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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.

NSW: Fire Safety in Aged Care Facilities

Fire Sprinkler HeadIt is estimated that more than 60,000 people live in Commonwealth Government accredited residential aged care facilities across NSW and that, as at March 2013, about 55% of all existing residential aged care facilities do not have fire sprinkler systems installed.

After the devastating fires at Quakers Hill in November 2011, the New South Wales government established laws requiring the mandatory installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems in all residential aged care facilities in NSW effective January 1, 2013 by or before March 2016.

A number of facilities were required to meet an earlier deadline of 1 September 2014 and the remainder of aged care facilities must retrofit fire sprinkler systems by 1 March 2016. These aged care providers are subject to strict reporting requirements and regular review.

On July 1, 2015, Ivan Donaldson, Chairperson of the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee published the Fire Sprinkler Systems Implementation Committee Annual Report. This report provides the Government and Community a progress report and overview of the implementation plan for the period March 2014 – February 2015.