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Setting up the fire protection systems on the island is tremendously time-consuming and you will want help, and even a truck, for some of it.

First Things FirstEdit

The off-season is the most dangerous time for a fire to occur as The Fireboard and Sprinklers are often not online. You also have contractors that might not know the rules about smoking areas or even willfully disregard them (I wish I were joking). The only devices that should be done ASAP on your arrival are the distribution of extinguishers and battery smoke detectors to current living areas. So before you read any more of this, make sure all occupied areas have their extinguishers and battery smoke detectors.

E-Light batteries should be done as soon as you are able, mostly because that is the largest task and has plenty of potential for issues that can take a long time to work out. Unless there are special circumstances, the order in which the rest of these things isn't terribly important. So long as you don't plan on completing all of them in the same week as it will make tracking issues or things you might have missed much harder than it needs to be.

Here's a spreadsheet you can download that breaks down the quantities of all this stuff easier:

[SIFPDeploy2012]

Emergency Light Battery Installation Edit

Emergency Light Batteries should get done first mostly because power cycling buildings is much easier when nobody lives in them. Keep in mind that the batteries need a full 24-hours to charge and interrupting this should be avoided as much as possible, especially for long periods of time. So if there are any special conditions regarding power, you might have to work around them. In 2012's Open-Up, for example, we were severely low on diesel which meant we had to shut down the generators at night to safe fuel.

In the future, try to work with the engineer to have the generators shut down every other night during early Open-Up. This is an ideal situation as doing this will not only give the batteries time to fully charge (almost 40 hours) it will also completely discharge them (deep cycling) as well, which can help restore capacity to batteries that deteriorated over the winter. After a few deep cycles (almost two weeks of shutting the generator down every other night) all the batteries that could be restored, will be.

The BatteriesEdit

The exceptions to this are mentioned in Fire Protection Systems#Unique E-Light Snowflakes.

The batteries used in almost all emergency lights are 6 volt, 4.5 amp-hours. They should be given 24 hours to charge and according to NFPA 101, must keep their lights going for 1 hour and 30 minutes. We have some 4 amp-hour batteries which, for the most part, don't last long enough.

For the procedure of distributing the batteries, I would recommend looking at the list of devices and separating the island into zones. Center the zones along the roads so all the batteries could be easily staged using a truck. This is a list of staging areas I used (left column), the buildings these zones covered (each row is a zone), and how many 6V batteries for each. Keep in mind the special batteries are not included in the zone totals on the left column.

For information on the E-Light units themselves, check Fire Protection Systems#Emergency Lighting Systems



F zone 7
Brookfield 3
Marine Lab 2
Founders 1s
FAS 2
D zone 17
D 11
E 3
Star Loft 4
A zone 27
A 19
B 3
C 4
Managers 1
Art Barn 2
Stone Vill 8
Newton 5
M 2
Chap 1
U 3s
Shack zone 13
Shack 7
PS 2
Nic 2
CS 2
OC 87
Cas 13
OC4 8
OC3 8
OC2 8
OCL 20
OCK 5
UW 25
Gosport 32
Gos1 4
Gos2 6
Gos3 5
Gos4 3
GosS 7
BerryS 7
Total 193

Fire Extinguisher Charging and pre-inspectionEdit

Before the fire inspection, all of our fire extinguishers must be in place, charged, and inspected by a fire protection company for the year. This involves doing the following tasks, prefereably in this order:

  • Open-Up ABCs distributed to Open-Up living spaces.
  • All other extinguishers gathered for inspection. (Don't forget extinguishers in the Boat House and on the Percy)
  • Tri-State or All-State called in to inspect and tag extinguishers.
  • Send extinguishers that require maintenance or testing to the mainland.
  • Charge all APWs at the Power House (this takes a long time and is a job for more than one person.)
  • Distribute extinguishers to appropriate staging areas (Definately use a truck and get help for this.)
  • Hang extinguishers on appropriate hooks.


Extinguisher Distribution Table
# ABC # APW # CO2 # K
8 Underworld 10 Underworld 1 Comp Alley
2 Power 1 Engineers 2 Power
4 OCKitchen 3 OCKitchen 2 OCKitchen
2 Cas
4 OC4
5 OC3
5 OC2
5 OC1 5 3 OC1 1 Desk
== ============ == ============= == ============ == ===========
6 Gos1
3 Gos2
3 Gos3
2 Gos4
1 Candle
3 A
2 B
1 Man
== ============ == ============= == ============ == ===========
2 Brookfield
1 Founders
2 EMB 2 EMB 1 EMB
2 FAS
7 D
2 KB 2 KB
3 C
2 E
2 Doctors
2 WTF
1 AB 1 AB
== ============ == ============= == ============ == ===========
3 Newt 6 SV 2 Vaghn 1 Newt
3 U
1 Paint
1 Nic 2 Shack
1 Carp Totals:
59 61 8 3 131


Charging APW ExtinguishersEdit

Charging APWs is actually pretty easy. You will need six things and all but the first will be at the Power House: An extinguisher to fill, a large wrench, a water source, soap, The Magical APW Filler, and an air compressor. These are the steps to filling your very own APW.

  1. Ensure the APW to be filled is depressurized
  2. Take the top off the APW by loosening the neck ring between the tank and gague.
  3. If there is a plastic insert in the tank, remove it.
  4. Fill The Magical APW Filler just over the first line with water and two drops of soap.
  5. Fill APW with The Magical APW Filler.
  6. Put the top back on the extinguisher (don't forget the plastic tube thing!)
  7. Tighten the neck past hand-tight. Make sure the gague is facing away from the wall hook when tightening.
  8. Attach an appropriate interface to the end of the air compressor's hose.
  9. Preassurize the tank to 100 psi by connecting the air compressor to the interface behind the extinguisher's gague.
  10. Repeat steps 1-10 for each APW you have to fill.
  11. You are done. Put everything back where you found it.

Battery Smoke Detector InstallationEdit

9V Batteries should be kept in EMB over the winter.

Be very careful storing and transporting 9V batteries as they are extremely easy to short by accident. This is very very bad!

Here's another table!

5
Founders
3
EMB
4
Doctors
4
FAS
6
D
4
Crow's
2
Starloft
15
Units
YPRU5
Baker5
Sprague5
5
SV
Vaughn2
Parsons3
16
Shak
10
Cas
Cas2
Cas3
110
OC
OC2
OC3
OC4
30
Gos
19
A
9
B
7
C
8
E
3
Managers

HosesEdit

The fastest type of thing to deploy for Open-Up. This can easily be done in one day by two people, or even one if the person is motivated. Go do the Loading Fire Hose Stations page for how to load the stations.

Here's a table for where all the hoses go:


Hose: LP
Baker
SE end of porch
Long
Hose: HP
Cottage A
Outside/ NE corner
Hose: HP
Cottage B
Outside/NE corner
Hose: Both
Cottage C
Outside/NE corner
Hose: HP
Cottage D
Outside/NE corner
Hose: Box
Cottage E
Hose box
Hose: HP
Cottage E
Outside/NE corner
Long
Hose: Box
Gosport
2nd Landing
Hose: HP
Gosport
2nd Landing/stairwell
Hose: HP
Gosport
3rd - east wing/Bathroom
Hose: HP
Gosport
Heights - Bathroom
Hose: HP
Gosport - Elliot
Hall/Elliot
Hose: LP
Infirmary
N side, corner towards EMB
Long
Hose: LP
Kiddie Barn
Left of front doors
Hose: HP
Managers
East Wall
Hose: LP
Marine Lab
East End
Hose: LP
Newton
Back Wood Shed
Long
Hose: HP
OC Tower
Landing/stairwell
Hose: HP
OC Tower
Landing/stairwell
Hose: HP
OC Tower
Landing/stairwell
Hose: HP
OC Tower
Landing/stairwell
Hose: HP
Oceanic
Near rm. 100
Hose: HP
Oceanic
Near rm. 65
Hose: LP
OC/Kitchen
Outside/by rocks
Hose: HP
Snack Bar
By doors to kitchen
Hose: HP
Caswell Stairs
Caswell stairwell
Hose: LP
Shack
Outside North Side
Long
Hose: HP
Underworld Front
Outside cubbie room
Hose: LP
Underworld Front
Outside door to porch
Hose: HP
Underworld Rear
Next to stairs to kitchen
Hose: LP
WTF
Compost Bins
Hose: LP
WTF
South side of SBR