About Our Friends

The Friends of Norris Dam State Park are concerned with supporting the park’s goals and efforts of preservation, interpretation, and recreation.  Our work and efforts are offered in many ways.  We help with volunteer projects, sponsor park events, purchase needed items, and assist with large scale projects.

The group has adopted a two mile stretch along Highway 441 that runs along the west side of the park.  Multiple times a year we organize a road side clean up and pick up litter along the road.  We have also planted trees throughout the park, worked on trails, and assisted putting up a gate in Hill Cave.  This effort was to help monitor and hopefully increase the cave’s bat population.  We work with the park and co-sponsor several special events.  In the spring there are two weekends of spring wildflower hikes and a week long Jr. Ranger camp in July.  The fall is a busy season for us.  Pickin’ in the Park is a night of bluegrass music, BBQ, and friends, and is on the first Friday of October.  At the end of the month, rangers take groups out on the pontoon boat to enjoy fall colors while they talk about TVA, Norris Lake, and fauna.  Holiday Homecoming is the second Saturday of December.  Half of the rustic cabins are transformed to the 1930’s era.  They depict and interpret life before Norris Dam, coal mining, honor our nation’s veterans, and Santa makes a stop for children to tell their Christmas wishes.  The area is lighted by luminaries giving it a cozy feel.

Tree Planting 3

As a group we have also purchased items the park staff needs.  We have purchased safety equipment, such as an AED and rappelling gear for search and rescue operations.  On a yearly basis we buy programming supplies.  Rangers and seasonal interpretive rangers use these supplies for programs at the park and when they visit schools, scout groups, community groups, and others.  We buy arts and crafts supplies as well as books, and have also purchased bat equipment, an 18th century period dress, a telescope for night sky programs, and a pontoon which rangers take hundreds of visitors on each year to enjoy the lake.  We also ensure the maintenance crew has what they need.  We have purchased them weed eaters, backpack blowers, a pressure washer, and a rototiller.

We have actively helped and gotten accomplished large scale projects and gaining community outreach support.  We contacted local and state officials to build picnic shelter 2, which is rented almost every weekend during the summer and fall.  When Norris Dam State Park closed in 2001, we responded as a community to show our support of the park and were part of a larger effort to reopen Norris Dam.  The friends group has helped with preservation projects by keeping public land free of private enterprises.  We helped with a grant to build foot bridges on Rock Creek Trail and install fitness equipment on the Fitness Trail.

We would love to have you part of the friends’ group!  Please click on the link below for more information and how to become a member.

Friends NDSP Membership Brochure


Your Fire Alarm Panel and You: What those Lights Mean, and What You Should Do

When it comes to making sure that your safety equipment and alarm systems are up to date and working properly, the best way for you to do that by getting started on how your fire alarm works.

Knowing the basics of your fire alarm system includes knowing the basics of the control or interface panel, such as troubleshooting pull stations and horns, and even disarming or disabling the panel in the case of an emergency or during regular maintenance checks.

What’s in Your Control Panel?
Your modern fire alarm system in Singapore is equipped with a number of smoke and fire detector systems capable of detecting smoke and heat coming off of small or large flames located near the sensors, all centrally connected to your control or interface panel. If you want to be familiar with the fire alarm system basics, it is encouraged to talk to your contractor.
But here are the following indicators you will find in your average alarm system’s interface panel for the zone control module:

• Disable – In the column labeled “disable”, you will see a switch (for disabling the zone) and the light beside the switch (that indicates if the circuit is open or is in a short fault condition)
• Fault – Seeing this light on means that there is a fault with the alarm system in a particular zone
• Fire – Seeing this light on means that the system is activated, and there is likely a fire
• Location – It’s important that you label these correctly in order to avoid confusion (this should be best left to the technicians who installed the alarm system)

Your zone control module is connected to your emergency alarm system control module, which in turn directly controls the alarms. In a system control module, these are the indicators that you would find:

• Power – This indicates that the system is currently energized
• Fire – Indicates that the system (alarms, sirens, and/or sprinklers may be included) is activated
• Fault – Indicates that there is a fault in the certain area in the alarm system
• Disabled – Indicates that the system is currently disabled
• System fault – Indicates a failure in the system’s programmable controller/s

If your alarm system utilizes a conventional configuration, you will also find auxiliary control modules and status indicator modules. The latter lets you know the state of the labeled modules, while the former allows you to disable the modules themselves.

In the case of false alarms, you can check these modules in order to disable the smoke detector in the specific zone.

In the event of maintenance checks to make sure your systems are working normally, you will also need to disable your fire sensors. Remember to refer to your manual when disabling heat sensor systems to avoid any accidents when doing so.

Alarm System Configurations
In general, you have the following types of alarm system configurations: the non-addressable (also known as the “conventional” alarm system), the addressable fire system, and the hybrid alarm system, which is a hybrid of the two.

Here they are in a nutshell:
• Non-addressable – Fire sensors are wired in groups and are labeled by “zones”, and the system only indicates events without recording them
• Addressable – Fire sensors can be given a specific address and system events can be indicated as well as recorded
• Hybrid alarm system – A hybrid system is a combination of the two

To know which type of system is best for your workplace, it’s important to talk to your alarm system technician about your office or workplace layout.

Auxiliary Fire Prevention Systems
While an early warning system is crucial in fire detection and prevention, it’s also just as important to keep an emergency system as a means of preventing a fire hazard outside of the main circuit.

Aside from a sprinkler system connected to your main alarms, you may also find the need for a fire extinguisher or two in an emergency glass, along with other tools, such as a fire axe or a fire blanket, in the case of certain fire or electrical hazards that are best handled this way.

Keep in mind that alarm systems can still be triggered by other factors aside from fire, such as tobacco smoke or high humidity, and you will need to deal with false alarms on a regular basis.

Depending on your alarm service provider and installer, these types of systems and control panels, models, and configurations can differ greatly, so be sure to talk to your manufacturer in Singapore and read the manuals carefully.