Fire Pump Acceptance
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the key actions of accepting and commissioning a fire pump system. Fire pump acceptance is more than merely flowing water through the pump to indicate it meets delivery.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Name the NFPA standard that contains the requirements for fire pump acceptance
- Explain the requirements for hydrostatic testing and flushing of piping prior to acceptance
- List the people who should be present at a fire pump acceptance test
- Define and explain the importance of certified curve and load start
- Explain the importance of a pre-acceptance test inspection
- List the test equipment that should be provided to acceptance test a fire pump
- List and explain the three test points that should be measured during a pump acceptance test
- List and explain the points that require testing on an electrically driven and diesel-engine driven fire pump controllers
- List and explain the requirements for "commissioning" a fire pump installation
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
- Fire pump installations are subject to the requirements of NFPA 20, and the verification that the pump installation is proper lies in proper acceptance and commissioning of the pump and its components.
- Fire pump acceptance is more than merely flowing water through the pump to indicate it meets delivery. Electrically driven pumps have to be wired correctly. Diesel pumps require fuel, coolant and speed management systems. These, along with all of the other signal and control components have to be tested.
- Even before testing anything, a thorough inspection of the installation is critical. Fire pump installations are a combination of powerful equipment, installed in pieces. A "weak link" in the installation can be the root cause for significant and expensive-to-fix damage. Beyond that, if something breaks, someone could be hurt badly, so check everything.
- Finally, the project isn't finished until all of the paperwork is provided, reviewed for accuracy and filed with the owner. This includes all test information, and all documentation and instructions for the pieces that make up the installation.