Annual Fire Safety Statements

Annual Fire Safety Statements – Assessment Services

Having your fire protection systems regularly inspected and maintained is not only important for safety, it’s also the law;  Section 166 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations (2000).   Therefore, every year you must submit an annual fire safety statement to your Council and the fire brigade.

Aegis Safe are the leaders in fire protection when it comes to testing, maintaining, and repairing effective fire protection and safety systems. With a wealth of expertise in building maintenance and safety, Aegis Safe provide annual fire safety statements, assessments, and BCA assessments.

Owners Responsibility: Annual Fire Safety Statement Assessment

Building owners are required to have a qualified person assess the fire safety measures for their buildings each year. Building owners can be held liable if the person performing the inspection is not properly qualified. Having Aegis Safe take care of the fire safety testing for you eliminates this risk.

What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?

The Annual Fire Safety Statement certifies that:

  • Every essential fire safety measure of a building has been assessed by a fully licensed and qualified individual.
  • Every essential fire safety measure in the building has been found to perform at a standard equal or greater than the standard to which the measure was designed and implemented to perform at.
  • The qualified person has assessed the escape routes of a building including exit doors and has advised on them in accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations (2000) valid at the time of inspection.

We are fire protection industry leaders in testing, maintaining and repairing fire protection systems.  With specific expertise in building maintenance and safety, Aegis Safe can provide annual assessments, BCA assessments, and annual fire safety statements.

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Annual fire safety statement assessment services

A regular inspection and maintenance of fire protection systems is important as it is required by law in most circumstances, e.g. Section 166, NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations (2000).

Aegis Safe can assess the key fire safety measures within your building such as:
  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • Automatic fire suppression systems
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS)
  • Exit signs
  • Fire 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 and heat vents
  • Smoke detectors and heat detectors
  • Solid core doors
  • Wall-wetting sprinkler and drencher systems
  • Warning and operational signs
  • Paths of travel to exits

Owners Annual Fire Safety Statement Assessment

Law requires building owners to engage a qualified person to assess the fire safety measures buildings each year. Aegis Safe for your annual fire safety assessment will satisfy this obligation.

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Annual Fire Safety Statements

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 properly qualified person
  • 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 properly qualified person 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.

If you are the owner of a building or premises in NSW you must provide the council and Fire and Rescue NSW with annual fire safety statement certifying that all your fire-safety measures work properly.

The fire safety statement must be prominently displayed within your building.

When you complete your annual fire safety statement, you will need to lodge it with the city council by email, post or in person at a Neighbourhood Service Centre. You will also need to submit it to Fire and Rescue NSW.

Aegis Safe can help

Aegis Safe is a leading provider of commercial, industrial and high-rise residential fire protection services. We can help with fire protection equipment inspection, installation, and maintenance as well as certification services and annual fire safety statements. We offer an extensive range of scheduled fire safety services including testing and inspection services that are in accordance with AS1851-2012 and the Building Code of Australia. We will also provide you with fire equipment registers, reports and your annual fire safety statement specifically for building owners. These documents form a crucial component of the fire compliance process for every property owner. Protect your business or property today with our fire extinguisher service Sydney.

Our team is fully qualified and able to perform these inspections as well as issuing your annual fire safety statements.

The fire safety inspections must have occurred within 3 months prior to the date of issue of the annual fire safety statement.

Advice for annual fire safety statements NSW

Know what essential fire safety measures apply to your building.  Look closely at your fire safety schedule.  Make sure you have the most recent version of your schedule.

Maintain your essential fire safety measures so they are always in good working order and will perform as intended in the event of a fire.  Have the parts of the system maintained as per your maintenance schedule.  The maintenance should also include performance testing.

Ensure that the annual inspection and measures occur no longer than 3 months before your annual fire safety statement is due. You should always allow yourself time to fix any problems.

You choose a professional to review the report should be someone that is not an installer and therefore has no stake in their recommendations.

Remember that a copy of the fire safety schedule and the most recent annual fire safety statement must be on display in a prominent position within your building.

Your annual fire safety statement must be submitted to the relevant council at the correct time and a copy must be forwarded to Fire & Rescue NSW.

Essential fire safety measures

Your essential fire safety measures include any installations, equipment or forms of construction that will protect the occupants of your building in the event of a fire or other emergencies. They include:

  • automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • automatic fire suppression systems, such as fire sprinkler systems
  • emergency lighting and exit signs
  • fire hose reels and fire hydrants
  • portable fire extinguishers

Annual fire safety statements are required by local councils each year. It is necessary to ensure all buildings are compliant with the relevant Australian Standards so that your annual fire safety statement can be submitted.

We have extensive experience in carrying out inspections of existing buildings and newly constructed buildings for fire compliance purposes. The types of buildings we typically work with are strata buildings, complex sites that contain multiple buildings and high-rises.

Council’s Reminder

Your council may issue a reminder notice about the due date of your annual fire safety statement. Their letter should list all the essential fire safety measures relevant to your site.  Your fire safety measures need to be certified by a suitably qualified person.

You are also required to display a copy of your annual fire safety statement at your premises. This is part of Clause 177 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations Act 2000.

We understand that building owners, as well as your tenants, may not be experienced or appropriately qualified to complete the required routine fire protection service checks or meet the requirements for inspection and testing of your fire services equipment, that are specified in AS1851-2012.

5 Steps to your fire certification

 1  Consultation

We listen. We ask questions. We determine your needs. We understand.

2  Site Assessment – Problem Identification

We visit. We research, We analyse. We report non-compliances.

3 Specific Solutions

We report. We provide specific solutions to resolve any non-compliances for your site

4  Documentation

We provide documents that support the subsequent certification.

5 Certification

We provide documents that support the subsequent certification.

Competent fire safety practitioners

If you are a building owner who submits an annual fire safety statement your will need to choose a competent fire safety practitioner.

The Department of Finance, Services and Innovation is currently working to develop an accreditation scheme to recognise industry bodies that will accredit individuals as competent fire safety practitioners.

The department has published a guide for you to help determine if a person is a competent fire safety practitioner.

Essential fire safety measures needing repair

If you want the council to consider your case, you will have to fill out a request application.

The council is unlikely to pause your penalty infringement notices in the event of a history of late submissions.

Lodge your annual fire safety statement

The owner of a building that has a fire safety schedule is required to provide a copy of the annual fire safety statement to the Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW (FR NSW).

The annual fire safety statement is a record of the maintenance of the fire safety systems within a building.

The local council is the regulatory authority on annual fire safety statements and may impose penalties if your statements are not correct or provided in a timely manner.

There are two types of fire safety statements, annual and supplementary.Please refer to the annual fire safety statement form which is available from NSW Planning and Environment.

Certified Fire Technician

As the owner, you are responsible for choosing the competent fire safety practitioner/s to undertake the fire safety inspection and maintenance.

As the owner, you must also provide a copy of your current fire safety schedule when lodging the annual fire safety statement to FRNSW.

Note: The owner of the building can obtain a copy of the current fire safety schedule from the local council if required.

The fire safety statement and schedule is to be lodged electronically by email to afss@fire.nsw.gov.au

Many people are reportedly unsatisfied with the annual fire certification process. They state that they receive very different advice from different fire safety companies.  This has resulted in some concern over the quality of information and/or the quality of fire safety measures such as fire sprinkler systems.

Basic Fire Safety Schedule

A basic fire safety schedule will contain two columns.  The fire safety schedule can be more complicated if the building incorporates complex measures or alternative solutions.  The fire safety schedule can also nominate some measures as ‘critical’. These critical measures may require them to be certified to more frequently than once each year.

Your major responsibility is to make sure that your essential fire safety measures are always in good working order.

Aegis Safe can inspect, test, maintain, repair and certify the following essential fire safety measures:

  • Automatic Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Automatic Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Emergency Warning & Intercommunication Systems (EWIS)
  • Exit Signs
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Dampers
  • Fire Doors
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Blankets
  • Fire Windows
  • Fire Shutters
  • Fire Hose Reels
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Smoke Detectors & Thermal (heat) Detectors
  • Warning & Operational Signs
  • Smoke Doors
  • Paths of Travel to Exits
  • Window Fire Drenchers
  • Annual Fire Safety Statements
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Make sure your fire systems are safe and compliant today!

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About Aegis Safe

Your safety and peace of mind is our objective. Aegis Safe has been helping our clients protect their staff and property with our full range of comprehensive fire protection solutions since 2009. We specialise in installing, inspecting, testing, diagnosing and repairing fire protection systems.

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