An Annual Fire Safety Statement is submitted every twelve months to the local council. In addition, a copy is sent to the local fire brigade and displayed at the building’s entrance. Essentially, the statement must be completed by an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety). Plus, the submission must confirm that every fire safety measure has been inspected and assessed to comply with the relevant code. The fire safety measures may include fire alarms, fire hose reels, fire extinguishers, exit and emergency lighting, smoke detection systems and sprinkler systems. Lastly, note that an Annual Fire Safety Statement is required by law.
Annual Fire Safety Statement Changes as of 1st July 2020
From the 1st of July 2020, changes were made to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations. This meant that certain functions must now be carried out by an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety). Moreover, this role was previously carried out by a Competent Fire Safety Practitioner (CFSP). Now, an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) is a person accredited via an approved industry accreditation scheme. The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) is the recognised accreditation authority for accredited practitioners (fire safety).
What is an Accredited Practitioner (fire safety)?
As of July 1st, 2020, building owners must enlist the services of an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) or APFS. The APFS will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Essential Fire Safety Measures in the building. Ultimately, the evaluation must ensure that the fire safety equipment meets the initial installation’s current regulations. Also, the equipment performance requirements are met. Furthermore, becoming an accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) demands even more capability and rigorous evaluation than routine fire safety inspection and testing. In short, hiring an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) to produce an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is now essential.
If you’d like more information about Annual Fire Safety Statements for your building, contact our Harbour Fire & Security team today.