How do you install, operate, and test smoke detectors in lieu of smoke alarms, and what signals should they provide to the Fire Signal Receiving Centre when they activate?
Mass Notification... What is it? How do you install it? Verify it? Test it?
National Fire Code of Canada (NFCC) - 2015
Here’s a list of the Canadian Standards that are going to be referenced in NFCC 2015:
CAN/ULC-S540:2013 - Standard for Residential Fire and Life Safety Warning Systems: Installation, Testing, Inspection and Maintenance
CAN/ULC-S552:2014 - Standard for Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Smoke Alarms
CAN/ULC-S561:2013 - Standard for Installation and Services for Fire Signal Receiving Centres and Systems
CAN/ULC-S536:2013 - Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems (also based on the 2006 published edition of the fire alarm installation Standard)
CAN/ULC-S1001:2011 - Standard for Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
NFCC 2015 will raise a whole set of its own challenges, namely:
How do you identify qualified personnel to perform the maintenance and inspection of interconnected smoke alarms?
How do you identify an individual qualified to perform INTEGRATED TESTING of building life safety systems?
What form should be used to document the testing of a smoke control system?
What form should be used to document the proper testing of a sprinkler system? Kitchen suppression system? Outdoor fire alarm annunciator installation? Fire Signal Receiving Centre transmitter?
These, and many more questions are going to need definitive answers and the trained, qualified professionals that will ensure these (and other) critical systems are properly tested, and will operate when required.
Fire Technicians Network Certified Technologists are currently your only viable option!!
Many jurisdictions have only now started searching for answers. You’ll find a whole bunch of them at www.firetechs.net! Please ensure you visit our TRAINING CENTRE!
ON THE SUBJECT OF TRAINING!! ASTTBC’S NEW STANDARD OF PRACTICE (SoP) IS A MANDATORY READ!
Surrey, British Columbia - If you’re a Registered Fire Protection Technician (RFPT) in ASTTBC’s Programme, you need to study their new Standard of Practice. You’ll be required to write an online exam to make sure you completely understand what your responsibilities and duties are. You’ll find beefed up reporting (of substandard work performed by others), required testing procedures and the use of the new tags being adopted. Pass and Fail criteria are going to become critical in determining whether the fire protection equipment you’re testing is actually in compliance with the provisions of the Fire Code and the relevant Standards. ASTTBC is going to allow companies serving the various communities that subscribe to professional technician certification until April 1, 2019 to use up their old tags.
The most significant change in the new SoP is that it’s the FIRST TIME they’ve actually documented the requirements for testing fire protection equipment by NAMING the relevant Standards that apply. Technicians performing ANNUAL testing of fire alarm systems are going to have to be able to DOCUMENT the proper testing of insuite residential smoke alarms (and believe me you’re going to be in a world of hurt if you don’t know what this entails).
Visit our Online Training Centre for more information on how you can brush up on all the latest changes, and get your boss to explore our special pricing on Standards Packages!
Keep a copy of the SoP handy in your van. You’ll need it when you next call your service manager and tell him/her that you’re going to need extra time to test that building they just sent you to. DON’T BE CAUGHT SHORT!
VANCOUVER IMPLEMENTS AMENDED FIRE ALARM VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS!
Vancouver, British Columbia - Vancouver’ amended Bulletin 2000-02- BU/EL references a list of Qualified Verifiers. The list is NOT going to be published publicly, but can only be referenced by Building Department Staff. It is incumbent on the Designer, Building Owners and the installing contractors to confirm with the Building Department that the individual performing this crucial test of a fire alarm system is approved to do so!
The key phrase in the Bulletin is:
“The List of Acceptable Organizations / Qualified Persons is primarily for staff use, this list will be updated approximately twice a year, and it will not be posted on the City’s website. The City’s Building Inspections and Electrical Inspections Branches accept fire alarm verification reports only from the List of Acceptable Organizations / Qualified Persons for purpose of the CAN/ULC-S537.”
It is imperative that companies engaged in providing this service also ensure the technicians they employ are on this list!
Many Canadian Jurisdictions have adopted some means of identifying qualified individuals to perform testing, Verification, maintenance, and service of building life safety equipment and systems. Please ensure your company-of-choice employs individuals that satisfy this criteria!
WE REVIEW MIRCOM’S NEW FHS-400 SERIES OF HORN-STROBES AND STROBES!
Vancouver, British Columbia - Mircom recently introduced a new Standard for conventional notification appliances in North America. It’s called the 400 series. It features a brilliant white LED strobe that can be programmed to a range of intensities from 15 to 185 Candella. The process is simple and quick. It requires positioning a plastic tab into a corresponding slot located at the back of the unit. A viewing window at the bottom of the unit lets you see what it’s been set at.
We’ve been privileged to have been provided with several samples which we’ve incorporated on the two practical training boards we’ve set up so far. They’re extremely low current draw (at 15 Cd) coupled with the 90 dBA horn makes this an attractive and maintenance-free alternative to bells for a number of older buildings that may have audibility issues. It makes for a perfect replacement for the older style xenon tube strobes where the circuit’s power budget may be close to “maxxed-out”. You can download the specification sheets and installation instructions from Mircom’s website at https://mircom.com/product-listing/fire-alarm-detection/notification-appliances/400-series/ .
Contact your local Mircom Branch office for more information (and pricing).
Mircom FX-2000 Training Board set up at the
Electrical Joint Training Commission’s Port Coquitlam Facility.
The 400 Series Horn/Strobes can mount on either a 4x4 shallow
box or a standard single-gang (1110) box.
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):
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