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Fire Protection Engineer -
Poole Fire Protection is looking for a creative and innovative Fire Protection Engineer to help support our growing Fire Protection Team. The successful candidate will be involved in the design of fire suppression, fire detection/alarm and life safety systems including performing of field construction inspections and acceptance testing.
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Poole Fire Protection is looking for a creative and innovative Fire Sprinkler Designer for the Kansas City Area. The Fire Sprinkler Designer prepares code compliant fire sprinkler designs using HydraCAD and/or AutoSPRINK software for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
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Project Case Study

Case Study – A Project From the Engineer's Point of View
Company Confidential - High Pressure Testing Facility

The project originally began about 6 months before I started working at Poole Fire Protection. However, the energy company put the project on hold due to the cost of treating the building as high hazard occupancy. After making some changes to the planned building use, the project was started again during the Summer of 2008 and I was tasked with attending weekly design team meetings, developing and coordinating submittals, tracking project budget and schedule, responding to technical questions, and managing the sprinkler and fire alarm design sub-consultants.

This was an especially unique project due to how the client wished to utilize the structure. The energy company needed a facility that they could bring their well servicing units into, fully pressurize them (upwards of 25,000 psi), and test them. Since these well servicing units require diesel to operate, we had to determine how to classify the occupancy. The International Building Code (IBC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) do not specifically address high pressure testing facilities so we could not simply read from the codes and standards to determine what was required from a fire protection, building construction, and life safety standpoint. When the codes and standards do not specifically apply, we have to exercise engineering judgment to determine how to best protect this facility and its occupants. These engineering judgments are based upon an understanding of occupant and building safety, use and storage of pressurized flammable and combustible liquids, construction materials, and how the client will need to use the building. We needed to make sure we provided a safe building while not inhibiting its desired use.

Since this was such a unique project we spent a large amount of effort coordinating our design approach with the design team, specifically the architect and the mechanical, electrical, and structural engineers. For example, large exhaust fans are required to remove heat from the test bays but they also had the potential to delay sprinkler operation if a fire were to occur in a bay. As a result, we coordinated the fire protection systems with the mechanical and electrical engineers to mitigate this potential hazard. Also, we had to coordinate with the end user to determine how much flammable and combustible material would need to be used and stored and in what type of system. Once we received official responses regarding diesel storage and use, we developed an engineering judgment and presented it to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The AHJ approved our design approach and we proceeded in finalizing our design documents.

This was an atypical project due to the inherent hazards in the building's use requirements. It demonstrates the challenges in fire protection and life safety for buildings: developing unique solutions to projects that do not necessarily fit the molds of the applicable codes and standards while allowing the client to have a building that suits their operational needs.

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