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Is a SPA Design Fire Sense Response 003.98 Fire Bottle System legal?


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The tech desk Article ID #70 says "A current list of SFI and FIA compliant systems can be found here" then lists a FIA document  https://www.fia.com/file/112252/download/920

 

In that FIA document they list the "SPA Design Fire Sense Response Model" as having a homologation # "Ex. 003.98" with a beginning date of 12/98 and end date of 12/17.   

 

My question is .... Is this fire system Champcar legal because it is on the list of Champcar approved ' SFI and FIA compliant systems' or is it illegal because of the 'homologation dates' on the FIA document?   I'm confused. 

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3.9.1.4 On Board Fire Suppression Systems shall be inspected for recertification at least every two years after the date of original certification or as specified by the certifying manufacturer. When a unit is determined to be acceptable for continued service, a new conformance label marked with the inspection date shall be used. In-field recertification is permitted, but ONLY by the original manufacturer or its authorized agent. Mailing of certification labels to customers is strictly prohibited. Systems shall have a maximum field service life of 6 years (SFI) or 10 years (FIA) from the original date of installation.

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On 11/6/2020 at 10:21 AM, ross2004 said:

Needs re-cert 12/6/21, so legal until then. 2/2015 manufacture date (with FIA cert) means it needs total replacement by 2/2025. 

 

That makes sense to me. I came to the same conclusion.   

 

Now, here's the rub.  It an annual tech this year a tech inspector declared the fire system to be out of date and it needed to be replaced.    

 

How do I go about getting an official, final ruling on the legality of this particular system?   I am not familiar with the correct process for getting an official clarification of the rules.  This forum chat is informative but not official. How do I go about getting a ruling?   Thanks for your guidance. 

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On 11/6/2020 at 10:21 AM, ross2004 said:

Needs re-cert 12/6/21, so legal until then. 2/2015 manufacture date (with FIA cert) means it needs total replacement by 2/2025. 

 

Can you tell me where you got the info saying that bottles have a 10 year life from date of manufacture (assuming recertification along the way) 

 

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On 11/5/2020 at 3:11 PM, veris said:

3.9.1.4 On Board Fire Suppression Systems shall be inspected for recertification at least every two years after the date of original certification or as specified by the certifying manufacturer. When a unit is determined to be acceptable for continued service, a new conformance label marked with the inspection date shall be used. In-field recertification is permitted, but ONLY by the original manufacturer or its authorized agent. Mailing of certification labels to customers is strictly prohibited. Systems shall have a maximum field service life of 6 years (SFI) or 10 years (FIA) from the original date of installation.

 

7 hours ago, bjaspud said:

 

Can you tell me where you got the info saying that bottles have a 10 year life from date of manufacture (assuming recertification along the way) 

 

 

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