FIRE TECHNICIANS NETWORK CERTIFICATION INITIATIVE MAKING A SPLASH!
Surrey, British Columbia - March’s launch of Canada’s newest Fire Protection Equipment Service Technician Certification Programme is at the top of our website’s “most visited” pages for the month of March, after only seven days! Word is getting out there! Visit our updated Programmes and Services Page for more information, or click on the links to the right.
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.
CFAA CONTINUING EDUCATION
Toronto, Ontario - The CFAA has partnered with the Health and Safety Management Group to deliver the CFAA component of their required continuing education credits for technicians. If you’re a CFAA Certified Technician you need eight (8) credits per year, at least TWO (2) of which are Category One (CFAA sponsored courses), but can top up on the additional six (6) with other relevant training. Apparently several FULL DAY CFAA sponsored technical seminars are being offered. This gives their technicians in Ontario the advantage of getting the “full meal deal” for $285.00. We would actually encourage you to try and attend. Not only do you benefit from the knowledge you’ll gain from several of our industry’s leading experts, you’ll also be able to engage your social networking skills!
A quick look on the website at http://www.thehsmg.com prompted us to tabulate this Cost Comparison Chart for fire alarm / fire protection equipment training and certification being offered in Canada.
VANCOUVER WITHDRAWS BULLETIN 2003-009-BU/EL AND SERVES UP THE REAL PIZZA!
Vancouver, British Columbia - Notice something MISSING from Vancovuer’s Electrical Inspection page at http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/electrical-inspection.aspx ? Vancouver has decided to offload the task of maintaining the List of Qualified Verifiers to the people that are supposed to review and approve the fire alarm system’s CAN/ULC-S537 Appendix “C” Report, the Registered Professional that designed (or is consulting on) its installation. The amended Bulletin 2000-021-BU/EL provides a fillable “C1” Report page as an annex item and further clarifies their new policy with some familiar looking phraseology taken directly from the CAN/ULC-S537-13 (Standard for Verification of Fire Alarm Systems) Recipe Book:
“The PREFACE of the Standard describes the FAS verification to be carried out by the qualified personnel of an organization other than the installing contractor and designer. Furthermore, the Appendix A of Standard describes qualified personnel perform the verification of a FAS to be familiar with this Standard and have received suitable formal training or sufficient experience acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.”
But then they go on to add some extra sauce:
“It is important to note, qualified persons involved in a verification procedure must have sufficient technical knowledge of the FAS components, their function and performance, and must have necessary electrical qualification for evaluating conformance of these devices with installation provisions mandated by the CAN/ULC-S524 and Section 32 of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.”
And finally they deliver this pizza, hot and fresh, right to the door of the guy that ordered it:
“It is also important to note, the FAS design and field review are covered by the Registered Professional’s Schedule B, item 6.3 of this Schedule lists the functional testing of electrical related fire emergency systems and devices which covers the FAS verification, it is the responsibility of the Registered Professional to ensure and determine that the FAS is verified by the qualified persons.”
Perfecto! We’ll repeat that last bit for emphasis. “... it is the responsibility of the Registered Professional to ensure and determine that the FAS is verified by the qualified persons.”
The Verification landscape in Vancouver has just undergone a radical change; one which I know will reflect positively on our knowledgeable and committed community of design professionals.
May we take this one step further by suggesting that members of the Professional Engineering communities across Canada familiarize themselves with the many BENEFITS of utilizing the highly trained and fully qualified Technologists and Specialists REGISTERED under Canada’s newest building life safety equipment and systems inspection and testing initiative:
The Fire Technicians Network’s Professional Certification Programme.