Fire Service Booster Connections

Fire brigade connections under the Building Code of Australia are ‘fire service booster connections’. Fire service booster 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 fire service booster 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 service booster connections. 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 service booster connection ensures that sufficient water pressure is available for fire brigade officers to utilise the fire hydrants (fire service booster connections also connect to a building’s sprinkler system).

The following illustration depicts the access requirements to fire service booster connections that building surveyors/building certifiers must allow for when issuing a construction certificate, building permit, building approval or building rules certification.

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

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Service Booster Connections

The Following is a part extract of clause 1.1 Safety Measures covering fire service booster 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 connections) E1.3

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Service Booster Connections

Most building surveyors/ 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 service booster connections. Essential safety measure auditors to ensure fire safety compliance must check the fire service booster 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 the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Occupiers Statement and Annual Maintenance Statement.