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FIR-5.05 - Bridge Standpipe Test

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

Provide uniform procedures for annual testing of all bridge standpipe systems in lieu of UFC Appendix III-C five-year test/inspection.

All bridges equipped with standpipe systems within the City of Portland.

This policy will aid the Fire Marshal's Office and the engine company in testing of standpipes on bridges. Before a test is scheduled, the Fire Marshal or his/her representative shall have the following:
1. Written request received 30 days in advance, from bridge 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, number of people and vehicles.
When all the above items have been completed, the FMO will call the first-in engine company to set a date and time for the test.
1. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to walk system prior to test. Check that all valves will operate properly and are closed. If problems-are found that cannot be fixed, do not test. See Repairs.
2. Verify that all fire department connections are equipped with a clapper on each port. This will allow the system to be supplied from another location.
3. Check all connections, paying special attention to flex hose and their connections. This inspection shall be done by ODOT prior to Fire Department test of the system.
4. If a hazard is noted which would not allow the use or testing of the system, write a Notice for Immediate Repair on a PFB 300. 11 and reschedule the test.
If after inspecting the system, the Company Officer and the FMO agree 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 (or 50 psi above head pressure) slowly over I to 2 minutes.
5. Hold pressure for 10 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 ODOT (see III-C Test Sheet).
1. Any needed repairs identified during the preliminary walk thru shall be completed prior to pressurizing the system.
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.
ODOT may cancel and reschedule the test with 48-hours notice.

Filed for inclusion in PPD June 13, 2003.
Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document E-5, effective June 5, 1996, revised January 23, 1997.