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FIR-8.01 - Removal of Hose Bundles

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

To establish rules regarding the removal of hose bundles from existing standpipe systems.

Any building with an existing standpipe system where a sprinkler system is being installed.

The Uniform Fire Code and Uniform Building Code requires hose bundles only in certain types of Sprinklered buildings as per UFC Table 10.510-A and UBC Table 38-A.
Standpipes have historically allowed for the reduction of required Fire Extinguishers by up to 50%. Removal of hose will require a reevaluation of the Extinguisher requirements.

In existing buildings where Sprinkler systems are being installed and standpipes with hose bundles are present, the hose may be removed if not required by UFC Table 10.510-A or UBC Table 38-A and the following conditions are met:
1. The floor is completely sprinklered as per NFPA 13 or NFPA 13R and the system has been tested and approved by the Sprinkler Specialist.
2. The standpipe system, other than hose, shall be maintained in accordance with Section 10.504 of the Uniform Fire Code.
3. The Owner will attach a tag to the standpipe valve assembly-on floors where the hose has been removed. The tag will have the signature of the Sprinkler Specialist and the date the hose was removed.
On floors or areas where sprinkler coverage is not completed, hose bundles shall be maintained in accordance with Section 10.504 of the Uniform Fire Code.
Where otherwise required sprinklered buildings by Nationally Recognized Standards hose shall not be removed.

Filed for inclusion in PPD June 13, 2003.
Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document H-1, effective April 27, 1993.