According to Telgian’s Vice President Tom Parrish, air aspirating smoke detection – a system which uses a central detection unit which draws air through a network of pipes to detect smoke – is not a new concept to the fire protection / fire alarm industry. However, the applications for such systems have changed drastically over recent years. In a recent article for Fire and Safety magazine, Parrish explores the benefits of these systems, from early warning of smoke, to use when the air handling system is not working, to additional functionality even in low air damper environments. In addition, he discusses design models and enhancements, as well as the limitations to air aspirating smoke detection systems.
Parrish’s experience includes over 25 years in fire protection and emergency response. Parrish has held positions with municipal fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services, as well as in private industry fire protection system design and installation.
A leader in the fire protection industry, he is active on several NFPA technical committees such as NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. In addition, Parrish is a Board Member of the AFAA and is a senior instructor for NFPA. Professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician. In addition, he is board-certified as a Physical Security Professional by ASIS .
To read “Air Aspirating Detection Evolving Trends and Innovations” in its entirety, please click here: FSW_fall2014_Tom-Parrish-1
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Telgian Holdings, Inc.