Fire Protection & life safety experts

Services in Edmonton, Calgary, and Fort McMurray.

RCI Fire and Utility a member of CFAA and ULC is a specialist in offering the full range of fire protection services for their clients. Rotaflow is fully accredited under (CAN/ULC S1001) as an Integrated Systems Testing Service Provider. In addition to complete code-required inspections of fire alarms, We also offer a complete variety of inspections for fire protection, including extensive fire suppression services including fire sprinkler system engineering, installation, fabrication, maintenance, 24-hour service, and hazard protection special to the area (FM200 Inergen, FM200 Novec 1230, C02).

Other services we can provide,

  • We maintain, supply and test security systems for fire.
  • We install, maintain and test Fire Pumps.
  • We provide top engineers-designed fire sprinklers system and fire alarm systems that are suitable for residential and commercial properties.
  • We have an internal team of designers and engineers.
  • We can provide all kinds of Fire Repairs to Utility Systems.
  • Fire Hydrant testing as well as System Flushes.
  • We regularly inspect and maintain fire extinguishers.
  • We’ll be capable of assisting you in the difficult problem of ensuring compliance with the Authority with Jurisdiction.

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Please note that all forms and emails will be replied to within 24 hours. For immediate assistance, call 780-469-1220.

    Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide

    There are four main types of fire sprinkler systems:

    • Wet pipe
    • Dry pipe
    • Deluge
    • Pre-action

    Cold water is stored under pressure in the pipes of a wet pipe fire sprinkler system, which is the most popular type in residential structures and is discharged promptly by sprinkler heads when a predefined heat threshold is achieved.

    Dry pipe sprinkler systems take somewhat longer to activate and are utilized in unheated/unoccupied buildings where pipes can freeze and rupture.  Nitrogen gas or pressured air is held in pipes that are connected to a water storage tank or main. When a fire activates the pipes, the air seeps out, forcing water to flow through the pipes to the sprinkler heads.

    Deluge sprinkler systems are often employed in situations where quick fire damage is a major issue, such as warehouse loading bays and high-rise structures. In these systems, the nozzle is always open.  They are activated by an alarm, which activates a water release valve.

    Pre-action sprinkler systems are a combination of wet and dry pipe systems that are often employed in locations that are at high risk of water damage.  Water is not held in the pipes until a fire is detected, at which point it is discharged to the sprinkler heads. The response time is the same as that of a normal wet pipe sprinkler system. Automatic fire sprinkler systems are also available and effective in large areas such as offices and retail malls.

    SMART (Simultaneous Monitoring, Assessment, and Response technique) sprinklers are being developed, which use more than one detection technique and should react faster.

    Sprinklers that expel water mist rather than water are another option.

    Fire Sprinkler Heads

    A fire sprinkler head is a part of a sprinkler system that releases water when a fire is detected. It is available in a variety of designs.

    Each sprinkler head has a trigger mechanism that opens to spray water on the fire.

    Some water is discharged into the ceiling using conventional heads, which are acceptable for most residential fire sprinkler systems.

    Upright or pendant spray sprinklers direct all of the water straight down and are ideal for high-ceilinged rooms.

    Heads can be sunk in the ceiling or covered with resin caps to make them more aesthetically pleasing.

    Sidewall sprinklers are attached to the wall at a high position. They often provide more water coverage than standard sprinkler heads.

    The plug within the head that holds back the water may be made of Wood’s metal, a meltable alloy of bismuth, lead, tin, and cadmium, or a small glass bulb containing a glycerin-based liquid that expands and shatters when heated, releasing the water.

    Each sprinkler head operates on its own. Only sprinklers located above the fire will be activated, increasing water pressure over the fire and decreasing fire and water damage to the building. Sprinklers consume significantly less water than fire hoses.

    Fire Sprinkler Installation

    A fire sprinkler system, whether residential or commercial, should only be installed by a business accredited by a respected organization, such as a CASA member.       

    Only third-party tested and approved hardware and components should be utilized.  When retrofitting, the location of existing pipes, electrical fittings, and mains water pressure must all be addressed. A water storage system can be required.

    Fire sprinkler inspection and maintenance. Get a quote today!

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    What is the process of installing a fire sprinkler system

    The process of installing a fire sprinkler system involves designing the layout, selecting appropriate sprinklers, piping, and water supply, followed by installation, connection to a control panel, and testing to ensure proper functionality and compliance with safety standards. Read more

    Fire alarm and sprinkler system: A great combination

    INTRODUCTION:  Automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarms have long been used together to protect building inhabitants and improve fire prevention. A fire alarm system is defined by the International Fire Code (IFC) as a system or portion of a combination system consisting of components and circuits arranged to monitor and annunciate the status of fire alarm or supervisory signal-initiating devices and to initiate the appropriate response to the signals. Alarm starting devices and supervisory devices are among the parts that a fire alarm system keeps an eye on. If a monitored alarm device detects a probable fire condition, the fire alarm control panel (FACP) will detect a signal and initiate the proper reaction. If the building has an occupant alerting system, the horn/strobes or voice evacuation system will activate.. Read more

    Effectiveness of sprinkler systems – choosing the proper equipment

    Introduction: Fire pumps are crucial components in fire sprinkler systems, providing water flow and pressure to fire sprinklers and standpipes. They are essential for controlling fire spread and preventing flashovers, and are often installed in larger buildings with extensive fire areas. Fire pumps are the costliest and most complicated single piece of equipment in a system, making up the difference between water supply and system demand. They are designed, tested, and listed for fire protection, propelling water through pipes to boost pressure and flow. Centrifugal pumps, a common type, use an impeller to accelerate water into and out of the pump housing.

    Pump size is measured in three ways: suction-side (inlet) diameter, discharge-side (outlet) diameter, and impeller diameter. A bigger impeller means more flow and pressure. The hydraulic design of a water-based system is about supply and demand, and if the water supply doesn’t meet system demand, a fire pump may be necessary. System designers evaluate different pumps based on their performance and given water pressure to size them correctly. This delicate balancing act is only one essential component of complex water-based system design. Read more

    Fire Sprinkler Testing Methods & Replacement – Q&A

    INTRODUCTION:  NFPA 13 requires that when retrofitting a backflow preventer into an existing sprinkler system, a thorough hydraulic analysis must be performed. This analysis includes revised hydraulic calculations, new fire flow data, and any modifications to the existing system to accommodate the additional friction loss due to the new backflow preventer. NFPA 14 does not require supervisory air on manual dry standpipes, but the technical committee is looking to address this issue in the 2023 edition of NFPA 14. NFPA 14 is proposing new requirements for supervisory air on all manual dry standpipe. This is a unanimous decision from the technical committee and if passed ballot, the next edition of NFPA 14 will require all manual dry standpipe to be supervised with air. Read more