26 September 2006
CHAPTER 4 FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS
Connections to Fire Reporting Systems.
Where fire suppression systems are installed in or at facilities on installations
with station or base fire reporting systems, the fire suppression systems must be
connected to the fire reporting system for transmission of fire alarms, trouble
signals and supervisory signals.
Plans and Calculations.
For new systems or modified systems, construction (shop) drawings and
calculations must be prepared by an individual that has obtained National
Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, Automatic Sprinkler
Systems, Level III certification or Special Hazards Suppression Systems, Level
IV certification, in accordance with the applicable NFPA code. A registered
professional engineer licensed to practice fire protection engineering must stamp
the shop drawings prior to submitting the fire extinguishing system shop drawings
to the appropriate components designated Fire Protection Engineer.
Water Flow Testing.
Conduct water flow tests, in accordance with the procedures contained in NFPA
291, to determine available water supply for the water-based fire extinguishing
systems. The preparer of the contract documents (a fire protection engineer or
an engineer experienced in water flow testing) must perform or witness the
required flow testing prior to the first submission of the project. Advertisement of
the project must not be permitted before water flow tests are accepted. Historical
water supply information must not be accepted.
AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.
Properly engineered and installed automatic sprinkler systems are designed to
detect the presence of fire, activate both local and remote (fire department)
alarms, and distribute water in sufficient quantity to either control or extinguish
the fire. Sprinkler specifications must include provisions regarding sprinkler
Complete automatic sprinkler protection must be provided in all new or renovated