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Alarm Systems, Forgotten Fundamentals

A fire alarm system can be a very basic system with a minimal number of detection, initiating, and notification devices or can be extremely complex with hundreds of devices with unique purposes.  Regardless of the size and complexity, all fire alarm systems have the same general function and common components.  However, many times inspectors may find themselves unsure of the operation or unique characteristics of larger systems.  This class will provide an overview on some of the basic fundamentals of a fire alarm system and discuss specific issues from NFPA 72 such as: 

  • COMPLIANCE LISTING 
  • EQUIPMENT 
  • FIRE CODE TESTING STANDARDS 
  • DESIGNER 
  • REMOTE SUPERVISING STATIONS SYSTEMS 
  • BUILDING FIRE ALARM SYSTEM.  
  • DEDICATED FUNCTION FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS              
  • FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 
  • MONITORING 
  • DOCUMENTATION 
  • PATHWAYS             
  • FIRESTOPPING 
  • WORKING IN NON-CERTIFIED JURISDICTIONS          
  • TAKEOVERS            
  • SUB-CONTRACTING ELEMENTS OF CSS 
  • FACU MOUNTING HEIGHT 
  • ELEVATORS 
  • CODES AND STANDARDS 
  • COMPATIBILITY 


-Instructor Tom Presnak

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