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!
Re: Fire alarm system basics#23267 03/14/0310:48 AM03/14/0310:48 AM
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.
Re: Fire alarm system basics#23269 03/14/0312:01 PM03/14/0312:01 PM
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.
Re: Fire alarm system basics#23270 03/14/0301:37 PM03/14/0301:37 PM
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.