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Fire Protection

Systems and Response, 1st Edition

By Robert Burke

CRC Press

312 pages | 258 B/W Illus.

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The modern definition of firefighter no longer means “putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.” Emergency responders answer incidents ranging from fire alarm activations to elevator rescues and medical emergencies more often than full-blown fires. Consequently, responders increasingly interface with a wide array of building systems. Underscoring the changing role of firefighters, Fire Protection: Systems and Response presents the basic knowledge of the inner workings of fire safety/fire protection systems and related equipment in buildings.

The author provides a straightforward overview of the functions and benefits of these systems and how they can assist with fire suppression, code enforcement, alarm response, and elevator rescue. The book’s comprehensive discussion of elevators, fire command centers, emergency generators and lighting, and HVAC systems sets it apart from other fire protection books currently available. The topics covered prepare emergency response personnel for the challenges they face working with fire protection systems, fire alarm systems, and elevators.

Logically organized, clearly written, and covering all systems in a single text, this presentation of information streamlines fire service interaction with building features and fire protection systems. Providing an understanding of how systems are designed and installed, the book is also a reference for troubleshooting fire protection problems in the field. The information not only gives responders an appreciationknowledge of how the systems work, but helps them use this knowledge to perform their job better.

Table of Contents


History of Fire Prevention Codes

Fire Drills

Occupant Evacuation Assistance

Standards and Codes Overview

Firefighter Knowledge of Fire Protection Systems

Requirements for Facility Fire Protection

NFPA Standards Overview

Fire Prevention Codes Overview

Building Codes Overview

Recognized Testing Laboratories

Arriving on Scene

Approaching the Incident Scene

Fire Hydrants and Fire Department Connections (FDC)

Building Access

Annunciator and Fire Alarm Panels

Areas of Rescue Assistance

Fire Command Center

Preparing to Depart the Scene

Fire Alarm Systems

Introduction to Fire Alarm Systems

Auxiliary Fire Alarm System 

Central Station Fire Alarm System

Proprietary Fire Alarm Systems

Remote Supervising Station Fire Alarm System

Protected Premises Fire Alarm System

Municipal Fire Alarm Systems 

Annunciator Panel and System Devices

Fire Alarm Panels

Manual Pull Stations

False Alarm Protective Covers

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Detectors

Beam Detectors

Duct Detectors

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Heat Detectors

Flame Detectors

Audible Devices

Visual Devices

Voice Alarm Systems

Fire Department Communications Systems

Fire Command Centers

False Alarm Reduction

Fire Suppression Systems

Introduction to Suppression Systems

Fire Sprinkler Myths

Sprinkler Systems

Occupancy Classifications

Commodity Classifications

Classification of Plastics, Elastomers, and Rubber

Types of Sprinkler Heads

Stationary Fire Pumps

Residential Sprinklers

Recalled Sprinkler Heads

Specialized Suppression Systems

Water Spray Fixed Systems

Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam Systems    

Standpipes and Water Supplies

Introduction to Standpipes and Water Supplies

Water Mains

Fire Hydrants

Static Water Supplies

Fire Department Connection


Portable Fire Extinguishers

Introduction to Portable Fire Extinguishers

Chemistry of Fire

Fire Extinguisher Classification

Fire Extinguisher Ratings

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Halogenated Agents

Montreal Protocol

Halocarbon (Clean) Agents

Obsolete Fire Extinguishers and Agents

Using Fire Extinguishers



Introduction to Elevators

Elevator Nomenclature

Types of Elevators

Elevator Construction

Elevator Machine Room

Elevator Recall

Elevator Fire Service Function

Elevator Emergency Power

Fire Alarm Interface

Safety Devices

Shunt Trip

Rescue of Trapped Occupants

Rescue Team Organization and Training

Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Lighting and Generators

Introduction to Standby Power and Emergency Lighting

Code Requirements


Battery Packs

Fire Command Centers

HVAC, Smoke Removal and Other Building Systems


Duct Detectors

Smoke Dampers

Fire Dampers

Smoke Control Systems

Stair Pressurization

Chlorinated Fluorocarbons

MNR & MRI Research Equipment

High Pressure Steam Systems

Heating Fuels

Electrical Equipment

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance

Fire Alarm System Maintenance and Testing

Suppression System Maintenance and Testing

Standpipes Maintenance and Testing

Fire Pump Maintenance and Testing

Portable Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Testing

Elevators Maintenance and Testing

Generators and Emergency Lighting Maintenance and Testing

HVAC and Smoke Control Systems Maintenance and Testing

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HOUSE & HOME / Security
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General