- Fire Protection Design Reviews & Acceptance Testing
Our team is completing design reviews and final acceptance testing (FAT) for more than 50 hangars at 27 U.S. Air Force bases throughout four countries. We find fire protection impairments and provide recommendations, resulting in installed systems able to properly detect fires, alert occupants, summon help, suppress fire, extinguish fire and reduce probability of false activations and other systemic failures.
Design reviews are performed on fire suppression, fire alarm and life safety systems. Documents reviewed include A-E drawings, specifications, design analysis, calculations, contractor shop drawings and material submittals. A full range of system components are evaluated in accordance with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-600-01, UFC 4-211-01, and National Fire Protection Association standards.
Our team also witnesses fire protection system functional testing to confirm compliance with the design criteria. FAT included functional testing and inspections for:
- Fire alarm system standby and operational test on batteries
- Optical flame detector aiming (interior and exterior propane test fires)
- Fire alarm and releasing system functional matrix testing
- Fire alarm and releasing system wiring circuit integrity testing
- Fire alarm audibility
- High-expansion foam system flow (silhouette coverage and full bay depth)
- Foam proportioning
Design reviews and testing have been completed for all types of military hangars including those housing B-52, C-130, F-15, F-22, KC-46A, KC-135 and UH-60 aircraft.