1 July 1998
FIRE PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
8-1. MANDATORY DESIGN CRITERIA AND STANDARDS. Although not all-inclusive, this
paragraph contains Federal requirements that are established by executive orders, public laws,
local requirements, and other directives. These requirements and all other Federal
requirements must be reviewed and included, as applicable, in the RFP for each new project.
a. The mandatory design criteria are those contained in MIL-HDBK 1008C, Fire
Protection for Facilities, Engineering, Design, and Construction. MIL-HDBK 1008C contains
fire protection and life safety requirements in the following areas:
Type of construction.
Height and area limitation.
Fire resistive construction.
Flame-spread and smoke-developed ratings.
Means of egress.
Special hazard protection.
Automatic sprinkler and fire suppression systems.
Water supplies for fire protection.
Standpipe systems and fire extinguishers.
Fire alarm and detection systems,
Connection to the base fire reporting system.
When MIL-HDBK 1008C is referenced in the RFP, it should be included as an appendix in the
b. MIL-HDBK 1008C may not include all the latest Federal requirements, established by
executive orders, public laws, local requirements, and other directives that relate to fire
protection and life safety. These requirements must be reviewed and included in the RFP as
required for each project.
8-2. LESSONS LEARNED. The following subparagraphs contain recommended information
that should be considered in future RFP's in order to avoid past problems, define engineering
requirements, define design submittal requirements, and ensure a level of quality. These
lessons learned should be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate in each new project.
a. Fire Protection Design Analysis. Require that the Design-Build contractor perform a
fire protection design analysis in accordance with MIL-HDBK 1008C. The analysis should be
submitted with the concept and/or preliminary design submittals.
b. Services of a Fire Protection Engineer. Require that the Design-Build contractor
provide the services of a qualified fire protection engineer who shall be an integral part of the
design team and be involved in all aspects of the design as it relates to fire protection, in
accordance with MIL-HDBK 1008C. A "fire protection engineer" is defined in MIL-HDBK