To the men and women who have and continue to serve the citizens of our country, as well as those who continue to battle oppressive and brutal regimes around the world, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. I pray you’ll return home safe, healthy, and soon!
VANCOUVER FIRE PREVENTION LTD. INVOLVED IN SOME VERY SHADY BUSINESS!
Vancouver, British Columbia – I don’t know how else I can describe a situation I came across in a downtown Vancouver high-rise office tower where I was called in to commission the interconnection of the new elevator’s Dedicated Detection and Recall Controller with the building’s Edwards 6500 fire alarm system. There were a number of deficiencies we noticed and the inspection tag (stamped by an ASTTBC Registered Fire Protection Technician) was checked “Additional Work Required”. This particular column of the tag (when checked or punched) always raises alarm bells with me (no pun intended). We’re going to feature Vancouver Fire Prevention’s first Burning Brick Award HERE soon! Watch for it!
“BASE BUILDING” – ANOTHER TERM FOR BUILDING OWNERS TO BOHICA*
I’m constantly amazed at the lengths to which contractors will go to cut corners. I recently attended upon a small strip mall in which three food establishments had recently opened. The building was constructed last year and features a Mircom FX-2000 fully addressable fire alarm system. I was called in to Verify the addition of a manual station at the new rear kitchen exit as well as the interconnection of the kitchen’s suppression system. What I found astounded me. Here we have a building with four (4) separate floor areas and not a single data loop isolator in sight (in fact the data loop was “T” tapped right in the common control (see the photograph below).
The “upshot” of all this is that the “base building” fire alarm installation (which formed a crucial part of my Appendix “C” Verification for the additions) failed. Interestingly enough, the technician from Mircom (who programmed the two new devices) informed me that he wouldn’t have mentioned the lack of isolators on the Verification Report he would have filed on the same installation. Are there really two versions of CAN/ULC-S537-04 in use out there? Apparently so.
Another interesting aside to this story is that it also now appears that Mircom is moving towards restricting physical training on the FX-2000 to their in-house technicians only. Industry sources have indicated that all programming keys previously issued to dealers across Canada have been recalled.
PRINCE GEORGE ADOPTS BYLAW REQUIRING ASTTBC TECHNICIAN REGISTRATION!
Prince George, British Columbia - The latest jurisdiction to adopt a formal Bylaw requiring technicians that perform annual testing of building life safety equipment to be ASTTBC Registered is Prince George, B.C. We extend our congratulations to the Mayor, City Council and Prince George Fire Rescue Services for taking this positive step forward in helping to improve the safety of your citizens.
BRIAN STEGAVIG RESIGNS AS MANAGER OF ASTTBC’S FIRE PROTECTION PROGRAM!
Surrey, British Columbia - Brian Stegavig has formally resigned as the Manager of the Fire Protection Program at ASTTBC. Charles Joyner has temporarily assumed his responsibilities while the search for his replacement goes on. Brian will be sorely missed. His leadership, integrity, and passion for our industry have set the bar higher for all of us.
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