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TELC 1140 - Overview of Fire Alarm Systems

Electrical Trades Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

​Provides a general understanding of fire alarm protection systems including both conventional and addressable systems. Discusses the purpose and specific application of the different codes and standards that regulate the industry. Introduces architectural considerations regarding fire containment. Information about testing laboratories, their procedures, testing methods and how approved materials achieve greater degrees of life safety. Other topics covered: nature of the fire, extinguishment methods, fire alarm testing methods, interpretation of drawings, specifications and other contract documents Identifying the correct method to conduct periodic inspections and tests. Completion of inspection reports will be covered, along with applicable Building Code and Fire Code requirements.





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 87318

Mon Jan 06 - Wed Feb 12 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Feb 12 Mon/Wed 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SE01 Rm. 144



Course Outline





  1. Textbook required – CFAA 1 - Introduction to the Fire Detection and Alarm Industry available at the BCIT bookstore. In case of course cancellation, students will be notified by email or by phone. For inquiries, please email Please note that if course becomes full, check this website frequently to see if someone de-registers.

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