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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems for Buildings - BS 5839 Part 1 2013

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Upcoming Courses 

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This training course will resume in 2021. Fill out the enquiry form if you would like to be contacted once dates have been released.

Course Content

The recommendations of BS 5839-1, as amended in 2013, are examined in detail.

  • Overview of Fire Alarm Design Codes
  • Format of the British Standard
  • System categories
  • Variations from the Code for detection & alarm
  • Field circuit design
  • Design Issues
  • Power Supplies
  • Standby Batteries
  • Call Points
  • Detector Selection, Siting & Spacing
  • Control and Indicating Equipment
  • Audible Alarms
  • Fire Warning for Deaf People
  • Staged Alarms
  • Communication with Fire Service 
Engineering issues: 
  • Cables 
  • Networked Systems 
  • Installation, Commissioning and Certification 
  • Verification 
  • Maintenance 
  • Causes of False Alarms 
  • Benchmark False Alarms Rates 
  • Measures to limit False Alarms 
  • Final Discussion and Questions

Learning Outcomes 

A good working knowledge of BS 5839-1.

Who Should Attend

  • Building control officers.
  • Approved inspectors.
  • Fire and rescue service inspecting officers.
  • Fire safety consultants.
  • Fire risk assessors.  
  • Health and safety consultants.
  • M&E contractors and consultants.
  • Fire alarm contractors.

Course Timings  

Registration: 09:15
Start Time: 9:30
Latest Finish: 17:00

Course Fees 

  • Standard Rate: £335 + VAT
  • Members Rate: £285 + VAT

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