Brigade Connections

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.

AS 2419.1-2005 Fire Hydrant installations – System design, installation and commissioning, in Section 7 provides details for the brigade connections.

 

The Following is a part extract of clause 1.1 Safety Measures (as appeared in BCA 2013) covering brigade connections:

Table I1.5 Safety Measures – Brigade Connections

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Fire hydrant system (including on-site pump set and fire-service booster connection) E1.3

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Brigade Connections

Most building surveyors/ certifiers will nominate AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment in their states essential safety measures schedules/ determinations for the inspection, testing and maintenance of brigade connections to ensure fire safety compliance. Essential safety measures auditors must check the brigade connections maintenance contractors logbook for the designated inspection frequency and record in the building’s essential safety measures logbook details of the facility’s observations to allow for signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.