[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Smithfield 5-22-1984 (Ch. 10, Art. III, Div. 1, of the 1985 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Private property owners within the Town shall be allowed to connect private local energy master fire alarm boxes on their property to the Smithfield fire alarm circuits. Such connections shall be in conformance with any rules and regulations as may be enacted from time to time, by the Superintendent of Fire Alarm, with the approval of the Chief of the Fire Department.
There shall be a connection fee of $200. An additional charge of $0.25 per foot will be charged for connections in excess of 100 feet. This connection fee is to be paid to the general fund of the Town for the cost of wire, hardware, labor, installation and maintenance of the Town circuits.
Editor's Note: State law references - Fire alarm systems, G.L. 1956, § 23-28.25-1 et seq.
Master box. The master box shall be of the local energy type and be one-half-second timing, with a TII-317B lightning arrester. Code numbers will be assigned upon approval of prints. Spare keys and other devices needed to reset the local system shall be located inside the master box.
Supervisory panel. A point-to-point wiring diagram, exhibiting all locations of components and wire pull boxes shall be located within the supervisory and reset panel. Spare glass rods and/or glass plates shall also be located inside the panel. The panel shall be approved for low energy cable, if applicable.
Wiring. Wiring shall be in conduit, EMT or wire mould. All wiring shall be THHN No. 14 American wire gauge solid. All wiring shall be class A. Where the system is to be connected to the Town circuit via aerial construction, the owner of the property shall bring two THHN No. 14 solid wire from the master box to a point on the outside of the building designated by the director of communications. These wires shall be enclosed in conduit or EMT and shall be brought to an appropriate dead-end device close to the weather cap. The dead-end device shall not be less than 16 feet above the ground level and shall be securely fastened to the building. Where it is more expedient to wire underground, the owner shall install rigid conduit two inches or larger, from a point designated by the Chief of the Fire Department or his lawful designee to a point near the location of the master box or to the master box itself. The owner shall install a minimum of one pair International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) 20-2-1973 cable in said rigid conduit. This same IMSA cable shall be used when wiring between buildings which also shall be in rigid conduit.
Detector circuit shall be red and black. Red shall be one side of the line and black the other side.
Horn circuit shall be blue and white. Blue shall be positive and white negative.
Evacuation alarm and light circuit shall be orange and yellow.
Sprinkler connection zones shall carry color as the detector circuits, red and black.
Door holder shall be gray and gray.
Smoke detectors requiring a separate power supply shall use the color violet and brown.
Master box tripping circuit shall be orange and orange.
Master box supervisory, if required, shall be red and white.
Bond wire from the fire alarm panel and the master box, if required by the local authority having jurisdiction, shall be green.
The wiring from the master box to the Town fire alarm loop shall be black and white.
The alternating current loop to the main fire alarm panel shall be white, black and red. The black wire shall be one phase and the red wire the opposite phase.
If a separate feed is required for the battery charger, it shall be black and white, unless the main fire alarm panel required only one alternating current feed. In this case, the conductors to the battery charger shall be red and white and shall be on a circuit breaker of its own.
All conductors shall be No. 14 gauge solid and then shall be rated at a minimum on 90º C. (No. 16 gauge solid TFFN may be used subject to the authority having jurisdiction). Low energy cable may be selectively installed in areas of existing buildings only where the installations of raceway is impractical. Two conductor low energy cables may be used where multiple conductors are impractical for each conductor must be identifiable and subject to authority having jurisdiction. Any time two or more detector circuits are in the same conduit or raceway with conductors with identifying numbers, the entire length of the wire space at two-inch intervals shall be used. In a numbered system, two-inch intervals may be used in lieu of the above color code.
Any other authorized auxiliary device shall be a separate and distinct color, such as tan, and shall be clearly identified at each junction location.
All existing and future installations of dialing devices shall be interconnected to a special trunk line.
Prior to the connection of any automatic dialing devices to the special trunk line, an alarm user's permit must be obtained from the Town at the Fire Department headquarters. The alarm user's permit fee shall be made payable to the general fund, Town of Smithfield, State of Rhode Island. It shall be $10 with one-quarter-year minimum. All permits shall expire on December 31 of each year. The permit shall be physically upon the premises using the alarm system and shall be available for inspection.
The Town shall not be liable for any defects in the operation of automatic protection devices and signal lines of the systems, nor for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt of any alarm from such a source.
No permit issued pursuant to this section shall be transferable.
More than four false alarms a calendar year from the time any alarm system user's permit has been obtained may constitute grounds for revocation of such permit, subject to the provisions of this chapter.
After the Department has recorded four false alarms in a year, it shall notify the permit holder in writing of such fact, and require that the permit holder report to the Smithfield Fire Department within five days of his effort to eliminate false alarms. If the permit holder fails to submit a report within 15 days, or of reasonable extension for good cause, the Fire Department may revoke the user's permit and under such circumstances the user shall not be entitled to a hearing or appeal under this section.
If the alarm user submits an unsatisfactory report, or has one or more false alarms during the same calendar year after submitting a satisfactory report, the Fire Department may revoke or suspend the alarm user's permit. The fee for false alarms over four per year shall be $10 for each false alarm.
An alarm system user whose permit has been revoked may apply for a new permit. The Fire Department may impose reasonable restrictions and conditions upon issuing a new permit to an alarm user, with respect to the particular system for which the permit was revoked.
Editor's Note: State law reference - Types of fire alarms systems, G.L. 1956, § 23-28.25-4.
All pertinent information of the work performed and any additional material required shall be included and shall be submitted for each calendar month. All charges are to be paid to the Town general fund.
This section shall be subject to any change of labor cost.