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 Acknowledgments Notice Preface Introduction List of Tables List of Figures List of Acronyms 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 2. Philosophy of Protection 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Protection Options 2.3 Insurance Requirements 2.4 Internal Company Policies and Standards 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 4. Duration of Firewater Supplies 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Capability of Public Water Mains 4.3 Primary Supplies 4.4 Reserve Supplies 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 6. Pump Types and Applications 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Dynamic Pumps 6.3 Positive Displacement Pumps 6.4 Firewater Pump Characteristics 6.5 Main and Standby Firewater Pumps 6.6 Booster Firewater Pumps 6.7 Water Mist Firewater Pumps 6.8 Jockey Pumps 6.9 Firewater Circulation Pumps 6.10 Foam Pumps 6.11 Packaged And Skid Units


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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. The magnitude of the risks, worldwide sensitivity, and foreign location make this one the highly critical fire risk operations in the world. He has also been associated with Boeing, Lockheed, Marathon Oil Company, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation in various fire protection engineering, risk analysis, and safety roles in several locations in the United States and overseas. 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 four other books, Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Relat

Affiliations and Expertise

Loss Prevention Manager and Chief Fire Prevention Engineer, Saudi Aramco