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Building Life Safety Equipment & Systems Installation, Inspection, Testing & Maintenance
The Premier On-line Resource for Fire Protection Equipment and Fire Alarm Service Technicians

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.

“Our children are our only hope for the future and we are their only hope for their present and their future.”
-- Zig Ziglar

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of humanity.”
-- Rabindorath Tagor

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
-- Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

“The difference between who you are, and what you want to be, is what you do!”
-- William Nathaniel Phillips


The Fire Technicians Network is a professional association, founded in 2007, with the mandate of providing education, training, and support to technicians engaged in the installation, maintenance, service, inspection, and testing of building life safety equipment and systems.  The jurisdictional authorities tasked with enforcing the various Codes and Standards governing our industry are fully supported partners within this mandate.

We are the premier building life safety technical resource in Canada, where you’ll find a wealth of information to make YOUR job simpler, more effective, and ultimately, more rewarding.  We not only want you to succeed, we want to ensure that success is going to take your career to the next level in protecting the people that matter the most.

March 2017 marks the launch of a new Canadian based initiative for the professional training and Certification for technicians servicing and testing building life safety equipment.  The Fire Technicians Network Certification Programme represents the Gold Standard of professional practice and a new benchmark for our industry that will ensure the vital services our members provide are delivered without compromise to the various communities in which they work, and that elect to support this initiative.  Our watchwords vigilance, knowledge, and integrity represent the core values of every FTN Certified member and are embedded in the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct they are enjoined to support.

Our knowledge base of FAQメs now feature answers to more than 1100 questions (and are being continuously updated and appended).  Join our fire alarm forums where you can share your experiences and expertise with others.  Download inspection forms and explore our library of links, informative tips  and suggested testing procedures.  Subscribe to our live RSS feed and stay up-to-date with manufacturer’s bulletins, recall alerts, and technical notes.  You can also open a whole tool-box of valuable links to exclusive installation guides, NFPA Standards, and agency listings.  Our training and events pages offer you opportunities to expand on your knowledge, meet like-minded people, and accelerate your career.  Association members can also download manuals, installation and service instructions that may not be otherwise available from our extensive library.

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You may be interested in joining the discussions (or starting one of your own) on our new LinkedIn Forum.  It’s free (just like the phone number you’ll see at the top of every page) and you just might enjoy sharing with and learning from a bunch of great people!  Follow us and receive regular updates on what’s happening in your community!




(From LinkedIN) - “Bo Cooper is a 26 year old second generation firefighter with the Fort MacMurray Fire Department.  He's fighting leukemia for the 3rd time.  His father is a captain with FMFD as well. He is in Maryland trying a new innovative treatment that isn't recognized by Health Canada.  As such, it's a very expensive treatment.  Firefighters spend their career saving complete strangers in need.  If you're a brother or sister, please consider helping a comrade.  If you're a civilian, please consider helping to save a firefighters life.

If you’re a fire protection service technician (or involved in the industry as a manufacturer or distributor), please help Bo out.

Bo’s GOFUNDME page is at



September marks the start of two new training courses for Building Officials and Inspectors (new construction) and Fire Prevention Officers (FPO’s) across the country.  We’ll be touching base in a number of Canadian communities over the coming year.  Our new Canadian Fire Alarm Verification and Communicator Installation/Service/Inspection Courses are being offered at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus!  For more information, or to REGISTER, please visit our TRAINING page!

We want to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the participation and generous support of all the great people at Potter Electric Signal Co., LLC and Eaton Corporation, plc!

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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, Mark Smitton,
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