Level 1 – Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels & Installation of Input & Output Devices
This portion of the program gives an overview of the industry and also covers; classes of wiring, installation of fire alarm systems, alarm & supervisory initiating devices, signaling devices, ancillary & auxiliary control devices, annunciators, power supplies & meters, do comprehension (ULC, OFC, OBC, Electrical Code).
The practical component of the program involves wire up devices to control panel, troubleshoot wiring & control panel, wiring for Class A & B circuits, demonstrate proper use of meters.
Students will have a take home assignment to test for knowledge of codes.
Level 2 – Integrated Fire Alarm Control EVAC Systems & Fire Alarm Extinguishing Control Panels
This program reviews verification & certification of fire alarm systems; ULC S537, EVAC system, extinguishing control panels, automatic extinguishing systems and fire pumps.
The practical component involves troubleshooting, calculation of supervisory currents and verification & report (conventional fire alarm systems)
Students will be required to complete a take home assignment, layout a voice communication system and complete schematic drawings for control panel modules for various extinguishing systems.
Level 3 – Internal Components of Fire Alarm Control Panels
Students will cover testing & inspection of fire alarm systems, ULC S536, operation of fire alarm control panel, electronic components (resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, & IC's), measuring and testing, circuit board operation and DC power supplies, batteries & battery charges.
In this practical component the students will complete troubleshooting, comparison of various fire alarm manufacturers' equipment and perform testing & inspection, ULC S536 standard.
Students will be required to design and layout a conventional fire alarm system.
Level 4 – Advanced Fire Alarm Control Panel: Addressable Digital & Analog Devices
Students will review a variety of systems such as; distributed systems, numbering systems & codes, wiring of addressable systems, advanced fire alarm control panels, addressable devices, data transmission & transponders and power quality.
Students will complete wiring of addressable systems, addressing devices, power up panel, test circuits and power supplies for voltages, verification & report (addressable fire alarm system).
Students will be required to convert an existing conventional system to an addressable system.
Updating Course Requirements
As a requirement of the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office, every electrician certified under the ECAO CERTI-FIRE Fire Alarm & Protection Program must renew their certification every five years. This requires taking an updating course that includes:
- Review of the OFC and OBC
- Review of ULC S524 standard for installation of fire alarm systems
- Review of ULC S536 standard for testing and inspection
- Review of ULC S537 standard for verification of fire alarm systems
- Numbering systems, addressing devices, programming access
- Wiring of addressable systems, active & supporting field devices
- Troubleshooting procedures
- Assignment – retrofitting an existing building wired with a conventional fire alarm system