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May 25, 2008

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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 Issue No. 342  ISSN 1554-074X      http://www.etnews.org   5-25-2008  
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Contents 
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- News 
- Journal 
- Employment 
- Seminar Schedule 
- Comments & Acknowledgements 
 
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NEWS
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Nanotech obsoletes radioactive sensors
EETimes.com - USA
About a fifth of a gram of americium is used to ionize the air inside 
a smoke detector. But just one gram of americium is dangerous for 
people to handle; ... 
http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=
207801292 
 
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SFPE Supports Federal Legislation Aimed at Enhancing Building Safety
TFM - Tinton Falls,NJ,USA
As a way to enhance public safety in buildings and reduce these losses 
from fire, a bill – the Community Building Code Administration Grant 
Act of 2007 ... 
http://todaysfacilitymanager.com/facilityblog08/2008/05/sfpe-supports-
federal-legislation-aimed.html 
 
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NFPA 2008 Revision Cycle: Changes Proposed to 15 Codes, Standards
Occupational Health Safety - Dallas,TX,USA
NFPA revises safety guidelines in response to user feedback, advances 
in technology, research, fires, and lessons learned from incidents ... 
http://www.ohsonline.com/articles/63239/ 
 
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This week I'll see you in Cincinnati. 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/BasFA_IntFA_Cincinnati_May2008.pdf 
 
Have fun! 
 
Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
 
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DOOR RELEASE CHOICES
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When a required fire/smoke door is held open for convenience, it may 
be closed automatically using one of two methods.  The two methods are 
described in NFPA 72-2002 Article 5.14 SMOKE DETECTORS FOR CONTROL OF 
SMOKE SPREAD.  The building code is where we find the requirement to 
provide fire/smoke doors, which is where we look for permission to 
keep these doors open: 

Where required, smoke and fire barriers shall comply with IBC-2006 
Chapter 7.  Doors installed within smoke and fire barriers shall 
comply with Section 715 OPENING PROTECTIVES.  

IBC-2006 715.4.7.3 Smoke-activated doors.
Automatic-closing doors installed in the following locations shall be 
automatic closing by the actuation of smoke detectors installed in 
accordance with Section 907.10 or by loss of power to the smoke 
detector or hold-open device. Doors that are automatic closing by 
smoke detection shall not have more than a 10-second delay before the 
door starts to close after the smoke detector is actuated:

IBC-2006 907.10 Fire safety functions.
Automatic fire detectors utilized for the purpose of performing fire 
safety functions shall be connected to the building’s fire alarm 
control panel where a fire alarm system is required by Section 907.2. 
Detectors shall, upon actuation, perform the intended function and 
activate the alarm notification appliances or a visible and audible 
supervisory signal at a constantly attended location. In buildings not 
required to be equipped with a fire alarm system, the automatic fire 
detector shall be powered by normal electrical service and, upon 
actuation, perform the intended function. The detectors shall be 
located in accordance with NFPA 72.

NFPA 72-2002 5.14.6 Smoke Detectors for Door Release Service.
5.14.6.1 Smoke detectors that are part of an open area protection 
system covering the room, corridor, or enclosed space on each side of 
the smoke door and that are located and spaced as required by 5.7.3 
shall be permitted to accomplish smoke door release service.

5.14.6.2 Smoke detectors that are used exclusively for smoke door 
release service shall be located and spaced as required by 5.14.6.

The choices are clear:

1) A complete smoke detection system located on both sides of the door 
that complies with Article 5.7.3 may be used to close the door upon 
detection of smoke.  This would allow me to install smoke detection as 
much as 21' away from the door to be closed (see 5.7.3.2.3 items (A) 
and (E)). 

2) Smoke detectors listed for smoke door release located on one or 
both sides of the door within 5' of the door (see 5.14.6.6.1 item (2))
 and not closer than the headroom (see 5.14.6.6.1 item (3).

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 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. 
 
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contact me to find out how your group can sponsor seminars. 
mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org 
 
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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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July 8-10, 2008 Los Angeles, CA 
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_IntFA_LosAngeles_Jul2008.pdf 
 
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July 14-15, 2008 Newark, NJ 
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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July 16-17, 2008 Boston, MA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
Sponsored seminar (closed) 
 
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July 22-24, 2008 San Leandro, CA 
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_AdvFA_SanLeandro_Jul2008.pdf 
 
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July 29-31, 2008 Detroit, MI 
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Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_AdvFA_SanLeandro_Jul2008.pdf 
 
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August 5-7, 2008 Denver, CO 
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More info to follow ... 
 
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August 19-21, 2008 San Francisco, CA  
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_IntFA_SanFrancisco_Aug2008.pdf 

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August 26-28, 2008 San Jose, CA 
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Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/101_AdvFA_SanJose_Aug2008.pdf 
  
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