Inspection Course

Signaling Systems

Provide detection, early warning for evacuation, and fire department notification.

There are six basic types of signaling systems:

  1. Local System Supervised systems that provide fire alarm signals within a facility and produce the signal at the facility only. Requires someone to notify the fire department. The main purpose is to sound the evacuation signal in building.
  2. Auxiliary System Basically a local system with connections to transmit an alarm to the fire department.
  3. Remote Station System Signals transmitted to a remote station via the telephone line. Remote station is usually a fire station attended by trained personal 24 hours a day.
  4. Central Station Attended 24 hours a day by personal who monitor the system, investigate signals and are responsible for system inspection, maintenance and testing.
  5. Proprietary Protective Signaling System Has a central station owned by protected property staffed 24 hours a day. Used mostly in large commercial and industrial occupancies.
  6. Emergency Voice/Alarm Communication System Provides transmission of information and instructions pertaining to a fire emergency to the building occupants, including the Fire Department.

Modern systems may, additionally:

The type of signaling system to be used depends on the needs (life safety/property protection) of each facility or individual property.

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