Annual Fire Safety Statement
What is the Annual Fire Safety Statement?
An Annual Fire Safety Statement when issued certifies that:
Each essential fire safety measure in the building has been assessed by a competent Fire Safety Practitioner.
Each essential fire safety measure in the building was found to be capable of performing to a standard no less than that to which the measure was originally or subsequently designed and implemented.
The competent Fire Safety Practitioner has assessed all paths of travel to the exits including the exit doors, and advised of the status, in connection with the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations (2000), at the time of the inspection.
Who is responsible for certification?
Under the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, the owner of the building must ensure that each of the measures have been assessed by a competent Fire Safety Practitioner, and then forward a copy of the Annual Fire Safety Statement or Fire Safety Certificate to Council and the NSW Fire Brigades.
A copy of the statement or certificate must also be prominently displayed in the building.
Dynamick Fire Installations has a number of years’ experience with building codes and fire safety audits and are industry leaders in testing, maintaining and repairing fire protection systems. With specific expertise in building maintenance and safety, Dynamick Fire can provide Annual Assessments, BCA Assessments and Fire Upgrade Assessments in accordance with AS4655
Changes to NSW Legislation from July 1st 2020 affect the issuing of Fire Safety Statements which require the engagement of qualified Fire Safety Assessors, of which a current register which can be found at https://connect.fpaa.com.au/FireSafetyAssessor.
These legislative changes also affect the need for some buildings to have a current Fire Safety Schedule present before an Annual Fire Safety Statement can be issued. You can contact your local Council to obtain an existing Fire Safety Schedule, or you can contact us for more information regarding Fire Safety Schedules and how to obtain one.
Dynamick Fire Installations can assess key fire safety measures within a building such as:
- Automatic fire detection and alarm systems & Automatic fire suppression systems
- Emergency / Exit lighting & Exit signs
- Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS)
- Fire doors & Solid core doors
- Fire hydrant systems
- Fire seals protecting openings in fire resisting components of the building
- Fire shutters & Fire windows
- Fire hose reel systems
- Portable fire extinguishers
- Smoke Alarms and heat detectors
- Wall-wetting sprinkler and drencher systems
- Paths of travel to exits
Owners Annual Fire Safety Assessment
Where applicable, the law requires building owners to engage a competent Fire Safety Practitioner to assess fire safety measures in buildings each year. If the inspection is not performed properly by a Fire Safety Practitioner, the building owner may be held liable. Engaging Dynamick Fire Installations for the assessment satisfies this obligation.
Comprehensive fire safety assessment
Our qualified Fire Safety Practitioners determine when the fire safety measures were installed in your building and research the performance standards that was applicable at the time of installation.
The inspection identifies whether:
- The fire systems listed on council’s schedule exist on your premises, and are correctly listed by council
- The fire systems can perform to the relevant Australian Standards and legislation
- Changes to building structure or use effect fire system performance
- The fire equipment is correctly located and has no obvious damage
- The routine inspection, testing and servicing is being performed and any defects found have been rectified
- The status of the paths of travel to the exits including the exit doors, in connection with the relevant state regulations.
- Identifies fire measures and their relevant standards
- Reports on the measures’ capacity to perform to their relevant standards
- Recognises relevant issues in respect to paths of travel to the exits
- Identifies and classifies any defects
- Includes a Fire Safety Statement prepared for the building owner.