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May 27, 2007

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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Issue No. 290    ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   5-27-2007 
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Contents
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- News
- ET News Journal
- Job Opportunities
- Seminar Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements 

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NEWS
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State fire marshal says smoke detector report shows "emergency"
WTHR - Indianapolis,IN,USA
That investigation shows ionization smoke detectors, the most common
type of smoke detector sold in the United States, may not activate ...
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=6565905&nav=menu188_2

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I'll see you in Happyrock this week. 

Have fun! 

Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 

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THE MOORE-WILSON SIGNALING REPORT
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QUESTION #1316
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What type of system should a Church have and when is it required?

ANSWER
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Assuming the fire protection goal is to provide early detection of a
fire to ensure an earlier response by the fire department, a number of
variables need to be considered such as the size of the church, its
construction type, its location relative to the fire department
(impacts the response time), water availability for the fire
department to suppress the fire, and whether or not the building is
protected by an automatic sprinkler system. NFPA 909-2005, Code for
the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties - Museums, Libraries,
and Places of Worship, states that "Fire suppression and detection
systems shall be incorporated in all existing construction in
accordance with the institution's fire protection program and plan".

As stated in the Annex to NFPA 909, Fire losses in places of worship
are not a modern phenomenon, nor is the relatively high proportion of
these that are purposely set. Looking back to the Crusades during the
Middle Ages, we find numerous stories of churches and cathedrals being
set on fire by opposing armies. Destruction of the enemy's centers of
community and symbols of their religious faith and culture was found
to be a strong factor in weakening their morale and winning the battle.
Today our places of worship remain a target for destructive individuals
who wish to attack a particular social, political, or moral position
that the structure represents to them. From 1987 to 1998, according to
a recent NFPA study of fires in the United States, an average of 1580
churches, chapels, and synagogues were seriously damaged or destroyed
by fire every year, an average of four properties per day. The annual
average for direct property damage was $44.2 million.

The Annex goes on to explain, "One of the primary reasons fires in
places of worship generally result in great amounts of damage or a
total loss of the facility is due to a delay in discovering and
reporting the fire. The ability to detect and begin extinguishment
during the first moments following ignition of a fire is generally
critical, because it frequently takes only very few minutes for a
small fire to grow large enough that even a very responsive fire
department cannot extinguish it before major damage has been wrought".

And "more than three-fourths of fires in places of worship occur while
the building is unoccupied; almost all of them occur in structures
lacking automatic sprinkler protection or automatic fire detection and
alarm systems. Nearly half of them happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.,
when few people pass by the area. These statistics, coupled with
simple logic, highlight the urgency and prudence of providing places
of worship with effective fire detection and protection equipment that
automatically notifies the fire department and begins fire
extinguishment".

Because of the financial issues a place of worship faces, installing
fire protection is not high on the list of priorities. But it should
be apparent from the information in NFPA 909 that installing fire
protection in a place of worship should be a high priority. This means
that rather than hope the building code will require a fire alarm
system or automatic sprinkler system, you will actually have to "make
the case" (otherwise known as selling) to have the place of worship
protect its mission. 

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Wayne Moore and Dean Wilson are senior engineers at Hughes Associates,
Inc., a leading international provider of engineering and research 
services to the fire protection field, including fire hazard and risk
assessment services, fire protection systems design and testing, code
consulting, loss control, and forensic engineering services. Its
clientele includes architects, building owners and manufacturing
companies in the private sector, as well as the Department of Defense
and other governmental bodies. For more information on Hughes
Associates and its services, call (410) 737-8677.
Web site address: http://www.haifire.com. 

Subscribe to The Moore-Wilson Signaling Report:
http://tinyurl.com/5y23n. 

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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JOB OPPORTUNITY and SEEKING EMPLOYMENT announcements are provided as a
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seekers and employers.  ET News is not a placement agency and does not
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contact me to find out how your group can sponsor a seminar.
mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org

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June 3-7, 2007 Boston, MA  
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NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition 
http://www.nfpa.org/categoryListWSCE.asp?categoryID=1059 

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June 12-14, 2007 Minneapolis, MN  
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_PR_IBC_Minneapolis_Jun2007.pdf  

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June 19-21, 2007 Cincinnati, OH  
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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 

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June 25-26, 2007 Huntsville, AL  
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Custom Course 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 

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July 10-12, 2007 Los Angeles, CA  
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_LosAngeles_July2007.pdf 

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July 18-19, 2007 Phoenix, AZ  
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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July 24-25, 2007 San Leandro, CA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements  
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IBC_SanLeandro_July2007.pdf 

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July 31 and August 1-2, 2007 Detroit, MI 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
More info to follow ...				

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