A fire pump test requires two technicians for safety and efficiency. One person in the pump room, should be a qualified pump technician. Using calibrated, certified instruments, information is gathered measuring:
- Suction pressure
- Discharge pressure
- Shaft speed.
The other person is usually outside the building assembling fire hoses, nozzles and safety equipment. This person collects data concerning the flow of water from the fire hoses.
All of the information gathered is assembled and an evaluation of the fire pump performance is documented. The hope is that all the equipment is in top condition and performs as it did when new before the factory shipped it out. The object of the test is to discover weak points or failures and correct them before the equipment is needed to extinguish a fire.
In high rise buildings, one or more roof flows may also be required.
Usually, a representative from the fire prevention bureau having jurisdiction is present to witness the test.
A properly executed test will also include operation of all features of the controller and the jockey pump system.
The final test certificate should show nameplate information from the:
Fire pump driver
Fire pump control panel
Jockey pump motor
Jockey pump controller
It should also display all readings for:
Three leg amperage
Three leg voltage
Gallons per minute
Fire pump start pressure
Fire pump stop pressure
Jockey pump start pressure
Jockey pump stop pressure
Names of individuals conducting test
Names of witnesses
Any problems discovered