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Central Station Fire Alarm Systems

Summary

Summary

For many years, full central station service was available in only large metropolitan areas, due to limitations with the technology that was available at the time. However, with modern telephone technology, geographic limitations no longer exist.

Central station service is operated by private alarm companies for the purpose of making a profit. They not only deal with fire alarm systems, but may monitor security systems and manufacturing facility operations. 

The central station is a listed entity, conforming to strict standards outlined in UL/ANSI 827. This document outlines requirements for building construction of the physical central station, as well as fire protection, backup power supplies, and security. 

Full central station service requires fulfilling six elements:
Equipment installation Inspection, maintenance, and testing of the equipment Monitoring of signals
Record keeping and signal recording Runner service Signal retransmission to the fire department There are specific rules regarding signal disposition. Fire alarm signals from a protected premises have to be immediately retransmitted to the service that dispatches the fire department. Trouble and supervisory signals have to be immediately reported to the designated people at the protected premises.
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