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Fire Alarm Expert Training

"This training course is suited to installation companies or individuals wishing to improve their skills and develop their knowledge of addressable fire alarms system. This will be of particular interest to installation and fire system engineers, who require a better understanding of integrating fire systems with other equipment, such as access control and fire shutters etc. The training course is also recommended for electrical installation companies who are already installing conventional systems and wish to seek new opportunities and business in the more profitable addressable fire alarm market place. Modern fire alarm systems require careful, validated installation and maintenance to ensure that false alarms are infrequent and that a real fire would be detected quickly without damage to property or loss of life. This course provides delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to work on these systems competently. The course is presented using 4 wire, 2 wire and analogue addressable fire alarm panels and associated components so that candidates learn how to design, how the devices fit into the system, how they function and the way in which they should be configured, connected and tested. On-going assessments are used to ensure that the candidates are able to meet the objectives of the course. Comprehensive course notes are provided.


  • Understand the way in which a large fire alarm system would be connected and zoned
  • Specify the import of the British Standards and Regulations relating to fire alarm systems
  • Identify the main connections, component parts and indications on typical fire panels
  • Identify the required end of line (EOL) terminations and the cabling requirements for mains supplies and detectors etc
  • Recognise the various types of detectors used in fire alarm systems
  • Read and understand a typical schedule for a large fire alarm system
  • Identify the dangers involved in incorrectly connecting detectors and Manual Call Points (MCPs)
  • Connect a fire alarm panel (using EOLs) to a variety of detectors, sounders, MCPs etc
  • Find faulty detectors, cabling, configuration errors, etc on a simulated system
  • Test and inspect a fire alarm system using walk tests, making measurements, testing for functionality of detectors etc
  • Complete the relevant certificates to validate a functional commercial system.

  • Understanding the role of the inspectorates
  • Understanding the Regulatory Reform Order
  • Who should carry out risk assessments
  • Fire alarm system design – detection types, zones sound level requirements
  • Acceptable sound levels using bells or sounders
  • Industry standards and how to apply them
  • Understanding wire free equipment and when to use it
  • Variation orders and what they mean
  • Understanding the operation of different devices
  • Installing smoke/Heat detectors/Smoke beams
  • Installation (Theory and Practical) – conventional and analogue addressable systems
  • Interfacing with access control
  • Remote signalling options
  • Understanding how a system should be zoned
  • Zone isolators and when to fit them
  • Programming addressable systems
  • How to correctly calculate battery time
  • How to limit unwatched activations
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Hands on workshop activities
  • Emergency lighting systems