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Fire Alarm Monitoring Changes

BE PREPARED – The 3G/4G Sunset is Coming

3G/CDMA Programmed Devices Will Stop Working
as phone companies upgrade their equipment. 

Cellular carriers are replacing older cellular networks with LTE and 5G.
If your fire alarm communicator is programmed for 3G/CDMA,
your fire alarm communication could be at risk. 

Although the full transition is a couple of years away, make sure your fire alarm monitoring service is not disrupted.

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Be Prepared – The 3G/4G Sunset is Coming

Do you have a fire alarm communicator? Does it use 3G or 4G technology? If the answer is yes or I’m not sure, it is important that you keep reading.

Carriers are replacing 3G and 4G cellular networks with LTE and 5G. To get a better understanding of why this is so important, you have to consider how the fire alarm communicators are programmed.

With cellular fire alarm communicators, the units are programmed for 3G/CDMA or the newer LTE/5G networks. If it is programmed for the older network, your fire alarm communication could be at risk.

For example, if a tower gets upgraded and the systems lose communication without the equipment being upgraded first, an emergency service call may be required to restore system communications on the upgraded platform.

Below, we have provided important dates for your reference on the planned sunset of the old technology.

It is imperative that an upgrade plan be in place in order to prevent any disruptions of service. Protegis Fire & Safety can assist with your upgrade plan and make your transition as smooth as possible. Call 844.430.6013 today.

Be Alerted – Fire Alarm Monitoring

WIRED (LANDLINE) REPORTING

The requirements for fire alarm signaling have been defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72) National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Up through the 2010 revision to NFPA 72, building owners were required to provide two analog phone lines, at least one dedicated, over which the fire alarm communicator (DACT, or “dialer”) reported to a monitoring center at least once every 24 hours. The intended purpose of having two phone lines was to provide redundancy in case of a line failure.  This required property owners to maintain two extra landlines, along with the associated monthly costs.

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WIRELESS (CELLULAR) REPORTING

“Old-fashioned” landlines are tested with Central Station once a day and a single line failure is reported immediately over the remaining one, but in the event of total communicator or phone service failure, notification by default can take nearly 24 hours. The 2013 revision of NFPA 72, allows “sole-path” cellular technology (one cellular line instead of two analog lines).  With the minimum 60-minute supervision, the cellular carrier knows within 1 hour of any communicator failure, and can report the condition to the monitoring center. With the OK of the local Authority Having Jurisdiction, an approved sole-path wireless communicator can set you free from those monthly landline charges and associated headaches!

Protegis Fire & Safety is one of the top life safety service providers, providing installation, maintenance, inspection and monitoring services (including wireless!) for sprinklers, fire alarms, extinguishers and more. We have the experience, workforce, and capability to perform fire alarm services on facilities of any size and type, for companies across the United States.

The Importance of Testing Your Fire Pump

A fire pump is an integral component of a total fire protection system.  A fire protection system at a facility may include automatic sprinkler systems, standpipes, hose stations, and/or fire hydrants.

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The purpose of a fire pump is to provide or enhance the water supply pressure from public mains, suction tanks, gravity/elevated tanks, lakes, and other bodies of water.

The building owner or a representative (e.g., management company) is responsible for the maintenance of the fire pump.  Fire pumps should be inspected, maintained and tested per the manufacturer’s specifications.  If the manufacturer’s specifications are unavailable, refer to the standard for the maintenance of fire pumps NFPA 25 (Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems) or contact the Protegis Fire & Safety’s Automatic Sprinkler Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing Department.

A comprehensive maintenance program is generally broken down into three components:  inspection, maintenance and testing.

Inspection.  A visual examination of the fire pump to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free of physical damage.  Examples include:

  • Heat in pump room is minimum 40 degrees F (70 degrees F for diesel engines)
  • Pump suction, discharge, and bypass valves are open.
  • Controller pilot light (power on) is illuminated.

Protegis also offers maintenance that is performed during this inspection.
Examples include:

  • Lubricate pump bearings
  • Clean pump room louvers
  • Clean coolant strainer in coolant system

Testing.  A procedure used to determine the status of the fire pump and auxiliary equipment by conducting periodic physical checks.  Examples include:

  • Conduct a routine churn test as required by NFPA 25
    (run pump without water flowing)
  • Conduct an annual full-flow performance test
  • Operate alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals

Measures should be taken during an impairment to ensure that increased risks are minimized and that the duration of the impairment is limited.  NFPA 20 provides a trouble-shooting checklist to help in identifying causes of pump problems.  Qualified personnel, such as Fireguard, must make the necessary repairs and adjustments to ensure proper pump operation.

Understanding the proper selection, installation, and maintenance of a fire pump can make the difference between business as usual and a catastrophe at a facility. Let Protegis Fire & Safety be there for you for all your needs. We are your one stop shop for all commercial fire protection needs. Our services range from the installation of fire protection systems in new construction projects to retrofits, to service, testing and inspection of fire sprinkler systems, fire pumps, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, kitchen hood systems and emergency lights.