Fire service installations

Fire safety installations are the safety systems required in commercial, industrial and public buildings to keep people safe in an emergency.

Book an inspection

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) must inspect all new fire service installations. This includes changes to existing installations. Inspections are not required for metered fire services.

What you'll need

Other ways to book an inspection

What happens next

You will need to send the OTR both of the following documents within seven days of completing any further work identified in the report:

Backflow prevention

Fire services must have backflow prevention devices installed and commissioned by a licensed plumber (backflow prevention accreditation).

The backflow prevention device commission, inspection and maintenance report must be forwarded to the OTR within seven days of completing the work.

Installation inspections

The inspection tests the fire service installation at 1700 kPa for two hours.

After two hours, the pressure in the internal system is released through the fire hydrant or fire hose reel. The gauge must return to zero once all the pressure has been released. The test fails if the gauge doesn't return to zero and the inspection will need to be re-booked.

An inspector from the OTR only needs to witness the last 20 minutes of the inspection test.

Turning off or recharging fire services

The plumber must contact SA Water to recharge the fire service once the system has passed the inspection test and the OTR has received:

  • a signed fire service installation report, including lengths and materials
  • a completed certificate of compliance.

Contact SA Water

Codes and standards

The National Construction Code Series, Volume Three, Plumbing Code of Australia, Part 4.0 outlines the requirements for any part of a firefighting water service (from the connection point to the firefighting equipment). This includes:

  • design
  • construction
  • installation
  • replacement
  • repair
  • alteration
  • maintenance.

Fire service installations must comply with Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 3500.1 and AS 2419.1.

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