Rated Walls & Fire Barriers
Both the 2006 and 2009 Edition of the International Fire Code and NFPA’s Life Safety Code require the routine maintenance of fire rated walls. Per these important codes and standards, rated walls should be properly repaired when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. Any penetrations found should be repaired with approved methods capable of resisting the passage of smoke and fire. The ultimate goal of this training is to provide adequate knowledge for facility managers or maintenance personnel to be able to identify deficiencies within the rated walls/barriers in their facility.
Three hour course on fire rated walls/fire barriers and their basic function in a building’s overall passive fire protection system.
Course Length: 3 hours
After completing this course, the student will walk away with a thorough understanding of the history of rated walls, compartmentalization and the importance of firestopping
An understanding of the codes and standards that mandate the maintenance and inspection of rated walls, including the International Fire Code, NFPA's Life Safety Code® (NFPA 101) and NFPA 80.
Basic information on how to read Life Safety Drawings locate fire rated walls.
A general understanding of the concept of firestopping and firestop systems - what they are and their function in compartmentalization
The ability to identify the main issues found in rated walls and understand how to perform basic firestop caulking to minor deficiencies.