1st Edition

Fire Protection
Systems and Response

ISBN 9781566706223
Published November 6, 2007 by CRC Press
312 Pages - 258 B/W Illustrations

USD $185.00

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Book Description

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

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