Fire Systems and Sprinkler Basics

SKU: RVI-11494Duration: 20 Minutes

A fire system has several devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, or other emergencies are present. A fire sprinkler system is known as an active fire protection system that consists of a water supply system that provides adequate pressure and flow rate to a water distribution piping system, and then to the fire sprinklers connected to the system. In this interactive online course, we will discuss the components of fire systems and fire sprinkler systems.

Course Details


Training Time: 20 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Learning Objectives

  • Define basic fire panel operation and testing terminology
  • Describe how to bypass a system correctly, when required
  • Identify how often a fire pump churn test should be performed
  • Identify the proper way to start a fire pump for a churn test
  • List the data to report when conducting a fire pump churn test
  • Explain how and why you should ensure fire penetrations are adequately sealed
  • Identify the difference between wet-type and dry-pipe sprinkler systems
  • Recall the proper actions to take when confronted with a missing or damaged escutcheon

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are the three basic categories for a fire alarm signal?
The three basic categories for a fire alarm signal are trouble, supervisory, and alarm.

How often should operation checks be made for a fire alarm control panel?
Operation checks should be performed monthly, unless if required more frequently by the AHJ in the local area.

What is a fire pump churn test?
A fire pump churm test is a measure of the pressure the pump delivers when it is running without water flowing through it.

How often do diesel engine driven fire pumps required to be tested?
Diesel engine driven fire pumps are required to be tested weekly for 30 minutes.

What is a firestop system?
A firestop system is a material designed to prevent the spread of fire and its byproducts through openings in walls, floors, ducting, pipes, and conduits.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

A firestop system is a material designed to prevent the spread of fire and its byproducts through openings in walls, floors, ducting, pipes, and conduits. The control of fire and smoke is a significant concern in building codes and the safety of lives. The limit or control of fire or smoke within a building is crucial because doing this maintains the fire rating of the wall or floor penetrations. The fire penetration, or fire stop system, consists of packing material. The packing material is a mineral wool insulation firmly packed into the opening and then caulk-filled to seal the remaining open areas. Caulk or graphite sealants are used around the entire perimeter of the opening, or a minimum of a quarter inch of a continuous bead is applied to fill in all areas around the opening. Wrap straps are used around ducting insulation and are a material faced on both sides with a plastic film and are 1 1/2 inch wide strips. The wrap straps are covered with two layers of foil tape to seal the unit for fire prevention. The fire barrier pillow is a self-contained product designed to firestop a variety of through-penetrations including cable trays, conduit and blank hole openings that penetrate fire-rated walls or ceilings.
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