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Central Station Fire Alarm Systems

Signals

Personnel on Duty

The central station has to have at least two people on dutyThis requirement has nothing to do with the number of signals coming into the central station. The purpose is to make sure that the station is not essentially vacant in the event of a medical emergency, or the death of an on-duty operator. No matter how many accounts are handled by the central station, there must be at least two people in the station at all times. at all times. The operators are not allowed to do anything else in the central station, other than attending to the receipt and disposition of signals.

This is different than the requirement for other alarm receiving stationsFor example, NFPA 72 specifically allows the operators in a proprietary station to be assigned other duties, such as maintenance activities, as long as there is an operator on duty to answer signals. In a remote station, such as a fire department switchboard, the operators may well be fire fighters who rotate in and out of the alarm office. They will be assigned other duties routinely, based on the fire department's needs., where an operator can be assigned other duties, as long as their primary duty is the receipt and handling of signals.
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