Fire Smarts, in partnership with Telgian, is providing a series of informative training webinars taught by Telgian fire protection experts who will educate on specific areas of fire protection systems. The July webinar addresses the increasingly urgent need for Fire Alarm System Communication Training.
Telephone companies are rapidly replacing copper telephone lines with fiber optic lines which means POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) is being phased out. This, along with adoption of modern methods of communication, is driving a major transformation in how fire alarm systems communicate with the monitoring centers.
There are advancements in older technology, such as Mesh radio networks, and there are newer avenues of communication methods such as the Internet and cellular that will continue to grow rapidly. This webinar will discuss how this transition impacts fire alarm systems and will highlight the communications system requirements in Chapter 26 of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code.
Participants will also learn about best practices for transitioning a fire alarm system using POTS lines to a more modern method of communicating, including pros and cons of Internet and cellular communications.
Learning Objectives and CEUs
• Explain the POTS line ‘sunsetting’ impact to fire alarm communications.
• Describe the methods acceptable to NFPA 72 for fire alarm communications.
• Understand what additional requirements and pitfalls apply for IP based communications as compared to cellular or radio.
• Learn best practices for planning and implementing the communication transition of a fire alarm system.
• CEUs: 1 contact hour
About the Presenter
Tom Parrish has more than 25 years’ experience in fire protection and emergency response. He serves on several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. He is a board member of 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.