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Monthly Member Meeting

September 15 @ 14:30 - 16:30 PDT

Join us for our September Monthly Member Meeting! We encourage everyone to join us. If you don’t have the Zoom link, please contact secretary(at)
We encourage everyone to participate and to bring forward their questions, thoughts, and ideas.

This month, Tim Lindsay of Cantec will be discussing CAN/ULC-S536 Fire Alarm System documentation (see below for more information!).


  1. Introduction
  2. Adoption of Agenda
  3. Adoption of August Minutes
  4. Financial Report – Tim Lindsay, Treasurer
  5. TECH TALK (approx. 2:40 – 3:10 PM)
    “Most companies miss the often overlooked requirement for documentation of a fire alarm system when performing the annual inspection. Our company has gone to great lengths in the past to equip each site with the appropriate documentation especially if the site has not embraced the BC Fire Code with a Fire Safety Plan. Some of the required documentation in order to comply with S-536 may very well be contained in the FSP but even then does anybody check to see if that is in fact the case.CAN/ULC S-536-13 Section C-1 (The most important document in 536) Item D asks the technician of record to confirm that the required documentation is on site. The response is a simple yes or no. Annual Inspection Log Reports that are produced after an annual inspection should contain a tick in the “YES” box otherwise it should be recorded as a deficiency.

    Section 4.8 of 536 stipulates what documentation is required. A description of the system could be considered as the previous year’s annual inspection log report. Is it there onsite?

    Section 4.8 also stipulates that a sequence of operation is required to be onsite. Is it there?

    Section 4.8 also refers us to Appendix E for details of documentation.

    Appendix E5 Details the topics to be included for the sequence of operation including B Procedure for resetting, silencing, and acknowledging. It also requires identifying the function of EACH switch or push button as well as a number of other requirements.

    Appendix E10 Requires battery load calculations which are quite often overlooked by technicians. Battery Capacity tests, readings, and documentation are also a requirement of 536.

    Are all the companies that perform annual inspections complying with 536?”

  6. Old Business
    Duct Smoke Issues
    A brief additional discussion regarding pre-assembled 120vac duct detectors on fire dampers. There appears to be confusion as to whether or not these require connection to the fire alarm.
  7. New Business
    Bi-Directional Amplifiers, the CREST System, and Fire Alarm Panel Connections
    A discussion regarding multiple jurisdictional requirements for a relay that provides a summary alarm. Saanich sample will be presented, with support from Sidney.



September 15
14:30 - 16:30 PDT
Event Category:


Zoom Meeting
Victoria, British Columbia Canada


Vancouver Island Fire Protection Association
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