Al Musannah Air Base
East Apron and Hangar Project
Poole Fire Protection served as the Qualified Fire Protection Engineer per UFC 3-600-01, for the 57,480 SF Aircraft Hangar and East Apron Project at Al Musannah Air Base, Oman. Poole Fire Protection was retained by CDM Smith to develop the detailed fire suppression and fire alarm system shop drawings since the local fire protection supplier did not have in-house capabilities and direct access to a qualified fire protection engineer to perform the review. Prior to developing the shop drawings, Poole Fire Protection performed a 3rd party review of the original design documentation to validate all building code, life safety, fire suppression and fire alarm features were consistent with UFC 1-200-01, UFC 3-600-01, UFC 4-211-01, the International Building Code, the applicable NFPA codes and standards and the host nation fire protection criteria.
Poole Fire Protection utilized the original performance-based fire protection design documents and developed the detailed fire protection system shop drawings, including fire pump, fire water storage tank, underground water distribution system, including fire hydrant layout, wet pipe sprinkler system for both buildings, high expansion foam system for the aircraft hangar, and a complete fire alarm/mass notification system that reported back to the base security/fire protection dispatch location.
Poole Fire Protection then provided construction administration services which consisted of responding to RFI’s, participating in construction meetings, performing construction observation site visits, being present at preliminary and final acceptance testing of the fire protection systems and reviewing / approving the as-built drawings and O&M manuals for the fire protection systems.
Detailed fire protection acceptance testing / commissioning procedures were developed by Poole Fire Protection. These detailed procedures were followed and used for documentation purposes for all fire suppression, fire alarm/mass notification, fire pump and water storage tank testing and commissioning. Detailed commissioning and acceptance testing of the hangar high expansion foam, wet pipe sprinkler system, fire pumps and the fire alarm and mass notification system, including foam releasing system was tested and commissioned in accordance with the criteria from the US Air Force, UFC4-211-01 and the USACE Hangar Center of Excellence requirements. After many challenges of identifying numerous construction-related shortcomings during the preliminary acceptance testing, as a result of utilizing unskilled host nation labor forces; these items were resolved, corrected, made code compliant and re-acceptance tested.