Fire Brigade Connections
Fire brigade connections under the Building Code of Australia are ‘fire-service booster connections’. A fire brigade connections (which becomes a nominated essential safety measure) consists of an arrangement of valves and pipe work specifically designed to suit a building’s needs. The design of the fire 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 fire brigade connections for all building approvals. 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 fire brigade connections ensures that sufficient water pressure is available for fire brigade officers to utilise the fire hydrants (fire brigade connections also connect to a building’s sprinkler system).
The following illustration depicts the access requirements to fire brigade connections.