CFD Terminology

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awkwardmoose

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I’ve been unsuccessful when searching for answers to my questions, so I started a thread.

Often I hear CFD Dispatch refer to a call as a ‘Catalog Alarm’. What does this mean?
- I suspect it has something to do with how the alert is called in; a fire alarm system linked to dispatch vs. a person dialing 911.

Likewise, one hears the terms ‘card / carded’. What does this mean?
- I think this means that the alarm system has been inspected, reset and documented.

I wasn’t sure so I thought I would ask for clarification.

Thanks.
 

MrVelvet

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I’ve been unsuccessful when searching for answers to my questions, so I started a thread.

Often I hear CFD Dispatch refer to a call as a ‘Catalog Alarm’. What does this mean?
- I suspect it has something to do with how the alert is called in; a fire alarm system linked to dispatch vs. a person dialing 911.

Likewise, one hears the terms ‘card / carded’. What does this mean?
- I think this means that the alarm system has been inspected, reset and documented.

I wasn’t sure so I thought I would ask for clarification.

Thanks.
This is how I understand these terms - coming from purely a scanning point of view.

Catalog Alarm is when a monitored alarm system is activated and then called into dispatch from the monitoring company.

When a system is carded, this typically means a system cannot be reset by the on scene crews. A carded system will remain in trouble on the scene and the building will need to be monitored around the clock by someone physically on scene until repairs can be performed.

Hopefully this helps....that is, if my understanding of these terms is relatively correct.
 
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