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Friar Tuck Elementary School, built in 1974, originally had a Simplex 4208 fire alarm system. Signals were flush mounted Simplex 4051 horns, there were three horns in the hallways, two in the cafetorium, one in the all purpose room, four in the gym, and three in the library. Pull stations are Simplex 4521-30s, each pull station underneath a 4051. ESL photoelectric smoke detectors are scattered throughout the school, and there is a Simplex Heat Sensor in the boiler room and kitchen. Signal coding was 60 bpm march time. As for class change signaling, they used Simplex 4090 series 6 Inch Bells, each bell was installed next to the 4051s. Outside and in the gym they used 10 inch bells. Classrooms had Edwards Adaptabuzzers. Master clock panel was by Simplex.

The system stayed this way until 1995, when the school was remodeled. The old Simplex 4208 was replaced with a Simplex 4100. The new signals are Simplex 4903-9219 Horn/Strobes, with Simplex 4901-9805 horns in areas not needing strobes (i.e. some of the classrooms). Restrooms got 4904 strobes, and the cafetorium got ceiling mounted 4902-9703 Speakers with wall mounted 4904 strobes, along with a few 4903-9703 Speaker/Strobes. Outside they put Wheelock MT-WM Horn/Strobes. Pull stations are Simplex 4099s, and there are Simplex TrueAlarm Smokes replacing the old ESL smokes, the heat sensors remained. It was also during this time the clock, bell, and intercom systems were replaced. A new Dukane Master Clock and Starcall Intercom system was installed. The bell is now a tone over the intercom.

In 2003, a Simplex 4903-9219 died and was replaced with a Simplex TrueAlert.

In 2004, a 4903-9219 in the gym got hit with a dodgeball, it was replaced with a Wheelock AS horn/strobe.

Between 2007 and 2009, when the 4901 horns started to die, they were replaced with Wheelock ZNS horn/strobes.

In 2011, the fire alarm system was upgraded again. A new FCI E3 replaced the 4100. Signals are now Wheelock E70 Speaker/Strobes with RSS strobes installed in areas needing strobe coverage. Classrooms have E90 Speaker/Strobes. Outside they put Wheelock E70WP speaker/strobes. Most of the Speaker/Strobes were installed on RSSP plates (the RSSP plates had Amber coloring for MNS purposes). Pull stations are FCI MS-2s, and there are FCI ASD-PL2F smokes scattered throughout.
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:54 am

Another 800 student elementary school that has a rather unique system also.
In the hallway and other areas not brought up, the alarms are Siemens U-HNH horn/strobes

Located in the nurse's office because it is exempt from ADA-compliance is an old Standard 450 horn behind a Standard 450 light plate

Another room, the music room, has a Simplex 2901-9833 horn on a 2903-9101 light plate

Over in the computer lab, they have a Wheelock 34 horn behind a Space Age Electronics AV32 light plate

The newly-constructed pre-K wing has 3 Siemens U-MMT horn/strobes

Finally the art room has a SpectrAlert Advance horn/strobe
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Palmwood City, built in 1959, originally had a Edwards 120V-AC Fire Alarm system. Signals were Edwards Adaptahorns. Pull are Edwards 270-SPOs, and there are Edwards mechanical heat detectors scattered throughout the building. Signal coding was 4-4-4-4. In the meetinghouse, they used IBM 6 Inch Bells for class change signaling, an IBM Master Clock Panel was also installed.

In 1979, the church was renovated, along with the fire alarm system. The new system is an Edwards Custom 6500. Signals are Edwards 881D-AW Horns on Space Age Electronics AV-32 Light Plates. Pulls are Edwards 270-SPO, and there are ESL smokes scattered throughout. Signal coding is continuous. The IBM bells remained, though a Simplex Master Clock Panel replaced the old IBM one.

In 1984, an Edwards 881D-AW died and was replaced with a Wheelock 34T.

In 1988, one of the AV-32s in the meetinghouse burnt out. The horn and light plate were removed and replaced with an Edwards 892 Horn/Strobe. Also a Simplex 4521-20 replaced a Edwards 270-SPO.

In 1991, an IBM bell was replaced with a Simplex 2901-9332.

In 1995, the church was renovated again, this time a new addition was added as well. The new fire alarm system is a Simplex 4020, with a 4003 serving the fellowship hall and gym. Signals are now Faraday MTL horns on Simplex 4903 strobe plates in the original parts of the building, though classrooms got MTL horns. The worship room and gym have Simplex 4903 series speaker/strobes. The new addition has Simplex 4903-9206 Horn/Strobes. Both wings have 4904 strobes in the restrooms and areas needing additional strobe coverage. Pulls are Simplex 2099s, and there are TrueAlarm smokes scattered throughout, as well as ESL heat detectors in the boiler room, kitchen, and changing room. Signal coding is code-3, the speaker/strobes play a whoop tone and voice message. The clock and bell system was replaced, the old IBM bells were disconnected and removed. A new Bogen paging system was installed in the meetinghouse, with a Simplex 6400 master clock panel. They used a tone over the paging system for class change signaling from that point forward.

Between 2006 and 2009, when the MTL horns started dying, they were replaced with Simplex TrueAlert Horn/Strobes.

In 2014, the 4020 broke and was replaced with a Simplex 4100ES. Everything stayed the same.
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And continuing on this is another elementary school with 800 students and is located in an affluent area.
Most alarms are Wheelock 7002T horn/strobes except for some areas that are mentioned below

Like in the newer wing, the alarms there are actually Simplex 2901-9833 horns on 2903-9101 strobe plates with project horns

The only computer lab in the school has a Siemens U-HNH replacing a 7002T that broke down

In the administration wing, the literacy coach's office has an Edwards 895B-001 left over from the old system because it didn't need to be ADA-compliant

Located in the music room is a Wheelock AS horn/strobe

Then in the OT/PT room, there is a Wheelock NS horn/strobe
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Alright stretches fingers haven't done a system in a while. Look to be bout' time I change that, so here's Maddison Elementary School.
This school was finished off in 1998 and featured two different buildings: the building that has everything but a gym... and the gym. The gym used to be an old warehouse built in 1934 for a farm, but then they moved the farm and renovated the warehouse in 1990 for a gym that was never complete. A Simplex 4051 horn was added to the tall ceiling in 1972 as an "emergency alarm" but was never removed.

The system for the academic building is a Notifier AFP-200 with Wheelock NS horn/strobes and Wheelock RSS strobes installed in a pattern on hallways, the library, and the lunchroom. Large classrooms like the music room, the dance rooms, and the computer lab receive one NS horn/strobe, while other classrooms, bathrooms, and offices receive one (depending on size/door count, two) RSS strobes. Although, there is one NS horn/strobe in the main office. An open garden surrounded by school has a Wheelock ASWP horn/strobe, and so does the school entrance. Detectors are Notifier CPX-551s scarcely scattered, and pulls are NBG-12s.

The gym got it's fire alarm system earlier, and as such received a Simplex 4100. One Simplex 4903-9217 was installed on each of the four walls. Pulls are two Simplex 2099-9754s with the gym door in-between them: one under a -9217 and one not. A Simplex 4901-9805 horn is installed under the gym where the panel is.
In 2001, one of the -9217's strobes got smashed by a ball. The school removed that alarm entirely and put metal bars over the alarms and the pulls. It was the alarm on the left side of the gym.

In 2005, the school finally decided to connect the education building to the gym building with something other than tents on a rainy day. A glass dome was built which led from a former emergency exit to a new door in the gym. Two Wheelock NSs with NBG-12s under them were put into this addition.

In 2011, the school opened up a new classroom extension for kindergarteners/preschoolers. It consists of Wheelock HSRC Exceeders in the hallways and HSRs in larger "group classrooms". Normal classrooms are quite small and as such receive STR Exceeders. Pulls are newer NBG-12 and detectors are Notifier FSP-851. The system was also updated to a Notifer NFS-640, and all devices stay the same.

In 2014, all smoke detectors are replaced by Notifier FSP-851 after an overdue system test concluded some do not work. One NBG-12 by the lunch-room was replaced by a newer NBG-12. More detectors were also scattered around, even some in the gym!

In the summer of 2017, some classrooms were updated to give students more control (if you walked into the school, you can tell where they are because they have sliding doors). Two normal classrooms would combine into a larger classroom and would have more desks suitable for the students' iPads. Each one of these classrooms had two alarms: one Wheelock LED3 ceiling horn/strobe and one Wheelock LED3 ceiling strobe. A Notifier FSP-851 is mounted between both NAs.

The system remains, and so does the 4051 :lol: :lol:
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:18 pm

We have another school that is in the same district as the last one, has the same amount of students with 800 but has a different system to the one that was posted previously.
In most of the school, the alarms are Wheelock 7002T horn/strobes

Located in the art room is an Edwards 892-2B horn/strobe

One room, the larger preschool classroom has a Space Age Electronics VA4 horn/strobe

Over in the STEM lab, the alarm is a Federal Signal 450D horn with a VALS strobe attached

The upstairs science classroom has a Wheelock NS

Finally, the largest resource room has a Siemens U-MMT
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Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:49 am

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Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:45 pm
The system remains, and so does the 4051 :lol: :lol:
The year is 2200... the school and the rest of society were destroyed many years ago following the great nuclear war of 2096. The entire human race was wiped out, but the 4051 remains :lol: .
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Located in the lovely state of Kansas, we have this elementary school with 800 students (again, why is 800 the magic number?)
As it stands now, the majority of the alarm in the school are Simplex 2901-9806 horns on 4903-9101 strobe plates

The speech therapist's office on the other hand has a Simplex 2901-9833 on a 2903-9101 strobe plate

Then the art room has a Simplex 2901-9838 horn on a 4903-9105 strobe plate

In the music room, there is a Simplex 4041 horn on a 4050-80 light plate

Inside the remodeled cafeteria (which formerly had 4903+9806s) are Wheelock NS horn/strobes

Lastly, the counselor's room has a Cerberus Pyrotronics MTL horn/strobe
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Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:16 am

It's been awhile since I've posted to this topic, so I figured I'd come up with another school.

This particular school actually has a very bizarre past, as it was built as an enclosed six-story parking structure in the 1970s. The original fire alarm system consisted of a Simplex 2001* panel with Simplex 4051 horns (four per level of the garage, each located next to a respective stairwell in each corner of the garage). Underneath each device, Simplex 4251-30 pull stations were installed. Interestingly, in each of the two elevator mechanical rooms, a Simplex 4251- "Key Operation Only" pull station was installed. Other devices included various Simplex 4255-1 heat detectors scattered throughout.

Just a few years after the completion of the garage, a new twenty-story office building was built next door. As this building is located in a colder climate, it was decided that a skyway would be built to connect the garage and the building. As such, in 1983, a portion of the parking garage was expanded to make way for the skyway. The devices of choice were five Wheelock ET-series speaker/strobes (with the vertical strobe); two in the elevator lobby of the garage, and three along the skyway. These devices were connected to the new office building's system, so very little changed with the parking garage system, aside from the removal of a handful of heat detectors due to the installation of a drop ceiling.

In 1984, a Simplex 4251-30 broke. It was replaced with a Simplex 4251-20.

Around 1986, the Simplex 4051 on the second level outside of the elevator/skyway lobby broke, and was interestingly not replaced, as the speaker/strobes already satisfied notification requirements at the time.

In 1989, one of the "Key Operation Only" stations broke. It was replaced with a Simplex 2098-series key/test station.

Finally, in 1993, a heavily weathered Simplex 4051 on the upper level stopped working. It was replaced with a Wheelock EHS-EL1 horn/strobe.

Two years later, in 1995, the city was unable to continue to pay for the ongoing maintenance of the parking garage. On January 30th, 1996, the parking garage closed for good. From 1996 to 2008, the structure lay abandoned, and was soon covered with graffiti, burned, and otherwise damaged.

In 2010, a new experimental K-8 charter school purchased the garage from the city, after much back and fourth. Of course, this was pretty controversial, as the area the garage was in could be considered a very "urban" area, and many residents were concerned about the safety of children. Several times, the city and state denied various permits, but the school refused to give up, and a year later, plans were drafted for a two year, $65 million renovation of the building.

In 2012, major renovations began on the garage. The outdoor upper level was demolished, and the entire garage was gutted (taking with it the entire fire alarm system). New classrooms were constructed in the footprint of the garage, with floors one and two making up the main office, gymnasium and cafeteria, floor three making up the various elective classes (music, art, etc.), and floors four through six making up the general education spaces. The general education hallways had one long hallway that stretched the length of the building, and a shorter one to connect with either staircase on each end of the building.

In early 2014, the new school was completed. The fire alarm system of choice was a Simplex 4100U voice system, with TrueAlarm detectors and Wheelock E-series speaker/strobes. Most of the school had Wheelock E-90s, although the gymnasium had E-70s. Each classroom had one E-90, as did the bathrooms. The 4100U was set to slow-whoop.

In 2017, an E-90 was found inoperative. It was replaced with a Wheelock LED Exceder-series speaker/strobe.

The system remains.
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Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:15 pm

2nd to last of the remaining 800 elementary schools from School Clearinghouse which I am using because I have no imagination. XD
The majority alarm in the school would be the Simplex 2901-9833 horn on a 2903-9101 strobe plate

The psychologist's office in the administration hallway has a Simplex 4051 horn on a 4050-80 light plate left over from the old system

The music classroom has a Wheelock 7002T that was used to replace a broken-down 4051 horn/light

The east hallways, both on the first and the second floor were redone and have the older Gentex SHG horn/strobes

The fenced play areas in the front and the back of the school have Edwards Integrities

The media center has a System Sensor MA/SS-24 horn/strobe on 800 hz continuous
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House of Mouse, built in 1997, has a Simplex 4120 fire alarm system with evac. A Simplex annunciator is installed in the foyer, with a remote microphone next to the annunciator. Signals are Simplex 4903-9149 Speaker/Strobes, except in the kitchen and backstage where Simplex 4903-9150 Speaker/strobes are used. In the prop room, they used Wheelock STH speakers on 4903 strobe plates. To add additional alarm audibility, particularly in the foyer and restaurant/theater, ceiling mounted Simplex 4901 Speakers are used. 4904 strobes are installed in the restrooms, and Wheelock MT-WM horn/strobe (set to code-3 horn) is installed in the recieiving area. Pull stations are Simplex 4099s, with some behind STI Stopper II Covers. Smokes are for the most part older TrueAlarms, though the Restaurant/Theater has Simplex Beam Detectors. The prop room and kitchen have ESL Heat Detectors. The AHU has Simplex Duct Detectors. To comply with the AHJ’s wishes, relay modules are installed to shutdown the A/V equipment and bring house lighting to full during a fire alarm. The 4120 is programmed to play the following voice evacuation sequence:
Code-3 tone (3xs), Voice Message “May I Have Your Attention, May I Have Your Attention Please. An emergency has been discovered in the building, responsible personnel are responding. You are instructed to remain calm and orderly, and to leave the building by way of the nearest exit. Look for the nearest exit sign and proceed to leave the building.” (repeated 3x), Code-3 tone until alarm silenced.
Also unique to this system is that, Magic Brooms/Buckets are used in lieu of fire sprinklers. A Simplex ZAM monitor module monitors a relay from an actuation switch when activated. This in turns trips a Faraday 4 inch bell.
Also installed in the control room is a Kiddie Gemini II FM-200 fire suppression system. The signals used are a Faraday 6 inch bell and a System Sensor MASSADA Horn/Strobe (blank) in the control room, and a System Sensor SS241575ADA Strobe outside the control room. There is a FireLite BG-10 for manual release, a Chemitronics abort station, and 4 System Sensor 2400 Smoke Detectors.

In 1999, a fire broke out, causing the Magic Broom/Bucket system to be used. The AHJ determined the Magic Broom/Bucket system was not really suitable for fire protection purposes. So a water sprinkler system was installed, and a Wheelock MB-6 is installed outside. The Simplex 4120 monitors the sprinkler system using monitor modules.

In 2001, following an incident involving both Donald and Pumbaa stinking up a air duct, they repaired the AHU, and at the same time, new Simplex Duct Detectors were installed. It was also this time that the ducts were equipped with dampers to cut off the air supply in the event this were to happen again, as such they supplied STI Push Button stations for this purpose.

In 2003, a few 4901 speakers were replaced with Wheelock E90 speakers.

In 2005, a few 4903 speaker/strobes were replaced with Simplex TrueAlert Speaker/Strobes.

Between 2006 and 2009, as the STH speakers died, they were replaced with Wheelock E50 Speakers.
In 2010, the MT-WM died, and was replaced with an EST Integrity Horn/Strobe.

In 2011, a few ceiling mounted Simplex TrueAlert strobes were installed in the theater/restaurant to bring the facility up to code.

In 2014, a 4904 in the restroom was replaced with a Simplex TrueAlert Remote Speaker.

The system remains this way to this day, though a few smokes were replaced with newer TrueAlarms.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:43 am

The last school that can house exactly 800 students!
Originally the school had Standard 450 horns behind Standard 450 light plates when it was built but when it was renovated a few years later, they switched over to Simplex and put in Simplex 4051 horns on 4050-80 light plates

In the art room, there is a Simplex 2901-9838 horn instead on a 4903-9101 strobe plate which was put in a decade later because they felt that the art room needed to have a brighter strobe than just a flashing light

On the stage, the 2 Standard 450 horns and Standard 450 light plates remained still in use and are still connected because ADA requirements didn't at the time when the 4050-80 was still acceptable didn't say that they needed to be replaced

In the social worker's office, the alarm in there is an Edwards 792 horn/strobe

Located in the fenced play areas at the north of the school are Simplex TrueAlerts

Lastly, the alarm in the guidance counselor's office is a Wheelock ZNS
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A Home Depot was built in 1994 and had a Fire-Lite MS-9200 system. Alarms consisted of being System Sensor ADA MASSes spread apart quite far. Even places like bathrooms and offices had these horn/strobes inside them. No smoke detectors had been mounted, and pulls are Fire-Lite BG-10s.

In 2002, due to repeated pull station difficulties, all BG-10s were replaced with BG-12s, except for a couple that actually worked.

In 2006, System Sensor 2400 smoke detectors are installed on the ceiling, but are noticeably far apart. Also, a few weatherproof SpectrAlerts got installed on the outside, a few in the back, one at the entrance, and one in the gardening section.

In 2009, the store did some construction and created a large wall on the far left side. That wall received a Siemens U-MMT horn/strobe.

In 2014, the system was ditched for a brand new Siemens MXL system. All MASSes, the U-MMT, pull stations, and smoke detectors were taken out, but the outdoor SpectrAlerts stayed. New NAs were Siemens NS ceiling horn/strobes and Siemens ST ceiling remote strobes, both being white and high-candela models. Bathrooms and small offices got Siemens ZH red wall strobes, with the rest of the employees areas getting red NS ceiling horn/strobes or ST strobes depending on the room size. Despite the SpectrAlerts staying, the one at the entrance of the store and the one in the gardening section were disconnected and had white Siemens AS weatherproof ceiling mounts "above" those SpectrAlerts. Smoke detectors are Siemens OP121s and pulls are Siemens MSM-Ks

In 2017, the bathrooms were extended, causing the Siemens ZH strobes to incorrectly be moved from the wall to the ceiling because of a mirror placement where the alarm used to be.

The system remains. TBH stores are easier because you don't have to specify where all alarms are at all times.
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This is an elementary school that has 796 students currently attending it.
Like the previous school, originally the alarms were Standard 450 horns behind Standard 450 light plates but the school upgraded a little later and now the alarm in most areas are Wheelock 34 horns behind Space Age Electronics AV32 light plates

Inside of the multi-media lab though, the alarm is a Faraday 6120 horn behind a Space Age Electronics AV32 STROBE plate

Since the project lab was the size of a normal classroom and didn't need an alarm, the Standard 450 horn and Standard 450 light plate weren't touched

Over in the nurse's office is an Edwards 895B-001 horn/strobe

In the art room is a Wheelock AS

Located in the only pre-kindergarten room, is a Wheelock MT set to slow whoop
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Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:13 pm

Normalville State University in Normalville, Ohio, is home to around 5,000 college students. The campus consists of seven residential buildings ranging in size from tiny eight-unit to massive twin nine-story dormitories. There are 14 other buildings of note on campus as well, including various academic buildings, a student center, a large athletics complex, a maintenance building, and a "student promenade" (basically a small mall with restaurants and other shops in it). When I have the chance, I'll post a new system or two from this fictional university. For the sake of keeping this post fairly short, we'll start with the two smallest residential buildings on campus, both of which are the aforementioned eight-unit, two story dormitories (each roughly 5,500 sq. ft. total).
Both eight-unit buildings, which were both built in 1973 and are both identical, have an extremely straightforward layout. One hallway per floor, each with four rooms and one all-gender restroom per floor. In addition, a small multipurpose room/lobby connects both buildings to one another. Despite this, both buildings had separate fire alarm systems.
Initially, a Simplex 2001 (or whatever the older equivalent of that is) was installed in each building. Simplex 4041 horns on Simplex 4050-80 light plates were installed, with a grand total of four per building. One N/A at each end of the hallway on each floor in each building. Each building also received a single Simplex "chevron" pull station at the main entrance.
In 1992, a Simplex 4041 horn broke and was replaced with a Simplex -9838 horn. The 4050-80 that the horn was installed upon remained in operation. Also this year, both buildings saw their individual Simplex 2001 systems replaced with a single Simplex 4004 that tied the systems of both buildings together.
Fast-forward to 2004, and the entire system was upgraded. The panel of choice was a Simplex 4010, with Simplex TrueAlarm smoke detectors on sounder bases located in each room, and Simplex TrueAlert horn/strobes installed in place of the old notification devices. Additionally, TrueAlert strobes were added in the restrooms, and two TrueAlert horn/strobes were added in the multipurpose room. The pull stations were replaced with Simplex 4099s.
Around 2007, a TrueAlert horn/strobe broke. It was replaced with another TrueAlert.
In 2011, the state of Ohio required that two rooms (one in each building) be made ADA compliant. Because of this, the TrueAlarm detectors on sounder bases in these two rooms were each replaced with a TrueAlert horn/strobe.
Finally, in 2017, the multipurpose room/lobby was remodeled and reconfigured, resulting in the installation of a new ceiling-mount Simplex TrueAlert, which indirectly replaced both of the wall-mount TrueAlerts that were in the room prior. In a newly-created mail room, a ceiling-mount Simplex TrueAlert strobe was installed. In addition, the Simplex 4010 was relocated several feet into a new maintenance room to make way for the new mail room. A few TrueAlarm smoke detectors were also installed throughout this remodeled section. The system(s) remain to this day.
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