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

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Course Content  
Learning Outcomes
Who Should Attend
Course Timings
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A full overview and agenda, need to know information, and booking instructions can be found on the individual upcoming course pages. Click on a course below to view.

Upcoming Courses 

10th October 2019 | London - Find out more

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 is open from 09.30 
Start Time: 10:00
Latest finish: 17:00

Course Fees 

  • Members Rate: £336 (£280 ex VAT)
  • Standard Rate: £372 (£310 ex VAT)

In-house training at your site

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  1. Name of course
  2. Approximate number of staff
  3. Your site address  

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