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Northwest Automatic Fire Alarm Association

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    • 11:00 - 11:30
    • TVF&R Station 56 & South Operating Center, 8445 SW Elligsen Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070
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    NWAFAA April Board of Directors Meeting

    Please join us for our monthly board meeting at TVF&R Station 56 & South Operating Center, 8445 SW Elligsen Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070


    Tentative Agenda items

    Financial Report - Gary Youngberg

    Fall Training, November 5, 6 and 7

    Expo 2024, May 29, 2024 Recap - Gert/Hank

    Scholarship Options

    New Members Review


    Member Meeting Agenda

    By-Law Changes and Adoption

    Expo Recap

    Fall Training


    Please use the registration option through this invite if you are attending or not.

    Thank you and I hope to see you there!

    Gert Zoutendijk

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    • 11:30 - 13:00
    • TVF&R Station 56 & South Operating Center, 8445 SW Elligsen Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070
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    All Member Meeting and Training

    Join us on June 18, 2024, starting at 11:30 AM for our member meeting and Training held at the TVF&R Station 56 and South Operating Center, 8445 SW Elligsen Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070

    As part of the meeting, we will be voting on revised By-Laws. Your Board has been working on these for several months and feel that we are providing the association with a good product.  Below here is the new document.

    NWAFAA Bylaws Final Draft May 2024.pdf

    Make sure and register through the website so we can get an accurate count for lunch. As a reminder, we now have a membership fee that covers the meeting lunches and discounted training cost for the fall trainings. Please register to become a member to take benefit of the discounts. If you are bringing a guest, please register them as well. 

    Training Presentation

    We will have Cale Baker, Lead Deputy Fire Marshal for the City of Vancouver present on WA State / City of Vancouver requirements for fire alarm design and install requirements - Topics covered are:

    • 2021 International Fire Code, WA State Amendments, and City of Vancouver Municipal Code Requirements (Pertaining to Fire Alarm)
    • City of Vancouver endorsement / certificate requirements for fire alarm contractors
    • Fire Alarm Plan Review Submittal Requirements
    • FACP Replacements / Upgrades (Retroactive Triggers)
    • Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing
    • Smoke Control / High-rise requirements (Basics)

    Presenter Bio

    • 6 years with Vancouver Fire Department
    • Lead Deputy Fire Marshal – Currently Assigned New Construction and Fire Investigation Programs, Previously Assigned Fire Code Enforcement
    • 3 years as a Fire Alarm Inspector
    • NICET II Fire Alarms Systems certified
    • Mostly T&I, some install
    • AA Degree in Fire Science
    • Santa Ana College, California
    • NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
    • ICC Fire Inspector II
    • ICC Fire Plans Examiner

    Thank you and I hope to see you there!

    Gert Zoutendijk, President

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2024
    • Thursday, November 07, 2024
    • Mohawk Business Park Training Center 7991 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062
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    NWAFAA 2024 Fall Training

    We are excited to be able to bring back the fall training to the Portland Metro area. This fire alarm training is jam packed full of instruction by Tom Hammerberg. 

    We are making this training available for our members at a low price of $250 per day (non-members $299).

    Follow the below links to each individual day to sign up.

    NWAFAA Fall Training Day 1 - Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2021 IBC

    NWAFAA Fall Training Day 2 - Fire Alarm Fundamentals

    NWAFAA Fall Training Day 3 - Fire Alarm Inspection & Testing

    Email us at nwafaa.com@gmail.com for any questions.

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2024
    • 08:00 - 17:00
    • Mohawk Business Park Training Center 7991 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062
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    Understanding the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2021 IBC

    Course Description

    This training program is beneficial for designers of fire alarm systems, project managers or lead installers for fire alarm systems and authorities having jurisdiction responsible for fire alarm system plan review and acceptance testing.

    It is also useful for those preparing for the NICET Level II or higher exams. Discussions and practical exercises are used to improve the participant’s knowledge of, and how to use the building and fire codes in determining fire alarm requirements.

    This course consists of 7 Contact Hours for continuing education. The student must attend the entire seminar to receive credit.

    Course Objectives

    Upon completion, each participant will have a solid understanding of how to use the IBC in determining minimum fire alarm requirements according to the building’s intended use and occupant load. And understanding the specific requirements that apply to special use occupancies and high-rise buildings.

    Course Materials

    • Student workbook (provided electronically)
    • Student should bring the 2021 edition of the International Building Code
    • Calculator, pencils and note paper - Student to provide

    Course Outline

    Part 1: Introduction and discussion of Codes and Standards

    Part 2: Review the format of the International Building Code

    Part 3: Discuss the changes between editions

    Part 4: General fire alarm requirements such as submittal document requirements

    Part 5: Specific fire alarm requirements by occupancy use group and occupant load

    Part 6: Practical exercises and discussion of fire alarm system requirements

    Instructor

       

    Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017.He continues to present seminars nationally. Tom has been in the alarm industry for 44 years and was with AFAA for 23 years, serving as President/Executive Director and Director of Industry Relations. Tom is NICET Level IV certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.



    • Wednesday, November 06, 2024
    • 08:00 - 17:00
    • Mohawk Business Park Training Center 7991 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062
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    Fire Alarm Fundamentals (Formerly Basic Fire Alarm Systems)
    Based on the NFPA 72, 2022

    Course Description

    This basic fire alarm seminar is an application course beneficial for new installers, sales personnel, service technicians, plus building and fire inspectors involved in acceptance testing and/or plans review. This course is also useful as a refresher for anyone involved with fire alarms.

    Course Objective

    Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to identify the basic fire alarm system fundamentals, system components, installation requirements, and the proper methods used to satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.

    This course consists of 7 Contact Hours for continuing education. The student must attend the entire seminar to receive credit.

    Course Materials

    Student workbook and handouts (provided electronically)

    Student should bring the respective editions of NFPA-72 for the class.

    Calculator, pencils and note paper (Student to provide)

    Course Outline

    Part 1: Fundamentals.

    Part 2: Initiating Devices.

    Part 3: Notification Appliances.

    Part 4: Fire Safety Control Functions.

    Part 5: Post Quiz

    Instructor

       

    Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017.He continues to present seminars nationally. Tom has been in the alarm industry for 44 years and was with AFAA for 23 years, serving as President/Executive Director and Director of Industry Relations. Tom is NICET Level IV certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.


    • Thursday, November 07, 2024
    • 08:00 - 17:00
    • Mohawk Business Park Training Center 7991 SW Mohawk St Tualatin, OR 97062
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    Fire Alarm System Inspection and Testing
    Based on the NFPA 72, 2022 edition

    Course Description

    This basic application course reviews the requirements for fire alarm systems inspection and testing; how to perform the tests properly; and how to conduct visual inspections to satisfy the requirements of NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

    This seminar is beneficial for installers performing acceptance or reacceptance tests of new fire alarm systems; service technicians performing periodic testing and inspection of existing fire alarm systems; building and fire inspectors witnessing acceptance and reacceptance testing; and personnel representing the owner that has responsibility for the testing and inspection of fire alarm systems in their facilities.

    Course Objective

    Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to determine the testing and inspection requirements of NFPA 72 and how to perform these tests, as well why it is important to conduct the inspections using the established guidelines. Why are inspections required and how the requirements were developed. IBC/IFC Code Requirements for Inspection and Testing as well as documentation and record keeping requirements.

    This course consists of 7 Contact Hours for continuing education. The student must attend entire seminar to receive credit.

    Course Materials

    Student workbook (provided electronically)

    Students should bring the respective edition of NPFA 72 for the course.

    Calculator, pencils and note paper (Student to provide)

    Course Outline

    Part 1: NICET T&I Certification Information and Pre-Quiz

    Part 2: Code Requirements for Inspection and Testing

    Part 3: NFPA 72: Chapter 10 Qualifications and Chapter 14 – Inspection and Testing

    Part 4: Record keeping and Documentation.

    Part 5: Post Quiz

    Instructor

       

    Tom Hammerberg is an independent contractor and retired from the Automatic Fire Alarm Association in June 2017.He continues to present seminars nationally. Tom has been in the alarm industry for 44 years and was with AFAA for 23 years, serving as President/Executive Director and Director of Industry Relations. Tom is NICET Level IV certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.


    • Thursday, May 01, 2025
    • 08:00
    • Friday, May 30, 2025
    • 17:00
    • 1000 NE Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
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    2025 Northwest Fire & Security Expo

    Early Bird Special! $795 

    (Offer expires July 1, 2024)

    After July 1, 2025 Registration Fee = $825

    (May 2025 Expo date TBD)

    Exhibitors:

    Please join the Northwest Automatic  Fire Alarm Association at its 17th annual Northwest Fire & Security Expo in 2025.  Become an exhibitor and present to over 250 attendees. Promote your company’s latest and greatest offerings to a highly focused audience. This one-day event includes seminars by some of the nation’s finest leaders in the Fire Alarm and Security Industries. The Expo will attract the most active engineers, distributors, contractors, End-users, and AHJ’s from our region. Take advantage of this  highly defined target audience brought together to you in one convenient location for your benefit.

    All displays are strictly limited to materials associated with your company’s equipment and/or services related to the Fire and Security industries. A welcome package with all pertinent information will be emailed to the registrant once payment has been received and the packet is ready for distribution.


    For more information,
    email us.

Past events

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Northwest Fire & Security Expo
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 NWAFAA May Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 NWAFAA April Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 All Member Meeting and Training
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 NWAFAA February Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, January 09, 2024 NWAFAA January Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 NWAFAA December Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 NWAFAA November Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 All Member Meeting and Training
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 NWAFAA October Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Northwest Fire & Security Expo
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 NWAFAA Fall Training

The NWAFAA is a chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association serving the Pacific Northwest. This organization brings together Engineers, AHJ's, Vendors, Installers, Manufacturers and End Users in the fire alarm industry to further the industry.

Address:
7324 SW Durham Rd
Portland, OR 97224

  Northwest Automatic Fire Alarm Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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