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Fire Pump Inspection

Fire pumps are critical to a fire protection system and need to be inspected to make sure they’re in good working condition. This fire pump inspection helps identify any issues or malfunctions that could hinder the pump’s performance during a fire emergency.

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Owner's Section
Part I - Owner's Section
Is the pump in service?
Has the fire pump remained in service since the last inspection?
Was the system of which the fire pump is a part) free of actuation of devices or alarms since the last inspection?
Note to owner: Periodic tests of transfer switches and emergency generators are to be performed by a qualified electrical contractor.
Inspector's Section
This inspection is
Inspector's Section
Pump house/room proper temperature (at least 70 degrees F for diesels without engine heaters or 40 degrees for others)?
Ventilating louvers free to operate?
Suction, discharge and bypass valves open?
Piping free from leaks?
Suction and system pressure gauges normal?
Suction reservoir, if provided, full?
Electric Motor Driven Pumps
Controller indicating power on, transfer switch indicating normal situation and isolation switch closed?
Reverse phase alarm indicator off or normal phase rotation indicator on?
Oil level in vertical motor sight normal?
Diesel Engine Driven Pumps
Fuel tank at least two thirds full?
Controller selector switch in Auto position?
Battery voltage and charger readings normal?
Battery indicators on or failure indicators off?
All alarm indicators off?
Record engine running time meter reading.
Is this appropriately higher than the previous reading?
Oil level in right angle gear drive normal?
Crankcase oil level normal?
Cooling water level normal?
Electrolyte level in batteries normal?
Battery terminals free from corrosion?
Water-jacket heater operating?
Steam pressure gauge for steam driven pump reading normal?
Circulation relief valve flowing water while pump churns?
Pressure relief valves operating with proper pressure downstream while pump is operational?
Tests
Weekly Test Items
Electric Motor Driven Pumps
Pump started automatically?
Record starting pressure. (PSI)
Pump run for at least 10 minutes?
Record suction & discharge pressure while running. (PSI)
Pump packing gland showing slight discharge?
Free from unusual noises or vibrations?
Packing boxes, bearings and pump casing free from overheating?
Record time for motor to accelerate to full speed.
For reduced voltage or reduced current staring record time controller is on first step.
For automatic stop controllers, record time pump runs after starting.
All times and pressures in Part A acceptable?
Diesel Engine-Driven Fire Pumps
Pump started automatically?
Record starting pressure. (PSI)
Pump run for at least 30 minutes?
Record suction & discharge pressure while running.
Pump packing gland showing slight discharge?
Free from unusual noises or vibrations?
Packing boxes, bearings and pump casing free from overheating?
Record time for engine to crank.
Record time for engine to reach running speed.
Engine oil pressure gauge, speed indicator, water and oil temperature indicator all reading normal?
Cooling water flowing from heat exchanger?
All times and pressures in Part B acceptable?
Steam Turbine-Driven Pumps
Record pump starting pressure, suction and discharge pressures while running.
Pump packing gland showing slight discharge?
Free from unusual noises or vibrations?
Packing boxes, bearings and pump casing free from overheating?
Record steam pressure gauge reading.
Record time for turbine to reach running speed.
All times and pressures acceptable?
2. Annual Tests
Annual pump test was run using the following method.
Method A: Discharge of flow through hose steams. Flow readings taken at each hose steam.
Method B: Discharge through by-pass flow meter to drian or suction reservoir. Flow readings taken by flow meter.
Method C: Discharge through by-pass flow meter directly returned to pump suction. Flow readings taken by flow meter.
NOTE: At least once every three years method A or B must be used.
Pump Test Results
PUMP TEST RESULTS
Suction Pressure:
No Flow
Rated Flow
Peak Flow
Discharge Pressure:
No Flow
Rated Flow
Peak Flow
Flow Pressure:
No Flow
Rated Flow
Peak Flow
Electric Voltage and Current:
No Flow
Rated Flow
Peak Flow
Pump Speed:
No Flow
Rated Flow
Peak Flow
Are the values in the above table acceptable?
NO-FLOW (chum) test run for 30 min.?
Circulation relief valve and pressure relief valve operated properly during all flow tests?
No alarm indicators or other visible abnormalities observed during no flow test?
E. Suction screens cleaned after flow?
Low Suction Throttling Devise Test
Low suction pressure simulated?
Free from abnormalities in throttling action?
Free from abnormalities in return to full flow?
Automatic Transfer Switch Test
Power Failure simulated during peak flow?
Connection made to alternate power source?
After termination of simulated power failure did motor reconnect to the normal power source?
Alarm Condition Test
All Alarm Conditions Simulated?
All Alarms operated?
Maintenance
Maintenance
A maintenance schedule must be established in accordance with the manufacturer instructions. In the absence of such a schedule, the following must be used:
Weekly Maintenance Items for Diesel Engine Systems:
Fuel tank level, tank float switch, and solenoid valve operation acceptable?
Diesel fuel system free of water?
Flexible hoses and connectors in fuel and coolant systems acceptable?
Oil level and lube oil heater acceptable?
Coolant level acceptable?
Water pump for coolant system operating?
Jacket water heater for coolant system acceptable?
Exhaust system free of leakage?
Drain condensate trap on exhaust system operational?
Electrolyte level in batteries acceptable?
Connections to electrical system acceptable?
Monthly Maintenance Items:
Isolation switch and circuit breaker exercised?
Battery case clean, dry and free of corrosion and battery's specific gravity or state of charge passed test?
Charger and charge rate passed visual inspection and battery charge being equalized?
Circuit breakers appear clean?
Quarterly Maintenance Items:
Cleaned strainer, filter or dirt leg in diesel fuel system?
Cleaned or replaced crank case breather in lubrication system?
Cleaned water strainer in coolant system?
Insulation acceptable and fire hazard eliminated from exhaust system?
Battery terminals clean and tight?
Electrical system free of wire chafing?
Semiannual Maintenance Items:
Manual starting means on electrical systems operated and boxes, panels and cabinets cleaned?
Antifreeze tested in coolant systems?
Flexible exhaust section acceptable?
Alarms operated on electrical portions of diesel engine systems?
Annual Maintenance Items
Changed pump bearing lubrication?
Shaft end play acceptable?
Transmission coupling right angle gear drive and mechanical moving parts lubricated?
Circuit breakers passed trip test?
Emergency manual starting means operated without power?
Electrical connections secure?
Pressure switch settings calibrated?
Motor bearing greased?
Fuel tank free of water and foreign material, tank vents and overflow pipes free of obstructions, fuel piping acceptable, and oil and filters changed in diesel systems?
Antifreeze changed in coolant systems?
Heater exchanger cleaned out?
Duct work & louvers (combustion air) acceptable?
Exhaust system free of back pressure?
Exhaust system hangers and supports acceptable?
Control and power wiring tight?
Completion
Completion
Other Observations
Full Name of Owner
I state that the information on this form is correct at the time and place of inspection, and that all equipment tested at this time was left in operational condition upon completion of this inspection except.
Full Name and Signature of Inspector
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Ensuring Fire Safety Readiness: Understanding the Fire Pump Inspection,


A fire pump inspection plays a vital role in maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of fire suppression systems. This comprehensive assessment focuses on examining the functionality and condition of fire pumps, which are critical components of these systems.


During a fire pump inspection, trained professionals thoroughly evaluate the pump and its associated components, such as seals, valves, gauges, and controls. They assess various factors, including pump performance, pressure levels, electrical connections, and overall operational readiness. The inspection aims to identify any potential issues, malfunctions, or signs of wear and tear that may compromise the pump’s functionality during a fire emergency.


By conducting regular fire pump inspections, building owners, facility managers, and fire safety professionals can ensure that the pump is functioning optimally and in compliance with relevant regulations and standards. If any deficiencies are detected, prompt maintenance or repairs can be carried out to address them, ensuring the pump’s reliability and efficient operation when it is most needed.


Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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