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FIR-5.04 - Moorage Standpipe Test

Administrative Rule Adopted by Portland Fire & Rescue Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority

Provide uniform procedures for annual testing of all moorage standpipes as specified by Title 28.05.0202g.

All floating structures within the City of Portland.

This policy will aid the Fire Marshal's Office and the engine company in testing of standpipes on moorages. Before a test is scheduled, the Harbor Master or his/her representative shall have the following:
1. Written request received 30 days in advance, from moorage operator requesting specific time and date for test.
2. Hold Harmless Agreement signed by owner/operator.
3. Check made payable to City Treasurer in the amount of $150.00 per standpipe.
4. Name of responsible party who will be on site the day of the test.
When all the above have been done, the Harbor Master will call the first-in engine company to set a date and time for the test. A letter of confirmation will be sent to that engine company.
1. Walk the whole system prior to test. Check that all valves will operate full open and shut. If problems are found that cannot be fixed, do not test. See Repairs.
2. Check that our hose will fit all discharge ports and Fire Department connections.
3. Check that the Fire Department connections have 2 clappers so fireboat could pump and supply the system through a discharge port at the end of a finger pier.
4. Check all connections, paying special attention to flex hose and their connections. This inspection shall be done with the responsible part
5. If a hazard is noted which would riot allow the use or testing of the system, write a Notice for immediate repair and reschedule the test.
If after inspecting the system, the Company Officer and the Harbor Master agrees that the test can be carried out safely, then:
1. Attach test gate to pump outlet or gate down outlet (hose test gate).
2. Connect hose to Fire Department connection and fill with low pressures (30 psi or less), gate down if necessary.
3. Bleed all air from the system from remote ends.
4. Close test gate. Bring pressure to 150 psi slowly over I to 2 minutes.
5. Hold pressure for 5 minutes or as long as it takes to inspect the system for leaks.
6. Have responsible party drain all water from the system to-prevent system from freezing.
All repairs will be done by a certified automatic sprinkler company (see III-C Test sheet).
If a system fails and repairs can be done within 30 days and a ' re-test is done within 60 days of the original test, there will be no charge for the second test. If the time exceeds 60 days, an additional fee of $150 dollars shall be assessed.
Moorage owner or responsible party may cancel and reschedule the test with 48hours notice.

Filed for inclusion in PPD June 13, 2003.
Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document E-4, effective January 8, 1991, revised January 23, 1997.