by Wayne Moore, P.E., FSFPE
From the new issue of NFPA Journal®
A year ago, I wrote about the importance of testing a fire alarm system, and everything interconnected to it, to ensure operational reliability. In a letter to NFPA Journal, a fire marshal responded that, even with budget cutbacks, he understood the importance of testing and hoped that his colleagues would take up the challenge to hold alarm companies and electrical contractors to the requirements of the 2010 edition of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®.
He didn’t stop there. He also said that, in many jurisdictions, no one requires contractors to meet the testing requirements of NFPA 72 and that contractors often complained when he requested it of them. He further asserted that “virtually no advocates for the fire marshal” exist.