Locating Your FDCs

Issue 6 and Volume 160.

In the 2003 International Fire Code, section 912 refers to the fire department connection (FDC). Section 912.1 reads, “Fire department connections shall be installed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard applicable to the system design.” How well do you know the FDC locations in your response district? More important, do you know where they are located in your assisting districts or mutual-aid assignments? Will your engine company be responsible for making the connection to the siamese while the first-in engine is making the attack? A quick review of the fire code regarding FDCs might be helpful. Location (912.2). “… FDCs shall be so located that fire apparatus and hose connected to supply the system will not obstruct access to the buildings for other fire apparatus. FDCs must be readily accessible and easily accessed.” A policy from the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will address issues such as…

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