Compliance with NFPA for Ensuring Reliability of Backup Power Sources used at Supervisory Stations
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Independent Enterprise Assessment

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Emergency Management, Fire Protection

All sites have operator-staffed supervisory stations on site to monitor central fire alarm panels and perform call/dispatch tasks. For operator-staffed supervisory stations, NFPA-72 establishes system capability, testing, and maintenance requirements. The NFPA code states that for such stations, the backup power source must be capable of powering connected emergency equipment for a 24-hour period before it is necessary to refuel or recharge the power source and that the system must be in an NFPA-110 or NFPA-111 level 2 test and maintenance program, as applicable to the system type. However, Independent Oversight found that some of the facility backup power systems do not meet these requirements.

Sites should identify all command centers where it is desirable for staff to remain and perform emergency response functions. The backup power sources at these command centers should be evaluated to determine their capabilities and the appropriate NFPA test and maintenance program. Once the program is established, sites should consider performing periodic assessments to verify compliance with test and maintenance program requirements.

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