Automatic Fire Alarm Association Training Newsletter 

 What's Coming Up?

Live, On-Line Fire Alarm Training

  1. June 8th and 9th: Basic Fire Alarm Systems

  2. June 15th and 16:
    A Users Guide to Simplifying NFPA 72 and NEC 70

  3. June 22nd and 23rd: Fire Alarm Plan Review

  4. June 29th and 30th: Understanding the IBC Fire Alarm Systems

FREE Webinars in
June and July

  1. June 4th:
    Emergency Responder Radio Communications Enhancement Systems

  2. June 11th:
    Class N Ethernet in Fire Alarm Systems

  3. July 13th:
    Summary of Changes to the 2021 ICC and NFPA Models and Codes

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 

Basic Fire Alarm Systems

Monday June 8th and Tuesday June 9th
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

AFAA Members:  $250
AFAA AHJ Members:  $150
Non-Members:  $400


Mr. Larry Rietz, SET, has over 28 years of construction industry experience, the last 24 spent designing, commissioning, testing, and inspecting of fire alarm, mass notification/emergency communication, and related life safety systems. 

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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  A Users Guide to Simplifying NFPA 72 and the NEC 70

Based on NFPA 72-2016 & NFPA 70-2014

Monday June 15th and Tuesday June 16th

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

AFAA Members:  $250

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


Mr. Jim Mundy has more than fifty years of experience in fire alarm, building signaling, fire suppression, access control, environmental control and various signaling systems.  He serves in advisory capacities to local, state and national bodies and NFPA National Fire Alarm Code Technical and National Standards Committees.

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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Fire Alarm Plan Review

Monday June 22nd and Tuesday June 23rd
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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Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2015 International Building Code

Monday June 29th and Tuesday June 30th
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

AFAA Members:  $250
AFAA AHJ Members:  $150
Non-Members:  $400


 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.

 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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 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)

Emergency Responder Radio Communication Enhancement Systems 
(Bi-Directional Amplifier)

June 4th at 1:00 P.M. (EDT)

This is a very information presentation of the evolution of code requirements for ERRCES. Presentation defines the reasons for Emergency Responder Radio Signal impairment inside buildings, code required methods and definitions of measuring those signals and code definition of the required solution for those impairments. Presentation will discuss difference in State and Local requirements across the US. UL 2524 will also be discussed as part of the presentation and the System requirements that includes to make these systems robust, safe, reliable and not cause issues with a Public Safety Radio Network it is connected to.

Presented by: : David Thompson

David most recently took on the role of National Business Development Manager in June 2018 for the New BDA (ERRCES) product Honeywell released in 2018. In that Role David’s primary focus is driving BDA business across the US. David Thompson joined Honeywell Security & Fire in January 2016 as the North Central Business Development Manager. As the North Central BDM, David supported the Gamewell-FCI and Silent Knight-Farenhyt businesses in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. David has worked in the fire alarm industry for over 21 years and is NICET Level IV certified in fire alarm and NICET Level II certified in special hazards. David also is on the NFPA 1221 committee for Public Emergency Service Communication.

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 Class N and Ethernet in Fire Alarm Systems 

June 11 at 1:00 P.M. EDT

NFPA 72 has established parameters for Ethernet connections, called Class N. In this webinar, you’ll learn how (and why) the fire code allows for Ethernet systems. You’ll learn how IP networking is different from an SLC circuit in a fire alarm system, and why Ethernet is a useful way to network devices. You’ll learn how to connect alarms and devices in conformance with Class N specifications, and how to use software as an alarm management tool. You’ll even learn how you can use Ethernet technology to monitor alarm systems on laptops and personal computers, not only on site but also remotely, at home and on vacation.

Presented by: Don Horon

Dan Horon is the founder and president of Cadgraphics® Incorporated, the maker of RescueLogic® software, a graphical user interface for fire alarm systems. Dan is the author of “Class N: Networks for Fire Alarms and Mass Notification Systems,” available on He has served on the NFPA Protected Premises Technical Committee since 2001. He was a member of the NFPA Task Group on Networks, and he co-authored the first Ethernet networking section in the NFPA 72 handbook. Dan has been a speaker and presenter at AFAA, NFPA, NEMA, and other conferences. You can email him at [email protected]

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Summary of Changes to the 2021 ICC and NFPA Models Codes

Jul 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

An informative discussion that provides an overview of many new requirements in the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) model codes relating to fire alarm systems, 520 Hz low frequency audible fire alarm signal, visible notification appliances, audible notification appliances, emergency power, pull stations, carbon monoxide (CO) detection systems, smoke detection and in-building emergency responder radio enhancements systems.

The presentation will cover the following codes:

• International Fire Code (IFC)
• International Building Code (IBC)
• International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
• NFPA 101
• NFPA 1
• NFPA 5000

Presenter: Richard Roberts

Over thirty-five years of experience in the installation, sales, commissioning and product management of code compliant commercial fire alarm, carbon monoxide detection and security systems. Currently Mr. Roberts is responsible for codes and standards development at the federal, state & local level as well as influencing changes to legislation.

Board & Committee affiliations:

• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
Member of 14 NFPA Technical Committees
• Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
Member of 2 Standards Technical Panels (STP’s)
for carbon monoxide detection
• National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
• Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA)
• International Code Council (ICC)
• National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
• Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS)
• Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC)
• Security Industry Association (SIA)

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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.

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