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.

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

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

Table I1.5 SAFETY MEASURES – SIGNS

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 – Air Conditioning Systems

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