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Q: We recently had a consultant come in and go over our documentation in preparation for a survey. He said we are supposed to conduct weekly inspections of our fire pump. I thought that was changed from weekly to monthly when the new Life Safety Code was adopted. What gives?
A: The consultant is correct. According to NFPA 25-2011, section 8.2.2, all fire pumps are required to be inspected weekly. What you are confusing is the change from weekly churn-tests to monthly churn-tests for electric-driven fire pumps, when the 2012 Life Safety Code was adopted in July 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the accreditation organizations. Diesel-driven fire pumps are still required to be churn-tested weekly as well as inspected weekly, which are two different functions.
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