Published: Monday, 03 April 2017 10:50
In recent editions of NFPA 25, the requirements for no-flow (churn) test frequencies have changed for electric motor driven fire pumps (only). Diesel engine driven fire pumps have always been required to run weekly for 30 minutes. This allows the engine to establish a running speed and confirm that no problems exist such as overheating or lack of combustion air for the engine. As always, it is best to observe problems during periodic testing than to discover them forensically after a catastrophic event. Running the diesel engine weekly for 30 minutes also consumes some of the diesel fuel, which is susceptible to deterioration over time.
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Published: Monday, 03 April 2017 10:48
Fire & Life Safety America has come a long way since that initial meeting held in a local McDonald’s in Richmond, Virginia. The journey began 20 years ago as East Coast Fire Protection (ECFP) as a handful of gentleman sought a better way of providing reliable fire protection systems, design, installation and exceptional service to their customers. The planning process started even before office space was obtained, hence the need to initially meet at McDonald’s. The initial office space in Richmond did not have a conference room, and it did not take long before we needed a space to hold our larger, more confidential meetings. We found space across the street from our office in a space occupied by people who were willing to share their space and assist us in getting started. This space was the Fort Lee Baptist Church. As much as we tried to pay rent or make a donation, the church would not hear of it. A lot of gratitude exists to this day for their support. In addition, to the kind folks at Fort Lee Baptist Church was the law firm who worked in supporting our start up efforts and another special person who was the lone pipe fabricator at the time who consistently delivered for us. Without these folks who assisted us in our start-up, we never would have made it.
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