This unit applies to personnel authorised by their agency to undertake assessments of buildings to determine whether their fire safety systems comply with performance based regulatory requirements for the class of building and occupancy.
These personnel will be required to provide reports on non-compliance to the organisation or owner of the business and to the fire service.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Undertake an assessment of fire safety systems and check for compliance
1.1 All components of the building’s fire safety systems are identified in accordance with the fire engineering design brief, performance based design, building plans and associated documentation.
1.2 All components of the fire safety systems and their elements
1.3 Fire safety system performance and maintenance requirements are compared with appropriate standards, regulations and codes in accordance with organisational requirements.
1.4 Fire agency intervention model is applied.
2. Report on the assessment of the fire safety systems to the appropriate authorities
2.1 Results of the assessment of the fire safety systems’ performance are reported in accordance with organisational requirements.
2.2 Fire safety problems and issues relating to fire safety systems are identified and reported in accordance with organisational requirements
2.3 Report is distributed in accordance with organisational requirements.
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
compile and prepare reports
interpret building plans
locate and identify components of a building’s fire safety system
use information technology systems
design documentation and reporting
equipment manufacturer specifications
fire agency intervention
fire detection and suppression
fire engineering design brief
fire initiation and development
fire spread and management
levels of analysis (as described in the Fire Engineering Guidelines)
performance based building and fire codes
principles of modelling
smoke development and management
special risk factors found in hospitals and public buildings, high rise structures, airports, petrochemical plants, electrical installations
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessment must confirm the ability to:
identify components of the building’s fire safety systems
identify proposed fire engineering design brief and performance specifications for fire safety systems
identify proposed performance based design impacts
conduct an assessment of a performance based design
use appropriate intervention model
Consistency in performance
Competency should be demonstrated over time and in a range of contexts.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Context of assessment
Competency should be assessed on-the-job or in a simulated workplace environment.
Specific resources for assessment
Access is required to:
building plans and associated documentation
Method of assessment
In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.
Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.
Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an agency-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:
interviewing the candidate
journals and workplace documentation
third party reports from supervisors
written or oral questions
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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.
Fire safety systems must include:
and may also include:
building design requirements
emergency vehicle access–egress system
emergency warning intercommunication system (EWIS)
fire detection and alarm
fire/emergency control centres/rooms
fire resisting structures/compartmentation
smoke hazard management
Performance based design may include :
distance of travel for egress
fire agency capabilities
fire agency intervention
fire suppression systems
smoke hazard management arrangements
Performance and maintenance requirements must include:
Building Code of Australia
This unit contains employability skills.