Skills Beyond the Rules
Fire Alarm Engineers, Installers, Technicans, and Inspectors get Answers from Douglas Krantz's Technician's Corner
The rules and codes show what the Fire Detection and Alarm System does. However, it takes skill to get the system working and it takes skill to keep the system working.
Basic Electrical Skills
In order to understand a conventional fire alarm system, a person has to understand basic electricity. No, a full understanding of electricity isn't needed, but knowing the basic principles of DC (Direct Current) electricity along with knowing Ohm's Law are necessary to recognize how a fire alarm system actually works.
Life Safety Skills
Saving lives and property is the end goal of a fire alarm system. Much has been done to the design of a fire alarm system for life safety purposes. The design of the electronics of a fire alarm system has been upgraded so it will be better at saving lives and property.
Keep Learning about Fire Alarm Systems during COVID-19
Fire alarm technicians are essential workers: fires still occur, fire alarm systems still break down. No matter how bad the pandemic, we still have to keep up our skills so we can continue to repair fire alarm systems.