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Old 10-28-2018, 10:01 PM   #21
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When I started being involved with fire alarm systems I'd do the same as others here have said but I have learned how to do everything now. I've had to learn programming because our fire alarm vendors would get something wrong , like having the smoke detectors for elevator one controlling elevator two, and we need it fixed asap but they're blaming me. So I tell them FU and fix it myself.

I install Silent Knight and do everything myself. They have all kinds of online and in person training. It sucks depending on others.
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Where I'm at we typically do everything but the programming, which is done by a technician from the fire alarm manufacturer. Then when the system is complete, we put a guy by the panel with a radio, and another guy walks around with the tech and verifies each device. The techs offer insight/suggestions when troubleshooting is required, but we are the ones who actually do it.

On some projects, if you're modifying an existing system, the building may have rules about having their maintenance contractor do the work, or check over our work, other times not.
So what do you guys do when one by panel and the other electrician and tech? Testing?

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So what do you guys do when one by panel and the other electrician and tech? Testing?

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Yes, it's a test known as a verification inspection, or VI. One person walks around with the tech and does things like create open circuits and ground faults on speaker/bell circuits, pulls manual stations, tests smoke detectors, etc; while the person at the panel reads out the address and description of the device under test, and the type of fault or alarm created. The tech records all these results and compiles a report that is one of the documents required for building occupancy.

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