Fire Inspection & Code Enforcement Chapt. 11

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Fire Inspection & Code Enforcement Chapt. 11 - Quiz

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  • 1. 

    How often should functional tests of the various components of an emergency/voice alarm system be conducted?

    • A.

      Weekly

    • B.

      Monthly

    • C.

      Quarterly

    Correct Answer
    C. Quarterly
    Explanation
    Functional tests of emergency/voice alarm system components should be conducted quarterly to ensure their proper functioning. Conducting tests at regular intervals allows for timely identification of any issues or malfunctions in the system. Quarterly testing strikes a balance between frequent enough to catch any problems and not too often to disrupt the system's operation unnecessarily. Regular testing is crucial for emergency/voice alarm systems to ensure their reliability and effectiveness in critical situations.

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  • 2. 

    Central station systems should test signaling equipment:

    • A.

      Daily

    • B.

      Weekly

    • C.

      Monthly

    Correct Answer
    C. Monthly
    Explanation
    Central station systems should test signaling equipment monthly to ensure that it is functioning properly and can effectively communicate with emergency services. Regular testing allows any issues or malfunctions to be identified and addressed promptly, reducing the risk of false alarms or failed communication during an actual emergency. Monthly testing strikes a balance between frequent enough to catch any potential problems and infrequent enough to not disrupt the system's operations unnecessarily.

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  • 3. 

    Fusible-link detectors with replaceable links should be replaced every

    • A.

      2 years

    • B.

      3 years

    • C.

      5 years

    Correct Answer
    C. 5 years
    Explanation
    Fusible-link detectors with replaceable links should be replaced every 5 years. This is because fusible-link detectors are designed to detect heat and fire, and over time, the links may degrade or become less effective. By replacing them every 5 years, it ensures that the detectors are functioning properly and can accurately detect fires to ensure the safety of the premises.

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  • 4. 

    Which device should requires testing by highly trained individuals because of their complexity?

    • A.

      Pneumatic detectors

    • B.

      Restorable heat detection devices

    • C.

      Flame & gas detection devices

    Correct Answer
    C. Flame & gas detection devices
    Explanation
    Flame and gas detection devices should be tested by highly trained individuals because of their complexity. These devices are designed to detect the presence of flames and various gases, which requires a thorough understanding of their functioning and calibration. The highly trained individuals possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to ensure that these devices are working accurately and effectively. Incorrect testing or calibration could lead to false alarms or failure to detect hazardous situations, making it crucial to have skilled individuals handle these devices.

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  • 5. 

    Sensitivity testing on smoke detectors should be performed after the detector's first year of service and:

    • A.

      Every 2 years after

    • B.

      Every 3 years after

    • C.

      Every 5 years after

    Correct Answer
    A. Every 2 years after
    Explanation
    Sensitivity testing on smoke detectors should be performed after the detector's first year of service and every 2 years after. This is important because smoke detectors can become less sensitive over time due to dust, dirt, or other factors. Regular sensitivity testing ensures that the detectors are functioning properly and can accurately detect smoke in case of a fire. By conducting sensitivity testing every 2 years, any issues with the detectors can be identified and addressed promptly, ensuring the safety of the occupants.

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  • 6. 

    A permanent record of all detector tests must be maintained for

    • A.

      At least 2 years

    • B.

      At least 5 years

    • C.

      As long as the building is occupied

    Correct Answer
    B. At least 5 years
    Explanation
    A permanent record of all detector tests must be maintained for at least 5 years to ensure compliance with safety regulations and standards. This duration allows for a comprehensive historical record of the performance and maintenance of the detectors to be kept, which can be useful for future reference, analysis, and audits. It also ensures that any issues or discrepancies can be identified and addressed in a timely manner.

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  • 7. 

    Which fire alarm system has the receiving point located outside of the protected premises and monitored by a contracted service?

    • A.

      Proprietary system

    • B.

      Central station system

    • C.

      Remove receiving system

    Correct Answer
    B. Central station system
    Explanation
    A central station system is a fire alarm system where the receiving point is located outside of the protected premises and monitored by a contracted service. This means that when the alarm is triggered, it is not directly received within the premises but is instead sent to a central monitoring station where trained personnel can respond and take appropriate action. This system is commonly used in larger buildings or complexes where it is more efficient to have a dedicated service monitoring the alarms.

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  • 8. 

    Which fire alarm system is MOST likely to be connected through a leased phone line?

    • A.

      Proprietary system

    • B.

      Central station system

    • C.

      Remove receiving system

    Correct Answer
    C. Remove receiving system
    Explanation
    A remove receiving system is the most likely fire alarm system to be connected through a leased phone line. This is because a remove receiving system is designed to transmit alarm signals to a remote location, such as a central monitoring station. Leasing a phone line ensures a reliable and dedicated connection for the transmission of these alarm signals. In contrast, a proprietary system is typically connected through a dedicated network, and a central station system may use various communication methods such as cellular or internet connections.

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  • 9. 

    Purpose of an emergency voice/alarm communications system is:

    • A.

      To enable occupants to directly call for any emergency services

    • B.

      To serve as a back up alarm system for heat and smoke detection

    • C.

      To provide a reliable communications system for residents and firefighters

    Correct Answer
    C. To provide a reliable communications system for residents and firefighters
    Explanation
    The purpose of an emergency voice/alarm communications system is to provide a reliable communications system for residents and firefighters. This system ensures that there is a clear and effective means of communication during emergencies, allowing residents to receive important instructions and updates, and enabling firefighters to coordinate their efforts and ensure the safety of everyone involved. This system is crucial in emergency situations where quick and accurate communication is essential for saving lives and minimizing damage.

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  • 10. 

    Tests conducted when systems are installed are commonly called:

    • A.

      Service tests

    • B.

      Secondary tests

    • C.

      Acceptance tests

    Correct Answer
    C. Acceptance tests
    Explanation
    Acceptance tests are conducted when systems are installed to ensure that the system meets the requirements and specifications outlined by the client or end-user. These tests are performed to validate the functionality, performance, and usability of the system before it is accepted and put into production. Acceptance tests are crucial in ensuring that the system is ready for use and meets the expectations of the stakeholders.

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  • 11. 

    Periodic testing of systems is often referred to as:

    • A.

      Acceptance testing

    • B.

      Service testing

    • C.

      Primary testing

    Correct Answer
    B. Service testing
    Explanation
    Periodic testing of systems is often referred to as service testing. This type of testing is conducted regularly to ensure that the system is functioning properly and meeting the required service level agreements. It involves testing various aspects of the system, such as performance, reliability, and security, to identify any issues or potential problems. Service testing helps in maintaining the overall quality and effectiveness of the system, ensuring that it continues to meet the needs and expectations of the users.

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  • 12. 

    Actual performance of system tests is the responsibility of the:

    • A.

      Fire department inspector

    • B.

      Insurance company representative

    • C.

      Owner/occupant or fire alarm monitoring company

    Correct Answer
    C. Owner/occupant or fire alarm monitoring company
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the owner/occupant or fire alarm monitoring company. The actual performance of system tests, such as fire alarm tests, is the responsibility of the owner/occupant or the fire alarm monitoring company. They are responsible for ensuring that the system is functioning properly and conducting regular tests to ensure its effectiveness. This is important for the safety of the occupants and to comply with fire safety regulations. Fire department inspectors and insurance company representatives may also assess the system's performance, but the primary responsibility lies with the owner/occupant or fire alarm monitoring company.

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  • 13. 

    When dust or dirt is found on devices during inspection of fire detection and alarm signaling equipment:

    • A.

      Do not attempt to clean devices

    • B.

      Clean by wiping with a damp cloth

    • C.

      Clean devices by using a vacuum cleaner

    Correct Answer
    C. Clean devices by using a vacuum cleaner
    Explanation
    When dust or dirt is found on devices during inspection of fire detection and alarm signaling equipment, it is recommended to clean the devices by using a vacuum cleaner. This method is effective in removing dust and dirt without causing any damage to the devices. Using a damp cloth may not be suitable as it can potentially introduce moisture and damage the equipment. Attempting to clean the devices without proper tools or techniques may also lead to further damage.

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  • 14. 

    Components of fire detection and alarm system should be certified by:

    • A.

      The authority having jurisdiction

    • B.

      The NFPA

    • C.

      A nationally recognized testing lab

    Correct Answer
    C. A nationally recognized testing lab
    Explanation
    Components of fire detection and alarm systems should be certified by a nationally recognized testing lab. This is because these labs have the expertise and resources to thoroughly test and evaluate the components to ensure they meet the necessary safety standards. Certification by a nationally recognized testing lab provides assurance that the components have undergone rigorous testing and are reliable for use in fire detection and alarm systems. Certification by the authority having jurisdiction or the NFPA may also be important, but the emphasis is on the certification from a nationally recognized testing lab.

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  • 15. 

    Components of a fire detection and alarm system that is responsible for processing signals from detection devices and transmitting them to the local or other alarm system alerting devices is the:

    • A.

      System controller

    • B.

      Main initiating device

    • C.

      Fire alarm control panel

    Correct Answer
    C. Fire alarm control panel
    Explanation
    The fire alarm control panel is responsible for processing signals from detection devices and transmitting them to the local or other alarm system alerting devices. It acts as the central hub of the fire detection and alarm system, receiving information from various detection devices and initiating appropriate responses such as activating alarms and notifying authorities. The system controller and main initiating device may play important roles in the overall system, but they are not specifically responsible for processing signals and transmitting them to alarm devices like the fire alarm control panel.

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  • 16. 

    The primary electrical power supply that is connected at a fire detection and alarm system dedicated circuit branch must be mechanically protected and:

    • A.

      Marked in red

    • B.

      Marked in green

    • C.

      Identified with removable labels

    Correct Answer
    A. Marked in red
    Explanation
    The primary electrical power supply that is connected at a fire detection and alarm system dedicated circuit branch must be marked in red. This is important for easy identification and to ensure that it is not confused with other electrical circuits. The red marking serves as a visual indication that this power supply is specifically for the fire detection and alarm system, helping to prevent any accidental disconnection or interference with the circuit.

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  • 17. 

    A secondary power supply system for a fire detection and alarm system must be able to make the system fully operational within:

    • A.

      10 seconds of power failure

    • B.

      30 seconds of power failure

    • C.

      60 seconds of power failure

    Correct Answer
    B. 30 seconds of power failure
    Explanation
    A secondary power supply system for a fire detection and alarm system must be able to make the system fully operational within 30 seconds of power failure. This is because in the event of a power failure, it is crucial for the fire detection and alarm system to continue functioning without any delay. A 30-second timeframe allows for a quick transition to the secondary power supply and ensures that the system remains operational, minimizing the risk of any potential fire hazards going undetected.

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  • 18. 

    Which statement re: local notification or signaling devices is MOST accurate?

    • A.

      Visual notification signaling appliances are the most commonly used signals in a structure

    • B.

      Audible notification signaling appliances are the most commonly used signals in a structure

    • C.

      Audible and visual notification or signaling appliances always indicate a fire in the structure

    Correct Answer
    B. Audible notification signaling appliances are the most commonly used signals in a structure
    Explanation
    The statement that "audible notification signaling appliances are the most commonly used signals in a structure" is the most accurate. This means that devices that produce sound, such as alarms or sirens, are more commonly used for notification or signaling purposes in a structure compared to visual devices. It does not imply that audible signals always indicate a fire in the structure, nor does it provide any information about the frequency of visual signals being used.

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  • 19. 

    The least prone automatic alarm initiating device to false activations is:

    • A.

      Flame detector

    • B.

      Smoke detector

    • C.

      Fixed temperature heat detector

    Correct Answer
    C. Fixed temperature heat detector
    Explanation
    A fixed temperature heat detector is the least prone automatic alarm initiating device to false activations. Unlike a flame detector or a smoke detector, which can be triggered by other sources of heat or smoke, a fixed temperature heat detector only activates when the temperature reaches a specific threshold. This makes it more reliable in detecting actual fires and reduces the chances of false alarms.

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  • 20. 

    Which heat detector uses two types of metal which have different heat expansion ratios?

    • A.

      Bimetallic heat detector

    • B.

      Pneumatic rate of rise line heat detector

    • C.

      Continuous line heat detector

    Correct Answer
    A. Bimetallic heat detector
    Explanation
    A bimetallic heat detector uses two types of metal with different heat expansion ratios. When exposed to heat, the metals expand at different rates, causing the bimetallic strip to bend. This bending action triggers a mechanical switch or an electrical contact, indicating the presence of heat. This type of heat detector is commonly used in fire alarm systems to detect rapid changes in temperature and activate the alarm.

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  • 21. 

    Which rate of rise heat detector is designed for use in areas that are subject to regular temp changes - but at rates that are slower than those of fire conditions?

    • A.

      Electronic spot type heat detector

    • B.

      Rate compensation heat detector

    • C.

      Pneumatic rate of rise line heat detector

    Correct Answer
    B. Rate compensation heat detector
    Explanation
    A rate compensation heat detector is designed to be used in areas where the temperature changes regularly, but at a slower rate than that of fire conditions. This type of heat detector is able to adjust its sensitivity based on the rate at which the temperature is rising, allowing it to accurately detect and respond to slow temperature changes without being triggered by normal fluctuations. It provides a reliable and effective solution for detecting heat in environments where slower temperature changes are expected.

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  • 22. 

    Which rate of rise heat detector consists of a system of metal pneumatic tubing arranged over a wide area of coverage?

    • A.

      Electronic spot type heat detector

    • B.

      Pneumatic rate of rise line heat detector

    • C.

      Pneumatic rate of rise spot heat detector

    Correct Answer
    B. Pneumatic rate of rise line heat detector
    Explanation
    A pneumatic rate of rise line heat detector consists of a system of metal pneumatic tubing arranged over a wide area of coverage. This type of heat detector detects the rate at which the temperature is rising in a specific area by measuring the change in air pressure within the tubing. When the temperature rises rapidly, the air pressure inside the tubing increases, triggering an alarm. This type of detector is suitable for detecting fires in large areas where a single spot detector may not provide sufficient coverage.

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  • 23. 

    Which rate of rise heat detector consists of one or more thermistors that produce a marked change in electrical resistance when exposed to heat?

    • A.

      Electronic spot type heat detector

    • B.

      Rate compensation heat detector

    • C.

      Pneumatic rate of rise heat detector

    Correct Answer
    A. Electronic spot type heat detector
    Explanation
    The correct answer is electronic spot type heat detector. This type of heat detector uses one or more thermistors that have the ability to detect a significant change in electrical resistance when they are exposed to heat. This change in resistance is then used to trigger an alarm or activate a fire suppression system.

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  • 24. 

    Approximately what % of fire deaths is attributed to smoke inhalation and not to burns?

    • A.

      30%

    • B.

      50%

    • C.

      65%

    Correct Answer
    C. 65%
    Explanation
    Approximately 65% of fire deaths are attributed to smoke inhalation and not to burns. This means that the majority of fire-related fatalities occur due to the inhalation of smoke rather than the actual burns caused by the fire. Smoke inhalation can lead to respiratory problems, suffocation, and other complications that can be fatal even if the burns themselves are not severe. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize measures to prevent smoke inhalation and improve fire safety protocols to reduce the number of fire-related deaths.

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  • 25. 

    Which automatic alarm initiating device is preferred in occupancies such as residences and health care facilities because it senses the presence of a fire quickly?

    • A.

      Flame detector

    • B.

      Smoke detector

    • C.

      Rate of rise heat detector

    Correct Answer
    B. Smoke detector
    Explanation
    A smoke detector is preferred in occupancies such as residences and health care facilities because it senses the presence of a fire quickly. Smoke detectors are designed to detect the presence of smoke particles in the air, which is an early indication of a fire. This early detection allows for prompt evacuation and fire suppression measures, minimizing the potential damage and risk to occupants in these sensitive environments. Flame detectors are more suitable for industrial settings where the presence of open flames is expected, while rate of rise heat detectors are better suited for detecting slow, smoldering fires rather than quickly sensing the presence of a fire.

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  • 26. 

    Type of smoke detector that is best suited for living rooms and bedrooms is the:

    • A.

      Rate of rise smoke detector

    • B.

      Photoelectric smoke detector

    • C.

      Ionization type smoke detector

    Correct Answer
    B. Photoelectric smoke detector
    Explanation
    A photoelectric smoke detector is best suited for living rooms and bedrooms because it is designed to quickly detect smoldering fires, which are more likely to occur in these areas. This type of detector uses a light source and a sensor to detect smoke particles in the air. When smoke enters the chamber, it scatters the light, triggering the alarm. Photoelectric smoke detectors are less prone to false alarms caused by cooking or steam, making them ideal for residential areas where these activities are common.

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  • 27. 

    Type of smoke detector that is best suited for rooms that contain highly combustible materials is the:

    • A.

      Rate of rise smoke detector

    • B.

      Photoelectric smoke detector

    • C.

      Ionization type smoke detector

    Correct Answer
    C. Ionization type smoke detector
    Explanation
    The ionization type smoke detector is best suited for rooms that contain highly combustible materials because it is designed to quickly detect small particles of smoke that are produced by fast-burning fires. This type of smoke detector uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize the air inside the detector. When smoke enters the detector, it disrupts the ionization process, triggering the alarm. This makes the ionization type smoke detector highly effective in detecting smoke from fires that produce small, fast-burning particles, such as those caused by highly combustible materials.

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  • 28. 

    Type of smoke detector that is MOST likely to malfunction and initiate a false alarm because of changes in humidity and atmospheric pressure in the room?

    • A.

      Rate of rise smoke detector

    • B.

      Photoelectric smoke detector

    • C.

      Ionization type smoke detector

    Correct Answer
    C. Ionization type smoke detector
    Explanation
    Ionization type smoke detectors are more likely to malfunction and initiate false alarms due to changes in humidity and atmospheric pressure in the room. This is because ionization detectors use a small amount of radioactive material to ionize the air inside the detector. Any changes in humidity or atmospheric pressure can affect the ionization process and lead to false alarms. On the other hand, rate of rise and photoelectric smoke detectors are less sensitive to these environmental factors and are less likely to malfunction in such conditions.

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  • 29. 

    Type of detector that is very fast to respond but is also easily tripped by nonfire conditions such as welding, sunlight, and other bright light sources?

    • A.

      Flame detector

    • B.

      Smoke detector

    • C.

      Fixed temperature heat detector

    Correct Answer
    A. Flame detector
    Explanation
    A flame detector is a type of detector that is very fast to respond, as it is designed to quickly detect the presence of flames. However, it is also easily tripped by nonfire conditions such as welding, sunlight, and other bright light sources. This is because the flame detector operates based on detecting the specific infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths emitted by flames. Therefore, any intense light source that emits similar wavelengths can trigger the detector, leading to false alarms.

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  • 30. 

    A fire-gas detector is MOST likely to be found in:

    • A.

      Refineries

    • B.

      Residences

    • C.

      Health care facilities

    Correct Answer
    A. Refineries
    Explanation
    A fire-gas detector is most likely to be found in refineries because refineries deal with flammable substances and chemicals that pose a high risk of fire or gas leaks. These detectors are essential in detecting the presence of dangerous gases or the early signs of a fire, allowing for immediate action to prevent accidents or minimize their impact. Residences and health care facilities may have fire detectors, but they are less likely to have specialized fire-gas detectors specifically designed for industrial environments like refineries.

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  • 31. 

    Manual pull stations are usually:

    • A.

      Red

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Yellow

    Correct Answer
    A. Red
    Explanation
    Manual pull stations are usually red because the color red is commonly associated with danger or emergency situations. The use of a red pull station makes it easily identifiable and stands out in case of an emergency, allowing individuals to quickly locate and activate it to alert others of a potential threat. Additionally, red is a color that is easily noticed and recognized, even in low light or high-stress situations, ensuring that the pull station is easily accessible and usable when needed.

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  • 32. 

    Type of local alarm system that is the simplest type of local alarm and is practical only in small occupancies with a limited number of rooms and initiating devices

    • A.

      Noncoded local alarm

    • B.

      Addressable alarm system

    • C.

      Zoned/annunciated alarm

    Correct Answer
    A. Noncoded local alarm
    Explanation
    A noncoded local alarm is the simplest type of local alarm system that is practical only in small occupancies with a limited number of rooms and initiating devices. This type of alarm system does not have any coding or addressing capabilities, meaning it cannot distinguish between different alarm signals or pinpoint the exact location of the alarm. It is a basic and straightforward system that sounds an alarm throughout the entire premises when triggered, alerting occupants to the presence of a potential emergency.

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  • 33. 

    Type of fire alarm system that is connected to a municipal fire alarm system?

    • A.

      Central station system

    • B.

      Remove receiving system

    • C.

      Auxiliary fire alarm system

    Correct Answer
    C. Auxiliary fire alarm system
    Explanation
    An auxiliary fire alarm system is a type of fire alarm system that is connected to a municipal fire alarm system. It acts as a supplementary system, providing additional coverage and support to the main fire alarm system. This type of system can be used in larger buildings or complexes where multiple alarm systems are needed to ensure comprehensive fire detection and notification. The auxiliary fire alarm system works in conjunction with the municipal system, enhancing its capabilities and improving overall fire safety.

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  • 34. 

    Type of fire alarm system used to protect large commercial and industrial buildings and has a staffed receiving station?

    • A.

      Central station system

    • B.

      Proprietary system

    • C.

      Auxiliary fire alarm system

    Correct Answer
    B. Proprietary system
    Explanation
    A proprietary system is the type of fire alarm system used to protect large commercial and industrial buildings and has a staffed receiving station. This system is unique to a specific building or facility and is not connected to a central monitoring station. It is typically monitored and maintained by the building's own staff or a contracted security company. This type of system allows for more control and customization, as it is specifically designed for the needs of the particular building or facility.

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