We have seen a number of installing contractors showing interest in getting into the fire & life safety industry. It’s a noble cause to protect people and property from fire and non-fire emergencies and is a great industry to expand your business. Since its serious business, it’s important to learn about the regulations and what it would take to get started.
The first place to start is with the fire alarm code books. There are several publications relating to fire alarm codes and standards, some of which include: NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, Fire Protection Handbook and Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Handbook (Excellence book).
Next, NICET (National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies) provides national certification that is required in jurisdictions to work on fire alarm systems. There are also several web sites, including: nfpa.org, nicet.org, and firemarshals.org, where you can find information on a national and local level. NFPA(National Fire Protection Association) offers the following educational programs: Self-Guided Online Courses, On-Site Seminars, Webinars, Training videos and Certification Programs.
Also, if you are just getting into the fire alarm business, a good place to start is getting to know the local fire marshal or AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction). They should be able to tell you what is required to work on fire alarm systems in your area.
Finally, Fire-Lite Alarms is here to help you in your endeavor. With over 60 years in the business, Fire-Lite is the leader in non-proprietary, unrestricted fire alarm and emergency communication systems for commercial applications. Our nationwide training is lead by NICET Certified Trainers and we have developed some great FREE tools to help you learn about our products including online training courses and how-to videos.
About the Author
Bill Brosig is a Product Manager with more than 25 years in the Life Safety business and a NICET IV certification. Bill focuses on the customer experience surrounding current offerings and new product applications.