ALS190 - Introduction To Fire Alarms

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Subject Title
Introduction To Fire Alarms

Subject Description
This subject provides a general understanding of fire alarm protection systems. It discusses the purpose and specific application of the different codes and standards that regulate the industry. It introduces the student to architectural considerations regarding fire containment. Information about testing laboratories, their procedures, testing methods and how listed/approved materials achieve greater degrees of life safety are covered. Other topics include: the nature of fire, extinguishing methods, fire alarm testing methods, interpretation of drawings, specifications and other contract documents.

Credit Status
One credit in the Fire Protection Engineering Technology or Technician Diploma Programs and the Fire Alarm Technician Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of the Fire Protection Engineering Technology Diploma Program at Seneca and how it relates to the fire protection industry (But applicable to Fire Alarm Program).
2. Identify the key organizations, agencies, and associations which are part of the Canadian fire protection industry.
3. Relate fire protection engineering technology to the larger field of loss control including personal health, environmental, and industrial safety considerations.
4. Show fluency in the terms used in the chemistry and physics of fire including knowing the stages of fire development, the characteristics of fire, the meaning of the fire triangle and the tetrahedron of fire.
5. Identify classes of materials using the NFPA fire classifications.
6. Identify the main chemical and physical properties of classes of materials, including flash point, ignition temperature and flammable limits.
7. List the predominant products of combustion and discuss in general their toxicology and pharmacology.
8. Show knowledge of the WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and NFPA 704 "diamond" hazards identification systems.
9. Demonstrate knowledge of fire suppression by knowing the common types of fire extinguishing agents and how they work.
10. Identify the types and applications of fire alarm systems.
11. Know the origin, scope, and application of the National Building Code and the National Fire Code of Canada.

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Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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