Archives 2007
Issue No. 276
Issue No. 277
Issue No. 278
Issue No. 279
Issue No. 280
Issue No. 281
Issue No. 282
Issue No. 283
Issue No. 284
Issue No. 285
Issue No. 286
Issue No. 287
Issue No. 288
Issue No. 289
Issue No. 290
Issue No. 291
Issue No. 292
Issue No. 293
Issue No. 294
Issue No. 295
Issue No. 296
Issue No. 297
Issue No. 298
Issue No. 299
Issue No. 300
Issue No. 301
Issue No. 302
Issue No. 303
Issue No. 304
Issue No. 305
Issue No. 306
Issue No. 307
Issue No. 308
Issue No. 309
Issue No. 310
Issue No. 311
Issue No. 312
Issue No. 313
Issue No. 314
Issue No. 315
Issue No. 316
Issue No. 317
Issue No. 318
Issue No. 319
Issue No. 320
Issue No. 321

  Log In

 

April 1, 2007

                             []< ET NEWS                                
====================================================================== 
    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM     
---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Issue No. 282    ISSN 1554-074X       http://www.etnews.org   4-1-2007 
====================================================================== 
 
Contents
--------
- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Fire Alarm Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements 

====================================================================== 
NEWS
====================================================================== 

'Popular Mechanics' Answers Rosie O'Donnell's Challenge to 9/11 ...
NewsBusters - USA
After further studies, the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) told PM that debris from the 110-floor North Tower
hit WTC7 with the force ...
http://newsbusters.org/node/11737

---------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Oregon adopts new building codes
Newport News Times - Newport,OR,USA
A uniform statewide building code provides the state's construction
industry with a consistent and predictable building environment and
helps ensure that ...
http://www.newportnewstimes.com/articles/2007/03/30/news/news15.txt

---------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service
"Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet
access
http://www.google.com/tisp/

---------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Fire in Houston office building kills 3, injures at least 6, including
3 firefighters 
By Joe Stinebaker ASSOCIATED PRESS  
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20070329-0930-houstonbuildin
gfire.html

---------------------------------------------------------------------- 

I'll see you in San Leandro this week 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_SanLeandro_April2007.pdf 

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

======================================================================
                            ADVERTISEMENT                             
======================================================================
 CENTRAL STATION MONITORING                   UL(r) listed monitoring 
 All major formats plus AES, SafeCom, ScanAlert, & Video Verification
  *** 2007 New Dealer Special - 1 YEAR FREE ADDITIONAL SERVICES ***
 Free Web Access                         mailto://begeord@cuaccess.net
 503-630-8961 voice || 503-630-8944 fax  http://www.csmul.com
======================================================================
ET NEWS JOURNAL
======================================================================

NFPA 72-2007 Changes (Part IX)
------------------------------

Chapter 10 Inspection Testing and Maintenance  
---------------------------------------------

10.2.1.1 Performance Verification. To ensure operational integrity,
the fire alarm system shall have an inspection, testing, and
maintenance program. Inspection, testing, and maintenance programs
shall satisfy the requirements of this Code, shall conform to the
equipment manufacturer's published instructions, and shall 
verify correct operation of the fire alarm system. 
(ADDED VERBIAGE)

10.2.2.1* The property or building owner or the owner's designated
representative shall be responsible for inspection, testing, and
maintenance of the system and for alterations or additions to this
system. 
(ADDED REFERENCE TO THE DEFINITION OF "OWNERSHIP" IN ANNEX A)

10.2.2.5* Service Personnel Qualifications and Experience. 
10.2.2.5.1 Service personnel shall be qualified and experienced in the
inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems. 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 service of the specific type and brand of system 
(2)* Personnel who are certified by a nationally recognized fire alarm
certification organization acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction 
(3)* Personnel who are registered, licensed, or certified by a state
or local authority 
(4) Personnel who are employed and qualified by an organization listed
by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for the servicing of
fire alarm systems 
10.2.2.5.2 Evidence of qualifications shall be provided to the
authority having jurisdiction upon request. 
(MOVED NICET AND IMSA EXAMPLES TO ANNEX A AND ADDED ANNEX A MATERIAL)

10.2.6 Interface Equipment and Fire Safety Functions. 
10.2.6.1* Testing personnel shall be qualified and experienced in the
arrangement and operation of interface  equipment and fire safety
functions. 
10.2.6.2 Testing shall be accomplished in accordance with Table
10.4.2.2. 
(NEW)

Table 10.3.1 Visual Inspection Frequencies 
11. Combination Systems 
(a) Fire extinguisher monitoring device/systems 
(b) Carbon monoxide detectors/systems 
(NEW)

Table 10.3.1 Visual Inspection Frequencies 
14. Exit Marking Audible Notification Appliances  
(NEW)

Table 10.3.1 Visual Inspection Frequencies 
18. Public Fire Alarm Reporting System Transmission Equipment 
(a) Publicly accessible fire alarm box 
(b) Auxiliary box 
(c) Master box 
(1) Manual operation 
(2) Auxiliary operation 
(NEW)

10.4.1.1 Initial Acceptance Testing. All new systems shall be
inspected and tested in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 
10.
The authority having jurisdiction shall be notified prior to the
initial acceptance test. 
(ADDED THE REQUIREMENT TO NOTIFY THE AHJ PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE TEST)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
7. Public Fire Alarm Reporting System Power Supply 
(a) Lead-acid type 
Perform the battery tests in accordance with item 6(b) 
(b) Nickel-cadmium type 
Perform the battery tests in accordance with item 6(c) 
(c) Sealed lead-acid type 
Perform the battery tests in accordance with item 6(d) 
(d) Wired system 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
8. Public Fire Alarm Reporting System Transmission Equipment  
(a) Publicly accessible fire alarm box  
Publicly accessible initiating device(s) shall be actuated.  Receipt
of not less than three complete rounds of signal impulses shall be
verified.  This test shall be performed under normal circuit
conditions.  If the device is equipped for open circuit operation
(ground return), it shall be tested in this condition as one of the
semiannual tests. 
(b) Auxiliary box  
Each initiating circuit of the auxiliary box shall be tested by
actuation of a protected premises initiating device connected to that
circuit.  Receipt of not less than three complete rounds of signal
impulses shall be verified. 
(c) Master box 
(1) Manual operation  
Perform the tests prescribed for 8(a). 
(2) Auxiliary operation  
Perform the tests prescribed 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
14.  Initiating Devices 
(b) Fire extinguishing system(s) or suppression system(s) alarm switch 
The switch shall be mechanically or electrically operated and receipt
of signal by the fire alarm control unit shall be verified. 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
(j) Multi-sensor detector or multi-criteria detector or combination
detector 
(1) Each of the detection principles present within the detector
(e.g. smoke/heat/CO, etc.) shall be tested independently for the
specific detection principle regardless of the configuration status
at the time of testing. Each detector shall also be tested in
accordance with the published manufacturer's instructions. 
(2) Individual sensors shall be tested together if the technology
allows individual sensor responses to be verified. 
(3) Tests shall be performed as described for the respective
devices by introduction of the physical phenomena to the sensing
chamber of element, and an electronic check (magnets, analogue
values, etc.) is not sufficient to comply with this requirement. 
(4) The result of each sensor test shall be confirmed. This shall
be through indication at the detector or control unit. 
(5) Where individual sensors cannot be tested individually the
primary sensor shall be tested 
(6) All tests and results shall be recorded. 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
15. Alarm Notification Appliances  
(b) Audible textural notification appliances (speakers and other
appliances to convey voice messages) 
Audible information shall be verified to be distinguishable and
understandable.
In locations where voice intelligibility is required, it shall be
verified by one of the following methods: 
(1) Use of subject-based test methods as described in ANSI S3.2,
Method for Measuring the Intelligibility of Speech Over Communications
Systems 
(2) Use of methods and instruments that measure certain physical
parameters and provide a common intelligibility scale score as
described in IEC 60849, Sound systems for emergency purposes 
(3) Use of other methods acceptable to the authority having
jurisdiction 
The use of test methods that provide a common intelligibility scale
score shall be permitted for use in existing systems but shall not
require revisions to systems that were designed prior to the 2002
edition of this Code. 
(NOW INCLUDES THREE ACCEPTABLE METHODS TO DEMONSTRATE INTELLIGIBILITY)

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
21. Combination Systems 
(a) Fire extinguisher monitoring device/system 
Communication between the device connecting the fire extinguisher
monitoring device/system and the fire alarm control unit shall be
tested to ensure proper signals are received at the FACU and remote
annunciator (s) if applicable. 
(b) Carbon monoxide detectors 
Functional tests shall be conducted according to manufacturer’s
published instructions. 
(NEW) 

Table 10.4.2.2 Test Methods 
23. Fire Safety Functions 
Fire safety functions (i.e., fan control, smoke damper operation,
elevator recall, elevator power shutdown, door holder release, door
unlocking, etc.) shall be tested by operating or simulating alarm
signals. Testing frequency for fire safety functions shall be the
same as the frequency required for the initiating device that
activates the fire safety function. 
(NEW)

10.4.3 Video Image Smoke and Flame Detectors. Video image smoke and
flame detectors shall be inspected, tested, and maintained in
accordance with the manufacturer's published instructions. 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.4 Testing Frequencies 
17. Combination Systems 
(a) Fire extinguisher monitoring device/systems 
(b) Carbon monoxide detectors/systems 
(NEW)

Table 10.4.4 Testing Frequencies 
21. Exit Marking Notification Appliances  
(NEW)

Table 10.4.4 Testing Frequencies 
26. Public Fire Alarm Reporting System Transmission Equipment 
(a) Publicly accessible fire alarm box 
(b) Auxiliary box  
(c) Master box  
(1) Manual operation  
(2) Auxiliary operation 
(NEW)

10.4.11* In-Building Emergency Radio Communication Systems.
In-building emergency radio communication systems shall be inspected
and operationally tested in accordance with the manufacturer's
published requirements by the local fire department, building owner,
or a designated representative. 
(NEW)

10.6.1.2* For software-based systems, a copy of the site-specific
software shall be provided to the owner or owner's designated
representative. A copy of the software shall be stored in non-volatile
non-erasable, non-rewritable memory and shall be stored on-site. 
(MORE SPECIFIC AS TO WHAT "SOFTWARE" IS)

10.6.2.3* A record of all inspections, testing, and maintenance shall
be provided that includes the following information regarding tests
and all the applicable information requested in Figure 10.6.2.3: 
(ANNEX A INCLUDES A SAMPLE OF A FILLED OUT FORM)

FIGURE 10.6.2.3  Example of an Inspection and Testing Form. 
(FORM HAS BEEN MODIFIED SLIGHTLY)

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

======================================================================
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
====================================================================== 

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 

======================================================================
FIRE ALARM CLASS SCHEDULE
======================================================================

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

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

------------------   
April 25, 2007 Missoula, MT  
------------------ 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements   
More info to follow ...

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

------------------   
May 2-3, 2007 Orlando, FL  
------------------ 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IntFA_LakeMary_May2007.pdf

------------------   
May 22-23, 2007 Denver, CO  
------------------ 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Including NFPA 72-2002 Denver Amendments
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IntFA_Denver_May2007.pdf 

------------------   
June 19-21, 2007 Cincinnati, OH  
------------------ 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements  
Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/IBC_PR_TI_Cincinnati_Jun2006.pdf 
 
======================================================================
COMMENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
======================================================================

ET News is written nearly every week and almost always sent on Sunday.

Doug Hockinson built the PHP/MySQL ET News website -> http://phpvs.com

Subscribe to Moore-Wilson Signaling report -> http://tinyurl.com/5y23n

Purchase NICET Element Review Handbooks -->  http://tinyurl.com/2qllsm

Purchase NFPA, ICC, and more on line http://etnews.org/index.php?s=461

Purchase new & used codes & standards on eBay http://tinyurl.com/36zzk

----------------------------------------------------------------------
Some information may be found in this message and etnews.org that is
reprinted with permission from one or more of the following; NFPA 70
National Electrical Code(r), NFPA 72(r) National Fire Alarm Code(r), 
NFPA 101(r) Life Safety Code(r), Copyright(c) NFPA, Quincy, MA 02269 
This reprinted material is not the complete and official position of 
the NFPA on the referenced subject, which is represented only by the 
standard in its entirety. 
======================================================================
+--------------------------------------------------------------------+
|                   Michael Baker & Associates Inc                   |
|(800) 734-3902 v|| PO Box 737, Gladstone OR 97027 ||(800) 734-3902 f|
+--------------------------------------------------------------------+
ET News(SM) Copyright(c) 2006 by Michael B. Baker. All rights reserved
1,316 subscribers
Send a link to a friend        
 

 

Home - Clients - Book Store - NICET Level I - NICET Level II - NICET Level III - NICET Level IV - Glossary - External Links - Licensing - Photographs - Employment - Disney Crud(SM) - Archives 2001 - Archives 2002 - Archives 2003 - Archives 2004 - Archives 2005 - Archives 2006 - Archives 2007 - Archives 2008 - Archives 2009 - Archives 2010 - Archives 2011 - Archives 2012 - Archives 2013 - Misc

ET NewsSM content copyright © 2017
by Michael B. Baker. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1554-074X

RSS Content
Some information may be found within this web site that is reprinted with permission from one or more of the following: NFPA 70 National Electrical Code®,NFPA 72® National Fire Alarm Code®, & NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®, Copyright© NFPA, Quincy, MA 02269.

This reprinted material is not the complete and official position of the NFPA on the referenced subject, which is represented only by the standard in its entirety.