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 Click here Department of Community Affairs Bulletin 2017-1 Carbon Monoxide

The State of New Jersey has adopted the 2015 New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. This is the first update to the maintenance and retrofit code since 2006. The effective date for compliance will be July 1, 2018.
The 2015 NJ Fire Code will reference the following:
  •  NFPA 10              2013
  • NFPA 17/17A       2013
  • NFPA 25               2014 (Big jump from 2002 edition- more requirements/frequencies)
  • NFPA 72               2013
For links to the new Kitchen Suppression Form and Appendix N and related adoption notices use the following links;
AFAANJ 2018 - 2019 Meeting and Training Calendar
Unless notified otherwise all meetings are at the Hanover Manor. The bar at the Hanover Manor opens at 5:00
Meetings start around 6:00 Our business meeting is conducted during breaks in the meal and as the desert comes out the speaker goes up for typically a one hour ± presentation. We are typically done by 8:00 PM
All Meetings are the third Thursday unless noted otherwise. Each membership covers the cost of one dinner, each guest will be billed $40.00
Date and Event Info

Meeting type and date


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NJ Uniform Fire Code – 2015 IFC/NJ

State Fire Prevention Code Readoption with Amendments Introduction

John Drucker, CET will be explaining the basic changes New Jersey has made to the IFC

This (1) Hour Introduction Seminar is designed to update users on the major fire protection system changes of with the adoption of the 2015 New Jersey Edition of the International Fire Code by the Division of Fire Safety, State of New Jersey, which serves as the State Fire Prevention Code and its applicable reference standards.

This adoption updates the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) of Fire Protection Systems throughout the State of New Jersey and a must for those engaged with ITM work of these systems.

There are no prerequisites only a desire to widen ones understanding of the fire and life safety protection codes and standards.

This is a one hour introductory seminar, John is developing a full four hour presentation. Look for it soon!

October 18th Board Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices

November 14th General Meeting



Smoke Dampers and Fire Alarm Interface

Jason Lupa, PE of Siemens Industrys will be giving a general overview and proper code application of interfacing a fire alarm system with fire/smoke dampers. 

This (1) hour presentation will illustrate design considerations along with the key areas of system integration that require coordination with the construction team. 

December 20th Board Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices

January 10th Board Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices


February 21th General Meeting

     SPECIAL VIP SPEAKER               

Dir. Mikutsky


Come Meet NJ's new State Fire Marshal, Richard Mikutsky

Director of the Division of Fire Safety

Director Mikutsky will explain the role and duties of DFS and the State Fire Marshall Office and some important programs he's involved with.

He will also take questions from the audience and it will be a great time to make him aware of the topics that we are passionate and concerned about and impress upon him the importance of the AFAANJ and the Fire Alarm Industry.

March 21st Board Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices



April (11th TBD) AFAANJ/NJSFPE Symposium


Date, Topics and Speakers To Be Determined


April 18th Board Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices


May General Meeting TBD


Date, Topic and Speaker To Be Determined


May 13 – 17th National AFAA Meeting


AFAA National Meeting and Code Conference – Hilton Orlando.

June 16 – 20th NFPA

NFPA Annual Code Conference – San Antonio TX

July/August TBD Board Planning Meeting

Board meets at ACT offices



Dates are subject to change, watch this page for changes!


Who is the AFAA of New Jersey?  You are!

CPD’s: If you want to see more training dates added to this list you have to ask for them! We are a 
volunteer organization, we do what we do because we want to give back to our industry & community.

Each member is responsible to maintain their own current list of CPD’s, this can be as simple as writing it down, or if you like, keeping a spread sheet.Each time you attend a meeting, seminar or training class record the topic, time and relevance to the industry.We highly recommend keeping your personal CPD list updated each time you earn CPD’s.To your left is a link to NICET's down load able CPD record log.If you're NICET Certified you will be reminded that you need to renew after three years, however, if you’re simply using NICET to keep your records for your NJ Fire Alarm Permit you will not be reminded when it is time to renew.You must provide your paperwork to NICET early to ensure that you have your letter from them to forward to the DCA, DFS when its time to renew.You will have to request your letter from NICET so you have it already to submit it to the DFS PRIOR TO YOUR EXPIRATION DATE!!!





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Code Updates & Life Safety


    What is the Automatic Fire Alarm Association?

The Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) is the only national trade organization dedicated to the automatic fire alarm industry.  The AFAA has chapters located throughout the United States.  Its members include fire alarm installation companies, contractors, central station companies, fire alarm manufactures, fire protection engineers, municipal fire and sub-code officials and anyone involved in the automatic fire alarm industry.

Who is the Automatic Fire Alarm Association? YOU ARE!      

Our #1 Purpose is the Education of those involved in the fire alarm industry. 

Education in all aspects of fire detection systems including design, codes and code issues, application, installation, testing and maintenance, new technology and issues relating the business side of the fire alarm company - there's something for everyone!  The ever-changing codes, technology and circumstances make the AFAA a valuable asset to anyone involved in the fire alarm industry.

Our Code of Ethics

  • As individuals and companies engaged in the fire detection and alarm systems industry, we recognize our responsibility to maintain high standards of reliability in the application of the life safety and property protection systems provided by us.
  • To be honest and fair in all matters with our employees, customers, subcontractors, distributors, competitors and suppliers.
  • To follow nationally recognized Codes and Standards, federal, state and local laws and regulations, when designing, supplying or installing fire detection and alarm systems.
  • To encourage and support well-founded legislation affecting our industry and the people we serve.
  • To support and participate in the education of those in and regulating our industry.
  • When representing the Association, we will conduct ourselves professionally and with decorum.
  • Individually, we will strive for high standards of performance and professional competence.
  • We will judge all of our actions based on the questions, “Is it right?” and “Is it fair?”
  • We accept this code freely and pledge to support our Association in its endeavors to improve the life safety and property protection in the United States of America. 

"Smoke Detection & Fire Sprinklers Save Lives"

When Properly Installed, Tested, Monitored And Maintained!

Our mission is to improve fire and life safety in America.



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