TERPconsulting’s 3rd party review services include special inspections of clean agent fire extinguishing systems. Clean agent fire suppression systems are most often installed in addition to a sprinkler system to maintain a tenable environment. The value of using a clean agent to extinguish a fire is that it does not leave a residue upon evaporation because it is a gaseous fire suppressant. Types of clean agents most often used are halocarbon agents, inert gas agents, and carbon dioxide (CO2 ).
Once discharged, special extinguishing systems that exert clean agents protect unique hazard areas such as those containing sensitive IT/telecommunications electronic equipment or collections of valuable and rare items like historical artifacts. These water-sensitive areas specifically include spaces where the contents are reactive to water and would be better served using clean agents so there is no residue left behind. Areas to consider using clean agent fire suppression systems include specialized storage spaces, data or technology centers, electrical or power stations, and art, rare book, or museum collections that would be harmed if residue was left behind upon evaporation.
TERPconsulting’s licensed fire protection engineers are experienced in performing 3rd party special inspections and witnessing room integrity tests to ensure gaseous agent fire suppression systems are designed, installed, and inspected per the building’s design and that they meet the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code 2001 – Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. Following final acceptance testing with the client, building official, or AHJ, TERPconsulting’s licensed fire protection engineers will prepare a report documenting the testing results and system performance which will include a brief narrative of overall system performance, in accordance with NFPA code 2001.