Radha Krishna Temple Construction


SECTION 28 31 00


Any modifications required, shall be completed to bring the system into compliance considering the modifcations.

Provide information about the existing panel such as manufacturer name and model number.
Show the location of the existing fire alarm panel on the drawing.
Delete all specifications related to operation if there is no change in the operation of the existing system.
Delete all specifications related to the fire alarm panel and annunciator panel if they are existing to remain.
Delete all specifications related to fire alarm devices and specify each device by manufacturer name and catalog number.


Included are the following topics:




Related Work

Description of Work

Regulatory Requirements

Manufacturer Provided Services

Quality Assurance



Department of Safety & Professional Services Plan Review

City of Madison Fire Department Inspection/Permit

Project Record Drawings

Operation and Maintenance Data

Product Delivery, Storage and Handling

Spare Parts


Power Requirements




Multiplex/Intelligent Fire Alarm Control Panel

Operation - Multiplex/Intelligent Fire Alarm System

Central Monitoring

One Way Voice Communication Sub System

Operation - One Way Voice Communication

Two-Way Fire Fighter’s Communication System

Operation - Two-Way Fire Fighter’s Communication

Remote Annunciator Panel

Fire Command Center

NAC Booster Panels

Multiplex/Intelligent Peripheral devices

Conventional Peripheral Devices

Audio Visual Notification Appliances

Sleeping Area Audible Requirements

Smoke Detectors within Resident Units/Dorm Rooms


Special Devices





Free Air Wiring


Device Mounting





Special Considerations

Construction Verification





The work covered by this section of the specifications includes the furnishing of all labor, equipment, materials, and performance of all operations associated with the installation of the new Fire Alarm System as shown on the drawings and as herein specified.



The work covered by this section of the specifications shall be coordinated with the related work as specified elsewhere under the following project sections:
See Electrical Specifications 


Existing kitchen will be expanded into the main hall.  Make modifications required to fire alarm system to  bring the new kitchen expansion space in compliance with fire code.

Strobes, emergency lighting, etc., additional pull alarms will be required in the hot area and elsewhere.

Any and all modifications shall be done in a neat, workmanlike manner in accordance with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 - Article 760 and the manufacturer's recommendations.

The existing system will remain in tact.   

All modifications shall be configured as a local protective signaling system, as defined in NFPA-72, and shall use/incorporate the following features, as a minimum:

The existing campus-wide fire alarm system is manufactured by (INSERT NAME OF MANUFACTURER).

The existing RFCC shall provide annunciation and control of all individual points on the (INSERT NAME OF BUILDING) fire alarm panel in addition to providing origination of one-way voice paging to the new FACP.

Signaling Line Circuits (SLCs), connecting addressable field points to the associated Fire Alarm Control Panel, shall be configured as NFPA style 4 (Class B), with point supervision.

Network Connections, Data, Audio, and Signaling Line Circuits, which functionally link together multiple panels or Transponders shall be wired in an NFPA Style 6 (Class A) arrangement.

Initiating Device Circuits (IDCs) shall be limited to short runs from Monitor Modules to the connected device, unless specifically stated otherwise herein, and shall be configured as NFPA Style B (Class B), with individual zone supervision.

Notification Appliance Circuits (NACs) shall be configured as NFPA Style Y (Class “B”).  Audible NACs serving Speakers shall be installed using shielded cable, such that the speakers do not generate unwanted noises, due to crosstalk with other circuits.

Data Circuits to Annunciators shall be configured as NFPA Style 4 (Class “B”).  All annunciators shall be fully supervised.

The complete installation shall conform to the applicable sections of the latest edition of the following Codes and Standards:


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

NFPA 70                National Electrical Code (NEC) generally, and Article 760 in particular

NFPA 72                National Fire Alarm Code

NFPA 101              Life Safety Code

IBC                         International Building Code

IFC                          International Fire Code

IMC                        International Mechanical Code

CITY OF ALLEN - FIRE DEPARTMENT ordinances, inspections, approvals and requirements



UL 38                  Manually Actuated Signaling Boxes

UL 217                Smoke Detectors for Single and Multiple Station

UL 268                Smoke Detector for Fire Protective Signaling Systems

UL 464                Audible Signaling Appliances

UL 521                Heat Detectors for Fire Protective Signaling Systems

UL 864              Control Units for Fire Protective Signaling Systems

UL 1481              Power Supplies for Fire Protective Signaling Systems

UL 1971              Visual Signaling Appliances



A manufacturer-trained service technician shall provide the following installation supervision. This Techni­cian shall be certified by the equipment manufacturer and shall have a minimum of two (2) years of service experience in the fire alarm industry.

The technician's name shall appear on equipment submittals and a letter of certification from the fire alarm manufacturer shall be sent to the project engineer.  The manufacturer's service technician shall be responsible for the following items:

Pre‑installation visit to the job site to review equipment submittals and verify method by which the system should be wired.

Periodic job site visits to verify installation and wiring of system, and to perform any partial system programming – required to permit portions of the existing system to be removed.

Upon completion of wiring, final connections shall be made under the supervision of this technician, and final checkout and certification of the system.

At the time of final checkout, technician shall give operational instructions to the Owner and/or his representative on the system.

All job site visits shall be dated and documented in writing and signed by the Electrical Contractor.  Any discrepancy shall be noted on this document and a copy kept in the system job folder that shall be available to the Project Engineer any time during the project.


Unless specifically stated otherwise, each and all items of the fire alarm system shall be listed as a product of a SINGLE fire alarm system manufacturer under the appropriate category by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. (UL), and shall bear the UL label.

Notification Appliances may be products of a single, different manufacturer – provided that the Primary Equipment Provider or Manufacturer provides written documentation of compatibility and agrees to assume any and all responsibility for compatibility with the Control Equipment.

In addition to previously listed UL standards, all control equipment shall be listed under the following UL Standards:

UOJZ                   UL category UOJZ as a single control unit.  Partial listing shall NOT be acceptable.

UL 864                Transient protection

UL 497B              Isolated Loop Circuit Protectors.  Where fire alarm circuits leave the building, additional

Transient protection must be provided for each circuit.

UL 1481              Power Limited Applications.


All equipment shall be supplied by a firm, which specializes in fire alarm and smoke detection systems with a minimum of five (5) years-documented experience.  The company shall be an authorized distributor of the proposed equipment

All work shall be performed by a licensed contractor, who is regularly engaged in the installation and servicing of fire alarm systems.  Proof of five (5) years documented experience and of factory authorization to furnish and install the equipment proposed shall be furnished prior to contract award, if required by Project/Construction Mgr.

Contractor shall be located within three (3) hours of travel time or less from the site of this project.


Under the provisions of Section 26 05 00 and Division 1, submit the following for approval prior to ordering any equipment in accordance with requirements of Division 1, General Conditions.  Submit a total of ten (10) sets.

Copies of CAD Files (AutoCAD, latest version) for the Fire Alarm floor plans will be made available to the successful bidder for preparation of the required shop drawings and as-builts


The following items, and any additional items required per Section 26 05 00, shall be included within the submittal package:

Although they may be submitted under separate cover, Submittal Brochures / Booklets / Binders and Shop Drawings shall be submitted together and shall be treated as a complete set.



The submittals shall contain a cover sheet, which shall include the following information:


Submittal Date

Specification Section(s)

Electrical Contractor (Contact Name, name, address, and telephone number)

Project Name, Project City, Project State, and Project Address.


The Table of Contents shall appear immediately behind the Cover Sheet and shall contain a complete listing of all tabs contained within the binder booklet.

Tabbed index sheets shall be inserted into each of the binders, such that each binder is clearly sub-divided into sections.  Tabbed sections shall be provided, at minimum, for the following:

One section for manufacturer’s data sheets – divided into sub-sections for the following:

Panel Equipment (Panels, Panel Components / Modules, Printers, Annunciators, etc.)

Addressable Field Devices (Initiating and Control / Monitoring / Isolation)

Non-Addressable Field Devices (Initiating Devices, relays, etc.)

Notification Appliances


A complete equipment list of all components, including the following: Quantity, Manufacturer, Part Number, and Description.  If the supplier uses different part numbers from those of the actual manufacturer, the actual manufacturer and part numbers as they appear – marked on the shipping box / packages, shall also be identified on this list.


Each Equipment List shall include a complete listing of the modules, components, and software included for each modular FIRE Alarm Control Panel, Network Panel, Transponder, Outboard Gear Panel or Annunciator.  Such items shall be listed in a manner that clearly indicates that such items are parts of / components of a larger unit.  Simply stating a single part number and description for such panels shall be unacceptable.



Manufacturer's product data sheets, and equipment description of all system components.  These data sheets shall be highlighted or suitably marked, so that included items and options are indicated. On data sheets that include multiple products, products that are not used shall be crossed out.

 Product Data Sheets shall be organized, in order, corresponding to the first occurrence of the corresponding item on the equipment list


Complete sequence of operations of all functions of the system. This sequence of operation shall be custom created for this particular project.


In order to satisfy this submittal requirement, it shall be acceptable to include copies of the “Operation” portions of the specifications, including any applicable schedules / other supplementary information.  Copied specification pages shall be marked and highlighted, where the programmed operation will differ from the specified operation.  Copied specification pages shall be marked “no changes”, where no significant deviation will occur.  Other acceptable alternatives shall include written narratives, organized in a logical manner, and Matrix Charts. 


Where Matrix Charts are provided, such charts shall be organized and labeled clearly, and shall incorporate suitable levels of detail (refer to NFPA-72 (2007) A. for an example of an acceptable matrix chart).  The Leftmost column of the Matrix Chart shall include groupings of initiating devices and other function switches.  The Topmost Row shall include groupings of notification appliances and output devices.



These calculations shall clearly illustrate both the Standby and Alarm loads, due to the various field devices and panel components / modules.  It is generally recommended to submit such calculations in a “spreadsheet” format.  These calculations shall include any reserve / additional capacity, as required elsewhere within these specifications.  Final results shall indicate both the minimum battery capacity required and the capacity actually provided.


For all speakers plus all required spare capacity.


ADDRESSABLE DEVICE / DESCRIPTOR LIST - Prior to programming the system, submit a chart or printout, listing every system address provided for purposes of alarm initiation, status monitoring, supervised signaling, and auxiliary controls.  This printout shall include the corresponding device type and field programmable “custom labels”, as they will be displayed on the New System – at the FACP and Local Annunciator.  The addresses listed within this document shall directly correspond to the addresses marked on the submitted floor plan drawings. This list will be modified as needed by the Owner and returned to the contractor for final programming into the system.



Calculations shall be provided for all Notification Appliance Circuits (NAC) in the building.  It is recommended that this calculation should follow a “spreadsheet” format, and should clearly indicate the following:


The name of the circuit

Point of origin of the circuit

Complete list of all devices served by the circuit, including location and type of each device

Alarm Current Draw for each device, at the applied voltage

Applied Voltage (Based on anticipated battery voltage after specified stand-by & alarm operation)

Acceptable Operating Voltage for each type of device on circuit

Calculated Voltage at each device on circuit

These calculations should mathematically prove that all Notification Appliances on the circuit will receive acceptable power for proper operation, under “worst-case-scenario” conditions.


ll submitted drawings shall be created using AutoCAD, and shall be coordinated so that terminal numbering, circuit designation and equipment or device designations are the same on all drawings.  All drawings must be submitted and approved by the engineer before ordering or fabrication starts, but such approval will not waive any specification requirements unless specifically stated.  Project/Construction Mgr shall provide copies of the floor plan drawings, in AutoCAD, to the successful bidder.

Each and every sheet of the Shop Drawings shall be clearly and prominently identified as “SHOP DRAWINGS – PREPARED BY: (insert name of contractor firm preparing the shop drawings)”. The name and company logo for the Electrical Contractor should be added to the title block in each sheet, and a revision date shall be inserted on each sheet.

The submitted Shop Drawings shall include the following types of drawings:


Project-Specific Drawings.  These drawings shall include the following:



A separate riser drawing shall be furnished for each system.  Each System Riser shall illustrate all fire alarm circuits, which serve the facility, and shall incorporate the following information, in a clear, concise format:


Point of origin of each circuit (usually a Panel, or a Module within a panel)

Circuit type and labeling

Area served by each circuit

Wire / cable type and size

Locations of Panelboards where primary system power is obtained

The following information for each Field Device:

Device Type

Circuit(s) to which device is connected

Locations of any End-Of-Line Resistor (EOLR)

(and the circuit terminated by any such EOLR)



Showing layout and operation of the entire system.



The project drawings shall consist of edited versions of the Contract Documents, which shall include the following information:


Fire Department Response Location(s)

Annunciator Location(s)

Panel Location(s)

Device Addresses - The addresses shown on these drawings shall directly correspond to the chart or printout, as specified previously, which spells out specific information about each device, including the field programmable “custom label”.



Component and module wiring diagrams – intended to illustrate terminations and wiring connections to each typical Field Device (Detectors, Notification Appliances, etc.), and each typical panel component / module utilized within the system.  This set of drawings shall only include diagrams for modules and components which are actually used in the provided system(s).


These drawings shall incorporate clear labeling / nomenclature, which shall clearly indicate the corresponding field device or module, to which it corresponds.


OMISSION OF ANY OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS FROM THE SUBMITTALS SHALL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE REJECTION OF THE SUBMITTALS FOR THIS PROJECT.  If the Contractor has any questions concerning the preparation of these materials, please contact the Engineer.


The inspection program involves at least two inspections, as follows:


A Rough-In Inspection shall be scheduled and performed, prior to installation of any new devices.  In certain buildings (high-rises), multiple rough-in inspections may be required, as subsequent areas are completed.  It is highly recommended that these inspections should be carefully scheduled and adhered to, since potentially costly mistakes can be prevented before the associated devices are completely installed.


Final Inspection of the System – prior to this inspection, the Electrical Contractor shall have conducted all necessary pre-testing.



Installing Electrical Contractor shall submit to the Architect/Engineer for approval the as-built drawings for the entire work done under this project prior to final payment.

Work shall be done on AutoCAD using the contract drawings provided to the Contractor by DFD in the form of AutoCAD files.  A hard copy of same shall also be submitted.

These drawings shall show:

Locations and addresses of Initiation Devices, Notification Appliances, isolation devices, status-monitoring devices, supervised signaling devices, and auxiliary control devices.  All these devices shall be shown as connected to system wiring.

Circuit and Address information for each field device listed above.

Conduit layout.

Number/size/type of conductors in each conduit run

Riser diagrams

Location of end-of-line devices

Riser diagrams shall be specific for this project, and shall include location of emergency 120VAC panel, panel designation and circuit number used to feed each fire alarm panel.  Also, indicate if panel is backed up by an emergency generator.

Riser diagrams shall include locations (room or area number) of notification, initiating, end-of-line devices and addresses for all addressable field devices.



All operations and maintenance data shall comply with the submission and content requirements specified under section GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.


In addition to the general content specified under GENERAL REQUIREMENTS supply the following additional documentation:

A material guide, which shall contain the replacement part numbers and description of all components used.  If this information is included in an instruction section for any of the equipment, it will not be necessary to duplicate the list.  In either case, the parts list shall be associated with its respective chassis, modules or kit wherein it is found.  A total listing of parts without such grouping will not be acceptable.
Catalog data or literature
Manufacturer's operating instructions.
Manufacturer's maintenance instructions
Installation instructions
Name, address and telephone number of sources for parts (i.e. keys, guards, etc.) not supplied by the Fire Alarm Manufacturer
Copies of all approved shop drawings
An updated copy of the submitted sequence of operation, revised to reflect any implemented changes
 [A/E and commissioning provider to define detailed operation and maintenance data requirements for equipment specifications added to this section.]



Receive equipment at job site; verify applicable components and quantity delivered.

Handle equipment to prevent internal components' damage and breakage, as well as denting and scoring of enclosure finish.

Do not install damaged equipment.

Store equipment in a clean, dry space and protect from dirt, fumes, water, and construction debris and physical damage.  Make arrangements with the Owner at the pre-construction meeting for storage of equipment on the premises.




The system shall continue to be capable of being tested by one person.  While in testing mode the alarm activation of an alarm-initiating device shall be silently logged as an alarm condition in the historical data file.  The panel shall automatically reset itself after the logging of the alarm.


The momentary disconnection of an initiating or indicating device circuit shall be silently logged as a trouble condition in the historical data file.  The panel shall automatically reset itself after logging of the trouble condition.


Should the silent walk-test feature be on for an inappropriate amount of time (30 minutes max.) it shall revert to the normal mode automatically.


The panel shall have the capability of dividing the system into distinctive walk test groups, a minimum of (8) groups.


Should an alarm condition occur from an active point, not in walk test mode, it shall perform operations described above.


After testing is considered complete, testing data may be retrieved from the system in chronological order to ensure device/circuit activation.




The system shall be fully programmable, configurable, and expandable in the field without the need for special tools or PROM programmers and shall not require replacement of memory IC's.  All programming may be accomplished through the standard control panel keyboard or a keyboard at the printer, or the use of a PC.  All programs shall be stored in non-volatile memory.


All programming or reprogramming shall be done by the supplier at no charge until the owner accepts the system.


The system shall be capable of being programmed by means of a Field Configuration Program (FCP) allowing programming to be downloaded via portable computer from any node on the network.

Provide the services of a factory trained and authorized Technician to perform all system software modifications, upgrades, or changes. Response time of the Technician to the site shall not exceed 4 hours.



Where new Manual Stations are to be installed at or near existing rough-in locations, and where such Pull Stations need to be lowered, the use of “Pull Station Re-Locators” shall be permitted, subject to review of a sample device by the Owner.  These units shall be equivalent to Simplex Model 2099-9830 (equivalent model by Space Age Electronics) or EST Model RR-32RL.  When installed, these units produce a neat, trim, integrated appearance.]



The complete installation shall be done in a neat, workmanlike manner in accordance with the applicable requirements of NFPA 70 - Article 760 and the manufacturer's recommendations.


Smoke detectors shall not be mounted until the construction is completed, unless they are covered with plastic bags or fitted covers immediately after installation to maintain cleanliness. Remove plastic bags or fitted covers from smoke detectors after final construction cleaning is complete.


Clean All Equipment:

Vacuum inside of fire alarm panels, NAC panels, etc.

Loosen attached particles and vacuum them away.

Wipe all surfaces with a clean, dry, lint free rag.

Re-vacuum inside surfaces as directed by the DFD Construction Representative or Inspector.




All wiring shall be in a conduit system separate from other building wiring.  See Section 26 05 33 – Raceway and Boxes for Electrical Systems for specifications.

All wiring shall be in minimum ½" steel raceway, unless free-air wiring is approved by DFD.

40% fill factor shall be applied to all conduit sizes.

The contractor shall size conduit and boxes by circular mil size of each cable in each conduit or box. The circular mil sizing can be found on the manufacture's spec sheet, then use the NEC codebook to make calculation to follow NEC Chapter 9 Tables and Annex C for box and conduit fill.

The contractor is encouraged to use red conduit for fire alarm systems.

There shall be no sharp edges with installed materials.

Use only identified conduit entries or request approval for other penetrations in cabinets; (certain areas require clear space for interior components / batteries).  Cabinet shall be grounded to either a cold water pipe or grounding rod.

Existing conduit and surface metal raceway that is ½” in size or larger may be reused if found to have adequate space provided that it only serves the fire Alarm system and doesn’t contain any AC wiring.  All existing conduit that is reused MUST be brought up to the current State of Wisconsin Electrical Code and Approved for usage by the Engineer prior to work being done.


All wire and cable associated with this system shall be as required by the equipment manufacturer.  The following information is intended for estimating purposes only.  However, the minimum wire gauges and colors specified shall be strictly adhered to.  All cable shall be installed as per NEC Article 760.


Type FPL wiring is required if the system is run in conduit or 'free-air.


All initiation and notification circuit cabling shall be listed Type FPL (300V) in accordance with NEC article 760."


All cables and wires #14 AWG and larger shall be stranded.


Fire alarm wiring shall be held in place at the device box, by means of a two-screw connector, (do not use squeeze or crimp type connectors).


All wiring shall be completely supervised.  In the event of a primary power failure, disconnected standby battery, disarrangement of any components, any open circuits or grounds in the system, an audible and visual trouble signal shall be activated until the system is restored to normal.


All conductors shall be color-coded.  Coding shall be consistent throughout the facility.  Green wire shall be used only for equipment ground.


Each FIRE Alarm Control Panel, [Annunciator Panel], [Fire Command Center], [and Remote FIRE Command Center] shall be connected to separate dedicated branch circuit from the building emergency panel, maximum 20 amperes.  Circuit shall be labeled as "FIRE ALARM".  The fire alarm branch circuit shall be secured in the “ON” position using a red circuit breaker handle clamp to prevent accidentally de-energizing the power to the fire alarm equipment.


Power wiring for FIRE Alarm Control Panel, [Annunciator Panel], [and Remote FIRE Command Center] shall be #12 AWG.


FIRE Alarm Control Panel, [Annunciator Panel], [Fire Command Center], [and Remote FIRE Command Center] shall have #6 AWG green equipment ground wire.


Fire alarm risers, notification appliance circuits and interconnections to remote panels (per NFPA 72) shall have a minimum 2Hr fire alarm rating. All notification appliance circuits shall be protected from the fire alarm panel of origination to the signaling zone they serve.


Where fire alarm circuits enter or leave a building, additional transient 75 to 90-volt gas tube protection shall be provided for each conductor.


Leave 8-inch wire tails at each device box and 36-inch wire tails at the fire Alarm Control Panel [and Remote Annunciator Panel(s)], [Fire Command Center], [and Remote FIRE Command Center].


Cable for Intelligent detector Loops shall be 18 to 12 AWG twisted pair with a shield jacket or per manufacturers recommendations installed in ½" conduit.  Shield continuity must be maintained and connected to earth ground only at the control panel. 


SLC wiring must not be in the same conduit with AC power wiring or other high current circuits.  T-taps or branch circuit connections are allowed for all class B SLCs.


Cable for RS 232-c devices (CRT, PRINTER) shall be dual pair twisted- shielded.


Cable for RS 485 devices (Remote Annunciators) shall be twisted-shielded pair (Belden 9841 or equivalent) for the data signal.  Power wiring shall be 12 AWG.


All splices or connections shall be made within approved junction boxes and with approved fittings.  Boxes shall be red and labeled "FIRE ALARM SYSTEM" or “FA” by decal or other approved markings.


Speaker and strobe circuits shall have separate conductors and shall operate independently of each other.


[Mini horn wiring shall be #14 AWG minimum.]


Speaker wiring shall be #18 AWG twisted-shielded cable or per manufacturers recommendations.


Strobe wiring shall be #14 AWG minimum.


Tray cable is not acceptable for use as fire alarm system wiring installed in conduit.



Unless otherwise noted on the drawings, plans, specifications or by the Architect or Engineer; the recommended mounting heights, and requirements are as follows:

fire alarm control panels

Mount control panels such that all visual indicators and controls are located at 60 inches above floor level.


Mount FAAP/FCC/RFCC panels such that all visual indicators and controls are located at 60 inches above floor level.


In Public-Mode Areas, as defined within NFPA-72, install flush, semi-flush or surface between 80 inches and 96 inches or 6 inches below finished ceiling or at 80 inches from the bottom of the device to the highest level of the finished floor.  No devices protruding 4 inches or more shall be installed lower than 80 inches.  If these requirements are not achievable, consult with the Engineer before installation.

Audio/visual devices may be installed on the ceilings only where indicated, or where approved in writing by the Engineer.  (In such cases, these devices shall be installed in accordance with current NFPA 72 standards).  Audio/visual devices installed on ceilings shall have white grills

Except as noted in the previous paragraph, all audio/visual devices shall be wall-mounted at the same height throughout the facility.

Spacing of speakers shall not exceed 25 feet on center.  Strobes spacing shall be in accordance with NFPA 72.

For surface mounting, use manufacture-supplied back boxes and trim plates, which shall be painted Red or off White, and shall contain no visible conduit knock-outs.  Mark each device with its circuit number.

The operable part of the manual stations shall be installed not less than 3 ½ ft. (42") and not more than 4 ft. (48”) above finished floor.  All Manual Stations shall be in unobstructed locations. Mark the unit’s address on the inside and outside of housing.

All manual pull stations shall be installed at the same height throughout the facility.

For surface mounting, use manufacture-supplied back boxes and trim plates.  Back boxes shall be painted Red or Off-White and shall contain no visible conduit knock-outs.  Mark each device with its loop and address.

During the installation of the new fire alarm systems, new pull stations should be covered or identified as not being operable so building occupants will not be confused as to which fire alarm pull station should be pulled during an alarm condition.  Likewise, after the new system is installed, tested and accepted, the existing pull stations should be identified as not being operable (or permanently removed as soon as possible).

The location of detectors shown on the plans is schematic only.  The detectors must be located according to code requirements.

Surface mounted detectors shall be installed using back boxes equal to the base’s size.  Standard octagon and square boxes are not acceptable.

Detectors should be located on the highest part of a smooth ceiling so that the edge of the detector is no closer than 4 inches from a sidewall.  Ceilings with beams, joists or soffits that exceed 8 inches in depth require special planning and closer spacing.

If it is necessary to mount a detector upon a sidewall, the top of the detector (the sensing chamber portion of the device) shall be located no closer than 4 inches from the ceiling and no further away than 12 inches.

Smoke detectors should be installed to favor the air flow towards return openings and not located closer than 3 feet from air supply diffusers which could dilute smoke before it reaches the detector.  No detectors shall be installed in direct airflow.

Duct smoke detector installation to be by this contractor and should be installed in the locations shown on the mechanical and electrical plans.  Ensure that the duct smoke detectors are in serviceable locations.  Consult with the mechanical designer for alternate locations if these are shown in non-serviceable locations.  When locations on mechanical plans are not available, install in locations called for that provide accessibility for service.  For duct smoke detectors that are associated with shaft smoke dampers, ensure the sampling tubes protruding into the duct are located within five feet of the smoke damper and there are no air inlets or outlets between the sampling tubes and the damper.  Do not install within four feet of a fan discharge.

Heat and smoke detectors should be located near the center of the open area which they are protecting, thus providing coverage generally for 15-foot radius for heat and smoke detectors. Questionable locations shall be verified with Architect or Engineer before installation takes place.

Heat and smoke detectors / Sensors – both Intelligent and non-addressable, shall be installed in accordance with their UL Listed Spacing.  The quantity of Heat and smoke detectors / Sensors depicted on the drawings is based on the 900 square foot per detector rule.  If detectors with significantly different spacing requirements are selected by the fire Alarm equipment provider / Contractor, then additional detectors / sensors, if required, shall be provided at no additional cost to the project.



Attach the label containing the address and SLC designation to:

Each addressable detector.  Label shall be visible and readable from the floor, 3/16” minimum character size (¼” is recommended).

Each manual pull station.  Label shall be placed on the top part

Each Addressable Module.  Label shall be attached to the faceplate

 Label shall consist of black writing on white or clear background.

 All fire alarm boxes shall be painted red and labeled "Fire Alarm" or “FA”.  When red conduit is used for the fire alarm system installation, there is no need to paint the boxes.  Non-factory device boxes shall also be painted red.

 All circuits must be labeled with the name of circuit and the area being served by the circuit.

 Wire/cable splices in junction boxes shall be labeled indicating where the wire/cable is coming from and where it is going.

 All conductors terminated in control panels, annunciator panels and extension panels shall be labeled.

 All audio-visual devices shall be labeled by each circuit and the order of the device on that circuit such as “Circuit No. 2, strobe No. 05 of 10”.

All labels shall be permanent, and be machine generated.  NO HANDWRITTEN OR NON-PERMANENT LABELS SHALL BE ALLOWED.  Submit a sample for approval before using any labeling schemes.

Label size shall be appropriate for the conductor or cable size(s) and design.  All labels to be used shall be self-laminating, white/transparent vinyl and be wrapped around the cable (sheath).  Flag type labels are not allowed.  The labels shall be of adequate size to accommodate the circumference of the cable being labeled and properly self-laminate over the full extent of the printed area of the label.

Adhesive type labels not permitted except for phase and wire identification.


Before proceeding with any testing, all persons, facilities and building occupants who receive alarms or trouble signals shall be notified by the contractor to prevent unnecessary response or building occupant distress.  At the conclusion of testing, those previously notified shall be notified that testing has been concluded.


The manufacturer's authorized representative shall provide on-site supervision of installation of the complete fire alarm system installation, perform a complete functional test of the system, and submit a written report to the Contractor attesting to the proper operation of the completed system prior to final inspection.


Contractor shall pre-test every device in the system before the system is considered ready for final inspection.


The completed and pre-tested fire alarm system shall be fully tested in accordance with NFPA-72 by the Contractor in the presence of the Engineer, Project/Construction Mgr'/Owner's representative and the local Fire Marshal.

The Engineer or his authorized representative may suspend or discontinue the tests at any time performance is considered unsatisfactory.  Resumption of testing will cover untested elements and any replaced elements.  The contractor shall furnish all test personnel, test instruments and equipment of the accuracy necessary to perform the test.  Arrangements for testing must be made with the DFD representative and the Engineer at least two weeks before the proposed testing date.

Upon the completion of a successful test, and prior to the final request for payment the Contractor shall:

Certify the system to the Owner in writing

Complete the NFPA 72 record of completion form

Provide as-built and O&M manuals.

Provide a signed statement that the Owner had received the specified system operation and maintenance training

The final payment will not be processed unless these documents are complete and are on hand.


The Contractor shall warrant the completed fire alarm system wiring and equipment to be free from inherent mechanical and electrical defects for a period of two (2) years from the date of substantial completion of the project.


At the end of the project, the Contractor shall post the warranty period along with the company’s name and telephone number inside the fire alarm panel.


Any occupied facility shall not be without a UL and an NFPA approved and fully operational fire alarm system for a period longer than two (2) hours.  Emergency response shall be provided within two (2) hours of the notification, to the contractor, of the failure of the system to perform operationally per UL and NFPA standards.  Non-emergency service calls shall be responded to within twenty-four (24) hours of the notification to the contractor.


Emergency situations may include, but not limited to

System can’t be acknowledged or reset

System is non-responsive to commands

System in non-responsive to actuated alarm devices

Malfunction of notification/initiating circuit(s)

System going into alarm/trouble without indicating the source

System is dead (no power), etc.


Repairs and/or replacement arising from emergency situations shall be completed within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of notification.  Other than emergency, actual repairs and /or replacement shall be provided within seventy-two (72) hours of the time of notification during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  If the repairs involve parts that are not shelve items and require lead time, the contractor shall inform the Owner within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of notification of the exact time when the repairs will be completed.


If repair and/or replacement cannot be made within the prescribed time, then other means and methods of protection shall be provided to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants during which time the system is not in compliance with the standards.  This may involve up to and include hiring Owner approved qualified personnel to stand a fire watch, all at the contractor's expense.


Warranty service for the equipment shall be provided by the system supplier's factory trained representative.  Further, Warranty shall include all parts, labor and necessary travel.



All training provided for agency shall comply with the format, general content requirements and submission guidelines specified under Section 01 91 01, or 01 91 02. (keep both section numbers here) 


The Contractor through his/her supplier shall provide, as part of this contract, training on the system operation for owner, the Architect/Engineer, and fire department personnel.  The training shall consist of the following sessions:

Two (insert number hours for each session)-hour sessions for the purpose of training personnel who will need to operate the system – primarily, Level 1 and Level 2 system operators / users.


A single (insert number hours for each session)-hour session for the purpose of training personnel who will need to administrate and maintain the system.  This training session shall familiarize these “power-users” with High-Level functions and shall also familiarize Electrical Department personnel with an overview of the as-built drawings and equipment configuration / basic troubleshooting.


All training sessions shall be coordinated and scheduled by the Contractor and shall be conducted at a time to be stipulated by the owner.  All training and other indoctrination shall be completed prior to final inspection.


The contractor shall record all training and instructional sessions on DVD. Provide a separate DVD for each system and label for the system demonstrated and turnover to the Owner.


Training shall not take place until all systems are 100% operational as determined by the Owner. The purpose of training is to fully prepare the facility maintenance staff for complete operational responsibility of the fire alarm system.


The facility maintenance staff shall be fully trained and be given the capability by the product Vendor and installing Contractor to modify, to program, to fully repair, to service, and to maintain the system after (and if desired, during) the warranty period.


The above training shall include, but not be limited to, providing and reviewing all programming software, access codes, and licenses that allow the Owner to add or to delete any points (i.e.: The mapping of devices), and to change a heat detector to a smoke detector. To meet this requirement, provide the necessary configuration and/or access code (hardware and/or software key). If the Vendor cannot meet this requirement, the product is not acceptable



Contractor shall visit the site to understand the special site and existing conditions.

The contractor must maintain the existing fire alarm system operational during the construction period.  During periods of construction where dust or dirt may contaminate the existing detectors, the contractor shall cover the detectors to avoid nuisance alarms and trouble-calls.

Individual zones and/or devices of the existing fire alarm system can be bypassed by the contractor during construction under the following requirements:

The Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds is notified of which zones and/or devices are inoperative and for how long in writing, hand delivered.

The contractor covers all manual-pull stations that are not active and post temporary fire alarm notification procedures next to each inactive manual-pull station.

Ensure the fire alarm system is fully operational before leaving the job site.



Contractor is responsible for utilizing the construction verification checklists supplied under specification Section 28 08 00 in accordance with the procedures defined for construction verification.