1. UFC 3-600-01, Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities
  2. UFC 3-601-02, O&M Inspect Test and Maintain Fire Protection Systems 
  3. NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code
  4. NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
  5. UFGS Specification 28 31 76, Interior Fire Alarm and Mass Notification System
  6. JBLM Specification 28 31 76, Interior Fire Alarm and Mass Notification System
  7. Fire Alarm Service Outage Request
  8. BTX Request Form


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Fire Alarm and Mass Notification System 28 31 76 specification

The specification link provided above is an edited version of the UFGS specifically for use on all JBLM projects

The text in this UFGS Fire Alarm and Mass Notification System 28 31 76 has been heavily edited to specifically meet JBLM project requirements as of July 2021.


Design Requirements

    1. Fire alarm panels, transceivers, and other sensitive electrical or electronic equipment shall be installed in dedicated electrical equipment rooms readily accessible to maintenance personnel independent of building occupants (i.e., space accessible from exterior of facility), not in mechanical spaces or other areas subject to excessive temperature and moisture. 
    2. Minimum conduit size for all fire alarm, detection, and mass notification is 3/4 inch.
    3. Duct smoke detectors generally should only cause the AHU it serves to shut down and cause a supervisory signal to be announced at the FACP and be transmitted by transceiver. A general alarm condition at the FACP should not cause a global shut down of the H.V.A.C. system unless required by code as part of a smoke control system. ATFP requirements for global shut down of the H.V.A.C. system shall be accomplished via mushroom switch. All AHU's and H.V.A.C. systems that are shut down by duct smoke detectors, fire alarm conditions, or ATFP switches shall auto restart when the condition that caused the shutdown is cleared or reset. Manual reset of H.V.A.C. systems is not acceptable.
    4. All designs shall be reviewed, approved, stamped, and signed by the Fire Protection Specialist prior to submitting for government approval.
    5. Preliminary and Final Acceptance Testing shall be witnessed by the Fire Protection Specialist. The USACE representative and/or DPW representatives shall be invited to attend and witness, but are not required to be present.
    6. Final acceptance testing must be scheduled 7 to 10 days prior to day of testing.
    7. Smoke detectors shall be of the photo-electric type wherever possible, ionization type detectors will only be used where alternative detectors are not available or unsuitable for specific applications. Manufacturers of ionization detectors specified must provide for no cost disposal of their detectors.
    8. Addressable fire alarm mass notification panels shall display history of events on the panel display without additional software/hardware. 
    9. Notification appliances in individual sleeping rooms of dormitories that sound with the general alarm shall silence with the general alarm silence function from the fire alarm mass notification panel. 
    10. When device is mounted externally on brick or exterior surface, a rubber gasket shall be used (to reduce electrolysis and grounds). Conduit penetrations in the top of exterior mounted devices is not acceptable. 
    11. All conduit penetrations shall be through the sides of transceiver enclosures, do not penetrate transceiver enclosures on top or bottom. 
    12. All fire alarm transceivers must be listed or approved for use with the existing Monaco D-21M base reporting system.
    13. All threaded connections on the antenna mast shall have silicone seal added for water proofing the joint.
    14. Spare parts, manuals for fire alarm system, documentation showing mapping/tree of devices (showing the polling sequence), and all software/hardware required for programming/editing shall be turned over to JBLM DPW personnel at the time of project closeout. For software-based systems, a record copy of the site-specific software will be delivered to the JBLM Fire Alarm Shop after all changes have been made from acceptance testing.
    15. When warranty is in effect, the Fire Alarm Contractor shall be required to respond (physically go to building in Alarm or Trouble), within 48 hours to an ALARM CONDITION and 72 hours to a TROUBLE CONDITION. 
    16.  Fire Alarm Remote Annunciators are not desired as part of the fire alarm system on JBLML. Unless specifically required by code, do not include Remote Annunciators in fire alarm system designs. Mass Notification System LOC's shall not contain Fire Alarm Remote Annunciator functions, they shall be limited to just Mass Notification System LOC functions.

The following initiating events or troubles shall require their own transmitted zone
      - Deluge sprinkler system

      - Water flow for each riser(sprinkler)

      - Low air pressure (dry sprinkler)

      - Separate buildings or quads or bays in large buildings like warehouses for easy troubleshooting and response to incidents. This included risers, fire alarm pull stations, detection devices, etc.

      - Equipment systems like FM 200 systems, under raised floor sprinkler systems, exhaust hood suppression systems, etc. shall all be separate zones.

      - MNS active

      - Tamper

      - HVAC Duct smoke detectors

      - Required fire pump monitoring like pump running, loss of power, phase reversal, etc.

      - FACP common trouble


Fort Lewis & Yakima Training Center - Mass Notification Specifications and Requirements


  1. System Requirements


System mass notification hardware shall integrate with the Monaco D21 fire system through the use of a mass notification panel or a fire/mass notification combination panel. System shall be programmed and integrated with the existing head end hardware and work station(s) and made capable of remote activation from the Fort Lewis Emergency Operation Command (FLEC) facility. Remote activation connectivity between the FLEC and project shall be through the Monaco BT-XM transmitter panel. Installation approved messages shall be provided by Joint Base Lewis McChord, Directorate of Emergency Services, Physical Security Branch.


Mass Notification/Public Announcement Systems Integration is allowed for smaller systems. It is not recommended for larger projects, however it is not prohibited, provided the following system(s) engineering design requirements are included as part of the overall integration;

    • They shall share the same commo/power race ways and speaker
    • PA must have its own power supply and amplifier, it shall not share the same amp as the Mass Notification (MN).
    • PA systems control panel shall be separate and stand alone from the MN panel (Anti-Feed back issues must be addressed and eliminated if co-locating or Local Operating Console (LOC) is placed near the LOC for either of these systems).
    • Two panels are clearly labeled and easily identified as either PA or MN 
    • PA panel lock set is not the same as the MN panel, AHJ will provide core information. 
    • PA shall not share any UPS or back up power source used to support MN. 
    • PA commands/messaging shall be subordinate to MN/Fire messaging. 
    • PA system shall not remote tie in to the FLEC. 
    • Speaker technology shall be designed to meet the minimum requirements for MN.
    • Mass Notification Visual alerting devices shall not light upon activation of the PA system .  


  1. Company, Integrator, Programmer and Installer Certification Requirements

  Proof of certifications of integrators, installers and maintenance personnel required by UFC 4-021-01, UFC 3-600-01 and 3-601-02, UFGS shall be provided prior to award.


  1. Final Testing and Acceptance

Final acceptance test shall achieve a minimum of .7 on the Sound Transmission Index (STI), at an expected average ambient noise level for the environment being tested, as registered by the DSP 30 analyzer will be required. Test points shall be identified and conducted throughout the facility at a point furthest from any single speaker and/or at the mid point between any two speakers servicing the target area. Dependent on building ADA category and placement of visual alerting devices, recommend a reading at the speaker. Additional information or deviation from sections 1 - 4 requirements shall be routed thru construction project manager to DES as AHJ for approval. Current calibration certificate shall be provided at the time of testing.    


Upon completion of work and contractors 100% system test, contractor shall schedule a 100% Performance Verification Test (PVT) at the same time as the final fire alarm and fire suppression final acceptance test. Upon acceptance, contractor shall provide the results of the contractors self performed pretest.


  1. Warranty and Repair

    Warranty for materials and labor shall be 1 year from date of 100% acceptance. Response by qualified technicians to warranty issues that have rendered the Mass Notification system not operational shall be within 24 hours or the next business day from the time of notification. Repairs shall be completed and the system restored within 48 hours of technicians arrival. 


Notes to Designers on Drawing Content

All as-built drawing submittal shall show the exact run of conduit, quantity of wires, wire color code, location of every initiating device, signaling device, module, and any major junction boxes or power supplies. The plans will also show loop number and the address of each device, or module, if system is addressable.


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