Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works conducts fire flow tests for engineers, developers, and sprinkler design companies. The tests provide actual pressure and flow data measured at specific fire hydrants (FH) within the County’s water distribution system. This data is used in assessing the pressure and flow available for fire protection and in sprinkler system design to ensure public safety.
Sprinkler designers utilize the static and residual pressures and the measured flow recorded during a fire flow test to design the sprinkler system for the subject property. Proposed sprinkler system designs are reviewed by the fire protection engineers in the Permit Center. The sprinkler system design must be approved by the engineers at the Permit Center before a building permit can be issued. Inspections must be done by the Fire Marshall’s Office before the building occupancy is permitted. This review process ensures that sprinkler systems are properly designed and that adequate fire protection is available to ensure public safety.