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MAY-JUNE 2017

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-- Gwendolyn Brooks
 

 

BADGER/KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER SCHOOL IN VICTORIA, B.C.! UPDATE!

Victoria, B.C. - ATTENTION VANCOUVER ISLAND AND B. C. LOWER MAINLAND TECHNICIANS!  Mark June 13th on your calendars and attend the Badger/Kidde Fire Extinguisher School Course at Victoria’s beautiful Glen Meadows Golf Course.  The full day training course has been officially recognized as an educational equivalence required to achieve Certification as an LSST-E in Canada (a Field Experience component is still required).

UPDATE! - The Victoria Training Course has been postponed.  Kidde plans on offering it in again in late Fall.  We’ll be providing further Updates in the coming weeks.  Watch this spot!

 

SUBSTANDARD TESTING SPARKS MAJOR INVESTIGATION!

What started out as a fairly simple Verification on a tenant improvement in a Lower Mainland speciality store, which involved the installation of an addressable photo-electric smoke detector and three speakers, has prompted a major investigation into the practices of three prominent local service providers (two of whom are named on a ULC Shared Station Certificate for fire signalling services).  ...Read more about it in our Tech-News & Views May EXTRA!

 

FIRE ALARM INSPECTION COURSE IN PRINCE GEORGE, KELOWNA & CRANBROOK!

Prince George, British Columbia - We’re taking the practical component of our exclusive online Fire Alarm Inspection Course on the road in August.  We’re anticipating that we’ll be in Kelowna, Prince George and Cranbrook.  The courses will be taught over a three day weekend (that’s a consecutive Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  For more information on the courses (and to reserve your spot), please visit our Training Centre and watch for announcements about venues, dates and times.

 

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ASTTBC CIRCULATES MEMBER CANCELLATION BULLETIN!

Surrey, British Columbia - ASTTBC is circulating a Bulletin informing AHJ’s across British Columbia of the temporary suspension of one of their RFPT members.  Under details in the Bulletin it simply says:

    “Please be informed that the following ASTTBC - Certified Registered Fire Protection Technician has been temporarily suspended with immediate effect.”

It’s rather ominous-sounding and offers nothing in the way of an explanation.  Did they not remit their annual dues?

 

ONLINE TRAINING COURSES EXPANDED!

Surrey, British Columbia - Technicians seeking to score some Continuing Education Credits and qualify to renew their CFAA Certification now have some clear and topical online training modules to choose from, not to mention, we’re adding more regularly.  Modules are priced between $10.00 and $15.00 which should encourage maximum participation.  We look forward to seeing you all online!

Al Bastien, a well known CFAA Certified Instructor has also launched a series of online training modules through his company, iConsult Life Safety Solutions, which have now been approved by the CFAA as Category One Courses.  CFAA Technicians need at least eight (8) continuing education credits every year, comprising a minimum of two (2) Category One credits while the remaining six (6) can be obtained from a combination of other sources.

 

A “FANTASTIC TURNOUT” FOR ASTTBC’s SoP SYMPOSIUM!

Surrey, British Columbia - By all accounts (and according to the News Bulletin released last week), the May 17th Symposium held at the Guildford Sheraton was a stunning success.  Amoungst the fifty attendees, twelve of the 909 formally Registered Fire Protection Technician members (as of June 1st, 2017) participated in the day long review of the new draft Standard of Practice, and voted on the new tag format.  Also present were eleven representatives from the AHJ community, seventeen fire protection service company owners, and several representatives from the other stakeholder groups category.
 

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The new SoP will be undergoing some revision in the coming weeks, then it’s going to be subjected to intensive legal scrutiny, and finally, submitted for formal approval to the Certification and the Practice Review Boards (the latter of which is going to be responsible for enforcing it).  One of the ideas put forward in the Symposium was for ASTTBC to post a list of the local Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Officers, along with their contact information, to make it easier for RFPTs to report deficient fire protection equipment.  This an excellent idea which we fully support!  Before such a list gets posted however, let’s make sure we provide some guidelines with respect to contacting these individuals that also considers the Building Owners and the service companies.

 

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AHJ Training Courses are being offered by two (2) Canadian national associations:

  • The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) - Please visit their website (link below) for information on one being held in your area.
  • The Fire Technicians Network (FTN) - Feel free to visit our Training Centre for available dates and cities!  To make arrangements for us to present our two day Course Programme in YOUR municipality, please Contact Us for details!

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