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Fire Alarm Systems
  • Radio Bi-Directional Amplifier "BDA" systems are permitted through Manatee County Radio Division and NOT through the Fire Marshal's Office.

  • Do not connect the BDA system to the fire alarm panel (lightning issue), use separate monitoring source.  

  • NO DUCT smoke detectors.  Use HVAC relay shunt trips on general alarms only in order to reset with fire alarm system.

  • NO PHONE lines to fire alarm panel (lightning issue), use cell dialer or radio for monitoring.

  • NO TAMPER to fire backflow as copper underground poses a lightning issue.

  • Pulls must have protection covers.  Add covers with sounders if risk of children tampering is present.

  • Add KNOX BOX to the location identified by Fire Marshal or staff.

  • Waterproof EXTERIOR STROBE above OR near Knox Box with NO HORN.

  • Breakrooms require HEAT detectors, NO SMOKES.

  • Minimal smoke detectors in air-conditioned spaces.

  • Fire Alarm Annunciator at firefighter entrance, which will be entry door nearest Knox Box & Waterproof Strobe.

  • SPRINKLER BELL not required for monitored fire alarm system.

  • FLOW / TAMPER on sprinkler riser.

Fire Sprinkler System
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  1. Protect restraints / bolts / S.S. riser with visqueen / plastic wrap prior to all cement work

  2. Use blue "non-corroding" bolts / nuts = NO TARRING is required with non-corroding hardware

  3. Remote FDC:  Add 500+ pounds of cement

  4. 90° stainless steel in building riser:  Add 300+ pounds of cement

  5. 90° bends:  Add 300+ pounds of cement

  6. Tracer wire: THROUGHOUT

  7. 200# 2 hour pressure test and full bore flush at final - Test for leaks prior to fire final

  8. Tape NO PIG inspections - OPEN TRENCH

  9. Remote FDC at final grade will require 18" x 18" cement pad (8" thick) WITH hole for U-channel signpost and tracer wire cap

Fire Underground Thrust Blocking
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  1. Protect restraints / bolts / S.S. riser with visqueen / plastic wrap prior to all cement work

  2. Use blue "non-corroding" bolts / nuts = NO TARRING is required with non-corroding hardware

  3. Remote FDC:  Add 500+ pounds of cement

  4. 90° stainless steel in building riser:  Add 300+ pounds of cement

  5. 90° bends:  Add 300+ pounds of cement

  6. Tracer wire: THROUGHOUT

  7. 200# 2 hour pressure test and full bore flush at final - Test for leaks prior to fire final

  8. Tape NO PIG inspections - OPEN TRENCH

  9. Remote FDC at final grade will require 18" x 18" cement pad (8" thick) WITH hole for U-channel signpost and tracer wire cap

Fire Standpipe System
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  • Add pressure reducer valves if fire pump is providing PSI

  • Add ONLY class I 2.5" hose valves with brass reducer caps (2.5" - 1.5")

  • Label exterior stairwell doors with the word "STANDPIPE" in red lettering

  • Hose valves are on separate riser from sprinkler system unless approved by fire department

Fire Pump System
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  • Shop drawings must match installation

  • Manufacturer's specifications or cut sheets for all equipment to be installed

  • Hydraulic calculations and pump curve

  • Include address and legal description of project, with owner's details and contractor info

  • Plan of use, square footage and area involved listed

  • 2 Hour 200 PSI pressure test on all piping prior to final pump test

  • Work must be performed by the contractor indicated on the permit

  • Final acceptance test by a representative of the pump manufacturer, controller, and transfer switch with the fire department

Fire Access Electronic Gates (Road and Pool)
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  • Plans must include emergency access remote control system (gate opener receiver & handheld gate openers / clickers) per Manatee County Ordinance AND Knox gate switch for fire apparatus as a back-up system

  • No solar powered gates allowed

  • Add KNOX GATE SWITCH #3502 to allow for fire department operation of gate

  • Provide county / city permit application number if new gate

 

For Pedestrian Gate (Community Pools, Parks, Nature Preserves or other public areas)

  • Add KNOX GATE SWITCH #3502 

  • Verify location in person with Fire Marshal or staff prior to install

  • For POOL areas please add signage similar to photo provided

To order from Knox Select Florida then NORTH RIVER FIRE DISTRICT

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Hydrant and FDC

  • Blue Pavement Marker for Hydrant

  • Red Pavement Marker for FDC

  • No Foliage Blocking Access

Hydrant

  • Blue Reflective Tape on Collar

  • Solid Yellow

  • Annual Inspection Tag

FDC

  • Sign Indicating the Building it Feeds

  • Painted Red 

  • No Rust

  • Lid in Place

Clean Agent System
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  • Follow the latest edition of the FFPC, NFPA 2001

  • Provide purge exhaust system 

  • Pre-test all operations and devices prior to final inspection or a failed inspection fee will be assessed

  • Inform property owner of necessity for system to be inspected every 6 months

Fire Hydrants
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  • Follow the latest edition of the FFPC, NFPA 14

  • Add pressure reducer valves if fire pump is providing PSI

  • Add ONLY class I 2.5" hose valves with brass reducer caps (2.5" - 1.5")

  • Label exterior stairwell doors with the word "STANDPIPE" in red lettering

  • Hose valves are on separate riser from sprinkler system unless approved by fire department

Radio BDA Rough-In
  • Follow the City of Palmetto or Manatee County Building permit requirements and inspections

  • Contact Ed Cittadino - Radio Manager, IT Manatee County  ed.cittadino@mymanatee.org or 848-992-6220 to comply with the RF grid test requirements of the Manatee County Radio Division "MCRD"

  • An independent grid testing contractor must follow a "failed" grid test by the radio DBA seller/installer to protect the building owner from fraudulent tests

  • A permit from NRFD is for ROUGH-IN SYSTEM ONLY:  chase pipe 2" grey conduit or 2" blue smurf flex pipe, 12" x 12" NEMA 4 rated boxes, and the wall boxes for annunciators

  • No connection between the radio BDA panel and the FACP (lightning hazard for FACP) 

  • Monitor radio DBA separately from FACP

  • Elevator shafts and stairwells are NOT approved paths for radio DBA chase

  • Fire department inspector will field verify and inspect radio DBA rough-in

  • Final approval of a radio DBA system can ONLY BE GIVEN by the MCRD

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