Sentence 18.104.22.168 Records
“1) Where this Code requires that tests, inspections, maintenance or operational procedures be performed on a fire safety system, records shall be made and the original or a copy shall be retained at the premises for examination by the authority having jurisdiction.
2) The initial verification or test reports for each system shall be retained throughout the life of the systems.
3) Records of tests, inspections, maintenance or operational procedures undertake after the initial tests referred to in Sentence (2) shall be retained so that at least the current and the immediately preceding records are available.
4) Notwithstanding the conditions stated in Sentence (3), no record shall be destroyed within two years of having been prepared.”
SOME LAST WORDS
If you have projects located in a British Columbia community that has adopted a By-Law requiring ASTTBC Registered Fire Protection Technicians (RFPT), may I suggest you have a quick look at ASTTBC’s Practice Guideline. It’s located at http://www.firetechs.net/library/forms/FPTPracticeGuideline.pdf. Section “9” is called Provision of Services. How do your fire equipment provider’s technicians stack up? If you happen to be a fire protection technician reading this, how do YOU stack up?
And lastly, you may wish to compare ASTTBC’s Practice Guide with the Fire Protection Technicians Network’s Professional Practice Manual (particularly Section 12.10). The Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA), a national association that certifies fire alarm technicians in Canada, doesn’t have a formal technician Practice Guide.
The really important question you should be asking is:
Why isn’t your service provider employing technicians Certified by the Fire Technicians Network?
REFERENCE STANDARDS AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS - NATIONAL FIRE CODE OF CANADA 2010
Fire Alarm Systems/Emergency Voice Communication Systems
- CAN/ULC-S536-04 (Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems)
Daily, Monthly and Annually
- NFPA 10 (2007) (Portable Fire Extinguishers) - Except for Clause 4.4.1. (You’re not required to retire extinguishers with date codes prior to October 1984 at the next six year or hydrostatic test service.)
Daily, Monthly and Annually
Water-Based Extinguishing Systems (Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps, Hydrants)
- NFPA 25 (2008) (Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems)
Daily, Weekly (for projects with a fire pump), Monthly, Quarterly, Sem-Annually, and Annually
Emergency Lighting and Power Systems
- CAN/CSA-C282 (2005) (Emergency Electrical Power Supply for Buildings)
Daily, Monthly, and Annually
Special Fire Suppression Systems
- NFPA 11 (2005) (Low, Medium, and High-Expansion Foam Systems)
- NFPA 12 (2005) (Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems)
- NFPA 12A (2009) (Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems)
- NFPA 12B (1990) (Halon 1211 Fire Extinguishing Systems)
- NFPA 17 (2009) (Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems)
- NFPA 17A (2009) (Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems)
(These all have Daily, Monthly, Semi-Annual, and Annual testing requirements.)
RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL READING:
Our new series examines the Fire Alarm Verification process in depth.
Our Editorial EXTRA! (April 2015) - The Wolf on the Board!
Our Open Letter to ASTTBC (March 2014 Editorial)
Our September 2014 Editorial
Our August 2014 Editorial
More comments concerning ASTTBC technicians are in in our May 2012 Editorial
ASTTBC Complaint Outcomes (This actually makes for some pretty scary reading.)
CAN/ULC-S536 DO’S AND DON’T’S - Special Reports
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!
Canadian Fire Alarm Technician Certification:
Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (Extinguisher Service):
Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (British Columbia):
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