NFPA 20 certificate training objectives

NFPA 20 certificate training objectives

Seminar Goal - At the conclusion of this seminar, participants should be able to locate and apply the requirements for stationary fire pumps and ensure proper functioning according to the provisions found in NFPA 20. REGISTER NOW! 

Module 1 - NFPA 20 Overview
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the scope of NFPA 20
  • Explain the purpose of NFPA 20
  • Describe the application of the standard
  • Explain how the term “retroactivity” applies to the requirements of the standard
  • Describe the concept of “equivalency” as it applies to the requirements of the standard
  • Locate and explain how the referenced standards apply to the use of NFPA 20
  • Identify and explain the NFPA official definitions for Approved; Authority Having Jurisdiction; Listed Shall; Should
  • Identify and explain various definitions as provided in the standard

Module 2 - Fire Pump Basics
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of a fire pump
  • Explain the hydraulic principles associated with pressure generation: mechanical and elevation
  • Explain the hydraulic principles associated with pressure loss: friction loss and elevation
  • Describe Laminar and Turbulent flow
  • Describe Balanced and Unbalanced Flow
  • Explain the acceptable water sources for a fire pump: Reliable water works (public supply), storage tank, raw water source
  • Explain how to graph or calculate water supplies to determine availability
  • Describe the types of centrifugal fire pumps: Singe stage and multi-stage; horizontal split case; vertical split case; in-line; end suction; vertical shaft turbine
  • Explain the applications for positive displacement pumps
  • Explain the hydraulic effect provided by installing pumps in series
  • Explain the hydraulic effect provided by installing pumps in parallel
  • Locate and explain the requirements for selecting the correct fire pump for the application

Module 3 - General Requirements
Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the acceptable drivers for the fire pumps
  • Explain the purpose of a variable speed limiting control (variable speed drive) controller
  • Identify the allowable centrifugal pump capacities
  • Identify and explain the information found on a pump nameplate
  • Identify which pump assembly requires a circulation relief valve and explain its purpose
  • Locate and explain the requirements for protecting fire pump equipment
  • Locate and explain the requirements for the pump suction piping
  • Explain the purpose of pump bypass piping
  • Locate and explain the requirements for the installation of elbows and tees in the pump suction piping
  • Explain the reason for installing eccentric reducers in the pump suction piping
  • Locate and apply the requirements for devices in the pump suction piping: control valves; check valves; low suction devices and alarms; backflow preventers; pressure relief valves
  • Explain the purpose and installation requirements for vortex plates in water storage tanks
  • Locate and explain the requirements for valve supervision
  • Describe the purpose of pressure relief valves
  • Locate and explain the requirements for the acceptable means to measure water flow
  • Locate and apply the requirements for installing pumps in series
  • Locate and apply the requirements for installing pressure maintenance (jockey) pumps
  • Explain how to set the proper pressures for pressure activated fire pumps
  • Describe the requirements for the use of packaged fire pump systems
  • Explain the proper arrangement of pressure sensing lines for fire pumps and jockey pumps
  • Explain the requirements for sizing and refilling break tanks
  • Locate and describe a high-rise building as defined by NFPA
  • Identify the types of fire pumps acceptable for use in a high-rise building
  • Locate and describe the requirements for auxiliary power and backup fire pumps in high-rise buildings
  • Locate and explain the requirements associated with water storage tanks for high-rise buildings

Module 4 - Electric Motor Driven Pumps

Module 5 - Diesel Engine Driven Pumps

Module 6 - Fire Pump Acceptance Testing

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