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Running Head: THE FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS1The Fire Detection and Alarm SystemsUnit III Course ProjectFrank J. Seay IIColumbia Southern UniversityMOS 5301- Fire Protection Technology
THE FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS2In the rapidly growing industries of today, with the use of lighter weight, syntheticmaterials in building construction, it is imperative that companies have a properly designed andoperational fire protection system in their businesses.This is required in almost every local andnational fire and building code.Without these systems, there would be tremendous life andproperty loss if there was ever a fire in these businesses.A fire protection system is comprised of many different parts that work together to makethe entire system.One of the most important components of any fire protection system is thedetection and alarming part of the system.Without this part, the system would not alert theoccupants of the fire or notify the proper authorities of the emergency.A fire detection and alarm system are the parts of the system that recognize the fire in thebuilding, notify the occupants of the fire, send a signal to activate the system and activate the firesuppression systems.These systems are engineered and designed specifically for the type ofoccupancy they are installed in.These systems are required to be tested by a nationallyrecognized testing facility such as Underwriter’s Laboratories to ensure that they are operationaland will work properly before they are installed (Brakhage, Abrams and Fortney, 2016).In each of these systems, one of the most important parts is the Fire Alarm ControllingUnit or FACU.This part of the system is essentially the brain of the entire system.It containsthe electronics that supervise and monitor the system.In receives the alarm for the initiatingdevices, then it activates the audible devices from that signal and transmits the signal to theoffsite monitoring services (Brakhage, Abrams and Fortney, 2016).With the technologies of today, they are numerous options for these parts of the system.In older systems of yesterday there were bells, gongs and numerous audible ways to notify theoccupants of the building of a fire.These notification devices fall into four different categories.
THE FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS3They are audible warning devices or devices such as horns, bells and speakers that notify duringa fire, visual warning devices such as approved lighting devices, textual warning devices ordevices that visually display a text or symbol when activated or tactile warning devices that sendout a vibration when activated (Brakhage, Abrams and Fortney, 2016).In many structures such as hospitals, and large multiuse buildings, to remain compliantwith the Americans with Disabilities Act, a combination of different types warning devices intheir systems are required to match the needs of the disabled persons in the building. The ADA

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Fire protection, NFPA, Alarm Systems, Abrams, Fire Protection Technology, National Fire Protection Agency

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