Q: If we put the fire alarm system in test by-pass but we are still monitoring the alarms so we can troubleshoot or test the system so we avoid nuisance FA activation do we need an ILSM (Fire watch)?
A: Well… How long do you have it in test mode? More than 4 hours? If so, then I can see where an ILSM assessment is required, but the assessment would identify that the fire alarm system is impaired since it is in test mode, but you have a Fire Watch in effect because you would have someone at the panel constantly until the panel is off test mode.
So… an ILSM assessment would be required after you reach the 4-hour mark, but the assessment should identify that you are doing a Fire Watch my posting a responsible individual at the panel.
Sounds like a paper documentation issue, as you are already doing the Fire Watch.