Periodic Fire Pump Inspection, Testing and Maintenance
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the requirements for periodic inspection, testing and maintenance of a fire pump system, which are listed in NFPA 25, the Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Define and differentiate between, inspection, testing and maintenance as it relates to a fire pump installation
- Explain the periodic requirements for inspecting and testing a fire pump installation
- Explain how the responsibility for inspection, testing and maintaining a fire pump installation is established
- List how often and for how long a fire pump must be operated
- Explain who is "qualified" to inspect, test and maintain a fire pump installation
- Explain the requirements found in NFPA 25 for record keeping and report generation for fire pump installations, testing, inspection, and maintenance
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 pumps are just like any other piece of mechanical equipment. They need to be inspected frequently to be sure that there are no obvious faults. They need to be tested to insure that their original conditions haven't slipped. They also need to be maintained so that they will be ready to operate properly when called upon.
- Requirements for inspecting, maintaining and testing the fire pump are contained in NFPA 25. The application of this document, along with manufacturer's information, is designed to keep a fire pump in the ready state at all times. NFPA 25 contains frequencies and procedures, and is a minimum requirement of all building and fire codes applied in the U.S.
- One point must be remembered, however. There is nothing in NFPA 25 that fixes a problem fire pump. If the pump isn't correct, all of the testing, maintenance and inspection procedures in the code will not correct the situation. The owner has the responsibility of installing the pump correctly, and then maintaining the pump in proper operating condition. Often, this is contracted to a firm or contractor that is qualified to do the work required.