Fire Alarm Installation and the AHJ

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    When creating a fire alarm installation and inspection plan, contact National Monitoring Center (NMC) to help guide you through the possible variables based on the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Every jurisdiction is unique and the more research you perform prior to the inspection, the less likely you will encounter surprises that delay building code approvals.


    Start by collecting information from the building owners, system designers, general contractors, and architects. Any one of these key players may claim to be the final authority on any necessary steps for fire alarm installation, however, each is likely to have a limited perspective based on its original role. Generally, this initial step is the most time-consuming. Once you’ve compiled the information from each stakeholder, compare their suggestions and look for gaps and variations.


    As the security firm selected for the fire alarm installation, the client may expect you to be the final authority before submitting the plan to the AHJ. Any mis-steps could undermine your authority and ultimately deteriorate your chances of retaining the client. As your monitoring authority, NMC can review your plan and help avoid any errors in the plan for AHJ approval.


    Frequently, if the building is new, the owner or architect will hire an outside fire system designer. NMC is well-qualified to handle the complexity of opinions when a fire system expert joins the team. Frequently, they have a close relationship with the AHJ. NMC can act as a go-between juggling the opinions of all the key stakeholders.


    Working with the AHJ for fire alarm approval is a complicated process. Even with a properly installed system, the AHJ can delay the building’s approval for use, angering the owners, the tenants, and the other key stakeholders.