Written from the perspective of industrial users, this is the only book that describes how to install an effective firewater pumping system in a pragmatic and budget-conscious way rather than with purely the regulatory framework in mind. Based on the wide-ranging industrial experience of the author, this book is also the only one that deals with the particular risks and requirements of off-shore facilities. This book takes the reader beyond the prescriptive requirements of the fire code (NFPA, UL) and considers how to make the best choice of design for the budget available as well as how to ensure the other components of the pumping system and supporting services are optimized.

Key Features

The only alternative to guides written by regulatory enforcement bodies, this book is uniquely practical and objective – demonstrating how and why the standards need to be met
Covers a wide range of industries, including those with exceptional requirements such as off-shore petroleum facilities and chemical plants
Written by someone who has been responsible for the safety of large numbers of workers and billions of dollars worth of equipment, for those in similarly responsible positions


Fire protection engineers, health, safety and environment professionals, safety or loss prevention engineers, and risk consultants. The major industrial market is the Oil and Gas sector, including exploration, production, refining, distribution, chemical processing & storage, engineering and consulting, project engineering, safety experts, and fire & safety regulatory bodies.

Table of Contents


About the author





List of tables

List of figures

List of acronyms

Chapter 1. Historical applications of firewater pumping systems

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Ancient water pumps

1.3. Reciprocating hand and steam-driven fire pumps

1.4. Rotary pumps

1.5. Invention of the centrifugal pump

1.6. Modern fire pumps

1.7. Municipal water pumping plants and mains

1.8. Offshore facilities

Chapter 2. Philosophy of protection

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Protection options

2.3. Insurance requirements

2.4. Internal company policies and standards

Chapter 3. Firewater flow requirements

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Risk areas

3.3. Exposure cooling requirements

3.4. Fire control requirements

3.5. Suppression requirements

3.6. Residual pressure requirements

Chapter 4. Duration of firewater supplies

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Capability of public water mains

4.3. Primary supplies

4.4. Reserve supplies

Chapter 5. Sources of firewater pump supply

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Seas and oceans

5.3. Rivers, channels, ponds and lakes

5.4. Water wells (natural underground reservoirs)

5.5. Manmade reservoirs (impounded supplies)

5.6. Storage tanks

5.7. Municipal and private firewater distribution mains

5.8. Specialized offshore raw seawater systems

5.9. Firewater usage by other services

5.10. Emergency water sources

5.11. Water quality

5.12. Enhancements to fire-fighting water

5.13. Marine growth

5.14. Future use, sources and development

Chapter 6. Pump types and applications

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Dynamic pumps

6.3. Posit


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William Andrew
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