New Report from the Research Foundation on FDC Inlet Flow

Blog Post created by amandakimball Employee on Jan 22, 2016

A Fire Department Connection (FDC) is “a connection through which the fire department can pump supplemental water into the sprinkler system, standpipe, or other system, furnishing water for fire extinguishment to supplement existing water supplies.”  FDCs are required on all standpipe systems per NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, and sprinkler systems per NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

In 2007, the Technical Committee for NFPA 14 added the requirement for one 2 ½ inch inlet per every 250 gallons per minute (gpm), but this requirement lacks supporting test data. The Research Foundation undertook a project that involved flow testing to determine the amount of water that is possible to flow into an FDC inlet. A final report for the project, "Fire Department Connection (FDC) Inlet Flow Assessment" is now available
on the Foundation webpage.