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Fire Alarm Code

November 12-16, 2011

Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel

NFPA 72 (Fire Alarm Code Design & Installation)


Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of
Fire Alarm Systems

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Conference Issues:
l Global Threats and lessons from Past Emergencies
l Conducting Premise Risk Agreement
l Providing Means of Escape
l Fire Engineering Solution in Modern Buildings
l The Hidden Risk
l The Future Alarm Communication for Life Safety
l Crisis Planning
l Managing Emergencies in a Media Village.

2010 NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 3-day Seminar

Upon completion you should be able to:

l Navigate the new NFPA 72 format to find needed code provisions


l Review key changes in the 2010 edition of NFPA 72 including new chapters on circuits
and pathways and emergency control functions and interfaces
l Use key NFPA 72 definitions to help interpret specific code requirements
l Identify the key elements of all phases of a fire alarm systems life
l Identify the stakeholders at different stages of a fire alarm systems life
l Recognize the function of major fire alarm system components
l Locate and apply key fire detection requirements for emergency control functions such
as door control and elevator recall
l Calculate the required spacing and determine the correct placement of fire detection
l devices for both protected premises fire alarm systems and for single- and multiple
station alarms and household fire alarm systems
2010 NFPA 72 Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Alarms

Upon completion you should be able to:

l Determine how frequently visual inspections should be made to ensure that there are
no changes affecting equipment performance
l Use appropriate methods to test fire alarm system devices and components, and
determine how frequently to conduct each test
l Recognize the importance of acceptance testing, and determine when modifications
or repairs create the need for reacceptance testing
l List the key elements of a successful fire alarm system inspection, testing, and
maintenance program to achieve fire protection objectives for any facility
l Apply the requirements of Chapter 14 of the 2010 NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and
Signaling Code, with confidence
l Analyze the effectiveness and implementation of the inspection, testing, and
maintenance of a fire alarm system.

Who Will Benefit?

Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire alarm
systems, including: architects, designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors,
technicians, project managers, and fire marshals
SEMINARS
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code On-Site Seminar From
NFPA
This seminar covers the key aspects of the design, installation and basic maintenance of
protective signaling
systems. This interactive program uses lecture and group activities to mirror the NFPA
72 code format and teaches
you how the new code differs from the previous standards.

Module 1 Fire Alarm System Basics

l Explaining basic fire behavior


l Identifying the differences between fire protection and fire detection and alarm
l Listing the different parties that have an interest in the planning, design, approval,
installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and use of a signaling system
l Determining who is responsible for planning, design, approval, installation, inspection,
testing, maintenance and use of a signaling system
l Explaining the relationship between building codes, fire codes, elevator codes,
mechanical codes, NFPA codes, UL/FM standards
l Reviewing the organization and key terms used in NFPA 72
l Recognize the differences between a fire alarm system, emergency voice alarm
communication system and a mass notification system
l Identifying the components used to create a fire detection and alarm system
l Explaining the difference between a protected premise fire alarm system, a household
fire alarm system and a supervising station fire alarm system Explaining the differences
between a dedicated function fire alarm control unit and releasing service fire alarm
control unit and how they differ from other systems

Module 2 Initiating Devices

l Recognizing how the basic components of an initiating device works


l Identifying how initiating devices are used in a design, how it is installed and how it is
l inspected, tested, maintained and used
l Listing the advantages and disadvantages of each type of fire detector-including life
cycle costs
l Choosing the spacing and location of fire detectors by using fi re alarm system design
plans
l Determining the frequency of visual inspection and testing of the various components
of a fire alarm system by using the appropriate tables
l Testing the most common components of a fi re alarm system by using the appropriate
table
l Identifying the unique challenge of fi re detection in high ceiling spaces
l Smoke alarms for different residential applications
SEMINARS
Module 3 Occupant Notification

l Relating how the basic components of a notification device works


l Identifying how notification devices are used in a design, how it is installed and how it
is inspected, tested, maintained and used
l Public mode notification vs. private mode notification
l Spacing and location of notifi cation appliances
l Determining the frequency of visual inspection
l Identifying life cycle costs and how it affects decisions about types of equipment and
systems
l Determining how intelligibility is different than simple audibility
l Defining narrow band signaling and where it may be warranted
l Recognizing circumstances where occupant notification may be desired in stairs and
elevators

Module 4 Control Units

l Determining how the basic components of a control unit device works


l Identifying how control unit devices are used in a design, how it is installed and how
it is inspected, tested, maintained and used
l Identifying power supply requirements for fi re alarm systems
l Determining the differences between conventional, addressable and analog
addressable components
l Determining the frequency of visual inspection and testing of control units
l How to perform standby battery calculations
l Applying requirements for class A wiring separation

Module 5 Circuits and Wiring

l Explaining wiring how system wiring is designed, installed, inspected, tested and
maintained
l Determining how and why to perform standby battery calculations, loop resistance
calculations and voltage drop calculations
l Discussing circuits, pathways, and new class designations

Module 6 Emergency Control Functions and Interfaces

l Explaining how to interface a fire alarm system in order to perform building fire safety
functions, elevator recall, elevator shutdown, and HVAC door release
l Explaining the specific requirements and coordination derived from all applicable
codes and standards for elevator recall and power shutdown
l Discussing the intent behind changes in requirements for smoke detectors in close
proximity to a specific object or space
SEMINARS
Module 7 Off-Premises Signaling

l Explaining the basics of off premise signaling systems


l Identifying the different types of supervising station fi re alarm systems and how they
are commonly used
l Demonstrating how to determine the frequency of visual inspection and testing of the
various components of a fire alarm system by using the appropriate tables
l Testing off premise signaling

Planning and Design of Fire Detection and Alarm


Module 8
Systems

l Defining how an evacuation zone can be comprised of several notification zones and
that a notification zone may require several notifi cation appliance circuits
l Identifying various types of qualifications for persons who plan various types of
equipment or systems

Module 9 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Plan Review

l Identifying various types of qualifications for persons reviewing plans of fire detection
and alarm systems
l Recognizing the primary reasons submittals are rejected

Module 10 Accepting and Commissioning Fire Detection and


Alarm Systems
l Discussing the documentation requirements for new and existing systems
l Determining who is involved in the acceptance test and commissioning
l Identifying the necessary certifi cates for sprinkler system approval
l Testing the most common components of a fire alarm system

Module 11 Using and Living with Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

l Discussing various types of qualifications for persons who plan, design , install,
inspect, test or maintain various types of equipment or systems
l Establishing an inspection, testing, and maintenance program
SEMINARS
Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems

This seminar, based on the 2010 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code,
helps assure long-term operational reliability and dependability of fi re alarm systems
by emphasizing a rigorous inspection, testing and maintenance program. Participants in
this class use interactive learning sessions to help dissect the National Fire Alarm and
Signaling Codes requirements relating to inspection, testing and maintenance practices.

Module 1 Introduction and General Requirements

l NFPA 72 organization and the application of Chapter 14


l Discuss responsibilities, qualifi cations, who should be notified
l Determine what documentation is required
l Establishing an ITM program. Planning, goals, and management

Module 2 Inspection Requirements

l Key definitions for inspection, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems
l Determining visual inspection requirements of fire alarm systems
l Defining frequency of visual inspections for fire alarm systems

Module 3 Testing and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems

l Defining fire alarm system testing and methods, including reacceptance testing
l Testing requirements for Control Equipment
l Testing requirements for engine driven generators
l Testing requirements for secondary power supply
l Testing requirements for uninterruptible power supplies
l Testing requirements for batteries (Primary, Lead-acid, Ni-Cad, Sealed Lead-Acid)
l Identifying the requirements for public fire reporting systems
l Defining control unit signals
l Testing requirement for trouble signals
l Testing requirements for control unit signals
l Testing requirements for remote annunciators
l Testing requirements for metallic and non metallic conductors
Testing requirements for fire alarm circuits
Testing requirements for fire alarm initiating devices
SEMINARS
l Testing requirements for fire alarm notification appliances
l Testing requirements for special hazard equipment
l Testing requirements for supervising station fire alarm systems
l Testing requirements for fire emergency communications equipment
l Testing requirements for fire alarm interface equipment
l Determining special procedures
l Testing requirements for wireless or low power radio fire alarm systems
l Determining testing frequency for various fire alarm systems
l Determining maintenance frequency of fire alarm systems
l Explaining the importance of correct record keeping for fire alarm systems

Module 4 Virtual Inspection

l A walk through of what to look for during an inspection


SEMINAR SPEAKER
SPEAKER

Merton Bunker is the president of Merton


Bunker & Associates in Stafford, VA. Merton
is a registered professional engineer, is a
certified fire and explosion investigator,
and a certified master electrical inspector.
Merton has over 25 years of engineering
experience, including seven years at
the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA), where he served as the staff
liaison for NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm
and Signaling Code and NFPA 70, National
Electrical Code.
Mr. Merton Bunker

Merton is the Chair of the Technical Committee on Protected Premises


Signaling Systems, a principal member of the National Electrical Code
Technical Correlating Committee (NEC), the Technical Committee on Air
Conditioning Systems, and a former principal of the Technical Committee
on Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems. Merton is
also a member of the Stafford (VA) County Fire and Rescue Department,
and continues to teach fire protection related classes for IMSA, NSCA,
NFPA, NJATC and several fire departments.

Merton has authored dozens of technical publications, including the


National Fire Alarm Code Handbook, NFPA Pocket Guide to Fire Alarm
Systems, Scientific American, and other trade publications.