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Fireline Contractors

Fireline contractors play an important part when it comes to public safety. This type of pipeline construction involves installing water pipes that connect to fire hydrants and indoor sprinkler systems. It also pertains to carefully inspecting pipes to ensure they are in good working order and free from defects that could reduce water pressure or cause accidental flooding.

Due to the nature of the work, fireline contractors require a significant amount of training before they become licensed. Most states require laborers to work as an apprentice under the tutelage of a licensed contractor.

Installing fireline is a tedious process that involves excavation, laying pipe in trenches, tightening and bolting up fittings to complete the system. After everything is in place, contractors test the system to ensure it is properly pressurized and will function as the need arises.

Fireline pipeline systems, like water pipeline, need to have sufficient water pressure to work properly. Contractors make use of two different kinds of water pipeline installation techniques to obtain needed pressure; one method is known as a hot tap and the second kind is a cut-in connection.

When hot taps are conducted, the pressure for water pipes is unaffected. Residents continue to have access to running water, for example, during periods when fire departments connect to fire hydrants. When cut-in connections are conducted, the main water pipes are disabled, leaving affected communities temporarily on "fire watch." This allows firefighters to prepare themselves with alternative plans for extinguishing any fires, until the connection is sealed and complete and water pressure resumes as usual.

Regardless of the type of device used, all fireline systems require a variety of connectors and devices that help to maintain water pressure to fire hydrants and indoor fire suppression sprinklers. Each component has to be installed properly to ensure adequate water flow.

Another essential component of fireline is fire department connections (FDC). These devices are used to control water pressure and are positioned above the ground. Firefighters use the device to attach hoses to hydrants or connectors mounted to exterior walls of commercial, retail, and office buildings.

Connecting hoses to fire hydrants can take a few minutes so fire departments send out pumper trucks to bridge the gap. Pumper trucks typically hold 1,000 gallons of water that can be used to extinguish fires until hoses are connected.

Residential neighborhoods rely on water pipes and fire hydrants to supply suppression services. Commercial, industrial, and institutional systems make use of sophisticated systems that are comprised of water pipes, sprinkler systems, hydrants, and fire department connections.


The majority of fireline pipes made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or metal ductile iron pipe (DIP). Most, if not all, materials used in the system have to be approved by either Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FM).

Anytime fireline is used for municipality work the materials undergo additional tests to make certain they comply with local mechanical and plumbing codes. Regulations surrounding fireline materials are governed by fire departments in each county's jurisdiction.

It is imperative to hire skilled fireline contractors that use approved materials and installation procedures that comply with federal and state regulations. Kana Pipeline has a dedicated team of skilled employees that excel at installing and repairing fire suppression systems.

If you need experienced fireline contractors in southern California, we invite you to learn more about Kana Pipeline and the services we offer. Our friendly, professional and experienced staff is available to answer questions and prepare estimates for your fireline construction needs.

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Published on February 07, 2012 | Comments: 0

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