DFES Letterhead - Fire Alarm Monitoring Services – Western Australia

DFES Letterhead - Fire Alarm Monitoring Services – Western Australia
DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
DIRECT BRIGADE ALARM (DBA) TECHNICAL BULLETIN
DECEMBER 2015 (ADVICE 13)
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will commence charging a fee for
false fire alarm attendances to DBA premises on 11 January 2016.
As a result of this, the fire alarm industry may be asked by many clients to alter existing
smoke detection to heat detection in a bid to mitigate a false fire alarm fee.
HEAT DETECTION
Australian Standard (AS) 1670.1 (2004) Clause 3.25.1(b) states that the use of heat
detections in lieu of smoke detectors is not recommended.
In addition, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) requires certain buildings to have
smoke detection, not heat detection. By changing the smoke detection to heat
detection, these requirements may compromise the Building Occupancy Certificate.
Therefore, DFES will not approve any smoke detection to be changed to heat detection
unless the relevant Permit Authority, i.e. the Local Government Authority, is made
aware of the changes and issues approval.
Private Surveyors may be employed to assist with this process, however they are not
empowered to authorise any such changes unless consultation and approval by the
Permit Authority has occurred.
Note – For simple change of detector type due to spurious false alarms caused by
incorrect installation, i.e. a smoke detector installed over cookers at local shopping
centre, agents should contact DFES and discuss the proposal prior to any potential
change being made..
ALARM DELAYS
Clients may also request a delay be incorporated into the Fire Indicator Panel (FIP)
programming, so the Master Alarm Function (MAF) does not initiate the alarm relay to
the Alarm Signalling Equipment (ASE) immediately upon alarm activation.
This is permissible in certain extenuating circumstances and AS1670.1 (2004) provides
various options for alarm delays, i.e. AVF, AIF, and AAF, however in all circumstances
where these delays are considered, the client must consult a Building Surveyor to
present a case to the Permit Authority to obtain permission to set an alarm delay.
Emergency Services Complex, 20 Stockton Bend, Cockburn Central WA 6164, PO Box P1174 Perth WA 6844
Tel (08) 9395 9300 Fax (08) 9395 9384 dfes@dfes.wa.gov.au www.dfes.wa.gov.au
This may also require the submission of a Fire Safety Engineering Report (FSER) with
an Alternative Solution addressing the requirement for the alarm delay.
DFES APPROVAL
Once the Permit Authority issues approval for either the change of detector type, or the
use of any alarm delays, the fire alarm agent must submit a DFES C8 form to DFES
The C8 form must be accompanied by the Permit Authority approvals and the Building
Surveyors documentation.
DFES will not authorise any C8 requests where the Permit Authority has refused to
issue authority or where insufficient documentation has been provided.
Any changes made to an alarm system connected as a DBA, without DFES approval,
are in breach of the DFES/Client DBA End User Agreement. The consequences to the
breach can be significant and include the alarm being ‘OFF-LINED’ and the DFES
Disconnection Process being initiated.
DFES reserve the right to refuse any such changes irrespective of any other Approvals
issued by the Permit Authority or the Building Surveyor.
Emergency Services Complex, 20 Stockton Bend, Cockburn Central WA 6164, PO Box P1174 Perth WA 6844
Tel (08) 9395 9300 Fax (08) 9395 9384 dfes@dfes.wa.gov.au www.dfes.wa.gov.au
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