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Fire Sprinklers 201 - Fire Sprinklers, Reading the Plans: Understanding What You’re Looking At and What To Look For

approx 90 minutes - 4 parts

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

This 90-minute program is the first in a three-part 200-level series which will build on what was covered in the initial 100 level series: Fire Sprinklers 101 - Introduction, Building Codes, Water Supplies; Fire Sprinklers 102 - Occupancy Classifications, Types of Systems; and Fire Sprinklers 103 - Design Options

Our goal for this program is to improve your skills in reading, interpreting and evaluating building plans, site plans and fire sprinkler system plans to determine the conformance or lack thereof of for a fire protection system or systems to the codes, standards and local ordinances that are applicable in your jurisdiction.

The presentation will provide information to increase your understanding of what you should be able to determine from the plans and other submittal documents, and on the relevance of what is presented on those documents to the eventual approval, acceptance, or rejection on the part of your jurisdiction for the project under consideration on those plans.

Completion of the 100 series is a helpful prerequisite to this program.

On completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the information provided on submittal documents:  building plans, site plans, and fire sprinkler system plans
  • Describe relevant building codes and NFPA standards that identify types of building construction and relate to fire walls, fire doors, etc.
  • Recognize the various types of building construction
  • Describe the Room Design Method
  • Calculate the most remote hydraulic design area
  • Explain the basic criteria that define a “Small Room”
  • Explain the difference between the “Room Design Method” and “Small Room” designations
  • Identify the different commodity classifications defined in NFPA 13
  • Demonstrate the use of area/density curves in the design of a sprinkler system


To sample the audio presentation download the following file.

Download First Audio Segment  (mp3)   SAMPLE AUDIO






Kenneth W. Wagoner, S.E.T.

Parsley Consuslting

Ken Wagoner, a 1977 graduate of Bethany College (KS), is the owner of Parsley Consulting, located in Escondido, California. He has 26 years of experience in automatic sprinkler system and fire alarm system design, review and construction management. Wagoner has achieved NICET certification in all four subfields of fire protection: automatic sprinkler system layout, fire alarm systems, inspection & testing, and special hazards. He is also certified as a Uniform Fire Code Inspector, has achieved NFPA certification as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and as a Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE). He is an AFSA-designated alternate representative to the NFPA committee on Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspectors and Plan Reviewers, which publishes NFPA 1031; and the Hanging and Bracing Committee of NFPA 13. He has published numerous articles on the design and review process, presented online virtual seminars, and teaches monthly classes sponsored by the San Diego Fire Protection Association. He is an active member of the NFPA, the AFSA, the UFCI, and the SDFPA.