Design Approach, Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Online /
Jun 17 - 21, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0608-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 5 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 3 pm Eastern (Will include two 15-minute breaks daily)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Use hazard classifications to design sprinkler systems
  • Select the most suitable type of system for your project
  • Develop system design criteria using hydraulic calculations
  • Understand the inspection and maintenance requirements of sprinkler systems

Tragic and costly fires and the requirements of building and fire codes are reasons designers, building owners and operators must be familiar with sprinkler systems. This course is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design, install and maintain sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes.

Course Outline

  • Sprinkler system overview
  • Types of sprinkler systems and components
  • NFPA 13 standard hazard classifications
  • Sprinkler installation requirements
  • NFPA 13 standard design criteria
  • Inspection and maintenance requirements
  • Sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems

Who Should Attend
Sprinkler System Designers and Engineers • Installation and Service personnel • Building Owners • Property Managers • Superintendents • Maintenance personnel • Building and Fire Inspectors 

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview and Learning Outcomes

Building Area/Building Height and Sprinkler Systems Overview

  • Major occupancies classification
  • Number of streets
  • Combustible vs. non-combustible
  • Water supply
  • How the sprinkler head works

Types of Sprinkler Systems and Their Components

  • Types: wet, dry, deluge, pre-action, and anti-freeze loop
  • Components: heads, valves, check valves, fire department connections, wall hydrants, cabinets, hoses and nozzles, switches, pipe fittings, hangers, drains, and test connections

Hazard Classification

  • NFPA 13 classifications: light hazards, ordinary hazards, extra hazards, and storage hazards
  • Suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to a certain hazard classification

Sprinkler Installations Requirements

  • Overview of spacing, location and position of sprinklers
  • Where each sprinkler can be used and why you would use it
  • Review of system protection areas and limitations
  • Application of standard upright and pendent spray sprinklers, side wall sprinklers and extended coverage sprinklers
  • Special situations, including concealed spaces, vertical shafts, vertical openings, end exterior projections

Overview of Sprinkler System Layout

  • Typical sprinkler system layouts
  • Hanger assemblies
  • Sprinkler placement

Design Criteria

  • Determining the availability of water supply
  • Determining the hazard classification
  • Using NFPA tables and charts
  • Pipe schedule calculations
  • Necessary water densities, pressures, etc.
  • Combining fire pumps and water supplies
  • Comparing sprinkler demands to water supplies
  • Hydraulically calculated pipe sizes
  • Pressure balancing

Sprinkler System Design Exercise
Participants will work on several sprinkler system design exercises under instructor guidance.

Maintenance and Inspection

  • Requirements of Ontario Fire Code
  • Requirements of NFPA 25
  • Logs to be maintained
  • Owner's liability

Sprinkler System Monitoring and Fire Alarm System

  • Overview of the sprinkler system and building fire alarm system
  • Monitoring of water system parameters for sprinklers and instrumentation
  • Automatic sprinklers and signalling
  • Sprinkler system connection to the fire alarm system
  • Sprinkler system monitoring and transmission to Central Station

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Gary Laframboise

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the fire protection field and is currently the Chief Fire Prevention Officer with the Oakville Fire Department. During his time with the Oakville Fire Department, he has been involved with Fire and Building Code enforcement, Fire investigations, public education and building permit reviews.

He is a certified Fire Prevention Officer in the Province of Ontario and a certified Fire and Life Safety Educator. Prior to joining the Oakville Fire Department in 1996, he was a Certified Fire Alarm Technician with a fire protection company. He was involved with fire alarms, sprinklers and special extinguishing systems. He graduated from the Fire Protection Engineering Technology program at Seneca College. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with the Ontario Fire College.

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Fee & Credits

$1795 + taxes

  • 2.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 22.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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