Recap: Tailored Training for Fire Sprinkler Industry Engineers and Designers

This past fall, the Fire Sprinkler System Training Center at General Air Products opened its doors to fire protection engineers and designers for a hands-on training course tailored specifically to them. Over two days in November, our Exton, PA facility was bustling with engineers and designers who had gathered for both classroom discussions and live equipment exercises in the equipment lab with a variety of fire sprinkler industry professionals ready to share their expertise.

The first day of training was jam-packed with sessions, starting with Fire Pumps 101, presented by Scott Monroe from Ferguson Fire & Fabrication. Scott discussed all types of NFPA-20 fire pumps, and then moved into the lab for a demo on functional fire pump installation, with a focus on typical fire pump commissioning and annual testing requirements. Fire Pumps 101 was followed by a presentation from Rich Pancoast of AGF Manufacturing, that provided students with a better understanding of the intent behind technical changes to corrosion and air vents for the 2016 edition of NFPA 13

The second half of the day offered up an Air Supply Decisions session with Ray Fremont, Jr. from General Air Products. Ray discussed the pros and cons of dry pipe sprinkler filling solutions — including compressed air, dry air, and nitrogen — depending on the application. The day concluded with Backflow 101. Presented by Cameron Rapoport from Watts, Backflow 101 not only taught students the basics of backflow protection, but also delved into cover hydraulics of double checks and RPZs. The presentation ended with backflow valve tear-down and testing in the live equipment lab.

Day two was completely dedicated to learning the ins-and-outs of JCI Fire Protection Products, with JCI representative Ray Decker. Among other things, Ray gave our engineers and designers an intro to wet, dry, and pre-action valves and covered DV-5A Deluge and pre-action systems, before providing an in-depth review of JCI’s electronic sprinkler system.

The two days of training flew by, but through the always thought-provoking discussions and Q&As with both presenters and fellow designers and engineers, everyone in attendance walked away with real industry takeaways to bring back to the workplace. We can’t wait to do it again!

For a better look at what a course at the Fire Sprinkler System Training Center at General Air Products looks like, be sure to watch the video below!