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Fire Pump Monitoring?

Question asked by roel.cassiano on Jun 27, 2019
Latest reply on Jul 2, 2019 by j_w_hines

In a facility that is inspected by NFPA 101 2000 edition (please only refer to 2000) Question or let me explain the situation. We inspected a small assisted living facility that has a fire sprinkler system that utilizes a tank (300 gallon). we tested the system and the water pressure dropped to zero( ! ) and no water flowed. We ended up finding out that a breaker had tripped during a recent storm. Supposedly.... We couldn't verify this was the reason for it tripping. There were recent storms that affected the area but we couldn't tell if that was the reason or it had been tripped before then. The point is, the facility had no idea the breaker had tripped. According to 101 9.7.2.1: Monitoring shall include fire pump power supplies and running conditions, water tank levels and temperatures, and tank pressure. Supervisory signals shall sound and shall be displayed either at a location within the protected building that is constantly attended by qualified personnel or at an approved, remotely located receiving facility.

Based on what I am reading it clearly says power must be monitored we've had colleagues say that its not a fire pump so doesn't require monitoring. NFPA glossary of terms: Fire Pump - A pump that is a provider of liquid flow and pressure dedicated to fire protection. 

 

The facility has this system as their fire protection/suppression system. There is an expectation that if there was a fire (and everything was in working order) the sprinkler system would put it out. So should the power supply for the pump be monitored??? 

 

NFPA Excerpts:

9.7.2.1* Supervisory Signals.

Where supervised automatic sprinkler systems are required by another section of this Code, supervisory attachments shall be installed and monitored for integrity in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, and a distinctive supervisory signal shall be provided to indicate a condition that would impair the satisfactory operation of the sprinkler system. Monitoring shall include, but shall not be limited to, monitoring of control valves, fire pump power supplies and running conditions, water tank levels and temperatures, tank pressure, and air pressure on dry-pipe valves. Supervisory signals shall sound and shall be displayed either at a location within the protected building that is constantly attended by qualified personnel or at an approved, remotely located receiving facility.

 

A.9.7.2.1

NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, provides details of standard practice in sprinkler supervision. Subject to the approval of the authority having jurisdiction, sprinkler supervision is also permitted to be provided by direct connection to municipal fire departments or, in the case of very large establishments, to a private headquarters providing similar functions. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, covers such matters.

Where municipal fire alarm systems are involved, reference should also be made to NFPA 1221, Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems.

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