What critical information do you need from general contractor or clients in order to complete a design?

When beginning a fire sprinkler design, it is critical to have a current and complete set of Architectural and Structural drawings. The fire sprinkler codes are very specific about the placement (both vertical and horizontal) of sprinkler heads with respect to structural members and other obstructions of the water spray pattern.

In addition, the spacing and location of hangers and seismic bracing is critical in sprinkler designs and each must be attached to a structural member that is capable of supporting the additional loads. With a complete set of Architectural and Structural Drawings, the fire sprinkler designer will have almost all of the information that they need to design the best system possible.

What does VFS stand for?

VFS Fire & Security Services is a descendant of Viking Fire Protection. When the company was originally formed, it went under the name Viking Fire Suppression. Due to trademark issues, Viking Fire Suppression was later changed to VFS.

Many times when talking to receptionists at our customer’s offices, they have difficulty with the letters VFS. We kindly help them by saying “VFS – Very Funny Smile”. We have become known to many receptionists as the “Very Funny Smiles” people.

Why are fire sprinkler system inspections so important?

Fire sprinkler inspections are vitally important for two reasons. First of all, fire sprinkler inspections are mandated by the fire sprinkler codes, and staying in code is crucial to successful safety precautions. Secondly, fire sprinkler inspections are critical to ensure that all parts of the system will operate as designed in case of a fire. Since fire sprinkler systems are not utilized on a daily basis, it is important to check that all parts of the system are functional so that everything will work when needed.

How often should I have my fire sprinkler system inspected?

According to the NFPA 25, fire sprinkler inspections for wet pipe systems are required on a quarterly basis. In the State of California, according to Title 19, quarterly inspections are required along with a more comprehensive five year Inspection. The five year inspection requires a backflush of the fire department connections.

For all other systems including dry, foam, pre-action, and deluge systems, an annual inspection is required by code.