November 19, 2013 Exposure Systems – Intermediate – James D. Lake
Exposure protection systems have different goals than water curtains or window/glass protection, yet they are often confused with these other types of systems. This program will cover the goals and objectives of exposure protection systems and show how their requirements differ from those of water curtains or window/glass protection systems. Information for this program will be taken from both NFPA 13 and NFPA 80A.
December 3, 2013 Sprinklers on Glass – Intermediate/Advanced – Jeffery M. Hugo, CBO
A window sprinkler is a special sprinkler according to NFPA 13 and this type of special sprinkler is intended for the protection of glazing in fire resistance rated walls for many types of applications. There are also times when standard spray sprinklers are used to protect glazing, such as in atriums. This seminar will cover how all these sprinklers comply with the requirements of NFPA 13, the building code, where and when to use specific sprinklers and the installation criteria for these products. This seminar will also discuss the recent changes in the International Building Code concerning using fire sprinklers in fire resistance walls.
December 17, 2013 Ask the Experts – Basic/Intermediate – James D. Lake, Moderator
The NFSA Engineering Department Staff have developed expertise in a wide range of fire protection activities including pumps, hydraulics, sprinkler spacing issues, seismic protection of systems, backflow, residential systems, and water supplies. Ask any question that you want of our experts on these or other topics. They will either answer the question live on the program or research the answer and get back to you and everyone that takes the seminar after the program is over. Reference standards for this session are NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, NFPA 13D, NFPA 20, and NFPA 25.
January 7, 2014 Centrifugal and Positive Displacement Pumps – Basic – Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.
The type of fire pump used will vary the installation requirements. Centrifugal pumps increase the water pressure by spinning and capturing the energy while positive displacement pumps operate by pistons pushing the water. The components, applications, and surrounding equipment needed per NFPA 20 will be discussed.
January 21, 2014 Fire Pump Location and Protection – Basic – Roland Asp, C.E.T.
One of the many considerations when utilizing fire pumps is determining acceptable locations and proper methods of protection for this vital piece of equipment. Fire pumps may be located indoors in a pump room, in a dedicated pump house, or outdoors. In any case, NFPA 20 specifies that the pump be protected against interruption from service by a variety of adverse conditions including freezing, earthquakes, fire, vermin and vandalism. Other aspects of the design that must be considered are access, drainage, ventilation and the size of the pump house/room. This seminar will discuss these aspects of pump location and protection using the performance based specifications found in NFPA 20.
February 4, 2014 Sizing Fire Pumps – Basic – James D. Lake
This seminar provides attendees with the basic information necessary for the proper selection and sizing of a fire pump. It will address issues such as system demand, physical layout and water supply sources as well as the basic steps necessary for selecting the appropriate size fire pump necessary to meet NFPA 20 requirements.
February 18, 2014 Suction Piping and Appurtenances – Basic – Jeffery M. Hugo, CBO and Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.
Connecting the water supply to the fire pump is the suction piping. This lesson will review the details in NFPA 20 for the suction piping. Specifically, the sizing of suction piping, acceptable fittings, and permitted devices for the suction piping will be reviewed. The importance of laminar flow along with positive pressure will also be discussed.
March 4, 2014 Hydraulic Calculations with Fire Pumps – Intermediate – Kenneth E. Isman, P.E.
Fire pumps present interesting challenges for people doing hydraulic calculations. In addition, extra calculations need to be performed when a fire pump is installed to make sure that water will get to the pump from the water supply. This program will discuss the extra calculations that need to be performed and will show how to handle fire pumps as input to the various popular computer hydraulic calculations packages in use.
March 18, 2014 Discharge Piping and Appurtenances – Basic – James D. Lake
This program guides the participant through requirements for the various components that are associated with the discharge piping of the fire pump package and addresses the requirements for these appurtenances as found in NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.
April 8, 2014 Diesel Engine Drivers for Fire Pumps – Basic/Intermediate – Roland Asp, C.E.T.
Diesel Engines are extremely dependable drivers for fire pumps, as long as the fuel supply is adequate and the equipment is properly designed, installed and maintained. A number of factors must be considered when choosing a diesel engine to drive a fire pump. Some of the important factors to consider include: the starting method, cooling the engine, ventilation of the pump room, fuel supply and noise isolation. From the starting of the engine to the discharge of the exhaust, the parts necessary for the proper operation of the diesel engine will be discussed. Also, this seminar will address the design and performance requirements for diesel engine drivers.
April 22, 2014 Electric Motors for Fire Pumps – Basic – Bob Upson
NFPA 20 provides specific requirements for electric drivers for fire pumps. This includes the types of electric motors acceptable for fire pumps, acceptable voltage drop and current limits, along with the normal and stand-by electrical power sources. This seminar will review the relevant parts of the standard and explain some of the practical considerations for meeting them.
May 6, 2014 Fire Pump Controllers – Basic – Kenneth E. Isman, P.E.
Each fire pump and each pressure maintenance (jockey) pump needs its own controller. The controller is the "brains” of the fire pump system, monitoring a number of conditions and deciding when to start the fire pump, and in some conditions, when to stop the fire pump. This seminar will cover the parts, functions, and requirements of controllers for electric motor driven and diesel engine driven fire pumps including the types of signals monitored at the controller and the installation of sensing lines.
May 20, 2014 International Building Code and Fire Pumps – Intermediate – Jeffery M. Hugo, CBO
The IBC has specific requirements for fire pumps, including high rise applications and other details for all types of buildings. The fire pump room will be discussed in detail as there are IBC requirements for access, room size, room separation, as well as fire department communications. This course will also address the standby and emergency power loads that impact electric fire pump installations. Where the IBC and NFPA 20 conflict, the differences will be explained in detail.
June 3, 2014 Acceptance Testing of Fire Pumps – Intermediate – Bob Upson
NFPA 20 provides specific requirements for acceptance testing of fire pumps including initial system flushing, hydrostatic testing, and flow testing. This seminar will review the relevant parts of the standard and explain some of the practical considerations for compliance. It will also discuss some important safety considerations for acceptance and periodic testing procedures.
June 17, 2014 Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Pumps – Basic – Jason Webb
The inspection and testing of fire pumps plays a major role in the overall fire protection strategy for a building. Although NFPA 25 provides guidance on the frequencies of the inspections and tests, the process can get confusing. The type of driver used for the pump, the pump components and even the occupancy all impact fire pump inspection and testing. In this presentation, participants will learn what NFPA 25 requires and how to apply those requirements to their situation. The program will be based on the 2014 edition of NFPA 25 with references to changes from the recent editions.