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Fire Alarm Systems: Design, Installation, Inspection and Testing
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When: May 6-7, 2013
Course Code: 04-0505-2271
Where: EPIC Learning Centre
5670 McAdam Road
Mississauga, Ontario  L4Z 1T2
Contact: Farah Eftekhari - 416-223-9961 x 228

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Course Fee:

OSPE Members: $1318.50 + HST
Non Members: $1465 + HST

1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
Describe the different types of fire alarm system and when they are required.
Design a typical fire alarm system.
Accept with confidence knowing what to look for when accepting documentation from contractors for
verifications and annual reports.
Standardize the fire protection equipment for operation and construction using the knowledge of equipment
gained from the course.
Make decisions with the knowledge of features and applications of fire alarm systems.
Use building code requirements for selecting fire alarm equipment.
Service and maintain fire alarm systems to provide reliable life safety to the occupants.
Recognize what the users can or can not do to maintain the certification of the fire alarm equipment.
Apply the knowledge in hardware, standards and code to assess the existing and new installations.
Provide effective management for your fire alarm service company using the knowledge of opportunities
gained from the course.

Only a well designed and functioning fire alarm system can ensure protection of a building from fire hazard. To provide an effective fire alarm system, engineers must understand the categories and types of both basic and state-of-the-art fire alarms available, application of Building and Fire Codes, input and output devices as well as their standard and optional features.

Engineers must also understand the distributed system and networking, installation and inspection, testing and verification standards. Knowledge is also required of the various levels of access (software controlled) for maintenance of the system and changing of configurations and features with respect to model and makes. This course provides the required knowledge and reinforces it through a workshop where you apply the knowledge gained from the course to design a typical fire alarm system under instructor guidance.

To provide participants with the knowledge to meet the requirements of the Building Code, Fire Code and related ULC Standards as they apply to fire alarm systems.

Who Should Attend
Fire alarm system designers and engineers; installation and service company personnel; inspection personnel from municipalities and fire departments; building owners; electrical project engineers and supervisors, maintenance personnel from commercial, industrial, mercantile, educational, medical care, and detention occupancies.

Program Outline

Instructor: John Percy, Waterloo Fire Rescue
Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Overview of Fire Alarm Systems and Applications
• Input, output, processing, response time, and annunciation
• Stand-alone
• Distributed
• Centralized
• Networking (local and degraded mode)

Categories and Types of Fire Alarm Systems
• Local, auxiliary, remote and proprietary
• Conventional and addressable (analog and digital)
• Single-stage and two-stage systems
• Single to three-channel voice communication
• Fire fighters telephone, indication and paging

Standard and Optional Features of Fire Alarm Control Units
• Basic features, annunciation and controls
• Electrical supervision
• Priority level of indication
• Alarm silence/inhibit
• Input/output mapping
• Requirement of annunciation (local and remote)
• Circuit types Class A, B, and R
• Conventional and addressable loops
• Response time
• Different types of faults and trouble
• Optional features such as suppression systems, alarm verification, voice, smoke control, and egress
door securing

Compatibility of Input/Output Devices, Voice Communication Systems
• Initiating and signaling devices
• Interfacing voice systems, built-in and stand-alone
• Interfacing different makes of control units

Evaluation and Certification of Fire Alarm Equipment as Per ULC Standards
• How ULC evaluates and certifies control units according to CAN/ULC-S527
• Certification of field devices according to their respective CAN/ULC-500 series standards
• What is required in voice communication systems
• Evaluation of transponders and their role
• Primary and secondary power requirements
• In-Depth Analysis of National Installation and Maintenance Standards
• CAN/ULC-S524 Standard for Installation of Fire Alarm Systems
• CAN/ULC-S536 Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
• CAN/ULC-S537 Standard for Verification of Fire Alarms

Day II

Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems and Access Level
• What level of access may be made available to the building owners/users and service companies
(software controlled)
• Role of AHJ
• Responsibilities of the manufacturer
• How field changes affect ULC certification and labels
• Special field inspections by ULC in cooperation with AHJ

National Building Code Part 3
• Requirement for low-rise buildings
• Requirement for high-rise
• Requirement for voice communication
• Electromagnetic locking devices

Automatic Sprinkler Systems Connected to Fire Alarm Systems
• Requirements for sprinkler flow alarms
• Types of flow alarms
• Requirements for sprinkler supervision

ULC Certificate Program For Monitoring of Fire Alarm Signals
• Requirements and how to qualify for certificates
• How you can start and become a listed fire alarm service company
• Required qualification and experience
• Fire Code and Ontario Retrofit Program
• What is required for fire alarm system and restorations
• Testing and maintenance
• Under retrofit program, what is allowed and disallowed

National Fire Code

Workshop: Design/Layout of a Typical Fire Alarm System
• Participants will have an opportunity to design a fire alarm system based on the knowledge gained from
the course.

Inspection Checklist
• An initial checklist will be provided and discussed. Participants will be drawn into discussion so that they
can carry with them the completed checklist.

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

John Percy

John Percy is certified as a fire prevention officer, public fire and life safety educator, training facilitator, and public information officer for the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario. Since studying fire protection engineering technology at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, he has become certified by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Housing as a fire protection inspector under Bill 124 requirements. He is also a certified fire alarm technician with the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and a certified fire and explosion investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Currently the public education officer with City of Waterloo Fire Rescue, Mr. Percy has over 15 years of experience in the fire service and fire alarm system industries. Formerly a member of the Town of Milton, Ontario, Community Services Advisory Committee, he is now a continuing education instructor with Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught the Fire Alarm Systems course for five years. Mr. Percy is also responsible for designing, implementing, and teaching the new Fire Safety Inspection course that covers inspections enforcing the Ontario Fire Code.

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