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#23265 - 03/14/03 08:22 AM Fire alarm system basics  
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
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Bucks County PA
Anyone know where I can get a good book on Basic Fire Alarm System operation and terminology?
I recall seeing an ad in one of my magazines, but can't find it.


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#23266 - 03/14/03 11:27 AM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
BrianSparky  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 38
Hey Redsy,
Electrical Contractor mag has a good article in the Feb '03 issue on page 38 specifing some books.
It seems the "National Fire Alarm Code Handbook" by NFPA is recommended as well as NFPA's Fire Protection Handbook.
I'm interested in knowing more about that code as well, since I've been installing a bunch of fire alarm systems in commercial buildings.

By the by, how's the job market out there?
It's terrible in the commercial sector here in Denver. Haven't worked for a month...driving the wife crazy!

#23267 - 03/14/03 11:48 AM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
jdevlin  Offline
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Posts: 402
welland ontario canada
I just found out that here in Ontario you are not allowed to work on fire alarm systems unless you are a certified fire alarm installer. Are there similar rules In any of the US states?

#23268 - 03/14/03 12:09 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
Redsy  Offline
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Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA

My main gig is Industrial E & I (Electrical & Instrumentation).
However, I operate a contracting business (mostly residential) as well.
I would like to take the NJ exam, but in addition to the NEC portion, they have Business Law & NFPA 72 tests.
I may be able to pass, but I would like to get a primer on Fire Protection Systems before taking the exams. That is why I was looking for a basic book on the systems.

#23269 - 03/14/03 01:01 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
gramps  Offline
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Posts: 112
dont know about the other states but, here in ohio you have to have a state fire alarm license to install, repair, or test fire alarm systems. pretty serious fine if you get caught without one, and, on any subsequent violations, you can possibly lose your contractors license.

FYI, gramps

#23270 - 03/14/03 02:37 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,749
Boston, Massachusetts USA

I'll recommend the following, it is available from NFPA:

NFPA Pocket Guide to Fire Alarm System Installation, 2001 Edition

Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#23271 - 03/14/03 08:54 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
WebSparky  Offline
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Posts: 138
Cleveland, Ohio
Hey gramps, where 'bouts?

I'm near Cleveland.



#23272 - 03/15/03 10:18 AM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
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columbus area

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#23273 - 03/15/03 12:59 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
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#23274 - 03/15/03 02:56 PM Re: Fire alarm system basics  
harold endean  Offline
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Boonton, NJ

What about the NFPA? Would that help you? If you want, I will ask my ex-forman what was on the state test for fire alarms. He got his lic. about4-5 years ago. He took the test with the fire alarm section in it.


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