ENFP 410: Advanced Fire Suppression

(Flame test photo by S. Nielson3 credits)


  • Water Based Fire Protection System Design (ENFP310)
  • Heat and Mass Transfer (ENFP312)


  • Cote, A.E.  (Editor-in-Chief), Fie Protection Handbook (20th edition), National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, 2008.

Course Description

  • This course analyzes the application and theory of fire suppression systems.  The key elements of fire suppression systems will be discussed along with how they interact for effective fire suppression design.  Physical mechanisms for a variety of fire suppression approaches will be discussed including (hose streams, sprinklers, water mist, foam, clean agents, and chemical agents).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should:

  • Study fundamental principles, design criteria and installation requirements for fire suppression systems (including detection and alarm).
  • Understand current design procedures and criteria for the above systems, in context of NFPA standards.
  • Learn about computer-aided design software used in design and analysis of fire suppression systems.

Topics Covered

  • Types of systems and applications:
    • Foam Systems
    • Halon Systems
    • Clean Agent Systems
    • Water Mist Systems
    • Carbon Dioxide Systems
    • Dry-Wet Chemical Systems
  • Design methodology, design criteria, design problems and calculations
  • Fire extinguishment mechanisms and techniques for evaluation
  • Project that involves designing a special hazard suppression system for an actual building.