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by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (358 pages, b&w and colour illustrations)

CFAA Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual

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Fire alarm systems continue to be a major element for life safety in buildings. The subject of fire alarm systems is a unique discipline that has evolved with technological advances and is also linked with the legal requirements of Codes and Standards. This new edition of the Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual by CFAA is written as a reference resource for those taking Course 5 of the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician program, but also as an informative document to provide a better understanding of how things work, installation considerations and the multitude of fire alarm system requirements.

As stated in the previous edition, an understanding of basic electricity and basic electronics is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. Knowledge of fire growth and progression is also helpful in addition to comprehension of the interdependent structure of the related codes and standards. Introduction to the Fire Detection and Alarm Industry, the Course 1 manual, is an excellent reference in this regard.

The new edition of Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual is in a revised format with colour illustrations and photographs. The content of the thirteen chapters encompasses the fire topics of detection, signalling, control units, installation and testing. It has been built on the foundation of the previous edition and updated to include the advances in fire alarm system technology. Illustrations and photographs are intended to supplement the text and are not intended to promote a manufacturer’s product. The text has been revised with information to reflect the changes in the Building Code, Fire Code and the latest edition of the Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards.

Codes and Standards play a vital role in the fire alarm industry. The information in this text is provided for explanatory purposes but it is not a standards document. We thank ULC for their assistance in making some of the standards material available. The standards produced by ULC and the references to the specific sections of the Building Code and Fire Code as legislated in the various regions of Canada are necessary for a complete understanding of the requirements and should be consulted.

Table of Contents
1: Fire Alarm Systems - An Overview
2: Manual Stations
3: Fire Detectors
4: Heat-Actuated Fire Detectors
5: Smoke-Actuated Fire Detectors
6: Audible And Visible Signalling Devices
7: Control Equipment
8: System Operational Principles
9: Distributed Processing Systems
10: Interface with Other Systems
11: Installation of Fire Alarm Systems
12: Verifications
13: Inspection and Testing, and Maintenance
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358 pages, b&w and colour illustrations
About the Author

The Canadian Fire Alarm Association is a non‑profit association incorporated by the Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs of Canada. The general objective of the CFAA is to promote a better understanding of the fire alarm industry and to foster and promote:

  • product and service standards for the fire alarm industry,
  • the relationship among manufacturers, suppliers and users of the products and services of the fire alarm industry, and
  • co‑operation and understanding between CFAA members and those bureaus and agencies regulating the fire alarm industry.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Fire alarm systems continue to be a major element for life safety in buildings. The subject of fire alarm systems is a unique discipline that has evolved with technological advances and is also linked with the legal requirements of Codes and Standards. This new edition of the Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual by CFAA is written as a reference resource for those taking Course 5 of the CFAA Fire Alarm Technician program, but also as an informative document to provide a better understanding of how things work, installation considerations and the multitude of fire alarm system requirements.

As stated in the previous edition, an understanding of basic electricity and basic electronics is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. Knowledge of fire growth and progression is also helpful in addition to comprehension of the interdependent structure of the related codes and standards. Introduction to the Fire Detection and Alarm Industry, the Course 1 manual, is an excellent reference in this regard.

The new edition of Fire Alarm Systems A Reference Manual is in a revised format with colour illustrations and photographs. The content of the thirteen chapters encompasses the fire topics of detection, signalling, control units, installation and testing. It has been built on the foundation of the previous edition and updated to include the advances in fire alarm system technology. Illustrations and photographs are intended to supplement the text and are not intended to promote a manufacturer’s product. The text has been revised with information to reflect the changes in the Building Code, Fire Code and the latest edition of the Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standards.

Codes and Standards play a vital role in the fire alarm industry. The information in this text is provided for explanatory purposes but it is not a standards document. We thank ULC for their assistance in making some of the standards material available. The standards produced by ULC and the references to the specific sections of the Building Code and Fire Code as legislated in the various regions of Canada are necessary for a complete understanding of the requirements and should be consulted.