Unit 7: Active Fire Protection Systems (2 Days)

Providing outline knowledge of fixed fire fighting systems, this two-day course covers the principles of fire and extinguishing. Delegates will learn how extinguishing systems work and where they are best suited.

  • Fixed extinguishing system installers
  • Facilities managers and maintainers
  • Consultants
  • Designers
  • Insurers
  • Responsible Person/Duty Holder
  • Extinguishing systems including chemical, inert gas, carbon dioxide and watermist (high and low pressure)
  • Detection systems and interface to fire alarm and building management systems
  • Pressure relief and extraction systems
  • Types of design (local application, total flood)
  • Design guidance
  • Maintenance guidance
  • Coverage of over 26 current and draft British and International Standards, Codes of Practice and associated literature

Part 1 The principles of fire – what it is, how it starts and spreads and the types of fire

Part 2 Prevention, control, suppression and extinguishing of fires and how to select the
relevant system(s) – details all the available fire extinguishing systems used and how to
select based on the application

Part 3 How extinguishing systems work

Part 4 Selection of extinguishing systems (where they are best suited) – in terms of
application local to the risk, or throughout the entire volume

Part 5 System delivery types & components

Part 6 System design – key considerations in the design including design concentrations,
discharge times, hydraulic flow calculations, room integrity, etc.)

Part 7 Safety, toxicological factors & Environment

Part 8 Fire detection and triggering – types of detector, the principle of triggering, ancillary

Part 9 Interface with building and building management – elements relating to
construction, pressure relief, extract and transmission of alarms

Part 10 Commissioning, maintenance & additional factors – training, testing actuators,
checking interfaces, security & tampering, documentation, periodic inspection, end of
system life

NOTE: This course does not cover the topic of explosion protection.

  • Knowledge and understanding of in­situ fire fighting systems, as well as how they work and what is most appropriate for the situation
  • A thorough knowledge of a range of fire suppression systems including their use and operation, interface with the building and electrical systems
  • Guidance on their design and maintenance
  • An understanding of the current and draft Standards and associated documentation
  • Course manuals to take away and refer to


  • FIA members – £300 +VAT
  • Non­-members – £500 +VAT

    Members can pay by invoice or debit/credit card.

    Non-members can only pay by debit/credit card.

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