Recap: A Fire Sprinkler Industry Training Course on Cold Storage Applications

This past winter the General Air Products Fire Sprinkler Training Facility turned its focus on the fundamentals of cold storage applications when it comes to fire sprinkler systems. This two-day course was built specifically with facility managers and installation & service contractors in mind – giving them an updated overview on equipment options and best practices for fire protection in freezer rooms and cold storage applications.

Day one had two separate training sessions: The first was presented by Bryan Berkley from Viking Supply Net, who spent time going over cold storage pre-action systems, focusing on how sprinkler systems are designed for freezer room spaces. Bryan also introduced students to a piece of new sprinkler technology: the FireFlex Vac-tek vacuum system. Ray Fremont, Jr. from General Air Products discussed why dry air is the best dry pipe system filling solution for cold storage applications. To drive home that point, Ray also had all attendees head into the live equipment lab to go over installation and maintenance practices on dry air generators. Day one wrapped up with an open forum Q&A to address participants’ specific questions and the evening ended with dinner, drinks, and watching the Flyers game – we are just outside of Philly, after all…

The second day of the cold storage-focused course brought with it three additional sessions. Our friends from AGF Manufacturing gave students an overview on auxiliary drains in cold storage applications, and made sure that each person left with an understanding of how to prevent system breakdowns due to freeze ups and corrosion. This session was followed up by one from Anvil International’s Mike Dooley. Mike discussed all things FlexHead — the flexible fire sprinkler drops that can be installed in cold storage applications, including installation and inspection practices. The final presentation of the course came from the folks at Core & Main. Their rep, Dave Stevens, is a cold storage expert in the industry, and he opened up the classroom to another Q&A so that no cold storage-related questions were left unanswered.