How will your company show compliance with NFPA 72 10.5.2? How will your technicians answer a mother’s
question "How do you know this is the best fire safety system to protect my
family?” ESA’s National Training School (NTS) seven-hour Residential Fire Alarm (RFA)
course will make answering those vital questions very easy.
Did you know that the Residential Fire Alarm
course is one of our lowest selling courses? This news dismayed the ESA
Board of Directors at its recent meeting.
Training and Certification staff and the Standards and Fire/Life
Safety Committee are now tasked to find ways to communicate the importance of
this course to our members. In 2012,
residential fires killed 2,405 people in the U.S. according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That is 97 percent of all structural fire
deaths. Those statistics alone are
reason enough why technicians need to be trained on the proper installation and
service of residential fire systems.
These are not lick and stick systems.
There are very specific codes and standards that must be complied with
in order for the systems to work properly.
One code that is especially significant is NFPA 72 10.5.2
that states "Fire alarm systems and emergency communications systems
installation personnel shall be qualified or shall be supervised by persons who
are qualified in the installation, inspection, and testing of the systems.”
Qualified is later defined as "one or more of the following: (1) Personnel who are registered, licensed,
or certified by a state or local authority (2) personnel who are certified by a
nationally recognized certification organization acceptable to the authority
having jurisdiction (3) Personnel who are factory trained and certified for
fire alarm system installation and/or emergency communications system
installation of the specific type and brand of system and who are acceptable to
the authority having jurisdiction.”
Another requirement of NFPA 72 is that all household fire
alarm systems must be inspected annually. The premise owner is responsible for
the maintenance of the system. Rick Simpson, chair of ESA's Standards and Fire/Life Safety Committee, shares that "this is a tremendous opportunity to assist
the homeowner in ensuring it meets this requirement. A household fire alarm system
should be inspected and serviced by a qualified technician as defined in NFPA
ESA’s Residential Fire Alarm course will not only help you comply with NFPA requirements, but it will also help you train technical
staff on the different types of residential fire systems, circuits and testing
required. That way you can answer that mother’s questions and provide a level
of safety and security for that family.
Please contact your local state Chapter to request RFA or contact ESA/NTS’s national office at firstname.lastname@example.org