Automatic Fire Alarm Association
December 2020 Newsletter

What's Coming Up?


Upcoming
On-Line Fire Alarm Training

January 7th & 28th:
Professional Development Series: Best Practices for Mass Notification System Risk Assessment

January 12th & 14th:
Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing based on NFPA 72-2016

January 19th & 21st:
Fire Alarm Plan Review

January 25th & 27th AND February 1st & 3rd:
NICET Preparation - Level I and II for Fire Alarm Systems

February Training Seminars

February 9th & 11th:
Basic Fire Alarm Systems

*Please download the pictures to see registration links


 AFAA webinars are FREE for anyone to register.

January 20th:
NFPA 25 Update

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.


Not A Member?

Still need more information?

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Do you need more continuing education hours?

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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Hellen Keller

Newsletter Content

Automatic Fire Alarm Association will be closed on Thursday December 24th and Friday December 25th for Christmas. We will reopen on Monday December 28th at 9 AM (EST)

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!


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JANUARY TRAINING EVENTS

The University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering in collaboration with the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, present:

Professional Development Series: Best Practices for Mass Notification System Risk Assessment

Join us for two 90-minutes sessions to review the basics of risk analysis and methods to satisfy the requirements for Mass Notification System risk analysis.

When?
Thursday January 7th and
Thursday January 28th

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Cost?
AFAA Members AND
The University of Maryland Fire Protection Alumni*: $250

Non-Members: $295

Instructor:
Bill Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, SASHE and Larry Rietz, SET

*Discount code will be provided for UMD Fire Protection Alumni.
Please e-mail John Saams at [email protected] for the discount code.

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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 January 12th and
Thursday January 14th

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

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.

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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Fire Alarm Plan Review

This application course describes some of the common issues associated with the plan review process and offers suggestions for improvement. This is addressed by providing plan review and acceptance test checklists, battery and voltage drop calculations, reviewing proper spacing of detectors and notification appliances.

When?
Tuesday January 19th and
Thursday January 21st

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

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.

Instructor:
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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NICET Preparation - Level I & II Fire Alarm Systems

This 14-hour course 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 participants knowledge of the use and application of NFPA 72, the NEC, and the building and fire code requirements for fire alarm systems.

When?
Monday January 25th &
Wednesday January 27th AND
Monday February 1st & Wednesday February 3rd

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

Cost?
AFAA Members: $475

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

Receive a certificate for 14 contact hours of continuing education.
Must attend all 4 parts to qualify.

Instructor:
Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and 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.

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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 February 9th and
Thursday February 11th

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

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.

Instructor:
Merton Bunker has 32 years of engineering experience, including seven years at the National Fire Protection Association as staff liaison to NFPA 72. He is active in codes and standards development and is the Chair of the Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property Correlating Committee. Merton is a licensed professional engineer and a certified master electrical inspector.

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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)


NFPA 25: Update

Wednesday January 20th at 1:00 PM (EST)

This presentation will cover the major changes in the 2020 edition and some first draft revisions in the 2023 edition. More details will be posted soon.

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.

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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.

*Please download the pictures to see registration links

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