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Fire Alarm System Inspection and Testing

Fire Alarm Work Permit (2020)

The National Fire Code, Alberta Edition requires that fire alarm systems are inspected and tested in conformance with CAN/ULC-S536, Standard for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems.”


Only qualified persons can install, test or perform maintenance on fire alarm and voice communication systems when they have approved certificate of training. Qualified individuals are

  Certified Electricians

  • An Alberta Journeyman’s Electrician certificate on or after September 1, 1991,
  • An Alberta Journeyman’s Electrician certificate prior to September 1, 1991 and a fire alarm course
  • A Canadian Red Seal Journeyman’s Electrician certificate and a fire alarm course

  Fire Alarm Technicians

  • A fire alarm technician certified by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA).

Working in the RMWB

A valid permit is required before any work is done on a fire alarm system. Companies must complete the Fire Alarm Work Permit package and submit it to the Fire Prevention Branch for review and processing.

Shutdown of Fire Alarm Systems

Prior to shutting down, restoring a system to operation or upon accidental activation, contact the Fire Department Dispatch at 780-743-7061. For inspections, testing or maintenance on a fire alarm system, provide the Fire Alarm Work Permit number to put the fire alarm system on test.


Alberta Municipal Affairs has issued the province-wide STANDATA FCB-14-01 “Persons Qualified to Maintain Fire Alarm and Detection Systems”  to explain all qualification requirements.


Records of audits, plans, tests, inspections, maintenance and operational procedures shall be made, and a copy shall be retained at the premises for two years.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Fire Prevention Branch at 780-792-5519 or e-mail us to Ask a Question.



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