2020 NFPA 13E Recommended Practice - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help ensure your department's personnel are properly trained to fight fires in buildings with activated sprinkler systems.

    It's critical that firefighters are prepared for the unique circumstances of responding to incidents in occupancies where water-based fire suppression systems are installed. NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2020 edition, provides fundamental knowledge and best practices for operations on properties fitted with these types of fixed fire protection systems.

    A must-have for department and company officers, instructors, and firefighters, this document provided recommendations for occupancies with interior and exterior automatic sprinkler systems and standpipe systems. NFPA 13E offers assistance in developing training programs, planning for effective operations, and assessing and responding to situations based on the specifics of the event.

    The 2020 edition is revised to offer the latest in firefighting in sprinklered buildings.

    Updated for the first time since 2014, this edition of NFPA 13E presents the most relevant information and procedures for fire operations in environments with active sprinklers and standpipes. All the extracted and referenced materials have been reviewed and updated throughout the entire document.

    Additional changes include:

    • Revised provisions to help ensure consistency within NFPA 13E and other NFPA documents
    • Reorganized chapters to make the document easier to use and to better assist users with understanding what the recommendations address
    • Added text to explain how sprinkler heads should be maintained for fire investigation purposes following their use in an emergency and clarification for the inspection process of sprinkler heads and for placing them back in service by qualified persons
    • New material clarifying how museums and libraries might respond or preplan in the event of a sprinkler activation, and how users should be aware of those special situations if they are in their jurisdiction
    • Clarification in that pressure adjustments need to be made when hose connections are below grade

    Give your team the resources necessary to train in firefighting techniques for circumstances where sprinkler systems are active.

    A successful plan for responding to fires in buildings with water-based fire suppression equipment is reliant on a variety of factors, such as the kind of system installed and the cause of activation. Make sure your department has the most relevant resources and information to be prepared by ordering your copy of NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2020 edition.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 13E Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Recommendations Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 General
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Inspection and Pre-Incident Planning.
    4.3 Water Supply for Fire Fighting.
    Chapter 5 Properties Protected by Sprinkler Systems
    5.1 Fireground Operations in Sprinklered Properties.
    5.2 Post-Fire Operations.
    5.3 Reports.
    5.4 General Exterior Sprinkler Systems.
    5.5 Fireground Operations Involving Exterior Sprinklers.
    Chapter 6 Properties Protected by Standpipe Systems
    6.1 Inspection and Pre-Incident Planning.
    6.2 Fireground Operations Involving Properties Protected by Manual Dry or Manual Wet Standpipe Systems.
    6.3 Fireground Operations Involving Properties Protected by Automatic Standpipe Systems with Fire Pumps.
    Chapter 7 Impairments
    7.1 Impairment Procedures.
    Chapter 8 Reliability of Systems
    8.1 System Status.
    Chapter 9 Buildings Under Construction
    9.1 Site Visits.
    Chapter 10 Inspection and Testing Requirements
    10.1 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance for Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Recommendations for Fighting Rubber Tire Fires in Sprinklered Buildings
    Annex C Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Conduct fire service training with up-to-date NFPA 13E for safe and effective response in sprinklered buildings.

    Make sure department personnel are trained in proper fire fighting techniques for buildings with activated sprinkler systems. Success depends on multiple factors, such as the type of system and the reason for activation. Prepare your crew with the 2015 NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems for the most up-to-date information and procedures in these types of properties.

    NFPA 13E addresses:

    • Interior automatic sprinkler systems
    • Exterior sprinkler systems
    • Standpipe systems

    New in the 2015 edition:

    • Clarified standpipe and fire pump operations guidance for the fire service operations personnel

    Don't fall behind. For departments and fire fighter training programs, staying current with NFPA 13E is essential to effectively sizing-up and responding to various situations. This edition also includes illustrations of primary sprinkler/standpipe system valves and a typical sprinkler system layout to assist with training efforts. Annexes offer specialized information, such as Annex B with recommendations for fighting rubber tire fires in sprinklered buildings.

    Fire department officers, fire fighters, company officers, fire department instructors will benefit from procedures that are designed to assist in developing training programs and planning effective operations. Recommended practices are given for the adequate support and use of sprinkler and standpipe systems. (Print, 17 pp., 2015)

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