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FPE Seminar Goes “Beyond the Basics” in Using Stationary Fire Pumps as Solutions

Monday, June 18, 2018  
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The design of fire pumps for fire protection is one of the most-interesting aspects of fire protection design and is essential for professional FPE practice. To learn about

water supply system challenges that may emerge as part of the design process for fire protection and water supply in a fire emergency in a building with stationary fire pumps, be sure to sign up for SFPE’s course on “Design and Planning of Water Supplies for Fire Protection: The Role of Stationary Fire Pumps,” Monday–Tuesday, July 16–17, 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. The course provides up to 1.4 CEUs | 14 PHDs. Kenneth E. Isman, PE, clinical professor at the University of Maryland and former engineer and vice president at the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NSFA), will be the instructor for this seminar.

Isman will present a framework for discussing options and solutions for some of the most-challenging hydraulic situations an engineer could face in a building with one fire pump or more as part of the design of a water-based fire protection system. He will focus on the many water supply options, from fire protection infrastructure for large sites as well as complex buildings. For large sites, simple application of the standards will not necessarily achieve an acceptable level of reliability and performance, according to Isman. He will describe the process of design and look at various options and solutions to achieve adequate performance and reliability with such pumps.

On completing this seminar, participants will be able to select an appropriate stationary fire pump and arrangement of related equipment where the suction supply comes from different sources or varies widely in pressure; needs a great deal of pressure at the system demand flow but could over-pressurize the system at churn; compare and contrast requirements fro overlapping codes and standards for super-high-rise buildings; identify unique requirements regarding fire pumps protection of aircraft hangars; identify acceptable power arrangements for electric motor-drive fire pumps; select the right-sized drive for a fire pump; identify additional equipment and design considerations for fire pumps in series and in parallel.

The ideal participant in this seminar will have a working knowledge of basic fire pump theory and terminology, and will be familiar with the basic requirements of NFPA 20. There will be a written exam at the end of the course, and participants will need a minimum score of 70% to pass.

To enhance your knowledge and professionalism on “Design and Planning of Water Supplies for Fire Protection: The Role of Stationary Fire Pumps,” you will want to join us this July.


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