Class 1 - Interfacing Elevator Controls with Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems


Class format:  1 full day (8-Hour) in-class training.

ICC Course No 19706

Approved for 8 Hrs - 0.8 ICC-CEUs

This class is also approved by NAESA International for 0.75 CEU credits for Qualified Elevator Inspectors (QEI) certification.

And is approved by NAEC for 7.5 CET Credits.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) – 8 CEU units accredited by ESA/NTS will be granted to all participants upon completion of the class.

Approved for NTS renewal credit by the Electronic Security Association


Various types of elevators are found in both low and high-rise buildings. Among these elevators are Hydraulic and Traction (Electric) Elevators with driving machines installed in dedicated spaces referred  to as “Elevator Machine Rooms” while Machine-Room-Less (MRL) elevators have their hoisting machines installed directly inside the elevator hoistway. This class will discuss and clarify specific NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code) and NFPA 13 (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems) requirements associated with these elevators, both in buildings provided with “Building Fire Alarm Systems” and those without.  Specific NFPA 72, NFPA 13 and ASME A17.1 code terms, such as Dedicated Function FA System for Elevator Recall and Supervisory, Phase-I Emergency Recall Operation, Phase-II In-Car Emergency Operation, Designated and Alternate Recall levels and Shunt-Trip Function will be discussed and clarified.

Current 2016 Editions of NFPA -72, NFPA-13 and ASME A17.1 will be presented
NEW 2019 Editions of NFPA-72 and NFPA-13 will be discussed.


  1. After attending this class, participants should be able to understand and define the different type of elevators in low and high-rise buildings such as Hydraulic, Traction, Machine-Room-Less (MRL), Passenger, Freight, Service, Destination-Dispatch, and Limited-Use-Limited-Application Elevators (LULAs)
  2. Participants should be able to identify all building and life safety codes, NFPA 13 and 72 standards and ASME A17.1 elevator code, associated with elevator emergency operation and the cross references between these codes and standards.
  3. Understand basic Fire Emergency Operation (FEO) terms such as, Phase-I emergency recall operations and Phase -II in-car emergency operation, elevator power shunt trip, Fire Emergency Operation (FEO), dedicated function fire alarm system for elevator recall and supervisory, Designated and Alternate Recall Levels, Firefighters’ Flashing Helmet, and other Fire-Elevator associated terms
  4. Understand the specific requirements of NFPA 13 (sprinkler code) and NFPA 72 (fire alarm and signaling code) for interfacing elevator controls with these systems. Understand and learn how to apply specific NFPA 72 Chapters 21 and 23 and NFPA 13 Chapter 8 interface requirements to existing and new elevators both in buildings provided with “Building Fire Alarm Systems” and/or Sprinkler systems and those buildings without Fire Protection Systems.
  5. Understand specific California State elevator safety requirements such as CCR-Title 8 Elevator Safety Orders (ESO) for Group 2, 3 and 4 elevators and CBC-2016 exempt locations of sprinklers in elevator associated spaces.


  • Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems Personnel: Designers, Installers, Technicians, Service personnel, Vendors, Engineers.
  • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and Code Officials Personnel: Fire, Building, Elevator, Electrical, Mechanical Inspectors, Code Enforcers and Plans Reviewers.
  • Elevator Personnel:  Mechanics, Consultants, Engineers, Vendors, Inspectors.
  • Building Personnel: Owners, Managers, Building Engineers, Property managers.
  • Professionals: Architects, Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Protection Engineers.
  • Fire Service Personnel: Firefighters, Fire Inspectors.




2.0 hours
Topic: Review applicable Elevator, Fire and Building Codes and NFPA Standards associated with elevator projects.

Delivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and DVD-Video examples
  • Discussion

1.75 hours
Topic: Elevator Code and NFPA standards review of useful/common Definitions and Terms associated with Elevators and Fire Protection Systems Interface.
Topic: Review specific features of different type elevators

Delivery Method
  • Power-Point Presentation and DVD-Video examples
  • Discussion

 Lunch Break


2.0 hours
Topic: Review NFPA 13 - Sprinkler Code Chapter 8 Requirements for different type elevators.
Topic: Review NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Code Requirements  for different type elevators
Delivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and DVD-Video examples
  • Discussion

1.75 hours
Topic: Review and discuss real life projects:  Examples of plans and permits associated with Elevators and Fire Protection Projects.
Topic: Review and answer Course Related questions on a Q&A and open discussion format

Delivery Method
  • Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Exercise

7.5 hours


Traction Elevators, Hydraulic Elevators, Machine-Room-Less Elevators, Phase I Emergency Recall Operation, Phase II – In Car Emergency Operation, Designated Recall Floor, Alternate Recall Floor, Building Fire Alarm System, Dedicated Function Fire Alarm System, Elevator Hoistway, Elevator Pit, Elevator Shunt Trip Function.


  • Current NFPA 13 -2013 Edition and New NFPA 13 -2019 Edition
  • Current NFPA 72-2016 Edition and New NFPA 72-2019 Edition
  • Current ASME A17-1-2013 Edition and New ASME a17.1 2016 Edition
  • CA Title 8 - Elevator Safety Orders (ESO) - Chapter 4 - Sub-Chapter 6 - Group 4 Regulations Bases on ASME A17.1 - 2004, and NEW Group 5 Regulations Based on ASME A17.1-2013
  • Current IBC- 2015 Edition and New IBC 2018 Edition
  • Current IFC- 2015 Edition and New IFC 2018 Edition
  • Current CBC- 2016 Edition and New CBC 2019 Edition
  • Current CFC- 2016 Edition and New CFC 2019 Edition