SFS 120 : Fixed Systems and Extinguishers

Transcript title

Fixed Systems Extinguishers



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

SFS 101 and SFS 102.


Studies portable and fixed extinguisher equipment, fire alarm and detection systems, sprinkler systems and standpipes, and special hazard protection systems. Covers extinguishing agents, system design and maintenance procedures. Field exercises expose students to systems discussed in class.

Learning outcomes

1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures.
2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants..
3. Explain why water is a commonly used as an extinguishing agent
4. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems.
5. Review residential and commercial sprinkler legislation.
6. Identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems.
7. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system.
8. Identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems.
11. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire protection systems.

Content outline

I. Introduction to Fire Protection Systems
a. The Role Fire Protection Systems Play in Protection the Life, Safety and Welfare of the General Public and Firefighters
b. Overview of the Different Types of Fire Protection Systems
c. The Role of Codes Standards in Fire Protection System Design
II. Water Supply Systems for Fire Protection Systems
a. Sources of Fire Protection Water Supply
b. Distribution Networks
c. Piping
d. Hydrants
e. Utility Company Interface with the Fire Department
III. Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
a. Properties of Water
i. Water as an Effective Extinguishing Agent
ii. How Water Extinguishes Fire
b. Sprinklers Systems
i. Types of Systems Applications
ii. Types of Sprinklers Applications
iii. Piping, Valves, Hangers, Alarm Devices
iv. Fire Department Operations in Building with Sprinkler Systems
c. Residential Sprinkler Systems
d. Standpipe Systems
i. Types of Applications
ii. Fire Department Operations in Buildings with Standpipes
e. Foam Systems
f. Water Mist Systems
g. Fire Pumps
i. Types
ii. Components
iii. Operation
iv. Fire Pump Curves
IV. Non-Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
a. Carbon Dioxide Systems
i. Applications
ii. Extinguishing Properties
iii. System Components
b. Halogenated Systems
i. Halon 1301 and the Environment
ii. Halon Alternatives
iii. Extinguishing Properties System Components
c. Dry/Wet Chemical Extinguishing Properties
i. Extinguishing Properties
ii. Applications
iii. UL 300
V. Fire Alarm Systems
a. Components
b. Types of Fire Alarm Systems
c. Detectors
i. Smoke
ii. Heat
iii. Flame
d. Audible/Visual Devices
e. Alarm Monitoring
f. Testing Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
VI. Smoke Management Systems
a. Hazards of Smoke
b. Smoke Movement in Buildings
c. Types of Smoke Management Systems
d. Firefighter Operations in Buildings with Smoke Management Systems
VII. Portable Fire Extinguishers
a. Types Applications
b. Selection
c. Placement
d. Maintenance
e. Portable Fire Extinguisher Operations

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