Format: Instant Access Recorded Webinars
CEUs: Based on 10 contact hours of training (see CEUs tab for details)
Course Description: This 10-hour course is based on the California adopted edition of NFPA 13 ‘Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’ and covers how the standard is organized, acceptable fire sprinkler system types and their applications, as well as fire sprinkler system design approaches and calculations for determining the number of sprinklers required.
Module 1 - Introduction to NFPA 13 Fire Sprinkler Systems – 1hr
This module provides an understanding of the four major system types, the basic components, design objectives, and basic installation principles of fire sprinkler systems. Acceptance testing requirements are reviewed that ensure that the finished sprinkler system functions as intended.
Module 2 - NFPA 13 – Understanding the Standard – 1.5hrs
The NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems has over 100 years of development to become the recognized standard for all commercial and residential fire sprinkler system design and installation. This module begins with reviewing the Automatic Sprinkler Correlating Committee’s role in producing this standard and how the information is organized. Finally, specific topics such as determining the protection criteria for storage is examined in detail.
Module 3 - Fire Sprinkler System Types – Part 1 – 1.5hrs
This module reviews the design and layout of wet and dry pipe fire sprinkler systems. The requirements found in NFPA 13 ‘Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’ are covered including system uses and applications as well as general system topics such as area limitations, system size, valving, auxiliary systems, and venting. Specific requirements for dry pipe systems are reviewed including use of sprinklers, water delivery, quick opening devices, and the air/gas supply. Discussion items will also include the protection of valves, system drainage, and system configuration as well as other unique requirements for wet and dry systems.
Module 4 - Fire Sprinkler System Types Continued – Part 2 – 1.5hrs
This module will continue covering fire sprinkler system types focusing on the design and selection criteria for more specialized system types. This includes preaction systems, deluge systems, combined dry pipe and preaction systems, multicycle systems, antifreeze systems, and exposure protection systems. The requirements found in NFPA 13 ‘Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’ are covered including system uses and applications as well as general system topics such as system size, valving, auxiliary systems, and venting. Specific requirements and appropriate application for the system types are reviewed including conditions that warrant their use and the limitations of each system type.
Module 5 - Fire Sprinkler Design Approaches – Part 1 – 1.5hrs
This module will lay the foundation of the design approaches permitted by ‘NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’. Participants will learn the primary design approaches and when they apply. Optimizing fire sprinkler areas of coverage and minimization of water and/or pressure demand using area/density curves will be explained. This presentation will go through several examples including sloped ceilings, use of quick response sprinklers and adjustments for dry systems and double interlock preaction systems. Emphasis on the allowable modifications and their potential advantages and disadvantages will also be discussed.
Module 6 - Fire Sprinkler Design Approaches Continued – Part 2 – 1.5hrs
This module will continue covering the fire sprinkler design approaches permitted by ‘NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’. Participants will review calculating minimum water supply requirements for all design approaches. This presentation reviews the calculation methods for room design and special design areas including building service chutes and stair towers. The requirements for residential sprinklers, adjacent hazards, and mixed occupancies are also examined. The module concludes with a review of design approaches for exposure protection and water curtains.
Module 7 - Fire Sprinkler Design Area Calculations – 1.5hrs
This module expands on the Fire Sprinkler Design Approaches modules. This presentation focuses on the application of the selected design area and permitted calculation approaches to determine number of sprinklers based on ‘NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’. Specific emphasis will be given to determining the size, shape, and number of sprinklers to include in the specific design area. The presentation also considers the location of the design area within the overall system and how to determine the most hydraulically demanding remote location.
Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
Russ Leavitt is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation. With over 36 years of experience, he holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. He is a Board Member and 1st Vice-Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is the chair of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria technical committee. He also serves on the NFPA 13 Installation committee as well as the NFPA 3, NFPA 4 and NFPA 25 technical committees. Russ conducts seminars internationally on a variety of fire and life safety related subjects and has authored a number of articles and training materials.
Ralph Bless, P.E., SET, CFPS
Ralph Bless has more than 30 years experience in fire protection including a broad range of water based and special hazard system design, code consulting and fire protection engineering services. He has provided services to government, hospitality, warehouse/distribution center, retail, convenience, multi-unit development, multifamily housing, industrial, restaurant, and medical accounts. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in six states, is a Level IV NICET senior fire sprinkler layout technician and holds several state and national certifications including that of Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Ralph chairs the NFPA technical committee for Record Storage, NFPA 232, and serves as a primary member of the NFPA technical committees for Water Spray Systems, NFPA 15 as well as an alternate member of the NFPA 13 Correlating Committee.
Tracey Bellamy, P.E., CFPS
Tracey Bellamy has more than 25 years’ experience in the fire protection community including all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. He has extensive experience with fire suppression system design, fire hazard analysis and fire protection system inspection and testing. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in 49 U.S. states, District of Columbia and Guam and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). He serves on several NFPA technical and correlating committees including NFPA 13, 15, 16, 25, 30, 30B, 101 and 5000 (building code). Tracey is a member of ASCE, NFPA, and SFPE.
Continuing Education (see details under Certificate section below)
- CAL FIRE - CEU Approved for 1.0 CEU
- International Code Council - ICC Approved for 1.0 CEU
- NICET Continuing Professional Development
- Pennsylvania UCC Approved Continuing Education Provider
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection Continuing Education
Certificate of Completion:
- Each participant registered, attending the full live training webinar or viewing the post-live recorded on-demand webinar will receive a Certificate of Completion (you must be registered under your name to receive a certificate, one certificate per registered participant). This certificate will include the participants name, training subject, date, number of training hours completed and the Fire Smarts name, address and phone number.
- Certificates will comply with CAL FIRE CEU requirements for CAL FIRE approved training courses per Title 19. Fire Smarts is a CAL FIRE approved provider for this training course which may be used towards California certified sprinkler fitter continuing education requirements that include completing 30 hours every three years to maintain the state certification (Section 946). CAL FIRE CEU’s are assigned based on 0.1 CEU per training contact hour. Learn more about CAL FIRE licenses and registration at https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/govmotus-fire
- Certificates will comply with International Code Council (ICC) CEU requirements for ICC approved training courses. Fire Smarts is an approved training provider of the ICC. ICC CEU’s are assigned based on 0.1 CEU per training contact hour.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for CPD points required for NICET certification. This applies to the “Additional Education” section of NICET Policy #30 on Continuing Professional Development that allows for CPD points for education to advance, broaden and enhance technical knowledge and job skills.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for credit hours required for re-certification as part of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) program. Continuing education credit is determined as one credit per training contact hour.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for continuing education (CE) hours for Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications. Fire Smarts is a continuing education source under "Nationally Recognized Training Providers”. Continuing education hours are determined as one CE hour per training contact hour.
This webinar is presented online in a directing and discussion style of teaching. A clear and detailed presentation of the content is given with the aid of PowerPoint presentation slides. Participant questions are encouraged to facilitate understanding and practical application exercises will be given where applicable to the content.