Responsibilities

Closely liaise with your fire maintenance company and monitoring provider to ensure that appropriate maintenance and servicing is being carried out. Australian Standards set a minimum criterion - your system may require more than the Standard to mitigate false alarms.

Responsible person - areas of responsibility to consider:

Supervise all matters pertaining to the fire alarm system.

Know legal responsibilities in maintaining essential services including, but not limited to:

  • display of annual essential services report
  • display of essential services records of maintenance checks, service and repair work
  • permit requirements for disconnection of automatic fire alarm systems, isolation of system or part thereof, and/or alterations to approved fire alarm system.

Closely liaise with your fire maintenance company and monitoring provider to ensure that appropriate maintenance and servicing is being carried out.  Australian Standards set a minimum criterion - your system may require more than the Standard to mitigate false alarms.

Ensure the fire alarm system is checked at least daily to ascertain whether there are any faults on the system or maintenance required.

Faults on the fire alarm system must be reported on immediately  and acted upon.

Ensure no one resets the fire alarm before the arrival of the Brigade.

Ensure the log book is kept up to date and is available for inspection.

Ensure fire detectors and fire exits are not obstructed.

Organise a representative from the company to meet the Fire Service on arrival whenever practicable.  This will greatly assist the Brigade in investigating the fire alarm activation in a timely manner.

Ensure appropriate isolation methods are implemented choosing the minimum method available.  Train sufficient personnel in this area for your organisation's needs.

Ensure procedures are inplace for managing contractors, maintenance workers and other visitors.  They should be aware that the building has an automatic fire alarm system and who is responsible for managing the system during works.  A log book should be kept, signing-in the workers and detailing such matters as fire alarm circuits that have been isolated, hot work activities, total fire ban permits and the time circuits are reset to normal.

Ensure all occupants of the protected premises are aware of the fire alarm system and are educated in ways to mitigate false alarms.

Monitor and control standard daily activities in the premises to ensure that these activities do not cause unwanted false alarms.

Investigate the incidence of all alarms given by the system to identify the causes of such alarms and take action to eliminate their occurance.

Closely liaise with the NTFRS Fire Protection Division on matters pertaining to false alarm charges and false alarm prevention measures.