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Where to connect fire alarm to a combination starter with a hand/off/auto/switch

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This sounds like a connection to a generator. The fire alarm system does not control the generator, but monitors the status. The types of conditions the fire panel can monitor depends on the generator. Some generators have schematics on the access door but it would be best to consult the manual for the generator for capabilities and locations of the generator output relays. Modern generators have programmable output relays that need to be set up by the installation company. If no documentation exists, call the generator manufacturer.
The connection to the alarm system will either be through programmable monitor modules or hard-wired zones back to the main panel.

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The fire alarm (usually an open contact, held closed during healthy operation) MUST go in series with the supply to the switch. This is normally incoming to a terminal which is linked between the hand and auto positions. If this is a full control panel, the fire alarm connection SHOULD be used to drop out the entire control circuit. Can you supply wiring diagram?

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