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FRNSW position statements

The following are the formal position of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in regard to each given matter. These statements are provided in the public interest and FRNSW may not have any specific jurisdiction on the related matter. A responsible person or authority is expected to take relevant advice into consideration as appropriate to their given circumstance.

 
Alternative vs performance solution

FRNSW use the term 'alternative solution' as legislated within the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, instead of 'performance solution' as referenced by the National Construction Code.

Likewise, FRNSW use the legislated term 'alternative solution report' instead of 'fire engineering report' as referenced by the International Fire Engineering Guidelines.

[Date published: 4 July 2018] 

 

Automated vehicle parking system

FRNSW endorse the Fire Safety Requirements Automated vehicle Parking Systems guideline as published by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, as the appropriate guidance to practitioners who design and certify building that incorporate an automated vehicle parking system (e.g. a ‘car-stacker’).

[Date published: 3 September 2018] 

 

Fire hydrant system in existing premises

FRNSW recommends any existing fire hydrant system installed in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance 70 and Ministerial Specification 10 (or earlier) should be upgraded to meet the requirements of the current Australian Standard AS 2419.1 for an equivalent new building, as these older fire hydrant systems no longer meet the operational needs of FRNSW.

It may be appropriate for a partial upgrade of the existing fire hydrant system be undertaken. A partial upgrade may be proposed to address deficiencies in the design and/or performance of the existing fire hydrant system, when assessed against the requirements of Australian Standard AS 2419.1, so that the upgraded fire hydrant system will meet the operational needs of FRNSW. Where a hybrid fire hydrant system is proposed, which incorporates the design and performance requirements from two different standards, the proponent should consult with FRNSW on the requirements for the fire hydrant system.

[Date published: 31 October 2018] 

 

Fire hydrant system in new premises

FRNSW endorse the use of Australian Standard AS 2419.1-2017 in the design and installation of fire hydrant systems in new premises. If AS 2419.1-2017 is adopted in its entirety to meet performance requirement EP1.3 of the National Construction Code, instead of the referenced AS 2419.1-2005 version, FRNSW will be likely to support an exemption under clause 188 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) or an alternative solution with regards to the fire hydrant system.

[Date published: 3 September 2018] 

 

Fire sprinklers in class 2 and 3 buildings

FRNSW endorse recommendation no. 150 made by Deputy State Coroner HCB Dillon in respect to the Coronial Inquiry into fire at Unit 53, 4 West Terrace, Bankstown which recommends the installation of ‘fit-for-purpose’ fire sprinkler systems in all new Class 2 and 3 buildings.

FRNSW does not support the deletion of any required automatic fire sprinkler system in any new Class 2 and 3 building. Automatic fire sprinklers provide superior protection and saving of life and property.

[Date published: 4 July 2018] 

 

FRNSW hose connections

Hose connections on fire hydrant and fire sprinkler systems are required to be compatible with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) equipment. Refer to FRNSW hose connections for information.

[Date published: 31 October 2018] 
 
Massive timber building systems

FRNSW endorse the Fire Safety Principles for Massive Timber Building Systems guideline as published by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, as the appropriate guidance to practitioners who design and certify building that incorporate massive timber building systems.

[Date published: 3 September 2018] 

 

Road tunnels

FRNSW endorse the Fire Safety for Road Tunnels guideline as published by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, as the appropriate guidance on fire safety to stakeholders involved in the design and construction of road tunnels.

[Date published: 3 September 2018] 

 

Security/screen doors fitted to sole-occupancy units (SOUs)

The fitting of security or screen doors to the main fire door of a unit is a matter to be determined by the appropriate regulatory authority (e.g. Council) or certifying authority.

However, FRNSW recommends against the fitting of security or screen doors to SOUs due to the increased likelihood of the main fire door of the unit being propped open, corridor egress being impeded by an open security/screen door, and the fire rating of the door frame being compromised from any modification when fitting any additional door.

[Date published: 4 July 2018]