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Central Station Fire Alarm Systems

Service Scope

Central Station Requirements

Many protected premises fire alarm systems are connected to off-premises monitoring companies that may be some distance from the facility. Also, there are many systems that are part of a campus arrangement that is monitored at one central location on the campus. Often, these monitoring locations are casually referred to as a "central station"There are a number of locations that are referred to as a central station, but they aren't UL listed for that purpose., even though they do not mean the requirements of a "listed central station."

In fact, there are relatively few fire alarm systems installed that meet all of the requirements of central station service, and the termIn many instances, what the fire alarm system is called is not important. The important thing to remember is that the design, including the connection to an off-premises fire alarm company, has to meet the objectives. Does it really matter what it is called? There are a number of very good connections to different types of alarm companies, many of which are connected to listed central stations. However, the owner, for whatever reason, did not want to buy full central station service. Maybe he didn't need runner service, or he wants to use his own people to test the system. This can still result in a very nice remote station system under the definition in NFPA 72. is often used improperly. Only those systems that meet the requirements of NFPA 72, where the six elements of central station service are listed, can qualify as providing "listed central station" service.
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