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This website is dedicated to the memory of Jovel and Philip Galarosa, aged 15 and 14 when they perished in a fire at the Clipper Cove Apartments in Richmond British Columbia on December 21, 2001.

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This is the Fire Protection Technicians Network; the place to find a wealth of information to make YOUR job simpler, more effective and ultimately, more rewarding. If you're a fire alarm technician or fire protection technician, this is the place to hang out! Share your experiences and expertise with others in our life safety and fire alarm forums, download fire alarm verification report, fire alarm inspection report, and building life safety inspection report forms, and explore our library of links, informative tips and suggested testing procedures.  Members can download manuals from our extensive library, and will very soon be able to purchase the  testing/installation Standards you need.

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Acknowledgements
This web site would not exist but for the inspiration and encouragement of a few dedicated individuals, some of whom I will name here for the record (in no particular order):
Ark Tsisserev, Larry Barker, Andy Sangha, Brian Stegavig, Dave Merrill, Dave Owens
Nick LeForte, Dave Clou,
Perry Talkkari, Jacquie Cliffe, Allan Colombo, Bob Furlong,
Nick Markowitz, Deborah Cahill, Ted Simmons, Rich Morris, Farmand Ghafari

In Memoriam
G. Richard (Rich) Morris
Celebrating a truly
remarkable life!

CFAA’s Tribute
SCC’s Tribute
ULC’s Tribute

FAQ
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Updated September 1, 2014!

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INSTALLATION OF DATA, POWER, AND SIGNAL ISOLATORS!

You may be interested in reviewing our Special Report which details how to install, service and test the various types of isolators you’ll encounter on addressable type fire alarm systems.  Links to downloadable wiring diagrams are also provided.

THE PROPERTY MANAGER’S GUIDE TO BUILDING FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT TESTING!

Our latest Special Report is for Building Owners as well!

BUILDING LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS TESTING TIME CALCULATOR!

We launch our own Building PMA Inspection Time Calculator (Beta Version).  Click on the link in our Library (Brian Stegavig at ASTTBC and the nice folks at CFAA inspired us)!  Let us know what you think!  Feedback will be rewarded!

 

BUILDING & FIRE CODE CHANGES
AMENDED VERIFICATION APPENDIX “C” REPORT AND BUILDING ANNUAL TEST REPORT FORMS  AVAILABLE!

The recent introduction of the 2010 version of the National Building Code mandates fire alarm systems must be installed to CAN/ULC-S524-06.  There is an amendment to this Standard issued by ULC in February 2011 (which all agencies performing verifications should be aware of).  The Verification Standard referenced by NBC (now adopted by most Provincial and Territorial jurisdictions as a “2012” Code) is CAN/ULC-S537-04 which does not address some key changes related to the installation of insuite isolators, data loop isolators, etc. that appear in the 06

version of the Installation Standard and the Addendum!  Please ensure you review these important changes and additions and that the Verification Appendix “C” form you’re using is amended appropriately to document that testing!

The release of the new National Fire Code (2010) now mandates annual testing of fire alarm systems to CAN/ULC-S536-04.  Again, some key components of fire alarm systems (installed to the 06 version of the Installation Standard) are not mentioned in the mandated version of the Inspection Standard.

Both the Verification Apppendix “C” and Inspection Appendix “E” report forms provided in the FORMS section of our Library have been amended to reflect these changes.  The Inspection report form, in fact, follows CAN/ULC-S536-13’s new Appendix “C” in the fire alarm section and now includes provisions to help fire equipment service agencies more closely monitor the accuracy of their sales staff in helping to determine technician hours required to complete the testing.  Please ensure you read our Terms of Use and consult with your local jurisdictional authority before you make use of them!  The originally formatted test report (which includes CAN/ULC-S536-04 Appendix “E”) we’ve been featuring for a number of years  is still available for comparison.

JOB POSTINGS!

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IMPORTANT!  SOME CHANGES TO THE CITY OF VANCOUVER WEB SITE MAY IMPACT THE LINKS FOUND ON THIS SITE:

The City of Vancouver’s website has recently undergone a major upgrade.  Many links to Bulletins from our website will, as a result, now generate a custom error page.  If you happen to come across this, simply type former. (the dot is important) ahead of vancouver in your browser’s address bar, and it should open the proper document.  We’ll endeavour to update all of our links once the City’s Web-Minions get finished playing around with all of theirs!

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TOP TEN MOST-READ PAGES, NEWS ARTICLES & EDITORIALS
 (in order of popularity):

FAQ's Page
Search Terms: CFAA, Extinguisher Hydro-Test, Fire Alarm Verification, Testing Isolator Modules
Use of Signalink’s Firelink II in Canada - A Special Report
Search Terms: Mircom, Signalink, Firelink 2, McConchie Law, David Sylvester
TECH-NEWS AND VIEWS! May 2012
Search Terms: AFSA, Rich Morris, CFAA
Glossary of Industry Terms
Search Terms: Active Communication, AHJ, DVACS, Battery De-rating Factor
TECH-NEWS! December2010/January 2011
Search Terms: Acme Fire and Safety, Active Fire and Safety, City of Vancouver
EDITORIAL - June 2013
Search Terms: CFAA, Annual Inspection, CAN/ULC-S536, Inspection Estimator Tool
TECH-NEWS - EXTRA! - January 2011
Search Terms: Fire Alarm Verification, Active Fire and Safety, Mark Roozbahani , Arkady Tsisserev, Gregor Robertson
TECH-NEWS! April 2012
Levitt Safety, CFAA, Fire Blockade, Lower Mainland Fire & Safety, Fire Alarm Inspection
EDITORIAL! June 2010
Search Terms: Fire and Safety Equipment Inspection, ASTTBC, Active Fire
TECH-NEWS! October 2010
Search Terms: Active Fire, Potter Electric Signal, Active Fire and Safety, Frank Kurz

 

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141510

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