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Fire Sprinklers 102

Occupancy Classifications, Building Features, and Types of Systems and Sprinklers

approx 90 minutes

CEUs = 0.15   /   CPDs = 1.5   (CEUs/CPDs are OPTIONAL)

Choosing the correct basis of design as it relates to the sections or chapters in NFPA 13 is as important as any decision made. The layout technician gets to select the design basis, but the AHJ must accept or approve the choice in terms of correct application.

Among the critical topics covered in this program is Acceptable Water Supplies. The requirements for water main supplies are found in NFPA 24; however, the installation rules are reproduced in NFPA 13. Also discussed are required water supply duration (time) specified for Occupancy Hazard, Commodity Classification and Special Designs respectively, and what types of water supplies are acceptable to meet the requirement.

Finally, Fire Sprinklers 102 explains Occupancy Classifications and how they impact fire sprinkler spacing and the amount of water (density) required. The course discusses the evaluation of commodity classes, type of structure and ceiling type and how they impact design issues, as well as types of systems and where they are used and their limitations, and finally, types of sprinklers.

This program will introduce participants to design methods for occupancy hazard classifications and commodities stored in warehouses.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to classify building uses and storage commodity classifications and describe associated methods for sprinkler system design and installation for the protection prescribed by NFPA 13.

Participants will be able to define the difference between fire suppression and fire control as well as evaluate whether plans submitted for review and approval are provided with correct information related to design requirements.

Participants will be able to evaluate the adequacy and acceptability of proposed water supplies for sprinkler systems.

The target audience for all three presentations includes:

  • Architects
  • Building Officials
  • Designers
  • Plan reviewers
  • Fire Marshals
  • Sprinkler salesmen
  • Sprinkler installers



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Bob Caputo has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 25 years and has experience is all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. A former fire fighter trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego, Bob has been an instructor since 1989, teaching seminars for both American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and NFPA. He holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple states. He represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee and is the author of AFSA's Project Management Tools program. He was named FPC Magazine's “Man of the Year” in 1994 and was named San Diego County Fire Prevention Officer of the Year in 1999.

Roland Huggins, P.E. is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is registered in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the NFPA and SFPE. Huggins is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee, NFPA 13 Discharge Criteria, NFPA 25 Inspection and Maintenance, and three NFPA 5000 (Building Code) committees; Technical Correlating Committee, Assembly Occupancies, and Industrial/Storage Occupancies. NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the 1999 and 2002 editions of the Sprinkler Handbook. Other national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, NICET, and SFPE (performance based design guide). He has conducted many seminars and presentations, as well as written numerous sprinkler-related articles.