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Remote Station and Protected Premises Fire Alarm Systems

New Definitions

The reason that these new definitions have been added lies with interpretation.

The scenario follows:
Based on the size of the system, the vendor installed a small fire alarm control unit to operate the system, and provide some monitoring features.  It was the easiest and most cost effective way for the vendor to provide top-shelf protection of the large cooking facility. 

A fire official walks into this building that has this large kitchen range hood system.  The official sees the small fire alarm control unit and identifies it as a "fire alarm system".  In the official interpretation, this means that the building now needs all of the code-related requirements to make the system complete for the building.  They "require" the owner to install manual pull stations at the exits and notification appliances throughout the building, even though a fire alarm system isn't required based on the occupancy.

Now, the owner is upset, because he thought he was doing the right thing, only to have the fire official interpret their good intentions as incomplete.  So, instead of spending more money, the owner tells the vendor to take out anything that looks like a "fire alarm control panel", and revert to a lower level of technology...

With the addition of these three definitions and other added text in the Chapter 1 Annex, one’s interpretation would not lead to the removal of the fire alarm control unit.
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