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Fire Alarm Plan Review Class - Online

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 08:30 12:00 (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021, 08:30 12:00 (PDT)
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 08:30 12:00 (PDT)
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 08:30 12:00 (PDT)
  • Online
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Class

This course will provide code officials, fire alarm designers and contractors with the necessary information to design, review and install fire alarm systems in accordance with the International Fire Code and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Topics that will be addressed in this four-part series will include, information needed on plan submittals, battery calculations and voltage drop calculations, proper spacing for initiating devices and notification appliances, voice intelligibility, emergency communication systems, and supervising station requirements.

Course Objectives:

  • Review IFC and NFPA 72 requirements for what information should be on the plan submittals.
  • Discuss battery calculations and voltage drop calculations and why it's important.
  • Address spacing and installation criteria for initiating devices (Chapter 17) and notification appliances (Chapter 18).
  • Review IBC/IFC requirements for emergency voice alarm communication systems by occupancy and pertinent requirements from NFPA 72 voice intelligibility.
  • Understand the difference between audibility and voice intelligibility requirements
  • Cover supervising station requirements from Chapter 26.

Materials needed: NFPA 72, 2016 edition and International Fire Code, 2018 edition (or access to sections 907 and 915)

Fire Alarm Plans Provided by: Signaling System Solutions Inc.

Event Contact:
Jon Dunaway

ICC Credits: Class offers 12 hours of qualifying time. Equal to 1.2 ICC CEU's.

About the Instructor:

John Swanson has over 20 years of fire service experience serving as a Firefighter, (city) Fire Marshal and Deputy State Fire Marshal (State of Minnesota). He currently serves as a Lead Analyst-Corporate Fire Protection for Avangrid. He is certified as a Fire Inspector III, Plans Examiner, Firefighter II and NICET certified in fire alarm systems. He is currently a member of the NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Technical Committee and is a previous member of the International Building Code (IBC) Fire Safety Committee. He serves as a contract instructor and subject matter expert for the International Code Council (ICC) and is often called upon by ICC to develop and review IFC related content and materials. John also travels the country providing training on NFPA 72.

In 2013, Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton appointed John to the Minnesota Board of Architecture and Engineering. In 2013, John’s youngest son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Due to this, John has a personal interest in fire alarm systems and fire safety for children on the autism spectrum and other special needs. Through his work on the NFPA 72 technical committee, John has worked on a national task group to review fire alarm notification appliances and the impact they have on children on the autism spectrum. He has also served as a consultant nationally to architects and engineers, school districts and code officials on autism related fire and life safety concerns in the built environment.

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