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MARCH 2017

“News is only the first rough draft of history.”
-- Alan Barth
 

 

CANADA’S NEWEST TRAINING AND TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION INITIATIVE!

Surrey, British Columbia - This is it!  March 2017.  Ten years in the making.  Frank Kurz, Executive Director of the Fire Technicians Network formally announces a new national life safety equipment and systems service, inspection and testing initiative.  Visit our updated Programmes and Services Page for more information, or click on the links to the right.

 

PRINCE GEORGE’s IBEW SPONSORS LOCAL MEMBER’S FIRE ALARM TRAINING!

Prince George, British Columbia - February 25 and 26th found us in beautiful Prince George where we rolled out a new course in Fire Alarm Installation for the nice folks at IBEW Local 993 in cooperation with the Electricity Forum Training Institute.  http://ibew993.org/photos-from-the-fire-alarm-course-in-prince-george/

We’re arranging to head back in July to present it to the membership in Terrace and Kelowna.

 

CANADIAN FIRE ALARM TRAINING!

Surrey, British Columbia - We’re touring the country in May and June with stops in Richmond, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, and St. Johns (Nfld).  For more information (and to sign up for classes), please visit the Electricity Forum Training Institute.

 

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

Prince George, British Columbia - We’re taking our exclusive Fire Alarm Inspection Course on the road in July and August.  We’re anticipating that we’ll be in Kelowna, Prince George and Cranbrook.  The courses will be taught in the evenings Monday through Friday (3 hours per night) with a full Saturday’s hands on training sandwiched in between (that’s two weeks at each location).  For more information on the courses (and to reserve your spot), please visit our Training Centre and watch this spot for venues, dates and times.

 

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HUGE CHANGE ON THE HORIZON FOR TECHNICIANS ENGAGED IN VERIFYING FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS!

Toronto, British Columbia - The Working Group developing Canada’s new Standard for Installation of Ancillary Devices Connected to Fire Alarm Systems (CAN/ULC-S573) just wrapped up the Public Comments Review process.  That means that this Installation Standard is going to undergo an editorial review before it’s off to the formal final Ballot and official publication.  Yes, I did state “Installation Standard”.  Designers, Installers, and Verifers will have TWO separate sets of rules to contend with once it’s referenced in the National Building Code in 2020.

We’ll update you with some details shortly!

 

OUTDOOR MOUNTED FIRE ALARM ANNUNCIATORS - ADDRESSING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!
UPDATED!

Surrey, British Columbia - It all started innocently enough.  The phone rang and I answered like I always do:  “Fire Technicians Network, good afternoon!”.  And on that bright Thursday afternoon in November, things suddenly “went south” in a big way.  The old cliché about the shoe dropping comes to mind.  Only in this case it was the heavy steel-toed variety.  And BOTH hit the floor together. 

The contractor on the other end of the line had just received a visit from a local inspector.  The fire alarm outdoor annunciator enclosure he was in the middle of installing wasn’t properly marked.  No CSA.  No NEMA (not that this part matters in Canada).  No ULC.  So I asked him whose equipment it was...  Read more in our December 2016 Tech-NEWS  EXTRA!

 

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