Fire brigade connections under the Building Code of Australia are ‘fire-service booster connections’. A brigade connections (which becomes a nominated essential safety measure by a building surveyor/ building certifier) consists of an arrangement of valves and pipe work specifically designed to suit a building’s needs. The design of the brigade connections must enable the fire brigade access to sufficient water quickly, to allow them to attend to a fire.
Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia in clause E1.3 Fire hydrants, specifies the requirements for the installation of a brigade connections under a building permit. A part extract of clause E1.3 follows:
E1.3 Fire hydrants
(b) The fire hydrant system –
(vi) where the water supply system is taken form a static source, suitable connections and vehicular access must be provided to permit fire brigade personnel to draw water from that source and a fire-service booster connection must be provided adjacent to allow boosting of the system.
The fire brigade’s use of the brigade connections ensures that sufficient water pressure is available for fire brigade officers to utilise the fire hydrants (brigade connections also connect to a building’s sprinkler system).
The following illustration depicts the access requirements to brigade connections.