Automatic Fire Alarm Association Training Newsletter

What's Coming Up?

Live, On-Line Fire Alarm Training

August 11 & 13:
Fire Alarm Plan Review

August 25 & 27:
Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2015 & 2018 Editions of the International Building Code

September 22-23 & 29-30:
NICET Preparation - Level I and II for Fire Alarm Systems

FREE webinars in
August & September

August 19th:
Circuit Integrity Cable Solutions, 2020 and Beyond

September 15th:
The New NFPA 915 – Standard for Remote Inspections

AFAA webinars are FREE for anyone to register.

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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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

New! Live, On-Line Fire Alarm Training

Fire Alarm Plan Review

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.

August 11th and 13th

@ 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


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  Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2015 & 2018 Editions of the International Building Code

This seminar is beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers or lead installers responsible for fire alarm systems and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for fire alarm system plan review and acceptance testing. It is also useful for those preparing for the NICET Level III and IV exams.  Discussions and practical exercises are used to improve the participant’s knowledge of and how to use the building and fire codes in determining fire alarm requirements.

Tuesday August 25th & Thursday August 27th

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

AFAA Members: $250

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

Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and lives in Jasper, GA. Tom retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017 and continues to present seminars nationally. He 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 4 certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

Space is limited - register today!

Receive a certificate for 7 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend part 1 & 2 to qualify

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NICET Preparation - Level I and II for Fire Alarm Systems

In this course, participants will take an in-depth look into the codes and standards referenced by NICET for fire alarm certification. The course is designed for anyone considering or preparing to take a certification exam or simply seeking additional knowledge of the codes and standards governing fire alarm design, installation and general work practices.

The interactive nature of the course delivery and practical exercises will improve the participants knowledge of the use and application of NFPA 72, the NEC, and the building and fire code requirements for fire alarm systems. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to dialogue with instructors familiar with the certification and testing process.

This is a 14-hour program, divided over four afternoons in the virtual classroom delivery.

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 22-23 &
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 29-30

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

AFAA Members: $475

AFAA AHJ Members: $275
Non-Members: $800

Receive a certificate for 14 contact hours of continuing education.

Must attend all parts to qualify.

Tom Parrish has more than 25 years of experience in fire protection and emergency response.  He serves on several NFPA technical committees.  His certifications include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspection and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician.

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 Upcoming 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)

Circuit Integrity Cable Solutions, 2020 and Beyond

Wednesday August 19th @ 1:00 PM (EDT)

Sponsored by COMTRAN



This presentation outlines circuit integrity cable solutions, designed around the ‘survivability’ requirements of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72. This will feature developments that have been made in the 20 years in 2-hour fire rated circuit integrity. We will also review the testing criteria to receive this rating and look at product that is currently available, and discuss the industries requested product of the future.

Presenter: Paul Wellem

Paul is an Application Engineer with Marmon Electrical – Comtran Cables.  He has 25+ years in educating, informing and selling 2-hour fire rated cable solutions.  He introduced the first fire alarm circuit integrity cable solutions to the electrical industry in 2000/2001 and has spent the last 25 years working with AHJ’s, engineers and contractors around the country providing emergency system cable solutions in commercial and industrial projects.  He participates in industry events and tradeshows such as AFAA, NFPA, SFPE and IEAI.

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The New NFPA 915 – Standard for Remote Inspections

Tuesday September 15th @ 1:00 PM (EDT)

In April 2019 the NFPA appointed a technical committee to develop a new Standard on Remote Inspections. Since August 2019 the committee has held several development meetings to turn the scope approved by the NFPA Standards Council into a document ready for public review. This presentation will describe the scope of the proposed standard and present the outline as it currently exists. Remote inspection methodologies, the types of systems and components proposed to be used, file formats, record collection, and record retention will all be discussed. While the use of remote inspections was initially not considered for water-based and other active fire protection systems, several committee members are in favor of including them in the standard.

Presented by: Terry Victor

Terry Victor, Senior Manager of Industry Relations at JCI/Grinnell Fire Protection Solutions has over 47 years of technical experience in the fire sprinkler industry. He is NICET certified Level IV in Water Based Systems Layout and Special Hazards Systems Layout. He serves on various industry boards and committees, is a member of the CFSI National Advisory Committee and the NFFF Advisory Committee to the Board. He is JCI/Grinnell’s representative on the NFSA Board of Directors, is the past chairman of the NFSA Engineering & Standards Committee, and is the current chairman of the NFSA ITM Committee. He is the JCI Regional Coordinator for Codes & Standards in the US, is the immediate past chairman of the Capital Region Fire Sprinkler Association, and is a member of numerous NFPA technical committees including those for NFPA 3, 4, 11, 13, 13D, 13R, 14, 15, 20, 25, 72, 101, 214, 303, 915, and 5000. He received the NFPA Committee Service Award in 2015 and the NFSA Russell P. Fleming Technical Service Award in 2017.

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We are asking 7-10 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.
Special Announcement:

 Automatic Fire Alarm Association would like to say Congratulations to a few of our Board Members for being recipients of the 2020 SFPE Society Awards:

The Margaret Law Award

Endowed by Arup Americas


Kathleen Almand, P.E. FSFPE



 The Hats Off Award

Deborah Shaner


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