14 July 2004
Including changes 12 April 2005
Note: Although the UFC 3-600-01, Design: Fire Protection Engineering for
Facilities is the latest criteria, the NMCI contractor is only required to comply with
MIL-HDBK-1008C, Fire Protection for Facilities Engineering, Design, and
Construction, which was the ruling criteria at NMCI contract award.
Due to the function of the spaces, it is NMCI practice to construct
the EFs and TRs as 1-hour, fire rated enclosures. If the facilities that these
spaces are in are provided with sprinkler protection, then the EF and TR must
have sprinkler protection. These spaces are network distribution areas, are not
considered "critical facilities", and are not required to comply with NFPA 75,
Standard for Protection of Information Technology Equipment or NFPA 76,
Recommended Practice for Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities.
Server farms are the first level of infrastructure that are considered critical
facilities by the NMCI Contractor (in concurrence with the NMCI Contract
administrators), and therefore only the server farms and NOCs are required to
comply with NFPA 75, Standard for Protection of Information Technology
In EFs, a wall mounted Type 2AC rated fire extinguisher will
generally be installed by the NMCI contractor inside the EF door and with
signage for easy access. The 1-hour rating on the EF is due to the function of
the EF, not the equipment located inside.