FDC Consideration in Multi-Family Buildings


Do you know the details of your buildings? This shows an FDC, but do you know what it supplies and where? A few things on apartment/multi-family buildings.

Get inside and see what you have. In this building, the only portions that are sprinklered is the mechanical and storage areas. None in the hallway and none in the individual units. So, supplying the FDC is going to support very little of the building in regards to sprinklers.

It will supply the standpipes, but with this building being only three stories, the first consideration would be to use hose off of your own apparatus if at all possible. With that, bring enough hose, identify if the corridor is tenable or clean and then pick your method for deployment.

Most of these considerations need to be determined PRIOR to a fire. Get out and know your building stock.


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