This course provides students an overview of troubleshooting, maintenance and inspection techniques for the following: panels and power supplies, intrusion alarm devices, fire alarm devices, closed-circuit video systems, communication, and notification devices.
It is important to remember that maintenance, inspections, and testing all have uniquely different legal definitions. Regular testing and inspection of fire alarm system equipment, systems, and fire safety control functions are required by Code for both new and existing systems.
Upon Course Completion, Students Will Be Able To:
- Explain the most common problems and how frequently they occur.
- Identify specific corrective actions to take based on the state of the output at the monitor.
- Describe a simple problem resolution procedure.
- Describe a ground loop, testing procedures, and ground loop isolation transformers.
- Explain how to test for proper termination.
- Identify current and past communication methods.
- Describe digital communications equipment.
- Explain common DACT problems, tests and solutions.
- Describe cellular communication problems, tests and solutions.
- Explain network communication, problems, tests and solutions.
- Explain the components of a fire life safety alarm system and how they interrelate.
- Describe how to troubleshoot fire panels, NAC, power supplies and other components of a system.
- Identify how to troubleshoot powered and non-powered devices typical to a fire/life safety alarm system.
- Identify common troubleshooting issues for intrusion panels
- Define troubleshooting symptoms, problems, and solutions for all 3 methods of connecting devices to the panel
- Identify troubleshooting methods for burglar system components.
- Explain troubleshooting symptoms, problems, and solutions for both powered and non-powered devices.
- Read and interpret manufacturer’s specifications (voltage, permissible load, etc.).
- Determine the minimum size power supply needed.
- Calculate the size battery needed for a system to operate for specified number of hours (4, 24, 60, and 72) without primary power.
- Calculate the size battery needed for a system to operate without primary power as required by NFPA and UL requirements. And after determining the proper battery, list reasons for its failure for a given system.
- Select the proper transformer for power supply as well as install and wire the transformer.
- Describe the difference between the terms, maintenance, service and inspection.
- Explain the NFPA code requirements for testing methods, and frequencies.
- Identify check lists designed to aid testing and inspections.
- Describe manufacturer specific functional testing of specific.
What to expect in this course: The presentation includes text, audio, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. This course has a short quiz at the end, which you will be required to pass with a 70% or greater to complete the course.