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Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Fire Department Connections

By Gregory Havel A fire department connection (FDC) is required by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes to supplement the city or private water supply to all automatic fire sprinkler systems (except residential systems) and standpipe systems. In the case of "manual wet" and "manual dry" standpipe systems, the FDC is the only source of firefighting water. NFPA codes that apply to the installation and maintenance of automatic fire sprinkler and standpipe systems include the following: NFPA Standard 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2010 edition NFPA Standard 14, Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, 2010 edition NFPA Standard 25 Inspection, Testi...

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