September 2015 Pentair-Aurora Pump Tour and Luncheon Seminar

The Chicago SFPE chapter held a fire pump seminar and tour of Pentair on September 14, 2015 at their plant in North Aurora, IL. The seminar was graciously coordinated and hosted by Susan Kucera of Pentair. Leroy Franklin, Engineering Process Manager, Pentair, provided the instructional content in their spacious seminar space. The instructional outline was as follows:

NFPA 20 Format Overview & Definitions

Fire Pump Theory & Basic Design Concepts

General Requirements

Pump Placement & Sizing

Types of Fire Pumps & Drivers



Factory Tour / Test Lab / Pump House / Pump Garage


After the classroom instruction, the 54 (approximate) attendees were split up in three groups and each toured the plant facilities including, manufacturing areas, their model pump house (used for training), pump garage and their pump test lab facilities. A fire pump test was witnessed where the pump pressure v flow data points were taken per their protocol. A box luncheon was provided afterwards.

Thanks again to the Pentair staff for opening their facilities to us, and providing the instruction.