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Fire Sprinklers 101 - Introduction, Building Codes, Water Supplies

approx 90 minutes - 4 parts

CEUs = 0.15   /   CPDs = 1.5   (CEUs/CPDs are OPTIONAL)

There are many issues within NFPA 13 that are assumed to be understood. This leads to conflicts between contractors and AHJs in interpreting the criteria. Fire Sprinklers 101 begins the discussion of underlying principles and requisite issues that are assumed to be understood by users of the sprinkler standards prior to applying them. It touches upon NFPA 13D and 13R, but the main focus is requirements of NFPA 13.

FS 101 includes discussion of the three CRITICAL Considerations — Choosing the Correct Sprinkler Standard, Water Supply & Arrangement appropriate to the selected standard, and Occupancy. The course addresses what the AHJ should look for from the building owner, the sprinkler layout technician/designer, and the fire sprinkler contractor; discusses the scope of NFPA 13; and discusses the use of formal and informal interpretations of NFPA standards.

This program will introduce participants to NFPA 13, including the basic layout, format and editorial markings used to navigate the standard.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to identify and locate basic information from NFPA 13, describe the four basic types of systems and identify types of sprinklers used in fire sprinkler systems.

The target audience for all three presentations includes:

  • Architects
  • Building Officials
  • Designers
  • Plan reviewers
  • Fire Marshals
  • Sprinkler salesmen
  • Sprinkler installers


To sample the audio presentation download the following file.

Download First Audio Segment  (mp3)   SAMPLE AUDIO






Bob Caputo has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 25 years and has experience is all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. A former fire fighter trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego, Bob has been an instructor since 1989, teaching seminars for both American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and NFPA. He holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple states. He represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee and is the author of AFSA's Project Management Tools program. He was named FPC Magazine's “Man of the Year” in 1994 and was named San Diego County Fire Prevention Officer of the Year in 1999.

Roland Huggins, P.E. is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is registered in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the NFPA and SFPE. Huggins is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee, NFPA 13 Discharge Criteria, NFPA 25 Inspection and Maintenance, and three NFPA 5000 (Building Code) committees; Technical Correlating Committee, Assembly Occupancies, and Industrial/Storage Occupancies. NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the 1999 and 2002 editions of the Sprinkler Handbook. Other national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, NICET, and SFPE (performance based design guide). He has conducted many seminars and presentations, as well as written numerous sprinkler-related articles.