FIP593 - Fire Pumps

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Subject Title
Fire Pumps

Subject Description
Students investigate positive displacement and centrifugal pumps as they are used in fire protection. Pump components, ancillary devices, electric motors, diesel engines, controllers, fittings and valves are covered. Students reference NFPA 20 regarding the selection and installation of Fire Pumps, and NFPA 25 regarding acceptance, maintenance and testing. Fire pumps are included in hydraulic calculations.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Sprinkler Design Certificate offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training and the Fire Protection Engineering Program offered by the School of Fire Protection

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the components of a fire pump assembly.
  2. Retrieve criteria from the applicable codes and standards relating to fire pump installation and maintenance.
  3. Provide an explanation for the operating principle of a centrifugal pump and its components.
  4. Explain how pump “head” relates to fire pump design.
  5. Provide examples of where positive displacement and centrifugal pumps are used in fire protection.
  6. Predict pump output with the affinity laws when changing pump speed and impellor diameter.
  7. Explain the effect of configuring pumps in series and parallel.
  8. Construct a curve when given churn pressure, rated flow, rated pressure and pressure at maximum flow.
  9. Select the correct pump for a given fire protection system.
  10. Interpret pump performance curves including efficiency and horsepower.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

HDS 395 or equivalent. A Windows operating system is required to use the SprinkCAD® software.
Students must have SprinkCAD® installed and working on their computers.
Most software is available through Seneca College Centre for Flexible Learning.
Access to NFPA Codes and Standards essential for Sprinkler Design program. (Provided by College).

Topic Outline

  • Categories of Pumps
  • Packaged Units
  • General Energy Equation
  • Pump Listing

  • Various Rotary Pump examples and Operating Principles
  • Applications
  • Displacement
  • Horse Power
  • Operating Principle of Centrifugal Pumps
  • Components
  • Impeller Types
  • Shaft Sealing
  • Horizontal Pump Styles
  • Shaft Rotation
  • Vertical Pump Styles
  • Air Release Valve

  • “Head” as it relates to pumps
  • Priming
  • Cavitation
  • Net Positive Suction Head
  • Pump Identification
  • Affinity Laws
  • Pump Curves
  • Series
  • Parallel Operation

  • Churn Pressure
  • Rated Pressure and Flow
  • Maximum Operating Flow
  • Pumps in Water Based Fire Protection Systems

  • Pump Fittings
  • Gauges and Valves
  • Suction and Discharge Piping Requirements
  • Test Header
  • Flow Meters
  • Shaft Couplings
  • Alignment
  • Electric Motors
  • Electric Motor Controllers
  • Diesel Engines
  • Engine Controllers
  • Engine Gauges
  • Starting Batteries

  • Acceptance Procedures
  • Maintenance
  • Weekly Inspections
  • Annual Tests

Mode of Instruction
Correspondence – independent learning with tutor support

Prescribed Texts
1. Student Study Guide for FIP 593 ,Joseph W Curry. Seneca College

Study Guide is included in the tuition fee and will be mailed out to Correspondence students with their start up package.

2. NFPA 20 Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps. (Most Recent Edition)

3. NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. (Most Recent Edition)
NFPA texts are not included in tuition fee and students are responsible for acquiring these texts on their own.

Required Supplies
Calculator, Ruler

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To obtain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests (term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam.  50% is a passing grade.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. 

Student competence of the subject matter as a whole will be measured by a final examination. The final grade will be computed according to the following:

           Assignments:  50%  
           Term Test:      20%
           Final Exam:    30%

Approved by: Sandra Noble