Overview – Fire Safety Installations

In Queensland the fire safety systems installed within buildings are called Fire Safety Installations and are an integral part of the life and safety of occupants within commercial and public buildings in the event of an emergency or fire. Maintenance is regulated to ensure the Fire Safety Installations serving an effected building maintain a minimum standard in the event of a fire or emergency.

This matter is controlled and regulated via the Queensland state legislation. The Building Act 1975, Fire and Rescue Services Act 1990, Fire and Rescue Services Regulation 1991, Integrated Planning Act 1997, Building Fire and Safety Regulation 2008, Queensland Development Code Part MP6.1 and Part I of the National Construction Code are all integral documents for the legislation of Fire Safety Installations.

Queensland legislation sets out the requirements for owners/occupiers of a building to perform many duties in order to comply. Division 3 Regulation 54(1) of the BFSR 2008 requires the occupier of the building to ensure each “fire safety installation” be tested by a competent person relative to AS 1851-2005 and, where no standard exists, at intervals and in a way that the competent person considers sufficient to be in the interests of safety. Records of all testing and maintenance are to be kept and produced on demand when requested by an authorised fire officer.

Division 3 Regulation 55(1) BFSR requires the occupier to perform all the requirements as stated in regulation 54(1) above on special fire services and record in a “certificate of maintenance” the details as mentioned and lodge the certificate with the commissioner within 12 months of the day of the earliest test recorded. An occupier must produce this “certificate of maintenance” on demand to an authorised officer.  Fire Safety Installations maintenance is applied to all buildings except for Class 1a buildings as outlined within Part A3.2 of the National Construction Code. This is irrespective of the size or age of the building. The frequency of maintenance of Fire Safety Installations is outlined in the Queensland Development Code MP6.1. Fire Safety Installations fall under the following categories:

A. STRUCTURAL FEATURES

  • Fire control centres

B. FIRE PROTETCTION SYSTEMS:

  • Sprinklers (including wall-wetting sprinklers)
  • Special automatic fire suppression systems
  • (Including foam, deluge and gas flooding systems)
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Stairwell pressurisation systems
  • Air handling systems
  • Smoke and heat venting systems
  • Smoke exhaust systems

C. FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT:

  • Fire mains
  • Fire hydrants (including hydrant booster)

D. OCCUPANT SAFETY FEATURES:

  • Emergency warning and intercommunication systems

E. OTHER FEATURES

  • Vehicle access for large isolated buildings.
  • Any additional fire safety provision imposed by the Local Authority to combat the spread of fire.

Fire and Evacuation Plan – the owner/occupier must provide a Plan of Action and provide adequate instructions and training to people using the building and that training must be recorded.

 

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