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Water Based Fire Protection System Plan Review

The United States Fire Administration (USFA), Department of Homeland Security, is recruiting students and instructor candidates to attend pilot classes for its new six-day off-campus or State enfranchised course Water-Based Fire Protection System Plan Review.  The first pilot will be offered December 7 to 12 in Champaign, Illinois. The pilot delivery is a partnership with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Students will arrive Saturday December 6 and depart Saturday, December 13.

The course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler, pump and standpipe plans and calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation.  Course content covers fire protection standards, plan reading, water supplies, building envelope features, fire protection hydraulics mathematics, fire pumps, sprinkler systems, and standpipe systems.

A second pilot will be delivered at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland March 29 to April 3, 2009.  Students will arrive Saturday March 28 and depart Saturday, April 4.  (The application period for the on-campus pilot will open beginning November 1, 2008 and must be postmarked not later then December 31, 2008.) Other than this second pilot, there are no plans to offer this on campus at the National Fire Academy.

Pilots are highly participatory among the instructors, course developers and students.  Attendees are expected to contribute their ideas and expertise to improve course content and delivery.   Target Audience:  The target audience for this course is the student who is responsible for the review and approval of plans for water-based fire protection systems in his/her jurisdiction.

Student Selection Criteria:   Individuals who have code enforcement responsibilities for the review and approval of plans for water-based fire protection systems in his/her jurisdiction.

Priority selection will be given to those applicants who express interest in and meet minimum qualifications to become course instructors.  For minimum qualifications, please visit the USFA website at  “Become an Instructor” and follow the hyperlink to “qualification criteria.


  • Students should have completed the NFA course: “Fire and Life Safety Plan Review” or “Plan Review for Inspectors,” or, possess ICC or NFPA Plan Examiner certifications, or, have attended an American Fire Sprinkler Association/National Fire Sprinkler Association design school, and,
  • Completed “Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection” (Q218) at NFA Online.

Material Requirements:

  • Students will be required to bring to class:
  • NFPA Standards 13, 14, and 20
  • Scientific calculator or access to the Windows® scientific calculator
  • Architect and engineering scale tools

How to Apply:

Students must complete a separate FEMA General Admissions application (Form 75-5).  An electronic application is available on the FEMA website.

Completed applications for the first pilot (P136) in Illinois must be postmarked by October 15, 2008 to:

NETC Admissions Office
Building I, Room 216
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD  21727

Completed course applications also may be faxed to the Admissions Office at (301) 447-1441.  Applicants should not make plans to attend the pilot course until notified in writing by the Admissions Office.

Stipends ($100) are available for eligible students to attend the off-campus pilot course.  Attendance at the pilot course does not prevent an eligible student from obtaining another stipend within the same fiscal year.

Students are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.  We have a list of area hotels on the NFA web-site.  Make sure you ask for government rates as some give a discount from the advertised price.

Instructor Candidates:

Applicants who wish to be considered as potential instructors should submit a letter of interest and provide a summary of their interest and qualifications to become an instructor.

The letter should be addressed to:

Training Specialist James B. Anderson
National Fire Academy
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD  21727

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Ruth Sherman October 2, 2008, 7:12 am

    I do not have the prerequisite class “Fire and Life Safety Plan Review”. I would love to take it, but I was told it has been discontinued on campus. Where could I find that class offered? Thank you.

    Ruth A. Sherman
    Fire Inspector
    W Bloomfield Fire Dept.
    W Bloomfield, MI

  • Sebastian Migdal October 2, 2008, 8:34 pm

    Inspector Shurman,
    You may want to look into the following: for more information regarding the NFPA Plan Review course.
    -OCC Contact Cindy: 248-232-4580
    -Schoolcraft College Contact Johh: 734-462-4770 ext. 6006
    -St. Clair College Contact John Jeffreis: 810-989-5753
    I hope this helps, or at least guide you to the necessary information.

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