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TELC 1140 - Overview of Fire Alarm Systems

Electrical Trades Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 87318

Wed Jan 05 - Mon Feb 14 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Feb 14 Mon/Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Classes will be synchronous online delivery where students are required to log in and attend the virtual lectures and provide real-time interaction with the instructor. Textbook required – CFAA 1 - Introduction to the Fire Detection and Alarm Industry available at the BCIT bookstore. Registration is processed on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. In the event of cancellation, students will received notice three business days prior to the course start. Ensure your contact information (e.g. personal email address) is current. Please sent your inquiries to

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.


Learning Outcomes

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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