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This course provides the required knowledge and reinforces it through a workshop where you apply the knowledge gained from the course to design a typical fire alarm system under instructor guidance.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:

€¢ Describe the different types of fire alarm system and when they are required.
€¢ Design a typical fire alarm system
€¢ Accept with confidence knowing what to look for when accepting documentation from contractors for verifications and annual reports.
€¢ Standardize the fire protection equipment for operation and construction using the knowledge of equipment gained from the course
€¢ Make decisions with the knowledge of features and applications of fire alarm systems
€¢ Use building code requirements for selecting fire alarm equipment
€¢ Service and maintain fire alarm systems to provide reliable life safety to the occupants
€¢ Recognize what the users can or can not do to maintain the certification of the fire alarm equipment
€¢ Apply the knowledge in hardware, standards and code to assess the existing and new installations
€¢ Provide effective management for your fire alarm service company using the knowledge of opportunities gained from the course


Only a well designed and functioning fire alarm system can ensure protection of a building from fire hazard.  To provide an effective fire alarm system, engineers must understand the categories and types of both basic and state-of-the-art fire alarms available, application of Building and Fire Codes, input and output devices as well as their standard and optional features.

Engineers must also understand the distributed system and networking, installation and inspection, testing and verification standards.  Knowledge is also required of the various levels of access (software controlled) for maintenance of the system and changing of configurations and features with respect to model and makes. This course provides the required knowledge and reinforces it through a workshop where you apply the knowledge gained from the course to design a typical fire alarm system under instructor guidance.


To provide participants with the knowledge to meet the requirements of the Building Code, Fire Code and related ULC Standards as they apply to fire alarm systems.

Who Should Attend

Fire alarm system designers and engineers; installation and service company personnel; anyone needing certification of their service company;  inspection personnel from municipalities and fire departments; building owners; electrical project engineers and supervisors, maintenance personnel from commercial, industrial, mercantile, educational, medical care, and detention occupancies.

Program Outline

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Overview of Fire Alarm Systems and Applications
€¢ Input, output, processing, response time, and annunciation
€¢ Stand-alone
€¢ Distributed
€¢ Centralized
€¢ Networking (local and degraded mode)

Categories and Types of Fire Alarm Systems
€¢ Local, auxiliary, remote and proprietary
€¢ Conventional and addressable (analog and digital)
€¢ Single-stage and two-stage systems
€¢ Single to three-channel voice communication
€¢ Fire fighters telephone, indication and paging

Standard and Optional Features of Fire Alarm Control Units
€¢ Basic features, annunciation and controls
€¢ Electrical supervision
€¢ Priority level of indication
€¢ Alarm silence/inhibit
€¢ Input/output mapping
€¢ Requirement of annunciation (local and remote)
€¢ Circuit types Class A, B, and R
€¢ Conventional and addressable loops
€¢ Response time
€¢ Different types of faults and trouble
€¢ Optional features such as suppression systems, alarm verification, voice, smoke control, and egress door securing

Compatibility of Input/Output Devices, Voice Communication Systems
€¢ Initiating and signaling devices
€¢ Interfacing voice systems, built-in and stand-alone
€¢ Interfacing different makes of control units

Evaluation and Certification of Fire Alarm Equipment as Per ULC Standards
€¢ How ULC evaluates and certifies control units according to CAN/ULC-S527
€¢ Certification of field devices according to their respective CAN/ULC-500 series Standards
€¢ What is required in voice communication systems
€¢ Evaluation of transponders and their role
€¢ Primary and secondary power requirements

In-Depth Analysis of National Installation and Maintenance Standards
€¢ CAN/ULC-S524 Standard for Installation of Fire Alarm Systems
€¢ CAN/ULC-S536 Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
€¢ CAN/ULC-S537 Standard for Verification of Fire Alarms

Day II

Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems and Access Level
€¢ What level of access may be made available to the building owners/users and service companies (software controlled)
€¢ Role of AHJ
€¢ Responsibilities of the manufacturer
€¢ How field changes affect ULC certification and labels
€¢ Special field inspections by ULC in cooperation with AHJ

National Building Code Part 3
€¢ Requirement for low-rise buildings
€¢ Requirement for high-rise
€¢ Requirement for voice communication
€¢ Electromagnetic locking devices

Automatic Sprinkler Systems
€¢ Requirements for sprinkler flow alarms
€¢ Types of flow alarms
€¢ Requirements for sprinkler supervision

ULC Certificate Program and Starting a Listed Service Company
€¢ Requirements and how to qualify for certificates
€¢ How you can start and become a listed fire alarm service company
€¢ Required qualification and experience

Fire Code and Ontario Retrofit Program
€¢ What is required for fire alarm system and restorations
€¢ Testing and maintenance
€¢ Under retrofit program, what is allowed and disallowed

Customized Installation and Special Inspection
€¢ How customized installation affects ULC certification
€¢ What is required for special inspection
€¢ Who can initiate the request for field inspection
€¢ AHJ involvement and their requirements for issuing occupancy permits

Workshop: Design/Layout of a Typical Fire Alarm System
€¢ Participants will have an opportunity to design a fire alarm system based on the knowledge gained from the course.

Inspection Checklist
€¢ An initial checklist will be provided and discussed.  Participants will be drawn into discussion so that they can carry with them the completed checklist.

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Daily Schedule:
    Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30    Session begins
12:00  Lunch
4:30    Adjournment


John Percy

John Percy is certified as a fire prevention officer, public fire and life safety educator, training facilitator, and public information officer for the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario. Since studying fire protection engineering technology at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, he has become certified by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Housing as a fire protection inspector under Bill 124 requirements. He is also a certified fire alarm technician with the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and a certified fire and explosion investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Currently the public education officer with City of Waterloo Fire Rescue, Mr. Percy has over 15 years of experience in the fire service and fire alarm system industries. Formerly a member of the Town of Milton, Ontario, Community Services Advisory Committee, he is now a continuing education instructor with Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught the Fire Alarm Systems course for five years. Mr. Percy is also responsible for designing, implementing, and teaching the new Fire Safety Inspection course that covers inspections enforcing the Ontario Fire Code.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.4 CEUs / 14 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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