Douglas Krantz - Technical Writer - Describing How It Works
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Who is Douglas Krantz?

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn... Ben Franklin
Douglas Krantz teaches others how an electronic fire alarm system is: The tools provided are electronic knowledge mixed with common sense and centered around Life-Safety. Codes and rules are the goals set out for fire alarm systems, but unless the system is built using electronic knowledge and common sense, all centered around Life-Safety, the goals set out in the codes and rules can't be achieved.

Remember, the NFPA Code is performance based; the Code shows how a finished fire alarm system is supposed to perform when detecting fire and when warning people of fire. Failure to follow the codes and rules is failure to have a functioning fire alarm system.

The codes and rules, though, only show the minimum of what is needed to have a functioning fire alarm system. Looking at the codes and rules from a cynical point of view, the codes and rules only show the least that can be gotten away with, not the best way to do anything.

What Douglas Krantz teaches is function based life-safety: how to design, install, maintain, and test a fire alarm system to exceed the least-that-has-be-done-to-be-sort-of-acceptable-performance-goals shown in the NFPA Code.

Background

Douglas Krantz -- Fire Alarm Engineering Technician, Electronic Designer, Electronic Technician, Writer

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