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I.S.3218:2013 – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems ½-day

Revised Standard Update Course

Course Reference: PCCE Training_F5: I.S.3218:2013 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, ½ - day Revised Standard Update Course.
Developed by and copyright Paul Condron Consulting Engineer Ltd (PCCE).


I.S.3218 the Standard for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems for Buildings - System Design, Installation, Commissioning, Servicing and Maintenance has been revised. It was issued in December 2013 and is now fully in force. There is a requirement for all parties involved in the FDAS process to make themselves aware of the changes in this document and its impact on their activities and services.

Course Aim:

This ½ -day Update Course is designed to inform existing users of the 2009 Standard - who are familiar with the old Standard - with the changes in the new document. This is intended to allow them to continue with their activities in compliance with the Revised Standard. There are a number of significant changes to this revised Standard in areas that include:
• Certification
• Servicing and Maintenance
• Application of devices

The course modules will step through each section of the Standard and highlight/ explain the changes. Note that this course is not a full review of this Standard. If this is required please refer to PCCE Course F1
– 1-day Review Course click here

Learning Objectives:

Module 1: Introduction:
• Course Overview
• Definitions
• Competence

Module 2: Design – provides details of:
• Role of Designer
• Certification
• Clarification on FDAS system Categories amendments
• Review of Design changes with examples
• Overview EN54-23Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)
• Revised section on Wireless systems reviewed

Module 3: Limitation of False Alarms:
• Sections 5 & 6 in 2009 document amalgamated
• Overview changes

Module 4: Installation, Commissioning
• Cable systems review and clarification

Module 5: Service and Maintenance
• Significant changes here will be reviewed and explained
• Duties of Service Provider is more detailed and will be clarified
• Requirement for Service and Maintenance provider Competence to be demonstrated
• Changes to Service Certification reviewed

Module 6: User Responsibilities
• Changes to User responsibilities are outlined and explained
• Recommendations for appointment of new Service Providers reviewed

Module 7: Residential Applications
• Changes to residential system design reviewed
• New Certification for Domestic systems

Module 8: Certification and Annexes
• Several of the Annexes to the Standard have been revised and changes are explained.

Who should attend?

The course prerequisite is a good understanding and working knowledge of the existing I.S.3218:2009 Standard. All parties who are currently involved in any aspect of the works covered by the Standard need to attend this course in order to continue to provide a service that will comply with the revised requirements of the new Standard.

Tutor Profiles:

Paul Condron: Chartered Building Services Engineer; Registered Consulting Engineer. Almost 40 years experience in the design and specification of fire Alarm systems. NSAI Fire Safety Standards committee member. Course developer and presenter.

Frank Pierce: Over 35 years experience in design, installation, systems development, commissioning and service/maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems. NSAI Fire Safety Standards committee member. European (I.S.EN 54) Irish Representative. Course developer and presenter.

Liam O’Keeffe: Over 30 years experience at all levels of installation; commissioning and design.