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Fire Alarms - In a Days Work


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Cost: Early registration $170, ($140 AHJ).  AHJ's need to select the AHJ fee from drop down list.  AHJ's must work for a fire or building department.

Late Registrations (usually ~10 days of seminar) $200 ($170 AHJ).  $200 if you pay on-site (see payment and refund policy below)

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This course covers a lot of criteria common to a days work.  The course is developed around some of the most common deficiencies frequently identified during reviews of engineering bid drawings, shop drawings, inspections, and commissioning.  Some of the items to be covered include:

  • Understanding the design to construction process

  • Engineers responsibilities for bid documents, shop drawings, inspections.

  • Designer and installer qualifications

  • When is a fire alarm required

  • Conventional vs. Addressable

  • Circuit and pathway survivability (new criteria)

  • Notification appliances

  • Audibility including wattage impacts, dB loss from distance, loss through walls.

  • Intelligibility incorporating speaker type, spacing, wattage, quantity, message quality, content.

  • Strobe and horn spacing

  • Design exercise bringing it together (time permitting)

  • Detection devices including spot smoke, spot heat, linier heat, sampling smoke, duct smoke.

  • Voltage drop calculations

  • Mass Notification Systems

  • Risk Analysis (required for MNS)

  • Emergency Response Plan (required by code)

  • Firemanís phone, area of refuge, stairway communications (now regulated by NFPA 72).

  • And more

This course is a must for engineers, architects, fire marshal's, building plan reviewers, general contractors, electrical contractors, facility owners, facility maintenance staff, and anyone who wants to understand the fundamental requirements for fire alarm systems.  This course is a good introduction for new fire alarm technicians, and provides some good information for veteran technicians. 


Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Lunch is not provided, unless indicated otherwise.  Session starts promptly at 8:00am and will run to approximately 5:00pm.  We recommend you arrive between 7:45 and 7:50am.  We will send out a reminder email several days before the class.

Please bring a copy of NFPA 72 (2010/2013/2016 Recommended.  Bring latest edition you have.)


Seminar Payment and Refund Policy

Refunds will be provided for written or emailed cancellations 10 business days prior to seminar date.  After this time, no refunds will be given.  You may substitute an attendee.  If you register and indicate that you will be bringing payment to the site then the late registration amount will apply unless negotiated in advance in writing with CSA.  In addition, by agreeing to pay on site you understand that you are responsible for full fee if you fail to cancel in writing within 10 days prior to seminar.  If you or a registered person does not show up, you/your organization may be invoiced and are liable for the full amount.  Penalties will apply if you do not pay upon invoice.  If you cannot commit, email us for updated information, but do not pre-register.  Seating priority to paid attendees.  Those who pay first get first seats if overbooked.  Although not anticipated, we reserve the right to cancel a class.  This may be due to insufficient registered attendees, or other conditions beyond our control.  If a class is canceled, a full refund for seminar fees will be given.  Every attempt will be maid to notify attendees at least one week prior to the seminar if a cancellation is necessary.  CSA liability is limited to refund of seminar fees paid.  Host/sponsor is not liable for any fees.



Note: These classes are not a prerequisite for those taking qualification assessments.  Qualification assessments require knowledge beyond the general scope of these seminars.

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