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California Automatic Fire Alarm Association (CAFAA)
CAFAA was founded in 1970. We are an organization that is concerned with fire alarm issues in California. Our membership consists of fire alarm installing and monitoring companies, fire alarm manufacturers, representatives and distributors, registered professional engineers, and building and fire officials. Our primary objective is to promote cooperation and understanding among the professionals involved in the fire alarm industry. Our Association is represented on many of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code committees, including the following:
1. NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
2. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code
3. NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code
4. NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code
We maintain an active liaison with the California Fire Chiefs Association, the International Code Council, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the Western Fire Chiefs, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, the Northern and Southern California Fire Prevention Officers and other professional associations.
California has the most strict fire alarm regulations in the country. Section 13114 of the Health and Safety Code requires that all fire alarm equipment sold, installed, distributed or offered for sale in California shall be listed and approved by the California State Fire Marshal.
|The State Contractors License Board maintains
licensing provisions for fire alarm contractors.
California Administrative Code Title 24 State
Building Standards and Title 19 State Fire
Marshal Regulations contain fire alarm requirements
above and beyond any National Standard. Our
Association is well represented on the State
Fire Marshal's Fire Alarm Advisory Committee.
California law requires that all persons who install fire alarm systems that exceed 100VA, be certified as a Fire/Life Safety Technician, be enrolled as a Fire/Life Safety Apprentice, or be the active holder of a C-10 License. CAFAA, in conjunction with the California Alarm Association (CAA), formed the WBFAA who developed a Unilateral Statewide Fire/Life Safety Apprentice program that has been approved by the State. The WBFAA is administering the apprenticeship program.
California State law requires local fire departments to enforce the State Fire Marshal Regulations. As many of these regulations have been in place for many years, the fire alarm industry deals with knowledgeable fire officials. It is vital that the fire alarm industry continues to maintain an open-door two-way communication policy with these officials.
Articles concerning fire alarm systems have been written by many of our members. These articles that have appeared in the SDM magazine, the Fire Journal, published by the NFPA, the Building Standards magazine, the Electrical Consultant magazine, the Western Fire Journal, the American Fire Journal and many other professional publications.