ALS390 - Fire Alarm Systems

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Subject Title
Fire Alarm Systems

Subject Description
This course will address applications of fire alarm systems and the operation, testing and inspection requirements of fire alarm systems as outlined by the various Codes and Standards.  The student will learn the basics of field wiring circuits, field devices, emergency voice communication systems and addressable fire alarm systems. 
 
Also covered are principles and technology of fire detection devices, signal appliances, control equipment and ancillary devices. 
 
This course is taught by a CFAA certified instructor and together with the pre-requisite courses, leads to the student becoming a CFAA Fire Alarm Technician as required by the Fire Code.
 
For CFAA Certification, a Grade of C or better is required.

Credit Status
One college subject credit.

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

  1. Locate and apply reference sources relating to fire alarm system design requirements.
  2. Identify the appropriate initiating device for each stage of a typical fire growth.
  3. Arrange devices based on detector spacing and room conditions.
  4. Summarize the operation, advantages and disadvantages of addressable systems, conventional systems, Class B circuits and Class A circuits.
  5. Identify the minimum requirements for installation, annual inspections and verifications.
  6. Apply the inspection and testing requirements in a lab environment.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
ALS 190, EAC 625, ELF 190, and ETR 290 - if taking the Fire Alarm Technician Program (CFAA requirements)  

Topic Outline

INTRODUCTION 

  • Review of Course Outline

 

Chapter 1 - OVERVIEW 1 
  • Definitions
  • Basic System Requirements 
  • Codes and Standards
  • Plans and Specifications 
  • The Need for a Fire Alarm System
  • Group or Division Classification of Buildings
  • Voice Communication Systems
  • Additional Requirements for High Building

Chapter 10 - INSTALLATION 
  • Building Code, ULC Standards
  • Installation Materials
  • System Requirements
  • Chapter 3 - AUTOMATIC INITIATING DEVICES 
  • Fire Signatures
  • Fire Detectors
  • Installation of Fire Detectors

 

Chapter 4 - HEAT ACTUATED DEVICES 
  • Design Standard
  • Principles of Operation
  • Detector Spacing
  • Temperature Rating
  • Installation
  • Sprinklers Used in Lieu of Heat Detectors

CANADIAN ELECTRICAL CODE & WIRING 
  • CEC Code Requirements
  • Wiring Techniques and Methods 

 

Chapter 2 - MANUAL PULL STATIONS 
  • Design
  • Types of Stations
  • Application 

 

Chapter 5 - SMOKE ACTUATED FIRE DETECTORS 1
  • Design Standard
  • Principles of Design

Chapter 5 - SMOKE ACTUATED FIRE DETECTORS 2 
  • Beam Detectors
  • Air Duct Mounted Detectors
  • Smoke Alarms

Chapter 6 - ALARM SIGNAL & COMMUNICATION APPLIANCES 
  • Principles of Sound
  • Types of Signals
  • Design
  • Application
  • Visual Signals

Chapter 7 - SYSTEM OPERATIONAL PRINCIPLES 
  • Overview
  • System Operational Types
  • System Type Requirements
  • Fire Alarm Systems - Operational Overview
  • Fire Alarm Zoning
  • Remote Annunciators

Chapter 8 - CONTROL EQUIPMENT 
  • Alarm
  • Trouble
  • Initiating Circuits
  • Alarm Signalling Circuits
  • Voice Communication Circuits
  • Common Control Section
  • Power Supply

Chapter 9 - MULTIPLEXED SYSTEMS 
  • Microprocessor Architecture
  • Multiplexed Configurations
  • Peripherals
  • Installation Requirements
  • Design Considerations

Chapter 11 - SYSTEM VERIFICATION 
  • Requirements

Chapter 12 - MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION & TESTING 
  • The Fire Codes
  • Inspect and Test
  • Schedule of Requirements
  • Annual Test and Inspection Procedures

NOTE:
  • All of the above will be covered, but the order may be changed to accommodate the instructors. Any changes will be communicated in class. 

Mode of Instruction

  • Structured lectures are used to expose students to the subject material. 
  • Students will attend a Fire Protection Laboratory for first hand experience with a variety of detectors and alarm panels. 















Prescribed Texts

  • Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual; Hodgson; Publisher: Canadian Fire Alarm Association; Current Edition; ISBN# 978-0-9734001-3-7
  • National/Ontario Building Code, 2012
  • National/Ontario Fire Code; Publisher: Fire Safety Canada; ISBN 000601000B
  • ULC Standards For Installation Inspection & Verification, Publisher: Seneca College
  • ALS390 Study Guide: Fire Alarm Systems; Publisher: School of Fire Protection; ISBN 889000206519 

Reference Material

  • Fire Protection Handbook, NFPA 
  • Canadian/Ontario Electrical Code
  • Various texts and standards, appropriate to fire alarm systems, are available at the Newnham library. 

Required Supplies
No special supplies are required.  

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.









Modes of Evaluation

Lecture Class Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Two Assignments
22%
Quizes 1-6
22%
Midterm Test
22%
Final Examination
34%


Lab Portion Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Quizes 1-6
30%
Midterm Test
20%
Final Examination
50%


The final grade for the subject will be calculated as follows:
Lab Component
33%
Lecture Component
67%



Please Note
  • Students are required to write closed book tests and an open book final exam to test their performance at learning the subject material. Additionally, class participation and laboratory assignments form a significant part of the evaluation process. 
  • Test dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable (with the exception of tests missed due to documented evidence of illness or other exceptional circumstances; requiring submission of documents within two days after returning to the College).
  • Attendance is mandatory in the lectures and laboratories due to the safety issues, which will be discussed.
  • More than three absences ( with the exception of absences missed due to documented evidence of illness or other exceptional circumstances; requiring submission of such documents within two days after returning to the College) will result in a fail /unsatisfactory grade for this subject.  
  • To achieve a passing grade a minimum of 60% is required

Approved by: Sandra Noble