Fire Alarm Systems: Design, Installation, Inspection and Testing in Alberta

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October 8, 22, 29, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1005-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the types of fire alarm systems and their applications
  • Recognize the basic and optional features of fire alarm systems
  • Explain the requirements of Voice Communication Systems
  • Relate the requirements of the National Building Code and Fire Code Alberta Editions
  • Apply your knowledge to design a fire alarm system

Only a well-designed and functioning fire alarm system can protect people and the building from a fire hazard. This course is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design, install and maintain fire alarm systems in accordance with building and fire codes.

Who Should Attend
Fire Alarm System Designers and Engineers • Installation and Service personnel • Electrical Project Engineers and Supervisors • Building Owners • Property Managers • Superintendents • Maintenance personnel • Building and Fire Inspectors 

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Overview of Fire Alarm Systems and Applications

  • Input, output, processing, response time, and annunciation
  • Stand-alone
  • Distributed
  • Centralized
  • Networking (local and degraded mode)

Categories and Types of Fire Alarm Systems

  • Local, auxiliary, remote, and proprietary
  • Conventional and addressable (analog and digital)
  • Single-stage and two-stage systems
  • Single- to three-channel voice communication
  • Fire fighters telephone, indication, and paging

Standard and Optional Features of Fire Alarm Control Units

  • Basic features, annunciation, and controls
  • Electrical supervision
  • Priority level of indication
  • Alarm silence/inhibit
  • Input/output mapping
  • Requirement of the annunciation (local and remote)
  • Circuit types Class A and B
  • Conventional and addressable loops
  • Response time
  • Different types of faults and trouble
  • Optional features such as suppression systems, alarm verification, voice, smoke control, and egress
  • door securing

Compatibility of Input/Output Devices, Voice Communication Systems

  • Initiating and signalling devices
  • Interfacing voice systems, built-in and stand-alone
  • Interfacing different makes of control units

Evaluation and Certification of Fire Alarm Equipment as Per ULC Standards

  • How ULC evaluates and certifies control units according to CAN/ULC-S527
  • Certification of field devices according to their respective CAN/ULC-500 series standards
  • What is required in voice communication systems
  • Evaluation of transponders and their role
  • Primary and secondary power requirements

In-Depth Analysis of National Installation and Maintenance Standards

  • CAN/ULC-S524 Standard for Installation of Fire Alarm Systems
  • CAN/ULC-S536 Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
  • CAN/ULC-S537 Standard for Verification of Fire Alarms
  • CAN/ULC-S1001 Standard for the Integration of Fire Protection Systems

Day II

Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems and Access Level

  • What level of access may be made available to the building owners/users and service companies
  • (software controlled)
  • Role of AHJ
  • Responsibilities of the manufacturer

Automatic Sprinkler Systems

  • Requirements for sprinkler flow alarms
  • Types of flow alarms
  • Requirements for sprinkler supervision

ULC Certificate Program and Starting a Listed Service Company

  • Requirements and how to qualify for certificates
  • How you can start and become a listed fire alarm service company
  • Required qualifications and experience

National Fire Code – Alberta Edition

  • What is required for fire alarm system and restorations
  • Testing and maintenance

Customized Installation and Special Inspection

  • How customized installation affects ULC certification
  • What is required for special inspection
  • Who can initiate the request for field inspection
  • AHJ involvement and their requirements for issuing occupancy permits


  • Design of a fire alarm system for a Low Rise building


Types of Detection Devices

  • Heat Detectors: types; spacing, and placement restrictions as per ULC S524
  • Smoke Detectors: types; spacing and placement restrictions
  • Flame Detectors: types; spacing and placement restrictions
  • Air Duct Type Smoke Detectors: types; spacing, and placement restrictions
  • Manual Stations: types and location requirements

VESDA Air Sampling Applications

  • Overview of the purpose and type of areas protected by VESDA systems

Types of Audible Signaling Devices

  • Bells; horns, and speakers: types and location requirements as per the Alberta Building Code
  • Audibility level requirements as per the Alberta Building Code

Types of Ancillary Systems connected to Fire Alarm Systems

  • Electromagnetic locking devices (maglocks)
  • Hold Open devices


  • Design of a fire alarm system for a High Rise building

Workshop: Design/Layout of a Typical Fire Alarm System
Participants will have an opportunity to design a fire alarm system based on the knowledge gained from the course.

Inspection Checklist
An initial checklist will be provided and discussed. Participants will be able to keep the completed checklist for future reference


Randy Panesar, M.Ed.

Randy has been in the fire safety industry for nearly 25 years, working in various roles such as Fire Prevention, Public Education, Fire Consultant, Project Manager, Fire Alarm Technician, and others. He holds several designations including NFPA 1031, NFPA 1035, CFAA, and more.

He has held leadership positions in the industry, serving as the former Vice President of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association's Ontario Chapter and currently as the Chair of the National Education Committee and National Director. Randy has also served as Director of the Canadian Fire Safety Association and has affiliations with organizations such as OMFPOA, NFPA, SFPE, and IFE.

He holds a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, specializing in adult education, and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, specializing in higher education and Leadership. Randy has successfully combined his two passions, education and fire safety, in his career.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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