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.