Automatic Fire Alarm Association
November 2020 Newsletter

What's Coming Up?

On-Line Fire Alarm Training

December 1st & 3rd:
Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2015 & 2018 International Building Code

December 8th & 10th:
Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing based on NFPA 72-2016

*Please download the pictures to see registration links

 NEW COLUMN - News from the Lab!!!

Check out 'News from the Lab' by one of our newest Board Members Kathleen Almand for information on fire alarm technology and applications; which are advancing at lightening speed and AFAA's involvement.

 AFAA webinars are FREE for anyone to register.

December 16th:
AHJ Roundtable Discussion

Member Benefits

  • Members receive free certificates, upon request, that can be used towards Continuing Education Credits.

  • Non-Members need to pay $50 per webinar to receive a certificate. 
  • 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.

Not A Member?

Still need more information?

Read our membership information page on our website.

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Do you need more continuing education hours?

All AFAA training is eligible for continuing education and certificates are issued upon request of successful completion.

Request Certificate Here

Future Webinar Topics:

Do you have an idea for a webinar topic, or training program that you would like to share? Contact AFAA's Training Manager at [email protected] or call (814)548-7828 to discuss.

Automatic Fire Alarm Association Membership FAQ's

If you have a question about membership or your profile, it may be answered below. Check out our frequently asked questions about these topics. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

Q: I forgot my password. How do I request a new one?

A: From our homepage, navigate to the login section. Click on "Reset Password" and an e-mail will provide you with a link to reset your password. Please note, this link does expire after 24 hours.

Q: I'm trying to reset my password but when I request a reset password link, I'm not receiving the e-mail. It's not in my spam folder either.

A: If you are trying to reset your password, but you're not getting an e-mail or receiving a blank e-mail, this means that your e-mail address is in the system already but not set as your username. We have to adjust this on our end, so please e-mail us at [email protected] and we will fix it for you. We will also send you another reset password link so you can gain access to your profile.

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Don't forget - contract classes are
now available:

Are you looking to host training for your staff, but are still working in the virtual world?  Do you have an upcoming virtual business meeting or conference and need training ideas for your attendees?

AFAA can provide live, instructor-led training to your company or organization.  You can choose from any of the course offerings available in the 2020 Course Catalog.  Our most popular offerings include Basic Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Alarm Plan Review, Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing, Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the IBC, and NICET Preparation for Level I and II in Fire Alarm Systems.

While these classes are designed as full-day sessions, attending virtually is best achieved by splitting these classes in to two half-days per class.

For more information – contact AFAA Training Manager
Tim Knisely at [email protected]

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Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2015 & 2018 International Building Code

This seminar is beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers or lead installers responsible for fire alarm systems and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for fire alarm system plan review and acceptance testing. It is also useful for those preparing for the NICET Level III and IV exams.  Discussions and practical exercises are used to improve the participant’s knowledge of and how to use the building and fire codes in determining fire alarm requirements.

Tuesday December 1st and
Thursday December
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

AFAA Members: $250

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

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend part 1 and 2 to qualify.

Mr. Brad Cronin has over twenty years of experience in the fire service, and is currently a Captain with the Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department. Brad is Vice President of Fire Protection with Strategic Code Solutions and serves as an instructor for the Massachusetts State Fire Academy and National Fire Academy.

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Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing 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.

Tuesday December 8th and
Thursday December 10th

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

AFAA Members: $250

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

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.
Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify

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

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News from the Lab
By: Kathleen Almand

We all know that the fire alarm inspection, testing and maintenance frequencies specified in NFPA 72 are historical requirements that are often not based on real performance or observed deficiencies.  In order to take a real risk-based approach, aggregated real performance data is needed. Data is out there, but it exists in many different formats. 

Automatic Fire Alarm Association is participating in a project conducted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to develop a standardized format for data collection and data sharing of Inspection, Testing and Maintenance practices. The project, due to be complete at the end of this year, will provide a tool for ITM data sharing and most importantly, improved decision-making for inspection frequencies.

For more information, please visit:

ITM Data Exchange

Kathleen Almand is one of our newest board members. Kathleen served the National Fire Protection Association as Vice President, Research, until her recent retirement in May of 2019. Her not for profit leadership background includes roles as the Executive Director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.  Prior to joining SFPE in 1997, she held research and management positions with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences.  She currently supports local and national organizations in consulting and volunteer board leadership roles. She has a MSc. civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


Automatic Fire Alarm Association is proud to announce a new member benefit:


Automatic Fire Alarm Association On-Demand Learning Management System (LMS). Current members with AFAA can earn a continuing education certificate at their own pace and no cost. So if you miss a live webinar or have missed a live webinar in the past, you can now earn the certificate.

The certificates are automatically e-mailed once you have watched the required amount of the webinar and have completed the one question assessment.

If your membership with AFAA is current, you will see a new menu item after logging into your profile that directs you to the new LMS. If you login to your profile and do not see that option, please contact our office and we can look into your membership status. What better time to join AFAA than now! 

Upcoming FREE 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)

End of Year Special Event!

Wednesday, December 16th

AHJ Roundtable Discussion

AFAA Member Association Updates

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

Door Prizes

Stay tuned for more details!

We are asking 10-14 Business Days to process all Continuing Education Certificate request, due to to the success of our online programs. If you had trouble logging in with your email but were able to call in, please email us at [email protected] and provide us with the phone number used so that we can still issue you a certificate. We must verify all participation before issuing certificates.

More training events are scheduled for the beginning of 2021. Check our website for any updates on courses and dates.

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