CHIEF RICHARD BAILEY/PA REGIONAL AHJ TRAINING INITIATIVE
The PA Regional Automatic Fire Alarm Association is embarking on an exciting endeavor to provide FREE training for Fire Marshal’s, Inspectors, and Fire Code Officials throughout the Commonwealth of PA. This endeavor was inspired by a small personal donation from retired Fire Deputy Chief Richard Bailey of the Philadelphia Fire Department. The first course being offered will be on the Requirements for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm and Detection Systems. This training is being offered to governmental or municipal code officials only. Class size will be limited to 50 people and we ask that no more than 2 individuals per municipality attend the training. We anticipate a large response so please sign up as soon as possible. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. See the TRAINING page for details
We Need Your Support!
A committee formed and chaired by Past Association President Ted Leventhal has been meeting and has planned and scheduled the first FREE AHJ training class for November 13, 2013 for the AHJ’s in the counties of Delaware, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery. A second seminar will be held on November 14th for the City of Philadelphia L&I group. Chief Bailey, a committee member, recommended the first seminar to be on “Requirements for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm and Detection Systems”. Legendary Art Black from Monterey, CA, an AHJ himself and present chairman of the National AFAA, has volunteered to present this first training seminar.
Accordingly, we are soliciting donations from the Fire Alarm Manufacturers, Fire Alarm System Contractors, Engineered Systems Distributors and any other companies who benefit from the Fire Alarm Systems Industry in your area. There are tentative plans, based on the success of raising funds to support this initiative, to extend this FREE training to AHJ’s throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a formidable task considering there are over 2,500 communities in PA with AHJ’s interested in participating in this initiative.
Our budget for the 2 training classes of up to 50 AHJ’s each is approximately $6,000. Please consider making a contribution for this training initiative for the AHJ’s that serve your area of business. All contributors will be posted during the seminar to acknowledge to the attending AHJ’s your participation in their training. Any size contribution will be greatly appreciated by our Association and the AHJ community. We should receive your tax-deductible donation or commitment by October 25, 2013.
Attached is a form to document your contribution. Please complete and mail the form and your contribution to the address indicated. Make checks payable to: PA REGIONAL AFAA. Many thanks for your support. Please indicate if you are interested in joining our Fire Alarm System driven organization. Bailey Initiative Donation letter - FINALdoc.pdf
CODE ALERT- PHILADELPHIA!
Effective 1/31/13 All new buildings in the City of Philadelphia, that are required to have emergency communication systems (Fire Fighters Telephones System FFTS), are now required to provide an Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System (ERRCS) in lieu of the FFTS. The Code change also applies to existing buildings where the FFTS is non-repairable. The Code requires the building owner to contract with a company that can provide an evaluation of the ERRCS signal strength within the building. To view and print a PDF of the new Code change go to the download page and click on Phila Fire Code Update - ERRCS
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 signifigant ( $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.
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.