Fire Protection Systems Fire Pumps, Controllers, and Holding Tanks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Early fire pumps were only secondary supplies for sprinklers, standpipes, and hydrants. Today, fire pumps have greatly increased in number and application, many are the major or only water supply and start automatically as opposed to the early manual pumps. This course will examine the evolution of fire pumps, controllers, and holding tanks for fire protection systems. Students will have a better understanding of the different types of fire pumps, controllers, and holding tanks. Students will gain valuable and applicable knowledge regarding the operations of pumps and controllers, as well as holding tanks for the systems that supply both domestic and fire protection needs.

TIMEFRAME:

  • 2 periods of 50 minutes with a 10-minute break between each, classroom setting.
  • 1 period of 60 minutes, outdoors hands on training.

START: 09 AM

FINISH: 12 PM

MATERIALS / AIDS:

PowerPoint slides, NFPA 20 2010 edition, NFPA 22 2013 edition, notepads, Sprinklermatic University hands on training-500 GPM diesel fire pump and controller, (2) 1000 gallon holding tanks, jockey pump and controller

LOCATION:

Sprinklermatic University, 4740 Davie Road, Davie FL 33314

OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this session the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the evolution of fire pumps for fire protection systems
  2. Describe the different types of fire pumps
  3. Explain pump performance and rating characteristics
  4. Convert pressure ratings from psi to feet of head and vice versa
  5. Explain how to set and align a pump
  6. Identify potential causes of a malfunctioning pump
  7. Discuss different types of drivers
  8. Discuss electric drive controllers
  9. Discuss diesel drive controllers
  10. Identify different types of holding tanks
  11. Identify and demonstrate best practices for inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire pumps, controllers and holding tanks

PRESENTATION:

Fire Pumps

  1. Early pumps and evolution to current day standards
  2. Centrifugal pumps
  3. Split case: horizontal and vertical
  4. Positive displacement
  5. Performance curve criteria
  6. Setting and aligning
  7. Troubleshooting malfunctions

Drivers

  1. Electric
  2. Diesel
  3. Steam

Controllers

  1. Power source
  2. Monitoring and alarm signaling
  3. Run timers
  4. Transfer switch
  5. Jockey pump and controller

Holding tanks

  1. Elevated tanks
  2. Water storage tanks
  3. Pressure tanks

Best Practices

  1. Hands on training
  2. Demonstrate application of standards on real equipment; waterflow using on-site fire pump, controller, and holding tank in conjunction with the riser systems
  3. 500 GPM @ 100 psi diesel fire pump, (2) 1000 gallon holding tanks, fire pump controller and jockey pump controller

EVALUATION:

Students will identify the on-site fire pump and controller. Students will operate the fire pump and controller and discuss water supply for domestic and fire protection needs. Students will also perform proper inspection, testing and maintenance of the fire pump.

OUTSIDE ASSIGNMENT:

Students will identify water storage tanks in their respective AHJs and research domestic and fire protection demands. Students will also identify structures protected by water based fire protection systems and visually inspect the fire pump and controller.

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