Fire Marshal's Association
of Colorado

Fire Sprinkler Head Failure: Manufacturer Defect vs Installation and Service (SFPE partner meeting)

  • March 16, 2017
  • 11:45 - 13:30
  • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

This Society of Fire Protection Engineers Rocky Mtn. Chapter (SFPE-RMC) meeting may be of interest to FMAC members. 

PLEASE see the SFPE-RMC website for registration


Fire Sprinkler Head Failure:  Manufacturer Defect vs Installation and Service

A fire sprinkler head fails for no apparent reason and right away the assumption is that the head must have been defective.  Insurance companies and experts become involved and opinions begin to fly!  Most often other mitigating circumstances contributed to the fire sprinkler head failure, i.e. wrong application, wrong temperature rating, damaged at installation.  This presentation is intended to show the attendees some of the common fire sprinkler failure modes and a few not so common failure modes.


Charles B. Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan is an expert in the design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, and operation of fire suppression systems and their component; and often addresses industry standard of care issues. Previously, he worked in the fire protection industry for 22 years.  His responsibilities ranged from designing and installing fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and kitchen hood suppression systems to managing a group of field service and installation suppression and alarm technicians. He has spent the last 8 years working on the forensic side of the industry.  His 30 years of trouble-shooting gives him unique expertise in code analysis, standard of care, construction defect, and cost estimating as they relate to installation and repair of systems.  Mr. Sullivan has provided expert deposition and trial testimony in numerous states and is a Senior Consultant with AEI Corporation.

FIRE MARSHAL'S ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO                                                                  To Promote and Support Fire and Life Safety through Education,                    Legislation, and Code Development.

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