Wayne D. Moore

Fire/Life Safety Columnist and Freelance Writer

Wayne D. Moore, a licensed fire protection engineer, frequent speaker and an expert in the life safety field, is a co-editor of the current National Fire Alarm Code Handbook. Moore is a principal with Hughes Associates Inc. at the Warwick, R.I., office.

Articles by Wayne D. Moore

November 2007
In this age of e-mails, cell phones and text messages, every contracting project seems to take on an urgency. The mantra everyone seems to voice is, “Get it done now!” Along with this comes the inherent problem of finishing projects, while maintaining the attitude that the installation must follow proper procedures and proper work practices. The age of the patient craftsman seems to be over. READ MORE
October 2007
Electrical contractors constantly search for a way to set themselves apart from the competition. Some contractors excel in the installation of complex fire alarm and security systems. Others specialize in the systems controls. Regardless of the area in which you choose to expand your capabilities, change always will serve as the one constant in the electrical business. READ MORE
October 2007
During a recent NFPA fire alarm systems seminar, a gentleman introduced himself and his two technicians. They had traveled quite a distance. Knowing NFPA planned a future seminar in his state, I asked why he did not wait to attend the closer seminar. “Well, we just signed our first fire alarm project ever, and we have to install it next week,” he said. READ MORE
October 2007
As electrical contractors grow, they usually specialize in a niche that involves installing electrical systems in a certain type of occupancy—residential homes; large, newly constructed industrial plants; or small, commercial retrofit projects. These niches create a certain comfort factor for the contractor. READ MORE
October 2007
Bells jingling, people talking, glasses clinking, ratchets rattling as people pull levers, the whirl of the roulette wheel and the shouts of encouragement as the dice roll. Noise, noise and more noise. If you have visited a casino, you may remember the constant assault of jangling slot machines encouraging people to keep playing and the excited shouts as players hit a jackpot. READ MORE
September 2007
This month, we address smoke detector spacing, which is found in NFPA 72-2007 or the National Fire Alarm Code. It is important that your technicians know the spacing requirements for these devices, so they can discover problems on the drawings and prevent mistakes during the installation. READ MORE
August 2007
Most of my readers know I encourage training, and some have stated I would like to augment it with something technicians can read and review in an after-work-hours venue. I will attempt to provide these training vignettes over the next few issues on specific items of interest to those installing fire alarm systems. READ MORE
July 2007
Over the last few weeks of traveling, I have spoken with colleagues at meetings in various states. I realized that every time we had a choice of where to eat breakfast or lunch, we would universally choose a Cracker Barrel restaurant. We never hesitated in this choice. Why? Two reasons: consistently good food and consistently good service. READ MORE
June 2007
Sell the product: your company Every time you sell a project to an owner, that owner is investing in you and your company. He or she did it because, just as someone might invest in a stock, you convinced the owner that you knew your business technically and had the acumen necessary to handle the job financially. So, in a very real sense, they “bought your stock.” Business is all about investing. READ MORE

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