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.
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 BCIT_Electrical@bcit.ca. Please note that if course becomes full, check this website frequently to see if someone de-registers.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Explain the basic components and operation of a conventional fire alarm system.
Describe the basic components of an addressable fire alarm system.
Outline the operation of a basic addressable fire alarm system.
Identify the applicable Codes and Standards that apply to the inspection of fire alarm systems.
Outline the applicable inspection and testing procedures for fire alarm systems.
Complete the appropriate documentation and testing reports.
Effective as of Fall 2019
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