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DECEMBER 2016

“Reality:  What a concept!”
-- Robin McLaurin Williams

 

WE INVESTIGATE OUTDOOR MOUNTED FIRE ALARM ANNUNCIATORS

Surrey, British Columbia - The Fire Technicians Network issued a report to ULC on outdoor mounted (weather-proof rated) fire alarm annunciators today (December 2, 2016), that is certain to strike a chord with many jurisdictional authorities across Canada.  The report was published in response to an issue raised by a number of fire protection service professionals and AHJ’s concerning the Mircom Group of Companies weatherproof annunciator enclosures, the BB-1001WP(R) and BB-1002WP(R), widely distributed in Canada.  Unfortunately our investigation uncovered a much larger issue surrounding annunciators installed in this type of application.  These are issues that the fire equipment service industry (and the professional technicians that are its cornerstones) must remain vigilant about.  We will be publishing the link to the report shortly.  Some helpful identification criteria is also going to be provided.  Watch for it!

 

ASTTBC’s WEBINAR / INFORMATION SESSION!

Surrey, British Columbia - High Noon.  December 1st, 2016.  The streets around the ASTTBC Saloon were strangely quiet.  A few stray Volkswagens slowly threaded their way past the building (it’s a playground zone after all!).  Inside, key staff members warmed their hands around the conference table while Bartender John Leech poured each one a solid helping of the local Holiday Chair.

Ninety-eight online participants girded themselves to answer some hard questions that were going to help determine ASTTBC’s future direction, and to listen as staff provided the justification for the high cost of your annual dues. 

No increase for 2017 is sure to be welcome news.  Merry Christmas, everyone! 

Forty-five new dues paying trainee members (in Fire Protection) are also going to be boosting the roster in the New Year. 

RFPTs (and all the other 10,500 strong ASTTBC members) need to start logging CEU credits.  Or else.

Waste water is targeted to receive special attention in the form of proactive Practice Reviews.  This is so much more important than life safety because what we flush has to be very carefully examined for content.  After all, aren’t we all desperate to know about what we eat (or drink)?

Jeff Martin is the new Chair of the Fire Protection Certification Board.

 

SHOPPING FOR THAT PERFECT GIFT FOR THE TECHNICIAN / INSTALLER IN YOUR LIFE?  HINT:  “HANDBOOK SALE!”

Surrey, British Columbia - If you haven’t already noticed, our Library now features four (4) important handbook guides.  They’ve been three (3) years in the making and the month of December features a real Christmas deal (steal?) - 50% off the publisher’s price.  Delivery starts January 15, 2017.  The handbooks feature informative guidelines, illustrations, photographs, explanations, comprehensive interpretations of the relevant Codes and Standards, and other important information geared for YOUR local jurisdiction’s requirements.  They all feature a one year (renewable) subscription service that will keep you updated on the latest developments, tips, and procedural changes.  The sale ends December 31st, 2016.

 

CERTIFICATE FORMS / CONTRACT FORMS

Surrey, British Columbia - We would never suggest that anyone contemplating starting a fire service or alarm company shouldn’t avail themselves of good legal advice.  When it comes to certificate or contract wording, you now have some inexpensive (and customizable) options.  We think you’ll stand to benefit from years of real-world experience in the fire prevention and alarm professions.  The legal beagles call it “boilerplate wording”.  We call it “un-commonly good sense”.  Contact us for more information!

 

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