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Remote Station and Protected Premises Fire Alarm Systems

Remote Stations

Requirements

Remote station fire alarm systems have to be capable of providing an automatic audible and visible indication of signalsOriginally, many remote station connections monitored only alarm signals. Any trouble signals sounded locally at the protected premises. In fact, many connections to fire departments will still only be an alarm connection, as the fire department really doesn't want to be an alarm company in many places. NFPA 72 was changed requiring secondary power supplies in the late 1990's, reducing the 60 hour requirement to 24 hours. The entire purpose of the 60 hours was to make sure that if a trouble occurred over the weekend, it would be noticed Monday morning when the facility opened for business. However, with the requirement changed to 24 hours, the fire alarm control unit could lose power before anyone noticed the trouble. Thus, the requirement for transmission of alarm, trouble and supervisory signals to the remote station came into the Code..  The remote station is intended to be a location that is not part of the protected premises.

With remote station systems, there is no intent to provide evacuation signals, or occupant notification at the protected premises.  Occupant notification may be required by other applicable codes and standards.  Remote stations simply deal with the transmission and receipt of signals.
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