Fire Pumps Design and Testing Part 2

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Fire Pumps Design and Testing
Part 2*

Earn Continuing Education Credits:
This one-hour contact program provides 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

Presented by: James Peterkin, PE at the 2008 Convention

The program provides attendees with basic information about the design and installation of fire pumps.

Overview - Increase the participant's knowledge and application of fire pumps in fire protection systems. Learn how to determine when a fire pump is required and what type of pump is best suited for different applications. Review common hydraulic formulas and where to apply them in the design of fire pumps. Finally, review the startup testing requirements

Goals - Familiarize the attendee with the NFPA Standards that govern the proper design and installation of fire pumps. Upon class completion attendees should be able to: Use the appropriate hydraulic - formulas for pump design

  • Determine when is a pump required
  • Recognize different types of fire pumps and their applications
  • Use graphical determinations of fire pump output
  • Differentiate between electric and diesel drivers and controllers
  • Identify the correct application and installation of fire pump components
  • Review the variable speed controller and the possible applications for this technology
  • Evaluate various types of power sources and the requirements for each
  • Assure continuity of power
  • Acceptance testing of fire pumps and related equipment
  • Determine the appropriate tests, required equipment, and correct test procedures
  • Assess fire pump test data
  • Experience Level - This seminar is best suited for the participant who:
  • Is familiar with how to read and apply the codes
  • Has one to two years in fire protection experience
  • Possesses a basic knowledge in hydraulics

James Peterkin, PE is a licensed fire protection engineer employed as the Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Code Consultant for Heery Design for the past 13 years. Prior to joining Heery Design, he worked for Factory Mutual Engineering Association for eight years.

A past president of the Florida Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Mr Peterkin is currently serving on the Technical Committee for NFPA 1 - the Uniform Fire Code. He has a thorough understanding of the model building codes as well as the Life Safety Code and the associated NFPA fire codes. He also serves on the NFPA Health Care Section - Codes and Standards Review Committee.

His current role is to provide Fire Protection and Life Safety Engineering Design Services including:

  • Fire Sprinkler and Suppression System Design
  • Life Safety Code Analysis
  • Smoke Control/Management System
  • Fire Alarm Detection Systems
  • Fire/Life Safety Design Reviews and Building Surveys
  • Fire and Building Code Review and Analysis
  • Commissioning

*This is the actual educational presentation as it was presented at the 2008 ASPE Convention in Long Beach, CA.


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