Automatic Fire Alarm Association
April 2021 Newsletter

What's Coming Up in the AFAA Training Center?


Upcoming
On-Line Fire Alarm Training:

April 13th & 15th:
Understanding the FAR of the 2018 IBC

April 20th & 22nd:
Basic Fire Alarm Systems

April 27th & 29th:
Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing based on NFPA 72-2016


AFAA Webinar Series:

AFAA webinars are FREE for anyone to register.

April 21st:
Introduction to Mass Notification Risk Analysis


AFAA Special Events:

May 4th & 5th:
AFAA Annual Meeting & Codes Conference

Registration is now open! Visit: 2021 Annual Meeting and Codes Conference Information for more info!

June 8th:
AFAA's Annual 'Virtual' Breakfast

Save the Date!

June 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM, EDT via Zoom

Topic: Cyber Security and Fire Protection Systems

More details will be posted soon.


Member Benefits:
  • Members receive free certificates, upon request, that can be used towards Continuing Education Credits.

  • Non-Members need to pay $50 per webinar to receive a certificate. 
  • AFAA will offer at least 10 Webinars this year - so instead of paying $500 or more for your certificates you can join for $195 per year. 

  • AHJ's can join AFAA for $25 per year 

  • Members can also view the recorded version of the webinar at any time and download the PDF of the presentation materials.


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All AFAA training is eligible for continuing education and certificates are issued upon request of successful completion.

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Future Webinar Topics:

Do you have an idea for a webinar topic, or training program that you would like to share? Contact AFAA's Training Manager at [email protected] or call (814)548-7828 to discuss.


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Newsletter Content

Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2018 IBC

This course provides an in-depth review of the fire alarm requirements from Chapter 9 and related chapters from the IBC. This will be beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers, lead installers and AHJ’s as well as those preparing for the NICET III and IV exams for Fire Alarm Systems.

When?
Tuesday April 13th and
Thursday April 15th

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Cost?
AFAA Members: $250

AFAA AHJ Members: $150
Non-Members: $400

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.
Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify.

Register NOW!

Instructor:
Mr. Brad Cronin has over twenty years of experience in the fire service, and is currently a Captain with the Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department. Brad is Vice President of Fire Protection with Strategic Code Solutions and serves as an instructor for the Massachusetts State Fire Academy and National Fire Academy.

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Basic Fire Alarm Systems

This basic application course is beneficial for new or experienced installers, sales personnel, service technicians, plus building and fire inspectors involved in acceptance testing and/or plan review. Topics include a review of system fundamentals, components, battery set and voltage drop calculations, initiating devices and notification appliances and fire safety control functions.

When?
Tuesday April 20th and
Thursday April 22nd

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Cost?
AFAA Members: $250

AFAA AHJ Members: $150
Non-Members: $400

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.
Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify.

Register NOW!

Instructor:
Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017.  He continues to present seminars nationally.  Tom has been in the alarm industry for 44 years and was with AFAA for 23 years, serving as President/Executive Director and Director of Industry Relations.  Tom is NICET Level IV certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

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Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing based on NFPA 72-2016

This basic application course reviews the requirements for fire alarm systems testing and inspection; how to perform the tests properly; and how to conduct visual inspections in order to satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

When?
Tuesday April 27th and
Thursday April 29th

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Cost?
AFAA Members: $250

AFAA AHJ Members: $150
Non-Members: $400

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend part 1 and 2 to qualify.

Register NOW!

Instructor:
Art Black is the Principal at Carmel Fire Protection Associates, Carmel-by-the Sea, California – a consulting firm for fire prevention program management, fire detection and suppression system plan review and inspections, fire investigation, and development of quality fire protection training programs.  Previously, Art served as a firefighter and fire marshal at Carmel-by-the Sea Fire Department and is a California State Certified Chief Fire Officer and Community College Instructor – Supervisor.  He is a principal member of the technical committees for NFPA 72, 720 and 3.

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Just a reminder - contract classes are still available:

For more information – contact AFAA Training Manager Tim Knisely at [email protected]

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

Earn .1 CEU or 1 CPD for attending this live webinar!!

AFAA members receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education upon request, at no charge.

Non-members pay a $50 certificate Fee.

(You must attend 75% of the webinar to receive a certificate)


Introduction to Mass Notification Risk Analysis

Wednesday, April 21st at 1:00 PM (EDT)

We live in a dangerous world and wise organizations plan in advance for the unexpected. This includes analyzing the needs for mass notification and emergency communication systems.

Both the ICC and NFPA© codes require a Risk Analysis for all Mass Notification Systems designs and installations, including specific requirements for certain occupancies. NFPA 72© Chapter 24 contains specific requirements for using a risk analysis and the building emergency plan to ensure that the emergency communications system is designed to meet all of the owner’s mass notification system goals. This presentation will provide an introduction to the mass notification risk analysis process including who is qualified to perform a risk analysis, how is a risk analysis prepared, who approves a risk analysis, and what do current codes require and what future changes to the code are being considered. This will supply the basics of mass notification risk analysis for owners, designers, and AHJs alike.

This presentation will feature the following learning objectives:
• What is a mass notification risk analysis?
• How is a mass notification risk analysis performed and who is qualified to do complete one?
• What are the current and future code requirements for a mass notification risk analysis?

Register now!

Presented by: Larry Rietz

Larry Rietz, SET, has over 30 years of construction industry experience, the last 25 spent designing, commissioning, testing and inspecting of fire alarm, mass notification/emergency communication and related life safety systems.  Larry currently serves on the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) Board of Directors as Secretary.

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We are asking 10-14 Business Days to process all Continuing Education Certificate request, due to to the success of our online programs. If you had trouble logging in with your email but were able to call in, please email us at [email protected] and provide us with the phone number used so that we can still issue you a certificate. We must verify all participation before issuing certificates.

Association News

Preparing for AFAA’s Future..

In January, the AFAA board of directors and staff met for a two-day marathon zoom session to take a strategic look at where we’ve been and where we are headed.  We’ve learned a lot over the last year with respect to the strength of our organization and its ability to adapt to the changing conditions in the marketplace.  We want to position ourselves now to meet the needs of our members in the future. We wrote a statement of our mission and vision to reflect what we want to be, and we committed to a few strategic initiatives to help us focus on what we need to do to live up to them.  Please see additional information below which attempts to lay this out clearly.

Our vision: AFAA is the leading advocate for the fire alarm and emergency communications industry.

Our mission: To help save lives by empowering the fire alarm and emergency communications industry through code development, education, advancements in technology, and leveraging research.

Our strategic goals:

  • Grow industry competency – expand training offerings, support certification, grow audience (breadth and depth).
  • Cultivate an engaged membership – grow value of membership, continue to grow, and retain diverse types of members and enhance communications.
  • Advocate/be the voice – through codes and standards development, utilization of technology.
  • Improve the strength of the organization– its leadership, staff, and the size and management of its financial base.

Over the next several months, board committees will be taking a hard look at our training offerings and how we can continue to adapt them to meet your needs.  We will also be taking an overall look at AFAA’s member value proposition and our organization to explore how we might strengthen them so that we can accomplish our mission.

We invite you to participate!

Best Regards,

Rick Heffernan
President

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AFAA's Annual 'Virtual' Breakfast

Save the Date!

June 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT) via Zoom

Topic: Cyber Security and Fire Protection Systems

More details will be posted soon.

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