Testing and Maintenance of Fire Pumps
By Thomas Gray, P.E.
To minimize the possibility of disaster, fire pumps must be kept at the peak of effectiveness at all times.
Fire pumps are perhaps the most critical single piece of fire protection equipment installed at a site. Just like people, fire pumps come in all shapes and sizes. Fire pumps are needed at sites where public water supply pressure is too low for sprinkler effectiveness or where there is no public water supply at all. In the former case, a booster fire pump is installed to boost public water pressure to increase sprinkler effectiveness. In the latter case, a fire pump is connected to a private water supply (storage tank, reservoir, lake, river, or other) to create water pressure needed for sprinkler effectiveness and fire-fighting efforts. Sigue leyendo