NFPA 20 is the safety standard governing the installation of stationary fire-pumps for fire protection. It specifies guidelines for selecting and installing fire pumps to ensure they deliver adequate and reliable water supplies in the event of a fire.
NFPA is short for “National Fire Protection Association”. This body covers all firefighting equipment in any building, platform or anywhere else in the US. It is widely accepted worldwide as a controlling document.
NFPA 20 has little or no input into the actual construction of the system (such as types of fittings and tubing or paint). It is mainly concerned with how it should work. The construction of the system is more often laid out by a design consultancy or company standards such as the Shell DEPS (Design and Engineering Practices).
Although NFPA 20 applies to fire pumps in all walks of life, its relevance to IPU and IPU customers is in the installation of fire pumps on oil and gas platforms.
The standard stresses the importance of having a back up method of starting an engine in case the primary starting method fails. Fire pumps normally use a battery-powered electric starter as their back up starting method but battery power can be unreliable, especially in offshore environments. This makes a fire pump’s secondary starting method critical.
The NFPA 20 safety standard sets out strict guidelines for the installation of hydraulic starting applications. These guidelines offer the supplier a documented guide illustrating the necessary requirements to meet the proposed guidelines throughout the installation.
Several parts of NFPA 20 apply specifically to hydraulic starting. The following paragraphs come from NFPA 20 Section 184.108.40.206:
IPU’s engine starting division has worked with various industry sectors including oil and gas, transport, military, marine and mining. IPU’s engine starting division is continually improving starting systems to enhance safety and product reliability. By adhering to the standards laid out in NFPA 20 and 110, IPU ensure all engine starting applications are built to the highest standard.
IPU’s range of starting systems include:
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is the world’s leading advocate for fire prevention. Established in 1896, the NFPA‘s mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and related hazards to protect the quality of life. The NFPA is an authoritative source on public safety and have developed and published more than 300 consensus codes and standards. The published documentation is intended to raise the awareness of fire prevention and to minimize the possibility and effects of fire-related hazards.