Join PA AFAA as We Welcome the Nation to the

2018 AFAA Annual Meeting and Codes Conference

May 21-24, 2018

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, PA

 

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Pennsylvania Expected to Adopt 2015 I-Codes

 

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Pennsylvania's UCC Review and Action Committee (RAC) finalized their re-review of the 2015 edition of the International Family of Codes that was mandated by Act 36, of 2017. 

 

We are proud to report that the RAC will be forwarding a report to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry by May 1, 2018, recommending the adoption of the 2015 International Family of Codes with relatively minor modification to become effective October 1, 2018.  This is the culmination of a great deal of work on behalf of the entire building community.

 

Please take this opportunity to start familiarizing yourself with the provisions of the 2015 codes.  In the coming weeks the Pennsylvanian specific modifications will be published and the Department will be drafting the associated revised regulations.

 

In preparation for this change, please put on your calendar the PennBOC annual conference to occur at the Grantville Holiday Inn on September 26, 27, & 28, 2018.  The focus of many of this year's programs will be 2015 code updates to prepare you for the October 1st implementation date.  For those who are not administering the UCC or who may already be up to date with the new code provisions, there will be additional offerings that focus on existing structures, property maintenance, and zoning issues.

 

 

 

 

 

New and Useful Links Added

 

 

We've added some new and useful links to the Downloads and Links page.  The links address :

  • The AIA-NJ News Letter 
  • IBC Changes for Mag Locks and Delayed Egress Locks
  • Code Inspectors Handbook – Mag\Delayed Egress locks 

These topics are not directly related to fire alarm systems but they definitely have an impact.


Update February 2016- City of Philadelphia- Emergency Responder Radio Coverage
 

Lt. David Kearney of the PHILADELPHIA FIRE DEPARTMENT,  Fire Code Unit,  was kind enough to send us an update regarding the City's requirements for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage.  Below is the  body of the letter (see the link for a copy of the open letter to the PAAFAA membership).  Lt Kearney also included a Public Notice submitted by the FCC,  "Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Availability of  Part 90 Class B Signal Booster Registration Tool", dated 1-7-14. See link for a copy of this Public Notice.   

Beginning with the 2010 Philadelphia code cycle, ALL new buildings in the City of Philadelphia are required to have emergency responder radio coverage. The Code also applies to existing buildings where firefighter telephone systems are non-repairable. The Code requires the building owner to provide an evaluation of the public safety radio signal strength into and out of the building as well as audio quality. If the results are below the thresholds set by the Code the owner is required to ensure reliable communications. There are several ways to achieve this, including radio amplification or signal booster augmentation systems. Owners that choose to install augmentation systems are required to seek review and approval by the Philadelphia Fire Department during the design phase of a project. Once installed, these systems are required to be tested at least annually. The Code allows for relief from installing a augmentation system when the owner requests to install a firefighter telephone system in its place and the Fire Department approves the request

 

At this time the City of Philadelphia has no policy or procedure in place to facilitate the required testing.

 

Owners should be aware that Federal Communications Commission regulations state that they may not operate a radio amplifier or signal booster using public safety radio frequencies without the permission of the license holder (City of Philadelphia). Additionally, all Part 90 Class B signal boosters are required to be registered with the Federal Communications Commission (See attachment).

 

Systems that may have been installed in the City of Philadelphia should be reported to the Philadelphia Fire Department. Owners, designers and installers should note that the list of frequencies that was provided on the PAFAA website is no longer valid since the City of Philadelphia rebranded their radio system in 2013.

 

Should you require assistance with this issue, please contact the Philadelphia Fire Department – Fire Code Unit at 215-686-1356 or pfd.fcu@phila.go


CODE ALERT- DELAWARE!

Effective 12/31/12 All new fire alarm systems in the State of Delaware must obtain a rough-in inspections by a "Licensed, third party Inspection Agency".  This will apply to all ongoing projects that have NOT been inspected by the Fire Marshal prior to 12/31/12.  The price impact, for inspection, is significant ( $40.00 for the first 5 devices and $15.00 for each additional 5 devices).  As an example: A new fire alarm project with 150 devices will now cost an additional $475.00 for an Agency rough in inspection.


Volunteers for Board Positions and Committees

We are in need of volunteers!  A local trade association, like the PAAFAA, is made up of folks from area industry that volunteer their time in an effort to give back to that industry.  Everyone is busy putting out fires (or in our case detecting them!).  However, if everybody chips in and does a little then the time commitment is minimal-less than a couple hours a month.  The only successful volunteer organization is one that has the volunteers!  Step up and help- after all, it does benefit YOU!

Download the Notice and the Fee Schedule on the Downloads and Links page


What is the Automatic Fire Alarm Association?

The Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) is the only national trade organization dedicated to the automatic fire alarm industry.  The AFAA has chapters located throughout the United States.  Its members include fire alarm installation companies, contractors, central station companies, fire alarm manufactures, engineers, municipal fire officials and any organization involved in the automatic fire alarm industry.


Our Purpose:
Education of those involved in the fire alarm industry.  Education in all aspects of fire detection systems including design, codes and code issues, application, installation techniques, testing and maintenance, new technology and issues relating the business side of the fire alarm company- there's something for everyone!   The every changing Codes, technology and circumstances makes the AFAA a valuable asset to anyone involved in the fire alarm industry.


Code of Ethics:

As individuals, associations, public entities and companies engaged in the fire alarm and detection industry, we recognize our responsibility to maintain high standards of reliability in the application of life safety and property protection systems we are involved with.

We therefore, pledge and ascribe to the following:

  • To be honest and fair in all matters with our employees, customers, contractors, distributors, competitors and suppliers.

  • To follow Nationally recognized Codes and Standards, federal, state and local laws and regulations that apply, when designing, supplying, certifying, approving or installing fire alarm and detection systems.

  • To encourage and support well founded legislation affecting our industry and the people we serve.

  • To support and participate in the education of those in and regulating our industry.

  • When representing the Association, we will conduct ourselves professionally and with decorum.

  • Individually, we will strive for high standards of performance and professional competence.

  • We will judge all of our actions based on the question " Is it right?" and "Is it fair"

  • We accept this code freely and pledge to support our Association in its endeavors to improve the life safety and property protection in the United States of America.‚Äč

 
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