Encore Firefighter FF345 (1st Generation) - Installation Manual and User Guide
& Users Guide
Encore Controls Inc.
2140 Hall Johnson Rd., Ste 102-157
Grapevine, TX 76051
Frequency: 345MHz Operating Temperature: 32°-120°F (0°-49°C)
Battery: One 3Vdc lithium CR123A (1550 mAh) Operating Humidity: 5-95% RH non condensing
Battery life: 5 years Compatible with 2GIG and Honeywell receivers
Detection distance: 6 in max Supervisory signal interval: 64 min(approx.)
Maximum current draw: 23mA during transmission
The FireFighter™ sensor is designed to listen to the alarm sounder of any smoke detector. Once
confirmed as an alarm, it will transmit a signal to the alarm control panel which if connected to a
central monitoring station, will dispatch the fire department.
WARNING: This audio detector is intended only for use with smoke detectors but it does not detect
the presence of smoke, heat, or fire directly.
ENROLLING (see IMAGE: 1)
To enroll the sensor, set your panel into program mode. Refer to your specific alarm panel
instruction manual for details on these menus. For control panels with an automatic learn feature
press the learn button on FireFighter™ to trigger a transmission, when prompted by the panel. Do
not use the tamper switch to enroll FireFighter™. Alternatively, the serial number, the 7 digit number
printed on the back of each unit, can be manually entered into the panel. Program the panel
zone type as either “FIRE” (type 09) or “FIRE WITH VERIFICATION” (type 16). The equipment code is
“5816” for Honeywell systems or “0637” for 2GIG systems and this device uses “Loop 2” for the loop
number. For panels equipped with automatic learning capability, pressing the learn button ensures
that the loop number is set as loop 2. See diagram below for location of learn button.
MOUNTING (see IMAGE: 2 & 3)
Included with this device is a mounting bracket, hardware and double sided tape. To ensure
proper operation ensure the side of the device with the small holes is directly facing the sounder
holes on the smoke detector. Secure the mounting bracket to the wall or ceiling using the two
mounting screws and double sided tape provided, then secure the audio detector to the
mounting bracket using the small screw provided. The FireFighter™ must be mounting within 6
inches of the detector for optimal operation.
WARNING: Non-interconnected smoke detectors require an audio detector by each smoke
This equipment should be installed in accordance with Chapter 2 of the National Fire Alarm Code,
ANSI/NFPA 72, (National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269). Printed
information describing proper installation, operation, testing, maintenance, evacuation planning,
and repair service is to be provided with this equipment. Warning: Owner’s instruction notice: ’Not
to be removed by anyone except occupant’.
TESTING (see IMAGE: 1)
To test the RF transmission from the mounted position you can either generate a tamper by
removing the cover or press the learn button within the device. This will send a signal to the control
panel. To test the audio detection, press and hold the smoke detector test button. If you are using
zone type 16 (Fire with Verification) you must press and hold the smoke detector button for at least
30 seconds to ensure that FireFighter™ has had sufficient time to identify the smoke alarm pattern
and lock into alarm. Ensure the FireFighter™ cover is on and that you wear hearing protection.
NOTE: This system must be checked by a qualified technician at least once every three (3) years.
Please test the unit once per week to ensure proper functionality.
The Firefighter™ is equipped with a multi-color LED. When a valid audio signal is heard the LED will
turn yellow and flash in sequence to the smoke detector sounder. When the Firefighter™ has
determined the audio signal heard is a valid alarm, the LED will turn red to indicate it has
transmitted to the panel. It will also turn red when the case is opened to indicate a tamper
transmission to the control panel. On power up the LED will also flash red then green as part of its
power up cycle.
Insert Battery = One RED blink, then one GREEN blink
In frequency sound detected = Flash YELLOW for the duration of that sound
Fire Alarm detected = Solid RED for 3 seconds, then blink RED when tone detected
Tamper = Solid RED until tamper condition removed
Learn button pressed = Solid GREEN for 3 seconds
REPLACING THE BATTERY
When the battery is low a signal will be sent to the control panel. To replace the battery:
1. Remove the top cover to reveal the battery. This will send a tamper signal to the control panel.
2. Replace with a Panasonic CR123A battery ensuring the + side of the battery faces as
indicated on the device.
3. Re-attach the cover, you should hear a click when the cover engages properly.
WARNING: While the audio detector monitors its own battery, it does not monitor the battery in the
smoke detectors. Batteries should be changed as per the original smoke detector manufacturer’s
instructions. Always test the audio detector and smoke alarms after battery installation to confirm
FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
FCC ID: XQC-WST602 IC:11455A-ECFF345
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B digital devices, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit from the receiver
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV contractor for help.
WARNING: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Encore Controls could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS
standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
C’et appareil est conforme la norme d'Industrie Canada exempts de licence RSS. Son fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) c’et appareil ne peut pas provoquer d'interférences, et
(2) c’et appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris les interférences qui peuvent causer un mauvais fonctionnement de la dispositif.
MARKINGS TO LINE
UP WITH EXISTING
IMAGE 1: ENROLLING / TEST / TAMPER BUTTON IMAGE 2: INSTALLATION DISTANCE IMAGE 3: SIDE MARKINGS
PN EC-FF345 R2.02
REV DATE: 2/24/14
Encore Controls Inc.
2140 Hall Johnson Rd., Ste 102-157
Grapevine, TX 76051
Encore Controls warrants that for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase that this product is free from defects in material and workmanship. This
warranty does not apply to damage caused by shipping or handling, or damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, misapplication, ordinary wear,
improper maintenance, failure to follow instructions or as a result of any unauthorized modifications. If there is a defect in materials and workmanship
under normal use within the warranty period Encore Controls shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective equipment upon return of the equipment
to the original point of purchase. The foregoing warranty shall apply only to the original buyer, and is and shall be in lieu of any and all other warranties,
whether expressed or implied and of all other obligations or liabilities on the part of Encore Controls neither assumes responsibility for, nor authorizes any
other person purporting to act on its behalf to modify or to change this warranty, nor to assume for it any other warranty or liability concerning this
product. The maximum liability for Encore Controls under all circumstances for any warranty issue shall be limited to a replacement of the defective
product. It is recommended that the customer check their equipment on a regular basis for proper operation.
THE LIABILITY OF ENCORE CONTROLS , OR ANY OF ITS PARENT OR SUBSIDIARY CORPORATIONS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR
OR UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL NOT IN ANY CASE EXCEED THE COST OF REPLACEMENT OF A SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR AND, IN NO
CASE, SHALL ENCORE CONTROLS , OR ANY OF ITS PARENT OR SUBSIDIARY CORPORATIONS BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES RESULTING
FROM THE FAILURE OF THE SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR OR FOR BREACH OF THIS OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, EVEN IF THE LOSS OR
DAMAGE IS CAUSED BY THE COMPANY’S NEGLIGENCE OR FAULT.
The Firefighter™ detector does not detect the presence of smoke, heat, or fire directly. It relies solely on the presence of an audio alarm signal generated
by an existing smoke or fire detector in proximity to the Firefighter™ detector to make such a determination. The Firefighter™ detector must be used with
smoke detectors certified according to UL Standards, and in strict accordance with the installation and operation instructions provided with such
detectors. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that smoke or fire detectors used in conjunction with the Firefighter™ detector are maintained and
tested on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Encore Controls expressly disclaims any responsibility for the failure of the
Firefighter™ detector to detect the presence of smoke or fire due to the failure of any smoke or fire detector used in conjunction with the Firefighter™
detector to operate properly due to any condition, including improper installation, operation, maintenance or testing of such smoke or fire detector.