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This seminar will review the types of fire suppression systems, their selection and their applications for structures and processes. It will also cover special systems designed to prevent costly, life-threatening industrial fires and/or explosions.

Course Outline

After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
• use hazard classifications to design suitable sprinkler systems
• select the most suitable type of sprinkler system for your project
• develop sprinkler system design criteria involving hydraulic calculations
• improve your maintenance management and inspection procedures
• apply your knowledge of upgrades, retrofitting, and future trends

Tragic and costly fires, changes to codes, and greater use of the National Building and Fire Codes are all reasons why designers, owners, and operators of buildings must become more familiar with fire suppression systems. This seminar will review the types of fire suppression systems, as well as their selection, maintenance, upgrade, and retrofit. The course will also cover special systems designed to prevent costly, life-threatening industrial fires and/or explosions.

To provide an understanding of the various types of automatic sprinkler systems and their applications in structures and procedures.

Who Should Attend
Engineers; architects; facility managers; physical plant directors; contractors; underwriting personnel; fire and building inspectors in municipal, provincial, and federal governments; service personnel; owners; and, plant managers and/or property managers for housing authorities, industrial, commercial, and institutional properties.

Participants should bring their own calculators.

Program Outline
Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30      Building Area/Building Height and Sprinkler Systems Overview 
            • Major occupancies classification
            • Number of streets
            • Combustible vs. non combustible
            • Sprinkler vs. non-sprinkler 
            • Water supply
            • What happens when a fire starts?
            • How do mechanical systems extinguish it?
            • Historical development of sprinkler systems
            • Statistics on the rate of success in putting out fires
            • How does the sprinkler head work?
            • Fire detector principles and applications
            • Fire suppressant properties and uses

9:40      Types of Sprinkler Systems and their Components
            • Types:  Wet, dry, deluge, pre-action, anti-freeze loop, foam system
            • Components:  Heads, valves, check valves, fire department connections, wall hydrants, hose reels, cabinets, hose and nozzles,
               switches, pipe fittings, hangers, drains and test connections

10:40    Refreshments and Networking

11:00    Hazard Classification
            • NFPA 13 classifications: light hazards, ordinary hazards, extra hazards, storage hazards
            • Suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to a certain hazard classification

11:30    New Technology in Fire Sprinklers
            • Overview of all the new sprinklers which are available on the market
            • Where each sprinkler can be used and why you would use it
            • How the new tech sprinklers compare in performance to standard sprinklers
            • Each hazard will be discussed for relevant new technology
            • How to locate and calculate all of the new tech sprinklers

12:30    Lunch

1:30      Design Criteria
            • Determining availability of water supply
            • Determining the hazard classification
            • Using NFPA tables and charts
            • Necessary water densities, pressures, etc.
            • Combining fire pumps and water supplies
            • Comparing sprinkler demands to water supplies
            • Hydraulically calculated pipe sizes
            • Pressure balancing
            • Velocity pressure calculation
            • Complex systems

2:40      Refreshments and Networking

3:00      Design Criteria (Continued)

3:30      Sprinkler System Design Exercise 
              Participants will work on a sprinkler system design exercise under instructor guidance.  Please bring your calculator.

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Maintenance and Inspection
            • Requirements of Ontario Fire Code
            • Requirements of NFPA 25
            • Logs to be maintained
            • Owner's liability
            • Benefits of insurance

10:30    Sprinkler System Monitoring and Fire Alarm System 
            • Overview of sprinkler system and building fire alarm system
            • Fire detector principles and application
            • Monitoring of water system parameters for sprinklers and instrumentation
            • Automatic sprinklers and signalling 
            • Sprinkler system connection to fire alarm system 
            • Sprinkler system monitoring and transmission to Central Station

There will be a twenty minute refreshment and networking break during this presentation.

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Upgrading Your Sprinkler System
            • Hazard classification change
            • Code change
            • Leasehold improvements

2:00      Stretch Break

2:10      Retrofitting Your Sprinkler System
            • Enhancing marketability and insurability of building space
            • Life safety
            • Case study

3:10      Refreshments and Networking

3:30      Future Trends
              The instructor will involve participants to discuss the changes in technology, extended use of sprinkler systems in residential buildings 
              as well as changing code requirements
Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30  Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment
John Percy

John Percy is certified as a fire prevention officer, public fire and life safety educator, training facilitator, and public information officer for the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario. Since studying fire protection engineering technology at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, he has become certified by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Housing as a fire protection inspector under Bill 124 requirements. He is also a certified fire alarm technician with the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and a certified fire and explosion investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Currently the public education officer with City of Waterloo Fire Rescue, Mr. Percy has over 15 years of experience in the fire service and fire alarm system industries. Formerly a member of the Town of Milton, Ontario, Community Services Advisory Committee, he is now a continuing education instructor with Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught the Fire Alarm Systems course for five years. Mr. Percy is also responsible for designing, implementing, and teaching the new Fire Safety Inspection course that covers inspections enforcing the Ontario Fire Code.


Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.4 CEUs / 14 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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