Installation Class

In light of growing opportunities in the fire alarm industry, many of our clients and partners have recently entered the business or recently hired new electricians to help maintain coverage consistent with the growing demand. In response to this, High Rise has developed a Fire Alarm Installation Class. With this class we aim to delve deeper into the complexity of fire alarm code and empower you and your team. The class provides the opportunity to learn new, effective techniques and best practices for installing fire alarm systems.

This is a unique, full day program, led by an experienced instructor. It features a blended delivery approach including lecture, interactive activities, hands on practice, and discussion throughout. It takes place in our newly built, fully furnished training lab. The class is conducted in a small group environment that encourages and facilitates student engagement with one another and allows for individual attention and instruction from the facilitator.

Participants learn how to calculate load to determine disconnect and fuse size, read service switches and disconnect switches effectively, conduct proper grounding and bonding, use appropriate conduit and raceways, read and interpret riser diagrams, plan circuit paths, choose and conduct proper wiring, mount devices accurately, perform termination properly, and troubleshoot the finished project effectively.

Our next Installation Class will be held on Saturday, December 9th, from 8:30am to 4pm at our training facility located at 143 21st Street, Brooklyn NY 11232. 

To inquire about attending our Installation Class, please email or call us at 718-369-3434.

For a more detailed description of the class, please see our outline below.

Installation Class Outline — Morning


Introduction, welcome and overview of course objectives and expectations.

Fire Alarm Terminology

A brief overview of key fire alarm terms, definitions, and abbreviations.

Service Switches and Disconnects

Disconnect and Fuse Sizing

First we delve into disconnect and fuse sizing. This is followed by a discussion of the total calculated load,
voltage drop, disconnect size and type, load and voltage drop calculations,
wire length, and line side tap.

Minute Break



Proper Grounding and Bounding

This portion of the class will discuss proper grounding and bounding. This includes grounding size, bonding,
water main ground, building steel ground, approved method of termination, and
a review of industry reference sketches.

Enclosure Identification and Labeling

A discussion of code requirements for identifying enclosures and how to properly label them, followed by a
discussion of their locations and the areas they serve.

Conduit Raceway

Appropriate Conduit

This portion of the class is dedicated to the use of the appropriate conduit. We will discuss the
different uses of EMT, RGC, 3/4” minimum, free air wiring, and supporting

Hour Lunch Break



Installation Class Outline – Afternoon


Understanding the Drawings

A comprehensive review of electrical
drawings as they relate to fire alarm systems. We address general drawings,
floor plans, riser diagrams, circuit path planning, riser planning, and
tagging cables.

Wire Types and Purposes

In this section we explain the
different types of wiring; shielded, unshielded, and wire gauge; and their
varied uses.

Device Wiring

Detailed discussion of device wiring.
Topics include: shielded and unshielded wiring, polarity, color, in and out
data wiring, control circuits modules and load relays, and all initiating and
notification devices.

Ten Minute Break





Dreaded T-tap

For the last portion of the wiring section of our course we discuss t-tapping in regards to notification devices
and addressable devices.

Device Mounting

Device Heights and Locations

In this section we review proper heights for the FACP and other panels, all initiating and notification
devices, and conduit entry.


Proper Method

In this portion of our demonstration we go over the proper method of termination. We discuss using strippers
versus using pliers, observing polarity, and data in/data out.

Tools and Troubleshooting

In our last section we go over tools and troubleshooting. Here we’ll discuss using a meter and tone generator to trace
circuits and wires, finding the end of line resistors, and finding grounds
and shorts.


A brief conclusion where questions will be fielded and final clarifications will be made.