Understanding Water-Based Fire Protection Systems and Their Fire Alarm Devices


Sprinkler and fire alarm contractors are encountering more and more conflicts between the two fire systems. Most water-based fire protection systems have devices that must now be connected to a fire alarm system because of NFPA or building code or AHJ requirements, and the interfaces between the two systems can be confusing. In this seminar the various water-based fire protection system devices that interface with a fire alarm system will be explained including the type of response needed for each condition sensed by the device, and the requirements for monitoring and providing notification of different signals from the different systems. The ongoing ITM required for the alarm devices by both NFPA 25 and NFPA 72 will also be discussed and how to comply with each standard.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar the participant should be able to: 

• Explain the different types of fire alarm signaling devices that are installed on water-based fire protection systems and their purpose; 

• Identify the type of response needed from each device and the requirements for monitoring and providing notification of different signals from these systems. 

• Apply the requirements of both NFPA 25 and NFPA 72 when performing inspection, testing, and maintenance of common components and understand the limitations of a combined inspection and test in accordance with these NFPA standards.

terry victor - jci / grinnell fire protection solutions

Terry Victor, Senior Manager of Industry Relations at JCI/Grinnell Fire Protection Solutions has over 45 years of technical experience in the fire sprinkler industry. He is NICET certified Level IV in Water Based Systems Layout and Special Hazards Systems Layout. He serves on various industry boards and committees, is a member of the CFSI National Advisory Committee and the AFAA Codes and Standards Committee.

He is JCI/Grinnell’s representative on the NFSA Board of Directors, is the past chairman of the NFSA Engineering & Standards Committee, and is the current chairman of the NFSA ITM Committee. He is the JCI Regional Coordinator for Codes & Standards in the US, is the current chairman of the Capital Region Fire Sprinkler Association, and is a member of numerous NFPA technical committees including those for NFPA 3, 4, 13, 13D, 13R, 14, 15, 16, 20, 25, 72, 101, 214, 303, 5000 and the Correlating Committee on Building Codes. He received the NFPA Committee Service Award in 2015 and the NFSA Russell P. Fleming Technical Service Award in 2017.

Start Time:  1:00 pm

End Time:  2:00 pm

Number of CPDs:  1.00

Room:  Cliffside B

Track: Design

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