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by EpicFireAlarms
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1112
Views: 264202

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

This is veering a little bit off topic, but I found out something very interesting about my local school district a few days ago. Upgrades to the fire alarm systems at the ~30 buildings across the district are phased in such a way that two buildings are upgraded every year (for the record, an "upgra...
by EpicFireAlarms
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1901
Views: 407154

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

Something like two years ago I speculated what devices my local mall would install as part of an expansion project to convert a defunct Sears store into additional, smaller stores. To recap, the mall has a c. 2004 Simplex 4100U system with Wheelock E-series speakers and speaker/strobes (mostly E-70s...
by EpicFireAlarms
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Lack of a message on voice systems?
Replies: 10
Views: 364

Re: Lack of a message on voice systems?

I'm not sure about the code in MA, but as far as I know the national code requires new voice evac systems in schools. My interpretation is that as long as there are external microphones and the fire department has the ability to give instructions via the fire alarm system the actual default message...
by EpicFireAlarms
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 and fire drills
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: COVID-19 and fire drills

I agree that by and large fire drill procedures shouldn't have to be substantially modified to comply with COVID social distancing requirements. Certain buildings may opt to change evacuation procedures to minimize close contact or implement staggered evacuations if a ton of people would normally ev...
by EpicFireAlarms
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1901
Views: 407154

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

A new police station was just built near my house. The building, unsurprisingly for my area, has a Siemens FireFinder XLS or similar panel with voice-evac capabilities. Notification appliances are Siemens LSPSTWC speaker/strobes. There may be some wall-mount speaker/strobes as well, but I didn't see...
by EpicFireAlarms
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire, Lockdown, Severe Weather, Tornado, Shelter-in-Place, and other Emergency Drills for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
Replies: 58
Views: 7463

Re: Fire, Lockdown, Severe Weather, Tornado, Shelter-in-Place, and other Emergency Drills for the 2019-2020 Academic Yea

My assumption is that even if schools do go back into session in late April or early May (which at this point looks like the absolute best-case scenario), so much instruction time will have been lost that all safety drill requirements for the remainder of the year will probably be suspended in most ...
by EpicFireAlarms
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: The 2010s generation of fire alarms.
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: The 2010s generation of fire alarms.

In my area, the 2010s brought about a ton of changes with fire alarm signaling. At the very beginning of the decade, my school district replaced the aging fire alarm systems at 20+ schools with new addressable Siemens FireFinder-series systems and either Z-series or Exceder-series notification appli...
by EpicFireAlarms
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Overpriced Panels
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Overpriced Panels

Not as bad as $250 for a single AS...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEELOCK-AS-AU ... xy~dNQ-pSz
by EpicFireAlarms
Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1901
Views: 407154

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

Over the summer, my family was driving through southeast Wisconsin when there was a tornado warning. Needing to get off the highway and find shelter, we found an elementary school that was doubled as a tornado shelter. The 1960s-era elementary school looked like it had seen an HVAC upgrade or simila...
by EpicFireAlarms
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1112
Views: 264202

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

My school shares a system with the rest of the shopping complex it is located in. Panel: Notifier NFS-3030 Pulls: Notifier NBG-12LX Notifier MPS-950B (rebranded by Tyco/Grinnell) Signals: System Sensor P2R Mircom FHS-240R There is also a local system, set up for drills. Panel: Potter SFP-???? (not ...
by EpicFireAlarms
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Opinion on voice evac and question on speaker current
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: Opinion on voice evac and question on speaker current

In my personal opinion, we need more "blended" voice-evac/horn systems that actually take into account ambient noise levels. For example, in a school a history classroom wouldn't have nearly the same ambient noise level as a woodshop; just the same with an auditorium and a gymnasium. Voice-evacuatio...
by EpicFireAlarms
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Make Up a System (2.0)
Replies: 643
Views: 93673

Re: Make Up a System (2.0)

WARNING: I got a little (a lot) carried away with the backstory for this one. Read it if you want, don't read it if you want. Smallsville Community School in Smallsville, Ohio is a medium-sized regional K-12 school serving just over 2,000 students. The school originally opened in 1921 as the 58,000...
by EpicFireAlarms
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire, Inclement Weather, Lockdown, and Other Disaster Prevention Drills for the 2018-2019 School Year
Replies: 210
Views: 28851

Re: Fire, Inclement Weather, Lockdown, and Other Disaster Prevention Drills for the 2018-2019 School Year

Ryan2jones wrote: Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:27 am It happened straightforwardly before our first pulverize and we entered soul in like 10 minutes earlier. there was nothing to genuinely train in that time.
What? I have zero clue what any of that is supposed to mean or how it pertains to safety drills...
by EpicFireAlarms
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Cool old Photo
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: Cool old Photo

Does anyone have an exact date on that picture? It looks like mid or late-80s to me. In any case, I've never seen a full Simplex 2120 multiplex system before; that's super cool!
by EpicFireAlarms
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1112
Views: 264202

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

I don't know that this counts since it's technically not my school, but another high school in my district just completed a new $105 million dollar campus that is unsurprisingly much nicer than my high school or any other school in my district. In any case, the building has massive Siemens voice-ev...