Fire Fighting Pumping Systems at Industrial Facilities

1st Edition

Authors: Dennis P. Nolan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815514282
eBook ISBN: 9780815517214
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 31st December 1998
Page Count: 247
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This book describes fixed firewater pump installations for industrial facilities from the viewpoint of the end users, fire protection engineers, loss prevention professionals, and those just entering a career in which decisions about fire pump installations must be made. Therefore much background information is given for the necessary requirements and usefulness of a firewater pump and the services that interface with it.

This book's primary objective is the provision of practical information and basic background design principles on the application of fixed pumps for fire fighting purposes at industrial facilities, both onshore and offshore. Where specific details are necessary and pertinent to the discussion they are provided, otherwise, these can be found from the applicable fire codes and engineering practices to be applied to the facility. Experience from the installation of fire pumps in the petroleum and chemical industries, historical data, manufacturers specification sheets and regulatory code requirements have been drawn upon for the preparation of the information in this book.


Fire protection engineers, loss prevention professionals, and those just entering a career in which decisions about fire pump installations must be made.

Table of Contents

  1. Historical Applications of Firewater Pumping Systems Ancient Water Pumps Reciprocating Hand and Steam Driven Fire Pumps Modern Fire Pumps Rotary Pumps Invention of Centrifugal Pump Municipal Water Pumping Plants and Mains Offshore Facilities
  2. Philosophy of Protection Process Emergency Control Measures Incident Fuel Consumption Provide Protective Measures Passive Systems Active Systems Insurance Requirements Internal Company Policies and Standards
  3. Firewater Flow Requirements Risk Areas Exposure Cooling Requirements Fire Control Requirements Suppression Requirements Egress Water Sprays Residual Pressure Requirements
  4. Duration of Firewater Supplies Capability of Public Water Mains Primary Supplies Reserve Supplies
  5. Sources of Firewater Pump Supply Seas and Oceans Rivers, Channels, Ponds and Lakes Water Wells (Natural Underground Reservoirs) Manmade Reservoirs (Impounded Supplies) Storage Tanks Municipal and Private Firewater Distribution Mains Specialized Offshore Raw Seawater Systems Firewater Usage by Other Services Emergency Water Sources Water Quality Enhancements to Fire Fighting Water Marine Growth Biocide Injection Other Marine Growth Control Methods Future Use, Sources and Development
  6. Pump Types and Applications Centrifugal Pumps Pump/Impeller Design Relationships Single and Mult


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About the Author

Dennis P. Nolan

Dr. Dennis P. Nolan has had a long career devoted to risk engineering, fire protection engineering, loss prevention engineering and systems safety engineering. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration from Berne University, Master of Science degree in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a U.S. registered professional engineer in fire protection engineering in the state of California.He is currently on the Executive Management staff of Saudi Aramco, located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as a Loss Prevention Consultant/Chief Fire Prevention Engineer. He covers some of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world. As part of his career, he has examined oil production, refining, and marketing facilities under severe conditions and in various unique worldwide locations, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and North and South America. His activity in the aerospace field has included engineering support for the NASA Space Shuttle launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center (and for those undertaken at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California) and “classified” national defense systems. Dr. Nolan has received numerous safety awards and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, He is the author of many technical papers and professional articles in various international fire safety publications. He has written at least four books, several published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Loss Prevention Manager and Chief Fire Prevention Engineer, Saudi Aramco