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Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems & Equipment

Welcome to Firewize...

For the last decade, Maintenance Essentials has been a trusted provider for the maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment for discerning building owners throughout Victoria. Our professional reputation for integrity, mutual prosperity and innovation has placed us in and excellent position for the next stage in our business!

To this end, we would like to introduce a change in our trading name from Maintenance Essentials to Firewize.

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;

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.

Operation of an Emergency Warning System

I have been asked multiple times by building owners and occupiers about the law regarding the operation of an occupant warning system or emergency warning system in Victoria given the introduction of changes in the legislation effective December 1, 2012.

In summary, in Victoria, it is an offence to damage or interfere with a fire indicator panel or other apparatus that transmits the alarm signal to the fire services without reasonable excuse.

The Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) state the offence provisions are:

    Evacuation Tones in Aged Care Facilities

    AS 1670.4-2004Almost every day we receive a telephone call or email from the public asking what appears to be a simple question about fire protection.

    Over the weekend, I received the following email from 'Alan' asking about the operation of an emergency warning system;

    Has there been any recent changes to the alert sequence; alert,evac then voice over. we have been told that the system must go direct to voice over {evacuate evacuate} this would cause serious problems in the aged care industry.

    Before I answer the question, it is important that we go over a couple of background issues;