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Two New AFAA Seminars: 


Evolution of the National Fire Alarm Code

December 1-2, 2015 8 AM to 4 PM

Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center Room 104

1600 Calcon Hook Road

Sharon Hill, PA  19079

 2-day Course Outline (14 hours) – Must bring a copy of 2013 NFPA 72

This seminar reviews the significant changes made to the NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and
Signaling Code. A brief review of the history of the National Fire Alarm Code, which started in
1993, will be followed by discussion of the significant changes in the 2010 and 2013 editions.
In addition to a complete re-organization of material, three new chapters were added in 2010;
Circuits and Pathways, Emergency Control Functions, and Emergency Communications
Systems. Also, two new Annex were added; System Performance and Design Guide and
Speech Intelligibility. In 2013, a new chapter on Documentation was added.
14 Contact Hours Continuing Education - Participant must attend entire seminar to receive

Two-Day Evolution of the National Fire Alarm & Signaling Code Seminar (NFP)

  Member            3+                  Non-member                 3+

 $479                $431                $579                            $521


December 3, 2015 8 AM to 4 PM

Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center Room 104

1600 Calcon Hook Road

Sharon Hill, PA  19079

 1-day Course Outline (7 hours) – Must bring a copy of International Building Code 2015 Edition

This 7 hour seminar is beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers or lead installers responsible for fire alarm systems and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for fire alarm system plan review and acceptance testing. It is also useful for those preparing for the NICET Level III and IV computer-based test. Discussions and practical exercises are used to improve the participant's knowledge of and how to use the building and fire codes in determining fire alarm requirements. 

One-Day Understanding Fire Alarm Requirements of the International Building Code (UCC-IBC 2015)

 Member            3+                  Non-member                 3+

 $249                $224                $299                            $269



December 1-3, 2015 8 AM to 4 PM

3-days (21 hours)

Sign up for both courses and save 10%!   

Member            3+                  Non-member                 3+

 $655                $589                $790                          $711

 See the Training and Seminars Page for details and Flyer

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.



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 


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.

AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM ASSOCIATION (National Headquarters) 81 Mill Street, Suite 300, Gahanna, OH 43230