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April 13, 2008

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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 Issue No. 336  ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   4-13-2008  
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- News 
- Journal 
- Employment 
- Seminar Schedule 
- Comments & Acknowledgements 
 
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NEWS
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Gamewell-brand fire alarm panels recalled
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 
April 9 - Fire Alarm Control Panel Recalled By Gamewell FCI Due to 
Alert Failure... 
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the 
firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 
http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml08/08556.html 
 
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Bill to require detectors moves forward
9NEWS.com - Denver,CO,USA
Further, they asserted that local building code inspectors have not 
required CO detectors, like they have smoke detectors, because their 
technology is ... 
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=89572 
 
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How not to check fuel level 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf0nAUnRmac 
 
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This week I'll see you in San Antonio at the AFAA annual meeting. 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/2008AnnualMeetingFlyer.pdf  
 
Have fun! 
 
Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
 
"If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem." 
- unknown 
 
26,660 DL 
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Q AND A:
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Mike, 
 
... under 5.5.2.4, Nonrequired Coverage (2002 Code), it states that 
whatever coverage is elected must be installed to "conform to the 
requirements of this Code."   Then it gives the exception, "Spacing 
requirements of Chapter 5."  
 
We would like your opinion on what this exception really means.  The 
language almost makes it look like you could install a single smoke 
detector in a 100' X 100' room and call that room protected.   Capt. 
Schowalter and I both believe that would be nothing less than 
deceiving the building owner.  He does not permit this interpretation,
and we would never even consider quoting fire protection (other than 
specific hazard) that did not meet standard spacing requirements.  
However, there are fire alarm contractors in this market who claim 
this exception gives them the right to do whatever they want in terms 
of spacing in a nonrequired system.  
 
Your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.  
 
THANKS, 
 
Marsh Martin 
SecureNet Alarm Systems, Inc.
Wichita, KS 
 
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Hello Marsh,
 
... that particular article has been a point of contention for a long 
time.  I agree with Captain Schowalter.  The exception to ignore 
spacing rules does not give contractors carte blanche.  The annex 
article A.5.5.2.4 says that the purpose behind the exception is to 
allow the owner to "... apply detection to meet certain performance 
goals ...".  If the performance goal is to give occupants early 
warning then the spacing rules *do* apply.  
 
Chapter 6 bears this out:
 
NFPA 72-2002 6.2.3 Nonrequired (Voluntary) Systems.
6.2.3.1 Nonrequired protected premises systems shall meet the 
requirements of this Code.
6.2.3.2 Nonrequired systems shall meet performance standards approved 
by the authority having jurisdiction.
 
Best regards,
 
Mike
 
This response should not be considered a formal interpretation but 
rather the author's opinion. 
 
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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JOB OPPORTUNITY
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INSTRUCTORS WANTED

National training company is looking for NICET certified instructors. 
We are looking for people with NICET certification, preferred Level 4,
in the following Fire Sciences areas.  Fire Alarm, Special Hazards, 
Sprinkler Design, with some adult education teaching background.  Each
selected individual will be responsible for teaching students the 
different elements covered in the NICET exams.  Openings to commence 
on 1 July 2008. You will have a specific set of states which you will 
be responsible for.  Send resume with contact info to:  grant@lerc.org 
 
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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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April 21-22, 2008 Santa Ana, CA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 

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April 23-24, 2008 Fremont, CA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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April 28-29, 2008 Dallas, TX 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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April 30 and May 1, 2008 Denver, CO 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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May 6, 2008 Great Falls, MT 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Contact Bruce Hadella for more information: 
mailto:bhadella@montana.edu 
(800) 294-5272 
(406) 761-7885 
 
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May 12-13, 2008 Chicago, IL 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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May 12-14, 2008 Los Angeles, CA 
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Fire Alarm Plan Review 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_PR_IBC_LosAngeles_May2008.pdf 
 
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May 14-15, 2008 St. Louis, MO  
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)   
 
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May 15, 2008 East Hanover, NJ  
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Fire Alarm Plan Review 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_AFAANJ_May2008.pdf 
 
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May 20, 2008 Tucson, AZ  
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems  
More info to follow ...   
 
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May 21, 2008 Phoenix, AZ  
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems  
More info to follow ... 
 
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May 27-29, 2008 Cincinnati, OH  
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Intermediate Fire Alarm (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_Cincinnati_May2008.pdf 
 
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May 27-29, 2008 Cincinnati, OH  
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Basic Fire Alarm 
Intermediate Fire Alarm (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_Cincinnati_May2008.pdf 
 
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June 9-10, 2008 Cleveland, OH 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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June 11-12, 2008 Washington DC 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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June 17-19, 2008 Hanford, WA 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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June 23-24, 2008 Orlando, FL 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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June 25-26, 2008 Atlanta, GA 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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