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Design fire hydrant and hose reel systems

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: August 2019

This unit of competency supports development of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in a consultancy or supervisory capacity in relation to plumbing services and construction hydraulics.

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design fire hydrant, hose reel and storage systems to Australian and New Zealand standards, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other relevant legislative requirements in order to meet fire protection standards.

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Employability Skills

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Evidence Required

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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment providing that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate plumbing and services workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

It may be assessed on its own or as part of an integrated assessment activity involving effective performance and application of principles used to design fire hydrant and hose reel systems.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:

establishing and evaluating design parameters for a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems

planning system components for a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems, including:

booster assemblies

hose reels


storage tanks

thrust blocks

complying with OHS regulations applicable to workplace operations

applying organisational quality procedures and processes within context of restoring plastered surfaces to conservation requirements

designing and sizing a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems

developing a checklist with all information and formulas required to carry out flow and pressure tests

preparing plans for a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems

preparing a specification for a fire hydrant and hose reel system

preparing a testing and commissioning schedule

producing an operation and maintenance manual

interactive communication and teamwork with others to ensure safe and effective work site operations.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

an induction procedure and requirement

realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the minimum task requirements

relevant specifications and work instructions

tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices

support materials appropriate to activity

workplace instructions relating to safe working practices and addressing hazards and emergencies

material safety data sheets

research resources, including industry related systems information.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must:

satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package

include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application

reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles

confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace

where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge

all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

Required skills for this unit are:

communication skills to:

access information

enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand

read and interpret:

documentation from a variety of sources

drawings and specifications

use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals

written skills to prepare documentation, including:

operation and maintenance manual

plans, specifications and reports

identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials

innovation skills to develop creative and responsive approaches

numeracy skills to:

apply measurements and calculations

interpret data

planning and organisational skills to:

research, collect, organise and understand information relating to the design of fire-compliant hydraulic systems

take initiative and make decisions

problem-solving skills to:

analyse requirements

carry out tests

consider options

design an appropriate system

identify typical faults and action required to rectify problems

teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

technical skills, including the ability to apply design concepts and principles relating to hydraulic systems

technological skills to:

access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media

use mobile communication technology.

Required knowledge

Required knowledge for this unit is:

Australian and New Zealand standards, manufacturer specifications, BCA and other applicable codes or standard operating procedures relevant to the sector

hazards associated with devices and systems used in the hydraulic sector

installation methods used in hydraulic systems

nature of materials used and effects of performance under various conditions

terminology and definitions used in hydraulic design

workplace safety requirements, including relevant statutory regulations, codes and standards.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Scope of work includes:

interpretation of plans and specifications

sizing and documenting layout of fire hydrant and hose reel systems, including:

combined domestic fire hydrant and hose reel systems

combined hydrant and hose reel systems

emergency egress

separate hydrant and hose reel systems

equipment that may be for residential, commercial and industrial projects and for a new or an existing structure being renovated, extended, restored or maintained.

Design requirements may include:

architectural specifications

builder specifications

owner requirements

specialist water use applications.

Cost-benefit analysis may include:

comparison of range of suitable materials and system choices available to enable cost-effective choices to be made without compromising project.

Statutory and regulatory requirements may include:

Acts and regulations

local and state government policies.

Australian and New Zealand standards may include:

AS/NZS3500 National plumbing and drainage set: Parts 1.1 and 1.2

AS2419 Fire hydrant installations - system design, installation and commission

AS/NZS1221 Fire hose reels

AS/NZS2118 Automatic fire sprinkler systems - general requirements

AS2200 Design charts for water supply and sewerage


Manufacturer requirements may include:

material specifications

pump tables

sizing tables

technical and trade manuals.

Desktop study collection and interpretation of existing data for design purposes from:

architectural and building plans

council plans

developer plans

other documents and reports as available.

Flow and pressure tests may include:

interpretation of flow and pressure tests conducted by a contractor

on-site measurement of flow (l and s), velocity (m and s) and pressure (kPa).

Performance requirements include:

flow, velocity, pressure and discharge requirements, established using Australian and New Zealand standards and local authority plans.

Layout of pipework may include systems such as:

dual feed

ring main

single pipe.

Fittings and valves may include:






valve trains


backflow prevention

excess pressure valves


pressure limiting

pressure reduction


Materials may include:

composite pipe materials and other pipe materials as specified


fittings and fixtures


Jointing methods may include:




mechanical joints

rubber ring joints



Installation requirements may include:


installation details

jointing requirements

level of workmanship.

Booster and standpipe assemblies may include:

block plan

configuration of valves and hydrants

non-return valves

pressure gauges

suction and delivery outlets

testing points

valves and fittings.

Hose reel assemblies may include:


configuration of valves and hose reels

location and number of hose reels required

non-return and backflow prevention valves

pipe sizes

space requirements for valves and fittings.

Design elements of thrust blocks may include:

design details for tees, elbows, valves and meter assemblies

keying and anchorage points


soil characteristics

velocity and flow forces to be resisted.

Pipe fixings may include:



bracket spacing

corrosion protection


hanging brackets

material requirements


wall and ceiling brackets.

Pump, pump controls and pumproom requirements may include:

automatic controls

inlet and outlet design requirements

installation and mounting requirements

space requirements

valve requirements.

Water storage systems may include:


automatic controls

inlet valve design and sizing


number of hours of firefighting supply required

outlet sizing

overflow requirements

safe tray requirements

tank sizes.

Delivery systems may include:

constant flow variable speed pump



pressure ratio


Plans may include:






schematics, which may be produced using:


Indian ink

pigment liner

computer generation


Specification may include:



concrete support



manufacturer requirements



Testing may include:

air pressure test

hydrostatic test

quality assurance (QA) audit.

Commissioning schedule may include:

balancing the system

checking and flushing the system

temperature setting.

Operation and maintenance manual may include:

check for blockages

leak detection

pump maintenance

water auditing

yearly inspection

yearly maintenance requirements.

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Scope of work is established for fire hydrants, hose reels and distribution systems for wide span and high-rise building projects. 
Design requirements are determined from plans, specifications and client briefs. 
Cost-benefit analysis is conducted comparing a range of pipe materials and system designs. 
Fire department, statutory and regulatory requirements and Australian and New Zealand standards for the design of fire hydrants, hose reels and distribution systems are analysed, interpreted and applied. 
Manufacturer requirements and trade, technical and sizing manuals are interpreted. 
Additional research, including a desktop study, is conducted to outline design parameters. 
Flow and pressure tests are conducted. 
Performance requirements are established. 
Layout of pipework and type and location of fittings and valves are planned. 
Type, location and requirements for backflow prevention devices are detailed. 
Pipe sizes, velocities, flows and pressures are calculated for a range of applications. 
Approved materials, jointing methods and installation requirements are specified. 
Hydrant booster, standpipe and hose reel assemblies are detailed. 
Thrust blocks are designed for a range of applications. 
Pipe fixings are designed for a range of applications. 
Pump, pump controls and pumproom requirements are sized and detailed. 
Water storage systems are designed and detailed. 
Fire hydrant and hose reel systems are designed for a range of wide span and high-rise building applications. 
Combined water supply, fire hydrant, hose reel and sprinkler systems are designed for a range of wide span and high-rise building applications. 
Range of delivery systems is designed. 
Fire hydrant and hose reel systems are designed and sized using computer software packages. 
Plans are prepared for a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems. 
Block plan is prepared for booster cabinet in accordance with Australian and New Zealand standards. 
Specification for a fire hydrant and hose reel system is prepared. 
Testing and commissioning schedule is prepared. 
Operation and maintenance manual is produced. 


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