Firetrol Controllers

firetrol electric controllerFiretrol Products has long been a leader in our industry, providing a wide variety of electric and diesel fire pump controllers.

At Steven Brown & Associates, we’re proud to carry this line of Firetrol controllers, which customers have found to be affordable and reliable. Today we want to highlight some of the options available on the latest controllers.

We offer three types of Firetrol controllers:

    1. Diesel Engine Controllers
    2. Electric Fire Pump Controllers (with and without transfer switches)
    3. Jockey Pump Controllers

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Talco Fire Systems Residential Fire Protection Products

LSF Residential Pump

Talco Fire Systems has been building high-quality fire pump systems for both commercial and residential settings for over 30 years. Steven Brown & Associates is proud to support this small team from Portland Oregon and can help find you the best equipment for your needs.

If you’re interested in the commercial fire protection line offered by Talco Fire Systems, we encourage you to check out our previous blog. Otherwise, read on to learn more about these residential fire protection products from Talco Fire Systems: Continue reading

3 Great Talco Commercial Fire Systems

Talco 13-ULV

If you’re a regular follower of the Steven Brown & Associates blog, you may remember a previous post about our Talco Fire Systems Home Hydrants. We’ve recently seen a lot of interest in Talco’s commercial line of fire systems as well, so today we wanted to take some time to talk about those.

Talco Fire Systems offers three types of commercial systems:

  • 13-ULV Fire Pumps
  • ULR Fire Pumps
  • G-Series Fire Pumps

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety

happy thanksgivingThe holiday season is upon us! As a leader in the fire safety field, we want to share a couple of links about home cooking safety at this time of year as families gather for their Thanksgiving meals.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), when it comes to home cooking fires, Thanksgiving Day is the big winner. The leading cause of these fires is unattended cooking, which is more common with extra guests in the home, preparations for the holiday crowd, and other distractions. Continue reading

Diesel Fire Pump Testing & Startup – Part II

steven brown & associates logoFire pump testing and startup procedures don’t have to be a mystery. At Steven Brown & Associates, we’ve developed a lot of information on this popular topic over the years, and that was the inspiration behind our two-part blog series. Part one was about electric fire pump testing and startup, and today we dive into diesel fire pump testing and startup.

Following these guides will help you to avoid unnecessary and wasteful job site costs caused by improper fire pump testing procedures, and what business couldn’t use a little extra money in the account as the year comes to a close?

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Fire Pump Testing & Startup – Part I

As thesteven brown & associates logo Mid-Atlantic region’s trusted source for fire pump sales and service, we’re often asked about fire pump testing and startup procedures. This was the inspiration behind the two part blog series we’re starting today, and it begins with electric fire pumps. Part two of this series will cover diesel fire pumps, so keep an eye on our blog if that will be of interest to you.

Following this guide will help you to avoid unnecessary and wasteful job site costs caused by improper fire pump testing procedures.

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Steven Brown to Speak at 2017 ASCET Conference

ascet logoOur own president and CEO Steven Brown will be making the trip to the Valley Forge Casino and Spa in King of Prussia on November 9, 2017 to speak at the annual American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians conference. Learn more about the ASCET conference and what Steven will be speaking about below.

What is the ASCET conference?

The 2017 ASCET conference is billed as a “can’t miss event for engineering technicians in the alarm, sprinkler, civil and security professions.” There are numerous benefits to attending, including:

  • Discovering the latest products and technologies
  • Attending training sessions on the latest advancements
  • Pursuing continuing professional development that counts towards your NICET recertification (up to 9!)

When is it?

Registration for those who don’t pre-register starts at 7 AM and runs through 8 AM on Thursday, November 9. You can tour the expo hall and visit with vendors from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, then attend a social hour and awards ceremony from 4:30 PM to 6 PM. Continue reading

Why Choose Steven Brown & Associates for Fire Pump Sales & Service?

headerShopping for fire pumps, fire pump parts, and jockey pumps is a little different than hopping online and shopping for other commercial items. In our line, people’s lives are at stake if something goes wrong, so it’s critical to align yourself with a trusted name in the market.

That trusted name for those of you in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region should be Steven Brown & Associates, and here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Experience – We’ve been blessed with over 50 years’ combined experience in the industry, and have become a leader both offline, with conference presentations and online with our successful blog. We’ve assisted with thousands of successful fire pump and controller installations, and continue to adapt and evolve as fire pump technology improves. Special fire pump applications are no problem for our team- we’ve performed quite a few, including:
  • Vertical turbine fire pumps
  • Single phase fire pumps
  • 2-phase conversions
  • Positive-to-negative ground diesel engine conversions
  • Pressure reducing valve use and correct application
  • Installations in lieu of main relief valve
  • Suction control valve applications
  • Variable speed control on both electric and diesel-driven fire pumps
  • Skid-mounted and prepackaged fire pump assemblies
  • Packaged fire pump houses
  • And much more!

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Fire Pump Packing Failures

failed fire pump packing
Your trusty old fire pump’s packing has failed. Bad! Fortunately, you’ve found your way to this page, where we’ll be happy to guide you through the repair. (We can do more than that too, if you need our help. See the last paragraph.)

Most packing, if properly maintained during the pump’s operation, should last around 2 to 3 years.  When it is time to replace it, how much of a project it is depends on the type of fire pump you have.  A horizontal (or vertical) split-case design, where packing exists on either side of the pump impeller, is more challenging because it can be difficult removing the old packing without removing the top half of the pump casing.  Some people just try to pull out the packing without removing the pump casing, but we do not advise doing that.  Not only can you possibly miss some remaining packing in the pump interior, but placing new packing into the pump will be equally challenging.  The proper job requires safe and clean access to all pump packing rings, and for a split-case pump design, that often means removing the top half of the pump casing.   This is challenging work, so be sure to consult the professionals to ensure that the pump components are properly installed, and the the pump is reassembled correctly.  If you have a vertical inline pump, the packing is usually very easy to reach without disassembling the pump. Continue reading

Why is FM Approval Important?

Many folks often recognize the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) Listing and FM (Factory Mutual) Approvals marks, but few understand what each of these marks means. If you’re a regular follower of the Steven Brown & Associates blog, you’ll know we recently outlined the meaning behind a UL Listing mark. Today we wanted to dive into FM Approval, and exactly what that means in relation to the realm of fire pumps.

Factory Mutual (FM) Global is similar to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in that they both are focused on safety. FM Approvals is the independent testing division of FM Global, and it focuses on researching and testing all products to ensure that they meet only the highest standards for property loss prevention and safety. Continue reading