_us/fire_safety

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Digital Security Controls Recalls Smoke Detectors that Could Fail to
Warn of a Fire
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07136.html

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Fire at nursing home in Russia kills at least 62 people 
By Associated Press
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/03/20/russia.fire/

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Automatic fire alarms need to switch to 10-digit calling
Pontiac Daily Leader - Pontiac,IL,USA
The Pontiac Fire Department is reminding owners of commercial
buildings or residential structures that are protected with an
automatic fire alarm system ...
http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/articles/2007/03/24/breaking_news/ne
ws01.txt

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White Paper Clarifies NFPA 72 Smoke Detector Spacing
ECPZone.com - Beltsville,MD,USA
Based on the results, the report authors proposed language for
addition to the body and annex of NFPA 72. The language clarifies how
smoke detectors shall ...
http://ecpzone.com/web/online/Industry-News/White-Paper-Clarifies-NFPA
-72-Smoke-Detector-Spacing/1$2126

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White Paper Explains Strobe Coverage Beyond NFPA 72
ECPZone.com - Beltsville,MD,USA
The committee's recommendation will be published in Annex A of the
2007 edition of NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code. ...
http://ecpzone.com/web/online/Industry-News/White-Paper-Explains-Strob
e-Coverage-Beyond-NFPA-72/1$1985

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SF: APARTMENT OWNERS SHOCKED WITH CITY ATTORNEY LAWSUIT
CBS 5 - San Francisco,CA,USA
The owners of a San Francisco apartment complex targeted this week by
the city attorney's office for violations of fire alarm standards said
they were ...
http://cbs5.com/localwire/localfsnews/bcn/2007/03/21/n/HeadlineNews/DE
TECTOR-LAWSUIT/resources_bcn_html

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The first three news items were sent to me by readers.
Thank you very much!

I'll see you in Spokane this week 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IntFA_Spokane_Mar2007.pdf 

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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NFPA 72-2007 Changes (Part VIII)
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Chapter 9 Public Fire Alarm Reporting Systems  
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9.2.3 Fiber optic cabling shall be considered an acceptable
transmission medium, provided that the cabling and installation comply
with the requirements of Section 9.7 and the conversion equipment
used to interface to the fiber optic signal complies with all
applicable requirements of Chapter 9. 
(NEW)

9.2.4 All devices shall be designed to function satisfactorily under
the climatic conditions to which they may be exposed. 
(NEW)

9.3.7 Personnel Qualification.  
(NEW)

9.3.7.1 System Designer. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.1.1 Public fire alarm reporting system plans and specifications
shall be developed in accordance with this Code by persons who are
qualified in the proper design, application, installation, and testing
of public fire alarm reporting systems. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.1.2 The system designer shall be identified on the system
design documents. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.2 System Installer. Installation personnel shall be qualified in
the installation, inspection, and testing of public fire alarm
reporting systems. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.3 Service Personnel. Service personnel shall be qualified in the
service, inspection, maintenance, and testing of public fire alarm
reporting systems. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.4 Qualification. 
(NEW)

9.3.7.4.1 Personnel shall demonstrate qualification by being trained
and certified in public fire alarm reporting system design,
installation, or service (as appropriate) by one or more of the
following: 
(1) Certified by the manufacturer of the system or equipment 
(2)* Certified by an organization acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction 
(3) Licensed or certified by a state or local authority 
(NEW)

9.3.7.4.2 Evidence of qualifications and/or certification shall be
provided when requested by the authority having jurisdiction. A
license or qualification listing shall be current in accordance with
the requirements of the issuing authority or organization. 
(NEW)

9.4 Alarm Transmission Equipment (Publicly Accessible Fire Alarm
Boxes, Auxiliary Boxes, and Master Boxes). 
(REPLACED "PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE FIRE ALARM BOXES" WITH "STREET BOXES"

9.4.2.1.11.2 The exterior wire shall be installed in rigid metal
conduit or intermediate metal conduit in accordance with Chapter 3 of
NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.  
Exception: Schedule 80 rigid nonmetallic conduit shall be permitted
for underground installations, provided all elbows used are rigid or
intermediate metal conduit. 
(SPECIFIES RIGID METAL CONDUIT OR IMC AND ADDED THE EXCEPTION)

9.4.2.3.1 In addition to the requirements of this Code, coded radio
boxes shall be designed and operated in compliance with all applicable
rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
or, where required, the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). 
(ADDED NTIA)

9.4.3 Auxiliary Box.  
(CHANGED FROM "AUXILIARY FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS")

9.4.3.1 Fundamental Requirements. The requirements of 9.4.3.1.1
through 9.4.3.1.5 shall apply to all auxiliary boxes.  
9.4.3.1.1 The authority having jurisdiction shall designate the
location of the auxiliary box. 
9.4.3.1.2 All exterior wire and cable shall be installed in rigid
metal conduit or intermediate metal conduit in accordance with Chapter
3 of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.  
Exception: Schedule 80 rigid nonmetallic conduit shall be permitted
for underground installations, provided all elbows used are rigid or
intermediate metal conduit. 
9.4.3.1.3 Where installed outside a structure, the requirements of
9.4.2.1.2 and 9.4.2.1.5 shall apply. 
9.4.3.1.4 Where the auxiliary box is a coded wired box, the
requirements of Section 9.7 shall apply. 
9.4.3.1.5 Where the auxiliary box is a coded radio box, the
requirements of 9.4.2.3 shall apply. 
(RE-WORDED WITH MORE SPECIFIC REFERENCES)

9.4.3.2.3.14 Where data communications between a microprocessor-based
fire alarm control unit and an auxiliary fire alarm system are
utilized, they shall comply with the requirements of 9.4.3.2.3.14(A)
through 9.4.3.2.3.14(C).  
(A) The monitoring for integrity shall include communications test
messages transmitted between the fire alarm control unit and the
auxiliary fire alarm system.  
(B) The communications test message shall be initiated by either the
fire alarm control unit or the auxiliary fire alarm system and shall
require a response from the corresponding unit, and the following
shall apply: 
(1) An invalid response or no response from the fire alarm control
unit or the auxiliary fire alarm system shall be recognized as a
communications failure. 
(2) A communications failure shall initiate a specific
communications failure trouble message, which shall be transmitted
from the auxiliary fire alarm system and shall be automatically
indicated within 200 seconds at the public fire service
communications center. 
(3) A trouble condition in 9.4.3.2.3.14(B)(2) shall activate an
audible and distinctive visual signal at the auxiliary box
indicating a communications failure. 
(4) A trouble condition shall activate a trouble signal at the fire
command center or fire alarm control unit.  
(C) Where a separate device is required to interface the fire alarm
control unit to the auxiliary fire alarm system, all communication
paths shall be monitored for integrity and shall comply with
9.4.3.2.3.14. 
(NEW)

9.7.1.2.5.2 Fiber optic cables containing metallic protection or
strength members shall be grounded and protected in accordance with
NFPA 70, National Electrical Code. 
(NEW)

9.7.1.4.1 Fire alarm wires and cables shall be run under all other
wires except communications wires. 
(THE WORD "CABLES" WAS ADDED)

9.7.1.4.2 Aerial cable shall be supported by messenger wire of
approved tensile strength. 
Exception No. 1: Two-conductor cable that has conductors of 20 AWG or
larger size and has mechanical strength equal to 10 AWG hard-drawn
copper.  
Exception No. 2: Fiber optic cable with integral supporting means or
all dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) type. 
(EXCEPTION NO. 2 IS NEW)

9.7.1.6.2* Where installed in buildings, conductors and fiber optic
cables shall be installed in any of the following wiring methods: 
(1) Electrical metallic tubing  
(2) Intermediate metal conduit  
(3) Rigid metal conduit 
Exception: Rigid nonmetallic conduit shall be permitted where approved
by the authority having jurisdiction. 
("...SHALL BE INSTALLED IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WIRING METHODS..." 
REPLACES "NONFLEXIBLE RACEWAYS AS COVERED IN CHAPTER 3 OF NFPA 70")

9.8 Mass Notification System. See Annex E. 
(NEW)

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES 
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FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE
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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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April 25, 2007 Missoula, MT  
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements   
More info to follow ...

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April 27, 2007 Great Falls, MT  
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Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements   
More info to follow ...

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May 22-23, 2007 Denver, CO  
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Including NFPA 72-2002 Denver Amendments
More info to follow ...
 
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