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Telgian fire protection expert Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP will present the Fire Smarts Introduction to Fire Alarm System Inspection and Testing webinar on May 11, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern. The online training event will introduce participants to the inspection and testing requirements for fire alarm systems based on NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

NFPA 72 directs the testing and inspection activities for alarm system equipment including control units, supervising station transmission, initiating devices, notification devices and power supplies. The tables in Chapter 14 of the standard designate what specific visual inspections and actual tests need to be performed and at what frequencies. Participants will review how these tables work, commonly enforced inspection and testing requirements, and where to look if additional inspections and testing information is needed.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will understand the intent for requiring fire alarm inspections and testing, as well as how conducting testing is different from performing inspections. In addition, attendees will be familiar with the qualifications for personnel conducting inspections and testing and how to determine documentation requirements for inspection and testing activities.

Tom Parrish, Telgian Fire SafetyPresenter Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP is the Vice President of Telgian Corporation and has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection and emergency response. He has held multiple positions with municipal fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services, as well as in private industry.

As an industry leader dedicated to positive change in the industry, he serves on several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. Parrish is also the President of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and is a senior instructor for NFPA.

His professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician.  Parrish is also board-certified as a Physical Security Professional by ASIS and is a retired firefighter, as well as the retired Fire Marshal of Putnam Township Fire Department in Pinckney, Michigan.

To register for the Introduction to Fire Alarm System Inspection and Testing webinar, please visit Fire Smarts.

For media and interview inquiries with Tom Parrish, please contact Susan McNeill,

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