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FCS Becomes 1st ULC Listed Integrated Systems Testing Service Provider

UL helped FCS become the first provider for fire protection and life safety systems confirmed to have the technical knowledge, practical skills and expertise to conduct testing.

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August 3, 2021

UL in Canada is pleased to announce the successful completion of the listing evaluation of FCS Fire Consulting Services Ltd to become the first ULC Listed Integrated Systems Testing Service Provider. This new ULC program assists fire and building code authorities, property owners, insurance companies and other industry stakeholders confirm that organizations and individuals who test the integration of fire protection and life safety systems in a building have the technical knowledge and expertise to conduct the testing process, requirements and documentation as required by Canadian codes and standards.

FCS Fire Consulting Services underwent a rigorous process beginning with having one of its engineering staff become qualified as integrated testing coordinator and then having one of its projects submitted as a sample integrated systems testing project activity. To achieve the UL listing, FCS participated in numerous desktop audits to verify correct interconnection and an on-site performance testing of these integrated systems functioning together.

“This is a significant milestone in the fulfillment of UL’s safety mission in Canada,” said Joe Hosey, country manager of UL in Canada. “Through this program, we are happy to support the implementation of a new code requirement to verify that the systems intended to protect building occupants against fire and other risks operate properly together according to their inter-relationship.”

Michele Farley, president of FCS Fire Consulting Services Ltd., said, “I appreciate the time and complexities of the certification process and I am grateful to both ULC’s and FCS’s dedicated technical teams for our success. In more than 25 years of fire alarm life safety system evaluation and resolutions, we have experienced the anomalies of systems working and commissioned independently but failing to work in an integrated manner in emergency situations. CAN/ULC-S1001 allows us to evaluate these systems in an integrated fashion and help stakeholders resolve gaps before building registration or occupancy. This important standard is another step forward in reducing preventable fire-related property damage, injury and loss of life and towards comprehensive life safety.” 

Local jurisdictions across Canada have begun implementing this new provision in the National Building and Fire Codes to verify the proper integration of fire protection and life safety systems by testing them as a whole in accordance with the CAN/ULC-S1001, Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems.

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