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This is one of our many SAQCC-Fire Accredited training courses for individuals interested in registering as a Gas Fire Extinguishing and Suppression Systems Installer.

This training course is for learners to gain an introductory knowledge of Gas Fire Suppression and Extinguishing Systems and the safety aspects of these systems.

Pre-requisites for being enrolled into this training course are as follows:

  • A minimum of ABET 3 in Literacy and numeracy
  • or an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) to confirm competency at the associated level
  • Evidence of having successfully completed the training course “Safety and Workshop Practice” in the form of a certificate from an approved SAQCC Fire training facility


Learners who complete this course will obtain a basic knowledge of Gas Fire Suppression and Extinguishing Systems.

Topics covered in this course are as follows:


1. Fire and extinguishing of fires

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is pyrolysis?
  • The tetrahedron of fire
  • Types of fires
  • Methods of extinguishment
  • Comparisons with other agents
  • Pros and cons of gas systems


2. History and national standards

Learning Outcomes:

  • The history of gas suppression
  • National standards for gas systems


Outcome 3: Types of gas systems

Learning Outcomes:

To include:

  • Types of gas suppressants
  • Manufacturers/ distributors of gas systems
  • Methods of application of gas systems
  • Modular systems and engineered systems


4. Components of gas systems

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gas cylinder types
  • Valves for gas cylinders
  • Actuators of gas cylinder valves
  • Gas cylinder hoses
  • Manifolds
  • Pressure reducers
  • Check valves
  • Odourisers
  • Pipes and supports
  • Pipe fittings
  • Distribution nozzles
  • Distribution valves
  • Pressure gauges


5. Gas system pressures. Design and extinguishing concentrations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Description of different system pressures
  • System pressures of the various agents
  • Extinguishing concentrations versus design concentrations


6. Operation of gas systems

Learning Outcomes:

  • Operation devices
  • Operational methods
  • Manual operation
  • Automatic operation


7. Safety procedures for installers

Learning Outcomes:

  • Transportation of gas cylinders
  • Handling and securing gas cylinders
  • Handling and securing of pipes


8. Safety requirements for end users

Learning Outcomes:

  • Dangers of gas
  • Break down products of gas
  • Gas discharge dangers
  • Exposure times
  • Safety precautions to be provided
  • Clearance distances from nozzles
  • Use of breathing apparatus


Safety and Gas Suppression Principles is a requirement to register with the SAQCC-Fire as a Gas Suppression Installer