FIRE SAFETY COMPLIANCE
Ensuring the Essential Fire Safety Measures installed in buildings are in working order and performing to required Standards is critical to achieving Fire Protection goals for Building Owners, Occupants and Responding Firefighters.Over time, the requirements for the installation of Essential Fire Safety Measures have evolved as Regulations, Codes and Standards have been updated to keep pace with Industry trends and new technologies. This constant evolution is to be encouraged in pursuit of better Fire Safety outcomes. What is also required however, is that Fire Safety Obligations do not end at the completion of building works.Essential Fire Safety Measures are expected to perform over the lifetime of a building and are required to be routinely assessed to demonstrate that the Standard of Performance expected is capable of being delivered at anytime, should a fire incident occur.All Fire Services is a member of the Fire Protection Association Australia, is fully Insured and abides by all relevant Standards, Codes and Regulations.
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- ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY STATEMENT
- FIRE SAFETY SCHEDULES/FIRE SAFETY MEASURES
- FIRE SAFETY CERTIFICATE
- FIRE SAFETY MAINTENANCE
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
In NSW, the primary legislation governing Fire Safety Requirements includes,
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
The Regulations require a Building Owner (or a person acting on the owner's behalf) to issue an Annual Fire Safety Statement to confirm the requirements to maintain Fire Protection Systems and Equipment have been met for certain Buildings by,
- Confirming and Stating that Essential Fire Protection Equipment and Systems installed in the Building are present and capable of performing to the Standard to which they were designed and installed, and
- Confirming and Stating that, when inspected, Fire Exits (and paths of travel to Fire Exits) were unobstructed and Fire Safety Notices regarding offences relating to Fire Exits were displayed.
Each year, the the owner of a Building to which these requirements apply must ensure that the relevant Council where the Building is located is furnished with an Annual Fire Safety Statement before the due date, confiming these requirements have been met. Copies of the Statement must be sent to the Fire Commissioner - Fire and Rescue NSW firstname.lastname@example.org and also must be displayed in the Building. Further information can be found on the Fire and Rescue NSW website
Fire Safety Schedules/Fire Safety Measures
Since the 1st of July 1997, a Fire Safety Schedule specifying the Fire Safety Measures (both current and proposed) that should be implemented in the Building has been required to be issued by the person granting approval for or ordering the Building Works or a change of use.
This requirement applies when,
- Granting a Development Consent for a change of building use (if there is no proposed building works) or,
- Issuing a Complying Development Certificate for a new Building or for a change of use or,
- Issuing a Construction Certificate for proposed Building works or,
- Giving a Fire Safety Order in relation to a Building premises.
A Fire Safety Schedule is required to be attached to, and is considered to form part of, a relevant Development Consent, Complying Development Certificate, Construction Certificate or Fire Safety Order.
A Fire Safety Schedule is required to address the whole Building, not just the part subject to the proposed works.
The function of the Fire Safety Schedule is to identify the Fire Safety Measures currently implemented and/or proposed or required to be implemented in the Building and the required Standard of Performance for the Measures.
What is a Fire Safety Certificate?
When Building works have been completed, a Building Owner (or as person acting on the owner's behalf) must issue a Final Fire Safety Certificate to the effect that each Essential Fire Safety Measure listed on the Fire Safety Schedule for the Building,
- Has been assessed by a properly qualified person and,
- Was found, when it was assessed, to be capable of performing to at least the Standard required by the current Fire Safety Schedule for the Building for which the Certificate was issued.
A person who carries out this assessment must inspect and verify the the performance of each Fire Safety Measure being assessed and test the operation of each new item of equipment.
A Final Fire Safety Certificate must be provided by or on behalf of the Building owner before the Building Certifier or Principal Certificating Authority can issue an Interim or Final Occupation Certificate for a Building. As soon as practicable after a Final Fire Safety Certificate is issued, a copy together with the current Fire Safety Schedule must be given to the Fire Commissioner and a further copy displayed in the Building.
Fire Safety Maintenance
The owner of a Building must maintain each Essential Fire Safety Measure in the Building to a Standard of Performance no less than that Specified in the Fire Safety Schedule or, where an Essential Fire Safety Measure is applicable otherwise than by virtue of a Fire Safety Schedule, to a Standard no less than to which the measure was originally designed and implemented.All Fire Services Maintains and Services all makes/models and types of Fire Safety Equipment, including but not limited to,
- Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
- Automatic Fire Suppresion Systems - Sprinkler System
- Emergency Lighting
- Exit Signage
- Fire Alarm Remote Monitoring ASE
- Fire Dampers
- Fire Doors
- Fire Extinguisher
- Fire Hydrant Systems and Pumpsets
- Fire Seals Protecting Openings in the Fire Resisting Components of the Building
- Fire Hose Reel Systems and Pumps
- Paths of Travel
- Smoke Detectors and Heat Detectors
- Fire Blankets
- Mechanical Air Handling Systems
- Smoke Control Systems
- Occupancy Warning Systems
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Final Fire Safety Certificate and an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
A Final Fire Safety Certificate is essentially a Commissioning Certificate provided by the Building Owner (or a person acting on the owner's behalf) to the Council or Principal Certifying Authority, cCertifying that the Fire Safety Systems and Equipment required to be installed in a Building as part of an approval or order have been installed and are perfroming as required. A Final Fire Safety Certificate must be provided before completion of a Fire Order and prior to the issue of a Final Occupation Certificate authorising a person to,
- Commence occupation or use of a new Building following works or alterations or,
- Commence a change of use of an existing Building
An Annual Fire Safety Statement is a document prepared every 12 months by the Building Owner (or a person acting on the owner's behalf) stating that the Essential Fire Safety Measures in their Building have been assessed by a properly qualified person and are found to be present and performing as required, that Fire Exits (and paths of travel to Fire Exits) are unobstructed and that Fire Safety notices relating to Fire Exits are displayed.
What is the difference between a Condition Report and an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
A Condition Report is not recognised or required by the EP&A Regulation. However, it is a typical way for a properly qualified person to report to the Building Owner the status of installed Essential Fire Safety Measures. This report will identify Essential Fire Safety Measures that are performing as required as well as any that are not operating or performing as required and require maintenance or repair.
Conversely, an Annual Fire Safety Statement is a Statement provided by the Building Owner (or a person acting on the owner's behalf) confirming that Essential Fire Safety Measures are performing as required. As such any lack of performance identified must be rectified before an Annual Fire Safety Statement can be issued.
Whether a Condition Report is undertaken or not is at the discretion of the Building Owner and the terms of their engagement agreement with a Fire Protection Service Provider. However, without a Condition Report or similar, it can be difficult for Building Owners to confidently prepare an Annual Fire Safety Statement.