13E: Fire Department Ops in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

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Help ensure your department’s personnel are properly trained to fight fires in buildings with activated sprinkler systems.

It’s critical that firefighters are prepared for the unique circumstances of responding to incidents in occupancies where water-based fire suppression systems are installed. NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2020 edition, provides fundamental knowledge and best practices for operations on properties fitted with these types of fixed fire protection systems.

A must-have for department and company officers, instructors, and firefighters, this document provided recommendations for occupancies with interior and exterior automatic sprinkler systems and standpipe systems. NFPA 13E offers assistance in developing training programs, planning for effective operations, and assessing and responding to situations based on the specifics of the event.

The 2020 edition is revised to offer the latest in firefighting in sprinklered buildings.

Updated for the first time since 2014, this edition of NFPA 13E presents the most relevant information and procedures for fire operations in environments with active sprinklers and standpipes. All the extracted and referenced materials have been reviewed and updated throughout the entire document.

Additional changes include:

  • Revised provisions to help ensure consistency within NFPA 13E and other NFPA documents
  • Reorganized chapters to make the document easier to use and to better assist users with understanding what the recommendations address
  • Added text to explain how sprinkler heads should be maintained for fire investigation purposes following their use in an emergency and clarification for the inspection process of sprinkler heads and for placing them back in service by qualified persons
  • New material clarifying how museums and libraries might respond or preplan in the event of a sprinkler activation, and how users should be aware of those special situations if they are in their jurisdiction
  • Clarification in that pressure adjustments need to be made when hose connections are below grade

Give your team the resources necessary to train in firefighting techniques for circumstances where sprinkler systems are active.

A successful plan for responding to fires in buildings with water-based fire suppression equipment is reliant on a variety of factors, such as the kind of system installed and the cause of activation. Make sure your department has the most relevant resources and information to be prepared by ordering your copy of NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2020 edition.

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