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ENGINEERING SPECIFICATION –
PFC-5004E FIRE ALARM CONTROL PANEL
Part 1.0 – General
A. This section of the specification includes the furnishing, installation, and
connection of a microprocessor controlled fire alarm system and related
peripherals necessary to complete a total, operational system. It shall include but
not be limited to the control panel, initiating devices, annunciators, notification
appliances, auxiliary control devices and wiring shown on the drawings and
B. The fire alarm system shall comply with the requirements of the NFPA Fire Alarm
Code 72 for protected premises signaling systems. In addition, the fire alarm
equipment shall meet the requirements of UL 864, Control Units for Fire
Protective Signaling Systems. The field devices shall be electrically supervised
through 3.9K Ohm resistors installed on the initiating and indicating device
A. The system shall include a new microprocessor controlled fire detection and
notification system. The system shall be installed in accordance with the drawings
and the specifications.
B. Basic Performance:
1. Conventional devices shall indicate alarm, supervisory, and trouble conditions
that are present on the four base initiating circuits.
2. The base fire alarm panel shall support four Class B (Style B) initiating circuits
or two Class A (Style D) initiating circuits.
3. The fire alarm panel shall support two Class A or B (Style Z or Y) indicating
circuits at 1.7 Amp maximum per circuit or 2.4 Amp total.
4. Signals arriving at the fire alarm panel shall not be lost in the case of a power
5. The initiating circuits shall be highly immune to radio frequency (RF)
C. Basic System Operation:
1. When the FACP communicates an off normal condition (alarm, supervisory, or
trouble), the respective LED shall illuminate indicating the off normal
2. A piezo horn shall sound when an off normal condition is occurring, and
continue sounding until a user interface occurs.
3. A red LED shall illuminate when an alarm condition exists.
4. An amber (yellow) LED shall illuminate when a supervisory or trouble
5. The alarm condition shall have priority over all other signals.
1. Three (3) copies of all submittals shall be submitted to the Architect/Engineer
2. Potter’s name and model numbers shall be provided for all equipment that
makes up part of the fire detection and alarm notification system.
3. Equipment that is suggested and is not specified, the contractor shall provide
documentation that the substitute equipment meets or exceeds the form,
feature, function, performance and quality of that specified.
B. Shop Drawings:
1. The drawings shall indicate the location and style of each device installed as
part of the fire alarm system. Whenever possible, the drawings shall reflect
other components of the building (air diffusers, HVAC returns, lights etc.) to
2. The drawings shall include the manufacturers name, model numbers, power
requirements, battery calculations, wire sizes, device arrangement, complete
point-to-point diagrams and conduit layouts.
3. The location and mounting configuration of the main fire alarm panel and each
annunciator shall be indicated on the drawings.
1. When submitting the shop drawings, the complete installation and operation
manual and Redline drawings shall be submitted simultaneously.
2. Bulletins (cut sheets) of all devices in the fire alarm system shall be provided
when submitting the shop drawings.
3. An overall description shall be provided detailing the operation of the fire
All materials and work performed shall be furnished under contract to be free from
defects for a period of one (1) year from the time of acceptance. The cost for
maintenance, parts and labor required to correct defects of material and workmanship
during the one year period shall be included in the submittal bid.
Maintenance shall be performed on a semi-annual basis or as dictated by the AHJ. A
preventive maintenance program shall be outlined by the contractor that describes the
inspection parameters. At a minimum the inspection parameters shall cover the
1. Systematic and complete inspection of the fire alarm control panel, the wire
termination in the panel and all devices connected to the fire alarm system.
These include smoke sensors, heat sensors, manual pull stations, water flow
switches, supervisory switches and all other fire alarm accessories in
accordance with NFPA. Cleaning and adjusting of devices shall be conducted
at this time.
2. An inspection of the power supply, fuses and batteries shall be conducted as
well a load test of the batteries shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA.
3. The system put into an alarm condition and each notification device shall be
checked for proper operation.
4. Devices shall be removed from the initiating circuits and a trouble condition
shall be verified at the panel.
1.6 Post Contract Expansions
A. The contractor shall supply the parts and necessary labor for expansion, if
requested, of the fire alarm system for one (1) year after the completion of the
B. When submitting the fire alarm system package, the contractor shall give a quote
for expansion of the system not to exceed ten percent 10%. This quote shall be all-
inclusive for material, installation and maintenance as well. The expansion quote
shall have one tenth the number of devices used in the overall specification. The
number of devices shall be itemized to show exact amounts that constitute ten
C. The expansion quote shall include the cost for all reprogramming and labor for the
reprogramming. In addition, the quote shall cover additional modules and circuit
cards that may be necessary for a ten percent expansion.
D. Specifications that do not include the ten percent 10% expansion clause shall be
1.7 Applicable Specifications:
A. The specifications shall fully comply with the following codes, standards and
1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
a. Standard Number 70, National Electrical Code
b. Standard Number 72, National Fire Alarm Code
c. Standard Number 101, Life Safety Code
2. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
a. Number 38, Manually Activated Signaling Boxes
b. Number 268, Smoke Detectors for Fire Protective Signaling
c. Number 268A, Smoke Detectors for Duct Applications
d. Number 346, Water Flow Indicators for Fire Protective Signaling Systems
e. Number 464, Audible Signaling Appliances
f. Number 521, Heat Detectors for Fire Protective Signaling
g. Number 864, Control Units for Fire Protective Signaling Systems
h. Number 1971, Visual Notification Appliances for Hearing Impaired
i. Number 1638 General Signaling
3. Local, State and Provincial Building Codes
4. Requirements from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
The fire alarm system shall at a minimum have the following listings:
A. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (ULI)
B. California State Fire Marshal (CFSM)
C. Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc. (ULC)
D. New York Materials and Equipment Acceptance (MEA)
Part 2.0 Products
2.1 Equipment and Materials:
A. All equipment that is installed into the fire alarm system shall be new and of the
current model type. All equipment shall be listed for the intended purpose by a
national testing laboratory.
B. All equipment shall be installed per the manufacturer’s instructions. If questions
arise to the proper installation, the manufacturer’s instructions shall be consulted.
If the manufacturer’s instructions are unclear or do not fully answer all questions,
the manufacturer shall be contacted for interpretation.
C. All equipment attached to walls and ceilings shall be securely fastened. A back
box shall be used for mounting all equipment. A compatible back box shall be a
minimum of NEMA-4 Rated on all outdoor devices and devices subject to
moisture or wet conditions.
D. All equipment shall be manufactured for an ISO 9001 certified company.
2.2 Conduit and Wire
1. The conduit shall be installed according to the National Electrical Code
(NEC), all National Equipment Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Ratings
as required, state and local requirements.
2. When three or more cables are installed into a conduit, the fill shall not exceed
forty percent (40%) of the cross sectional area of the conduit.
3. Conduit size shall be 1/2 inch minimum.
4. Conduit may only enter the fire alarm cabinet and the annunciator cabinet in
the pre-punched knockouts provided.
5. Fire alarm cables must be separated from any Class 1 circuits, and shall not be
placed in any conduit, junction box or raceway containing Class 1 or power
6. Auxiliary building functions that use 24-volt control may be installed in the
same conduit as initiating and indicating circuits. All circuits shall be provided
with transient protection and the system shall be designed for simultaneous
operation without interference or loss of signal.
1. All wire and cabling shall be listed and/or approved by a recognized testing
agency for use with protective signaling systems.
2. All field wiring shall be field supervised.
3. All wiring shall be installed according to all national, state and local codes and
utilizes not less than 20-gauge wire on initiating circuits and not less than 16
gauge on indicating circuits and may be twisted or untwisted, solid or
C. Terminal Boxes, Junction Boxes and Cabinets
1. All boxes and cabinets shall be UL listed for their intended purpose.
2.3 Main Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP)
A. The FACP shall be a Potter Electric Signal Company PFC-5004 series. The
FACP shall be a microprocessor-based system that utilizes conventional devices.
B. System Overview and Operation
1. The FACP shall support four Class B (Style B) initiating circuits or two Class
A (Style D) initiating circuits.
2. Expansion of the FACP initiating zones shall be done utilizing a ZA-42 Zone
Adder Module. The ZA-42 shall support up to an additional four Class B
(Style B) or two Class A (Style D) initiating circuits
3. The fire alarm panel shall support two Class A or B (Style Z or Y) indicating
circuits at 1.7 Amp maximum per circuit or 2.4 Amp total.
4. Expansion of the FACP indicating circuits shall be done utilizing a ZA-42
Zone Adder Module. The ZA-42 shall support up to an additional two Class A
or B (Style Z or Y) indicating circuits.
5. The front display shall have common LED’s to indicate AC power on,
common alarm, common supervisory, common trouble, battery trouble,
ground fault, remote trouble, and test.
6. Switches shall be provided for signal silence, fire drill, auxiliary disconnect,
system reset, buzzer silence, lamp test, and to disconnect each initiating zone
7. The FACP shall have three Form C relays for common trouble, common
supervisory, and common alarm. Each relay shall be rated for 1 amps at
C. Power Supply
1. The wire-in transformer shall operate on an input power of 120 VAC at 60
2. The main fire alarm panel shall be protected by a circuit breaker should an
electrical overload occur.
D. System Operation
1. Receipt of Alarm Signal
a. A device that has reached an alarm level shall be indicated at the FACP.
Any type of alarm shall have priority over all other types of signals.
b. When an alarm is received, the FACP shall activate the outputs that are
correlated with the particular input.
c. The alarm on the FACP and the device in alarm shall only be cleared
once the “SYSTEM RESET” key is pressed and the panel reset.
2. Receipt of Trouble Signal
a. The FACP shall indicate any type of trouble with an LED or trouble
piezo. Trouble signals shall include, but not be limited to, open circuits,
short circuits, loss of battery power, loss of AC power, remote failures,
missing devices and ground fault. The trouble signal and LED shall be
extinguished once the trouble is removed.
3. Receipt of Supervisory Signal
a. Supervisory signals shall be of the latching or nonlatching type as
programmed by the installing contractor. When a latching type device
indicates a signal, the “SUPV” LED shall be illuminated. The device
must be restored and the system reset in order for the signal to clear.
When a nonlatching device sends a signal to the panel, the FACP shall
indicate a supervisory signal by illuminating the “SUPV” LED. When the
nonlatching device is restored the supervisory signal shall reset
4. Display Testing
a. The FACP shall have a “LAMP TEST” feature that when activated, all
LED’s on the main display shall illuminate. The Lamp Test will only test
the lamps on the display in which the button is.
5. Fire Drill
a. The FACP shall be capable of performing a fire drill. When the FIRE
DRILL button is pushed the indicating circuits that are configured will be
activated. The DACT will be deactivated and will not transmit. In the
event that a fire alarm is received, the panel will function as normal by
activating all programmed outputs.
a. Programming shall be fully configurable using DIP switches. The DIP
switches shall allow for the programming of the initiating and indicating
circuits as well as the enabling and disabling of system functions such as
Signal Silence, Fire Drill, and Auxiliary Disconnect.
b. The initiating circuits shall be programmable for alarm verification.
c. The indicating circuits shall be programmable as either silenceable or
non-silenceable with the audibles configured for Steady, March-Time,
Temporal Code, or California Code.
d. Loss of power shall not affect any of the programming
2.4 System Components
A. Eight/four Relay Adder Card
1. The ARM-4/8 circuit card shall be available for eight or four form C relays.
The relays are configurable from DIP switches.
2. Each relay shall be rated for 2 amperes at 30 volts DC. There is not an AC
rating for the relay card.
B. Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitter
1. A digital alarm communicator transmitter (DACT-5000) shall be available
for field installation.
2. The DACT-5000 shall be powered directly from the main FACP and shall
provide a dialing capability when an off normal condition exists.
3. The DACT-5000 shall transmit using the SIA-DCS, or Ademco Contact ID
C. Polarity Reversal/City Tie Module
1. The Polarity Reversal/City Tie Modules shall be used in place of the DACT-
5000 for notification of an alarm. The Polarity Reversal/City Tie shall be
used when a direct connection is used for notification of a fire alarm.
2. Either the Polarity Reversal or City Tie shall be used. The Polarity Reversal
shall provide 24 VDC open and 12 VDC at 3.5 milli-ampere (8 milli-ampere
maximum) when shorted. The City Tie shall provide 24 VDC unfiltered at
210 milli-ampere (5 milli-volt ripple) to trip the coil.
D. Remote Trouble Indicator
1. The Trouble Indicator (PRTI) shall be used to indicate a trouble condition.
2. The PRTI shall provide visual and audible annunciation of system trouble
with a piezo buzzer and an amber LED.
E. Remote Annunciator
1. The RA8F annunciator shall indicate A.C. On, common trouble, and signal
2. The RA8F shall also provide 8 Bi-colored LED’s to indicate zone alarm and
zone supervisory conditions.
3. The RA8F shall have common control switches for signal silence, buzzer
silence, lamp test, and system reset that when activated, will act exactly the
same as the FACP.
4. The RA8F shall require 24 VDC power and a shielded RS-485 connection to
5. A maximum of three RA8F annunciators can be connected to a single PFC-
F. Audible Indicating Appliances
1. All electronically operated sounding devices shall operate on 24 VDC
nominal. Electronic sounders shall include MBA bells, MH-12/24 minihorns,
and H24W horns.
2. The signal rate for the devices shall be set in the panel.
3. All audible devices shall mount to a back box.
G. Visual Indicating Appliances
1. SL24 Series visual indicating appliances shall be adjustable candela strobes.
2. The strobes shall operate on a nominal 24 volts DC.
3. Strobe lights shall meet UL and ADA requirements.
H. Audio/Visual Indicating Appliances
1. SH24W Series audio/visual appliances shall meet the requirements of audible
and visual appliances as stated above.
I. Sprinkler Water Flow Indicating Switches
1. Waterflow switches shall be Potter VSR-F series vane type flow switch.
2. Pressure type water flow switches shall be the Potter PS-10A pressure switch
or the Potter WFSR-F pressure switch with retard.
J. Sprinkler Supervisory Indicating Switches
1. Sprinkler Supervisory switches shall be the Potter line of supervisory
2. Outside Screw and Yoke Valves (OSY Valves) shall use the Potter OSYSU
3. Butterfly and Post Indicating Valves shall use the Potter PCVS tamper
4. Ball valves less than 2” shall be monitored with Potter’s RBVS retrofit ball
valve switch. All ball valves that serve waterflow pressure switches shall
have an RBVS attached to monitor the alarm line valve.
A. Batteries used as the back-up power supply to the main FACP shall be sealed lead
acid, gel cell type. Two 12-volt batteries shall be required.
B. Batteries shall be sized according to the power requirements of the FACP. Battery
calculations shall be performed to determine the proper amp/hour battery required
for stand-by after derating. The minimum requirement shall be operation of the
panel for 24 hours followed by 5 minutes of alarm.
C. Batteries shall be completely maintenance free. Batteries other than maintenance
free shall not be acceptable.
D. Batteries shall be considered to have a three-year life as part of the fire alarm
Part 3.0 – Execution
A. The entire installation shall be in accordance with NFPA 72, NFPA 70 (NEC),
state and local codes and meet the requirements of the Authority Having
B. The installation shall be in accordance with the manufacturers recommended
practice and installation instructions.
C. Smoke sensors shall not be installed until all construction is completed and
construction dust and debris are removed. Detectors installed in construction areas
shall be removed, cleaned and calibrated before being reinstalled or replaced.
D. All conduit, junction boxes and supports shall be concealed in finished areas and
may be exposed in unfinished areas.
E. Fire panel cabinets, annunciator cabinets, pull stations, indicating appliances etc
shall be flush mounted in all finished areas. In unfinished areas the fire alarm
system components are allowed to be surface mounted.
A. All test and test intervals shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA.
B. Persons conducting fire alarm acceptance test shall be knowledgeable in fire
alarm systems. This is verified by the proper training and recognition from either
the factory, NICET, International Municipal Signal Association, State or locally
Certified or trained by a company that is listed by a national testing laboratory.
C. The fire alarm test shall be thorough and test all circuits and signals. The test shall
include but not be limited to the following:
1. Prior to powering system, check for ground faults, short circuits and
2. Verify activation of all sprinkler flow switches. Retard times shall not exceed
3. Open and short each initiating circuit and verify a trouble condition.
4. Open and short each indicating circuit to verify a trouble condition.
5. Ground all circuits and verify a trouble condition
6. Verify the installation is per the final draft of the drawings.
7. Check audibility and illumination of every indicating appliance.
8. Check the installation, supervision and operation of each smoke sensor, heat
sensor and pull station using the Walk test feature.
9. Verify that each alarm condition is received as an alarm signal.
10. Check the annunciators for the appropriate LED’s illuminating.
3.3 Final Inspection
Where applicable, the authority having jurisdiction shall observe the final
The manual for the panel shall be kept with the panel for future reference.