Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems

Federal personnel are required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to operate Fire Alarm panels and test the entire fire alarm system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to test the emergency generators.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to test fire pumps and sprinkler systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to test smoke and heat sensors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to inspect fire extinguishers. General Building Maintenance
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to maintain door hardware.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to maintain roof systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to maintain ceiling tiles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to maintain flooring systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to maintain window systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform minor wall repairs.

Related Courses

Title Description Organizations Competencies
2013 NFPA 72®: Fire Alarm Basics Self-Guided Online Course

Understand the basics of fire alarm systems and how the 2013 edition of NFPA 72® interracts with building, fire, and life safety codes. Course 1 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesFire Alarm Basics — provides you with a greater understanding of fire detection and alarm systems required by today’s codes, and how various situations dictate different system features. You’ll understand how NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code is referenced by building, fire, and life safety codes and how they incorporate NFPA 72 to design, install, and maintain a fire alarm system. Fire Alarm Basics consists of three lessons to provide a thorough overview of what makes up a fire alarm system. The course covers the basic configurations and terminology used in the industry for fire detection and alarm systems; and how environmental and system conditions trigger various signals such as alarm, trouble, and supervisory signals — which are then used to initiate responses or behavior. Fire Alarm Basics also focuses on power supply requirements and circuits that drive and connect the building blocks of fire alarm systems.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
2013 NFPA 72®: Fire Alarm Circuits Self-Guided Online Course

Here’s your comprehensive introduction to fire alarm circuits, fire alarm power circuits, and today’s NFPA 72® and NEC® rules. Course 4 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesFire Alarm Circuits — covers the various types of circuits used for fire detection and alarm systems. Working online at your own pace, you’ll learn about the three basic fire alarm circuits that are used to connect initiating devices and notification appliances to fire alarm control units and that are used to interconnect different control units in the same system. Curriculum based on the latest NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code covers control circuits that are used to trigger other emergency control functions. The Fire Alarm Circuits course also addresses fire alarm power circuits, which can provide power to certain types of detectors, relays, or other devices.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
2013 NFPA 72®: Initiating Devices Online Program Self-Guided Online Course

Based on the 2013 NFPA 72®, the new Initiating Devices Online Course introduces how to select and use basic fire alarm system initiating devices. Course 2 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesInitiating Devices — addresses the devices used to manually or automatically signal a fire alarm system to initiate responses from equipment and people. Self-paced training developed by experts in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code covers the most common types of initiating devices and their operating features — providing you with an understanding of how to properly select and apply basic fire alarm initiating devices. Work at your own pace online to learn about manual fire alarm boxes, heat detectors, smoke detectors, waterflow switches, and valve tamper switches. The training also introduces the concepts of initiating device spacing and location.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
2013 NFPA 72®: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems Self-Guided Online Course

Learn how to apply 2013 NFPA 72® ITM requirements and ensure fire alarm and emergency systems you can depend on. Proper ITM is critical to signaling system effectiveness. Course 6 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesInspection, Testing, and Maintenance — covers Code requirements for inspecting, testing, and maintaining fire alarm systems. The lessons review general provisions in NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code involving management of inspections, tests, and system impairments. The training also addresses personnel responsibilities and qualifications. Learn how the Code requirements for acceptance, periodic inspections, and tests differ from one another. These differences result in specific qualification requirements for the persons doing the work. In this course, you’ll also learn how to navigate NFPA 72 to locate specific requirements and frequencies for the testing and visual inspection of fire detection and alarm system components.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
2013 NFPA 72®: Notification Appliances Self-Guided Online Course

Based on the 2013 NFPA 72®, the new Notification Appliances Online Course covers both audible and visible notification appliances. Audible and visible notification can be used to trigger the desired occupant behavior, so the success of every system depends on their correct application. Course 3 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesNotification Appliances — covers appliances that are used to alert and inform building occupants and fire alarm system users. Along the way, you will learn some special terminology used for audible signaling and for visible signaling. When discussing audible and visible signaling, the lessons will cover requirements for both public mode and for private mode notification. This course will also provide an overview of other types of notification appliances that you might use in special applications.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
2013 NFPA 72®: Off Premised Signaling Self-Guided Online Course

Learn about off-premises fire alarm and emergency system monitoring and reporting in accordance with the 2013 NFPA 72®. Course 5 in the NFPA 72 Online Course SeriesOff-Premises Signaling — shows how supervising station alarm systems and public emergency alarm reporting systems are used to monitor building fire alarm and signaling systems at off-premises locations. You’ll understand how these systems assure timely notification and provide specific information to individuals or organizations that will take action upon receipt of the signals. Learn the key differences between systems, how systems are used, and which NFPA codes and standards apply. NFPA’s Off-Premises Signaling Course covers all types of systems and introduces the different types of transmitters and communications methods permitted for supervising station alarm systems. General requirements for system performance, management, and use are also covered.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
Introduction to the 2013 NFPA 13 and Occupancy Hazard Classifications Self-Guided Online Course

Get a self-paced introduction to the scope and purpose of the 2013 edition of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. Course 1 in the NFPA 13 Online Course SeriesIntroduction to NFPA 13 and Occupancy Hazard Classifications begins with an overview of the lessons and instructions on how to navigate the NFPA 13 Online Course training. After that, we’ll provide you with a general understanding of the scope and purpose of NFPA 13 as well as how the Standard is organized. This online module also introduces you to the different types of occupancy hazards and their classifications. Then, it’s time for some hands-on practice in identifying the various hazards that are present in common structures.

Basic Requirements, Building Systems, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Safety
Residential Fire Sprinkler

Residential Fire Sprinklers are becoming a very controversial topic around the country. This webinar will discuss the relevant codes and provisions that govern the proper installation of residential fire sprinklers. Specific topics discussed will include materials, installation, and testing of these systems as well as discussing fire sprinkler myths and facts.

Building Automation Systems, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Occupant Interface, Operating, Maintaining and Testing Life Safety Systems, Other Facility Systems, Safety, Technology
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