The inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of water-based fire protection systems was the topic of a presentation at the Research Foundation’s symposium in Orlando.
Bill Koffel, president of Koffel Associates, Inc., who serves as Chair of the NFPA 25 technical committee that addresses the ITM of fire pumps, sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, and other water-based systems, explained that the document does not address deficiencies in the design or installation of these systems.
Mr. Koffel said a workshop was held in Chicago in December 2013 that addressed the performance of sprinkler systems. Attendees, which included manufacturers, insurers, AHJs, and other interested groups, considered what sprinkler performance issues might be effectively addressed by changes in NFPA 25, such as changes to the document scope and content or how it is implemented, applied, or enforced. Also considered were possible changes to other NFPA documents. For example:
- should NFPA 3 address a periodic re-commission of systems?
- should re-commissioning be addressed by NFPA 101?
- should a new standard for conducting design evaluations of sprinkler systems be created?
The final report from the Chicago workshop will be published in the coming months.