So You Think You Know Fire Alarms...

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So You Think You Know Fire Alarms...

For anyone who thinks they know their stuff when it comes to fire alarm systems. Some questions are rather easy, others are EXTREMELY hard.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the name of the device that you pull to activate the alarm?
    • A. 

      Fire alarm lever

    • B. 

      Fire alarm pull station

    • C. 

      Fire alarm activator

    • D. 

      Fire alarm initiator

    • E. 

      Fire alarm masterbox

  • 2. 
    The following devices are all _____________.- Horn- Strobe- Bell- Light plate- Chime- Sounder
    • A. 

      Alerting devices

    • B. 

      Sounding devices

    • C. 

      Notification appliances

    • D. 

      Audiovisual output boxes

    • E. 

      Signaling terminals

  • 3. 
    True or false: all fire alarm systems call directly to the fire department.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    All of the following brands are proprietary EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Siemens

    • B. 

      Silent Knight (Farenhyt)

    • C. 

      Fire-Lite

    • D. 

      Simplex

    • E. 

      EST

  • 5. 
    DACT stands for:
    • A. 

      Digital alarm calculation transceiver

    • B. 

      Dynamic access cryptography transmission

    • C. 

      Dynamic alarm call/transfer

    • D. 

      Data allocation call/transmit

    • E. 

      Digital alarm communicator transmitter

  • 6. 
    All of the following are common indicators on a fire alarm control panel EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Alarm

    • B. 

      Supervisory

    • C. 

      Trouble

    • D. 

      Smoke Level

    • E. 

      AC Power

  • 7. 
    The "ACK" button on a fire alarm control panel does what?
    • A. 

      Silences the panel's internal buzzer

    • B. 

      Transmits the alarm condition to the central station

    • C. 

      Cancels the alarm condition

    • D. 

      Silences the system's signals

    • E. 

      Stores the alarm event in the history log

  • 8. 
    A common alternative term for "addressable" is what?
    • A. 

      Digital

    • B. 

      Analog

    • C. 

      Hardwired

    • D. 

      Coded

    • E. 

      Binary

  • 9. 
    Select the TWO initiation circuits:
    • A. 

      NAC

    • B. 

      Serial

    • C. 

      SLC

    • D. 

      Relay

    • E. 

      IDC

  • 10. 
    Select the TWO output circuits:
    • A. 

      NAC

    • B. 

      Serial

    • C. 

      SLC

    • D. 

      Relay

    • E. 

      IDC

  • 11. 
    What is a transponder?
    • A. 

      Allows the use of a graphical workstation

    • B. 

      Device that communicates with the central station

    • C. 

      Allows remote control of the panel

    • D. 

      Contains remote initiation and notification circuits

    • E. 

      Allows a panel to communicate with other panels

  • 12. 
    A fire alarm panel is showing "TBL, OPEN CKT, 1:M2-31". What is the most likely cause of the problem? 
    • A. 

      There is no EOL on point 31, loop 2

    • B. 

      There is a dead short in the SLC loop controller

    • C. 

      Point 31 on loop 2 is a monitor module

    • D. 

      Point 31 on loop 2 is a duct detector

    • E. 

      A wire has been severed at point 31, loop 2

  • 13. 
    True or false: Canadian fire code does not allow the FACP to be tied to a security system for monitoring.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Read the scenario, then answer the question:An EST3 fire alarm panel is displaying "CPU Fail" after a technician attempted to download the database, bootloader code, and application code 3-CPU3 via network download (SDU 3.72). What is the next step?
    • A. 

      The panel's firmware is corrupted and the entire panel needs to be replaced

    • B. 

      Reset the panel by using the "reset" button

    • C. 

      Perform a manual reset by disconnecting all power sources, letting the panel sit, then powering it back on

    • D. 

      Disconnect the panel from the network

    • E. 

      The CPU in the panel has failed and needs to be replaced

  • 15. 
    The Honeywell XLS1000 is the exact same panel as the:
    • A. 

      Honeywell FS90

    • B. 

      Simplex 4100U

    • C. 

      Siemens MXL

    • D. 

      EST QuickStart

    • E. 

      EST3

  • 16. 
    In 1990, all new fire alarm systems were required to have ________ installed?
    • A. 

      Smoke detectors

    • B. 

      Strobes

    • C. 

      Beam detectors

    • D. 

      Duct detectors

    • E. 

      Automatic fire doors

  • 17. 
    Doing the following has the potential to harm the fire alarm panel (select 3):
    • A. 

      Shorting IDC wires together

    • B. 

      Shorting SLC wires together

    • C. 

      Connecting the secondary power source (DC) before primary (AC)

    • D. 

      Wiring a NAC without an EOL

    • E. 

      Exceeding the amperage ratings on a NAC

  • 18. 
    On a zone-coded fire alarm system, the signal coding is generally controlled by:
    • A. 

      The fire alarm panel

    • B. 

      A coded pull station

    • C. 

      A signal synchronization module

    • D. 

      The signal itself

    • E. 

      A Gamewell masterbox

  • 19. 
    A multiplex fire alarm panel most often contains which of the following features?
    • A. 

      Addressability

    • B. 

      Networking

    • C. 

      The ability to use a graphical workstation

    • D. 

      The ability to use both analog and conventional devices

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    Modern conventional panels typically contain which of the following features?
    • A. 

      SLC loops

    • B. 

      NAC's

    • C. 

      Networking

    • D. 

      Both A & B

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 21. 
    Suppose you are a janitor in a small building. The fire alarm panel displays "COMM FAIL, PHONE LINE 1". What action should you take? 
    • A. 

      Contact the manufacturer of the fire alarm panel to ask for technical assistance

    • B. 

      Check that the line seizure has been properly implemented

    • C. 

      Disconnect the fire alarm panel until the problem can be resolved

    • D. 

      Contact your local fire alarm installation/service company

    • E. 

      Change the report codes in the programming of the panel

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