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Plumbing Regulations (Vic) 2018 - A nightmare of government red tape and idiotic policy!

The fire protection industry in Victoria has been thrown into turmoil leading up the 2018 State Election with the publication of the Plumbing Regulations 2018 by the Labour Government of Hon Daniel Andrews (Premier) due to come into law on November 18, 2018.

Fire Hydrant L-Type Cover

L-Type Fire Hydrant ValveEarlier today I was asked by one of our customers if we could source a fire hydrant valve cover for his local primary school. This led me down the rabbit hole of fire hydrant valve covers in Victoria! (2 hours I will never get back).

Loss Prevention & Life Safety – The 10 Most Common Problems

According to Austbrokers Countrywide, they have identified the 10 Most Common Problems for Loss Prevention & Life Safety in a PDF article they published on their website. The top 10 are;

Fire Protection: Stress Corrosion Cracking

While researching leaks in fire sprinkler and hydrant water supplied, I came across a new term, that I was initially unfamiliar with - Stress Corrosion Cracking ("SCC").

Wikipedia: Stress corrosion cracking

False Alarms - Section 32D, MFB Act (Vic) 1958

Earlier today, I received an email from a customer seeking our support for the payment of Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade ("MFB") fees associated with a false alarm. This gave me the impetus to read Section 32D of the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act (Vic) 1958 that addresses these fees.

On further investigation, it became apparent that the Automatic Fire Alarm System had been isolated due to planned maintenance. When an alarm signal was detected, the personnel on site made a telephone call to the emergency telephone number "000", and reported a fire alarm.