Automatic Fire Alarm Association Training Newsletter

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Live, On-Line Fire Alarm Training

July 14th & 16th:
Fire Alarm Inspection & Testing - Based on NFPA 72-2016

July 28th & 30th:
Basic Fire Alarm Systems

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July 13th:
Summary of Changes to the 2021 ICC & NFPA Model Codes

July 23rd:
Emergency Responder Radio Communication Enhancement Systems

AFAA webinars are FREE for anyone to register.

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  • AFAA will offer at least 10 Webinars this year - so instead of paying $500 or more for your certificates you can join for $195 per year. 

  • AHJ's can join AFAA for $25 per year 

  • Members can also view the recorded version of the webinar at any time and download the PDF of the presentation materials.

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Newsletter Content

New! Live, On-Line Fire Alarm Training 

Fire Alarm Inspection & Testing
Based on NFPA 72-2016

This basic application course reviews the requirements for fire alarm systems testing and inspection; how to perform the tests properly; and how to conduct visual inspections in order to satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

This seminar is beneficial for installers performing acceptance or reacceptance tests of new fire alarm systems; service technicians performing periodic testing and inspection of existing fire alarm systems; building and fire inspectors witnessing acceptance and reacceptance testing; and those representing the owner responsible for the testing and inspection of fire alarm systems in their facilities.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to determine the testing and inspection requirements of NFPA 72 and how to perform these tests, as well as understand the NICET application process and requirements.

Tuesday July 14th & Thursday July 16th
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

AFAA Members:  $250
AFAA AHJ Members:  $150
Non-Members:  $400

Mr. Jim Mundy has more than fifty years experience in fire alarm, building signaling, fire suppression, access control, environmental control and various signaling systems. He serves in advisory capactities to local, state and national bodies and NFPA National Fire Alarm Code Technical and National Standards Committees.

Space is limited - register today!

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify

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  Basic Fire Alarm Systems

Based on NFPA 72-2016 & NFPA 70-2014

This basic fire alarm seminar is an application course beneficial for new installers, sales personnel, service technicians, plus building and fire inspectors involved in acceptance testing and/or plans review.

This course is also useful as a refresher for anyone involved with fire alarms. This seminar reviews fire alarm system fundamentals; their components; and the proper methods used to satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will understand the fundamental of fire alarm systems and installation including; control panels, power supplies, circuits, initiating devices, notification appliances, fire safety control functions; addressable, analog and multiplex systems; emergency voice/alarm communications systems, survivability and two-way emergency communications systems.

Tuesday July 28th & Thursday July 30th

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

AFAA Members: $250

AFAA AHJ Members: $150
Non-Members: $400

Merton Bunker has 32 years of engineering experience, including seven years at the National Fire Protection Association as staff liaison to NFPA 72. He is active in codes and standards development and is the Chair of the Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property Correlating Committee. Merton is a licensed professional engineer and a certified master electrical inspector.

Space is limited - register today!

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify

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 Upcoming Webinars

Earn .1 CEU or 1 CPD for attending this live webinar!!

AFAA members receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education upon request, at no charge.

Non-members pay a $50 certificate Fee.

(You must attend 75% of the webinar to receive a certificate)

Summary of Changes to the 2021 ICC and NFPA Models Codes

July 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

An informative discussion that provides an overview of many new requirements in the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) model codes relating to fire alarm systems, 520 Hz low frequency audible fire alarm signal, visible notification appliances, audible notification appliances, emergency power, pull stations, carbon monoxide (CO) detection systems, smoke detection and in-building emergency responder radio enhancements systems.

The presentation will cover the following codes:

• International Fire Code (IFC)
• International Building Code (IBC)
• International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
• NFPA 101
• NFPA 1
• NFPA 5000

Presenter: Richard Roberts

Over thirty-five years of experience in the installation, sales, commissioning and product management of code compliant commercial fire alarm, carbon monoxide detection and security systems. Currently Mr. Roberts is responsible for codes and standards development at the federal, state & local level as well as influencing changes to legislation.

Board & Committee affiliations:

• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
Member of 14 NFPA Technical Committees
• Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
Member of 2 Standards Technical Panels (STP’s) for carbon monoxide detection
• National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
• Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA)
• International Code Council (ICC)
• National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
• Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS)
• Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC)
• Security Industry Association (SIA)

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Emergency Responder Radio Communication Enhancement Systems 
(Bi-Directional Amplifier)

July 23rd at 1:00 P.M. (EDT)

This is a very information presentation of the evolution of code requirements for ERRCES. Presentation defines the reasons for Emergency Responder Radio Signal impairment inside buildings, code required methods and definitions of measuring those signals and code definition of the required solution for those impairments. Presentation will discuss difference in State and Local requirements across the US. UL 2524 will also be discussed as part of the presentation and the System requirements that includes to make these systems robust, safe, reliable and not cause issues with a Public Safety Radio Network it is connected to.

Presented by: : David Thompson

David most recently took on the role of National Business Development Manager in June 2018 for the New BDA (ERRCES) product Honeywell released in 2018. In that Role David’s primary focus is driving BDA business across the US. David Thompson joined Honeywell Security & Fire in January 2016 as the North Central Business Development Manager. As the North Central BDM, David supported the Gamewell-FCI and Silent Knight-Farenhyt businesses in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. David has worked in the fire alarm industry for over 21 years and is NICET Level IV certified in fire alarm and NICET Level II certified in special hazards. David also is on the NFPA 1221 committee for Public Emergency Service Communication.

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