Fire Equipment Services

Mission Statement

To maintain the fire equipment, portable fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and pre-engineered fire suppression systems, owned by the University of Florida and its various extensions. To maintain this equipment in compliance with all of the applicable codes and standards. To provide courteous, professional, and timely service at an above average level of quality to all of our customers.

Portable Fire Extinguishers

A portable device carried or on wheels and operated by hand containing an extinguishing agent that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing fire.

Portable fire extinguishers are serviced and maintained in compliance with currently adopted codes.

The required service on a portable fire extinguisher includes:

  • Monthly inspection
  • Annual maintenance
  • Six year maintenance (not required for CO2 types)
  • Hydrostatic testing on a twelve year interval (5 year interval for CO2 types)

To use a portable fire extinguisher,  think of the acronym P.A.S.S.

Pull the ring pin – The ring pin is attached to the handle with a plastic seal. Tug on it until it is removed.
Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire
Squeeze the lever to discharge the fire extinguisher
Sweep the nozzle from side to side covering the entire area of the fire.

To report the use, malicious discharge or missing/stolen fire extinguisher, call the Fire Equipment Services office at (352)392-1591. Information required includes:

  • Your name and phone number
  • Type of problem or message
  • Building name and number
  • Room number or location (closest room number)

Your trouble call will be handled by the next working day.

Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression Systems

Those having predetermined flow rates, nozzle pressures, and quantities of agent. These systems have the specific pipe size, maximum and minimum pipe lengths, flexible hose specifications, number of fittings, and number and types of nozzles prescribed by a testing laboratory. The hazards protected by these systems are specifically limited as to type and size by a testing laboratory, based upon actual fire tests. Limitations on Hazards that can be protected by these systems are contained in the manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manual, which is part of the listing.

These systems resemble a large fire extinguisher with hard piping instead of a hose. The agent is discharged through fixed nozzles that are placed over the hazard area they are protecting. There are generally two methods for activating these types of systems 1) manual pull station remotely located or 2) automatic activation through the melting of a fusible linkage. There are two basic hazard areas covered by a pre-engineered system 1) restaurant/kitchen cooking area and 2) industrial/hazardous materials storage areas.

Pre-engineered systems are installed, serviced and maintained in compliance with currently adopted codes.


We provide portable fire extinguisher training to the University community. This training involves a 15 minute video, lecture and hands on training using a live fire simulator.

To schedule the training please call or email Chris Carlson at (352)392-1591. Please allow at least one or two weeks for scheduling.

Provide the following.

  • Your name & phone number
  • Location where the training will take place
  • Number of students participating in the training
  • TV/VCR available
  • The department for which the students are taking the class
  • What you want the students to get out of the class