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Fire-Lite Alarms Training Update: SWIFT Wireless

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close, I’ll take this opportunity to provide an update on our Fire-Lite Academies.

To date, many technicians have attended our 2-Day Fire-Lite Systems classes across the country. With the current number of registrations we’ve received for the remaining 2015 classes, we stand poised to see the total number of attendees increase by quite a bit!

Moving on to 2016, we have added 3 hours of training on our new SWIFT® Wireless System to the 2nd day of the Systems class. This session provides an overview of the system and its components and available software tool which can be instrumental in performing a Site Survey and configuring a SWIFT® Wireless system. The training culminates with a hands-on Site Survey and System Configuration lab.

Check out our NEW 2016 training schedule and look for a Fire-Lite Academy near you.

Have a wonderful and healthy holiday season. Hope to see you next year!

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Online Courses Update!

We’re pleased to announce that there have been a few changes made to our lineup of available online training courses. Don’t worry! They’re still free, self-paced, and interactive that will enhance your Fire-Lite Training experience.

New Courses Added:

ECC-50/100 Emergency Command Center:  This course mirrors the information presented in our instructor-led class and provides an in-depth overview of the components of the Emergency Command Center system along with basic programming and message recording information.

Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels This course provides information on Fire-Lite’s MS-2, MS-4, MS-5UD and MS-10UD Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels and their associated annunciators and peripheral devices.

No More Waiting on Your CEU Certificate:

All of the courses, new and old, include a personalized, downloadable certificate of completion at the end of each course. The week long wait for a certificate is history!

So, what do you think? Comments, questions, or suggestions for future online courses can be added in the comments section below or send me an email! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

 

The Basics of SWIFT Wireless Installation

The basics of installing a SWIFTTM wireless system can be summed up in several easy steps.

1.  Site Survey:
A Site Survey allows you to determine if a site is suitable for a SWIFTTM installation. Two tests are performed during this process:
a)   Link Quality Test – this test will determine if wireless devices can communicate between areas at acceptable signal strengths.
b)  RF Scan Test – A Radio Frequency scan test is conducted to assess and measure the background noise and interference from other wireless systems if any, in the site.

When the Site Survey tests are completed, the results can be viewed using SWIFTTM Tools.

2.  Mesh Formation:
If it is determined that the site is suitable, SWIFTTM Tools makes it easy to form a mesh network of devices.
a)  Create a Profile and Mesh ID – A profile is used to bind the devices in a mesh network together. The profile will contain a Mesh ID that is used when forming the associations. All devices in a mesh network require a common profile.
b) Distribute Profile – Distribute the profile to every device that will be a part of the mesh. This will enable all the devices that have that profile to form associative links when the mesh is formed.
c)  Mesh Formation – SWIFTTM Tools makes this an easy task. One click of a button will start the mesh formation and initial restructuring.

Anyone wanting a more comprehensive view on how to install a SWIFTTM wireless system is encouraged to attend a Fire-Lite Academy.

 

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

How Easy Was That! Training on the ECC

Through the year, I’ve trained dozens of technicians on the ECC-50/100 Emergency Command Center. We get a lot of the same comments during each session on the products and programming. This is just one of them:

When attendees learn that the entire system is programmed by making selections from a series of drop-doEasy Buttonwn lists, and then get the chance to go “hands-on” and configure a system for both fire voice evacuation and mass notification applications, it’s become a normal occurrence for someone in the class to say: “Wow! How easy was that?” at the conclusion of the lab assignments.

If you want to see how easy it is and earn CEU credits at the same time, visit the Training Section of Fire-Lite’s website or contact myself or the Training Admin for details on an upcoming ECC session near you.

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

What You Need to Know About Auto-Programming New Devices

Greetings from “Big Sky” country!
During this week’s Fire-Lite Academy in Montana, an attendee asked a question that comes up quite frequently in class.

The question was “when adding detectors and modules to an existing addressable system, and an “Auto-program” is performed, will it affect any of the devices that were already programmed in the system?”

The answer is NO! The Auto-program function is designed to identify and save only those devices that are not currently in memory. All previously programmed devices are left intact.

Be aware that if a previously installed device is not present during the Auto-program (for instance, a detector head that was removed for cleaning), Auto-program will report the missing device and ask the programmer if it should be removed from memory.

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Tailoring Voice Evac/Mass Notification Training to Suit Your Needs

Recently, I was contacted by a fire alarm installation company that was requesting training on our new ECC-50/100 voice system in support of an installation they had scheduled in April.

Seeing as I was already in the process of developing an instructor-led fully hands-on course for delivery later this year (stay tuned!), I did what many trainers would do. (I shamelessly seized the opportunity to test the materials I’d developed to date.) ​
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The entire Fire-Lite training team participated in conducting the class here at our factory last month on March 4th & 5th. Personally, I was very excited at this opportunity as this was the very first hands-on voice evacuation class we’ve done in the 10 years that I’ve been a Fire-Lite trainer!

The attendees indicated that they enjoyed the hands-on experience and felt that they were well prepared to do an installation. They also provided valuable feedback to us. We identified a few things to add to the course and others that needed a little tweaking.

I thought this might be a good time to hear from other Fire-Lite customers on the subject of voice systems, so I created a short, two-question poll to help us further tailor the content of the course. All responses are strictly confidential. Click here to take the survey or paste the link below into your web browser:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8B87YY3

Hope to see you in a Fire-Lite Academy! You can view our entire 2014 course schedule, go through our online training modules, and even register for training right online.

 

About the Author:
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.