Fire Pump Service and Testing
Fire pumps are used to ensure an adequate water supply by increasing pressure for fire suppression and are an integral part of the fire protection system for a facility. Failure of a fire pump to operate under fire conditions can result in a major loss. To help ensure the fire or booster pump is working, there needs to be periodic inspection, maintenance and testing of the pump. The following information provides an overview of the requirements.
Who Can Perform the Inspections and Testing? NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, states that inspection testing and maintenance should be performed by a qualified person who has developed competence through training and experience. Many companies use a qualified outside contractor for the annual flow test on a pump and use in-house personnel for the weekly or monthly tests. Some states require that the person conducting the annual fire pump test be certified. Georgia requires inspection and testing by a State licensed technician.
What needs to be done? Inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements are outlined in NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Below is an overview of the inspection and testing activities that should be completed on your pump.
Pump house, heating, ventilating louvers
Pump Operation (Diesel only) no flow starts and run test for 30 minutes
Pump Operation (Electric only) no flow starts and run test for 10 minutes
Full flow test both diesel and electric pumps
Fire pump alarm signals