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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 9 Annual Report 2010 Goal 1 – Leadership and Advocacy Measures of our success: Australasian and international policies, standards, regulations, codes and guidelines reflect the collective views of AFAC member agencies: • Construction of Buildings in Bushﬁre Prone Areas – AFAC has participated on the Standards Committee responding to the recommendations of the second interim report of the 2009 Victorian Bushﬁres Royal Commission (November 2009). The technical assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service was substantial and greatly supported this work. Amendments were drafted and released for comment and voting in June 2010. Incorporated in the draft were amendments with respect to unmanaged grassland and the use of sarking as well as requesting a report on how to increase ember protection measures for the lower Bushﬁre Attack Levels (BAL). • Private Bushﬁre Shelters – extensive participation in the development of the performance standard for the design and construction of private bushﬁre shelters and consultation within member agencies was undertaken by AFAC. This important standard is aimed at providing guidance on one of many options for surviving the passage of bushﬁre. The Australian Building Codes Board has ﬁnalised and published the standard. • Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition – the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition was established in November 2009. Comprising AFAC, Fire Protection Association Australia, Institute of Fire Engineers and the Insurance Council of Australia, the coalition will promote home sprinklers in areas with an identiﬁed high ﬁre risk. The coalition has commenced its work with the following achievements: - Established the coalition as a legal entity - Developed Terms of Reference - Developed a media and sponsorship policy - Designed a new logo and commenced development of a website (www.homeﬁresprinkler.org.au) - Developed a draft position statement on the use of domestic sprinklers • Guide to Road Tunnels – Fire services representatives on the Australian Standard on road and rail tunnels worked with Austroads in the development of a three-part “Guide to Road Tunnels”. The guide includes: - Guide to Road Tunnels – Part 1: Introduction to Road Tunnels - Guide to Road Tunnels – Part 2: Planning, Design and Commissioning - Guide to Road Tunnels – Part 3: Operation and Maintenance • Fire Maintenance – Electrics (Alarms) – AFAC opposed some of the recommendations made from a review of the frequency of testing of equipment, most notably the frequency extension for the testing of smoke alarms from once every two (2) years to once every ﬁve (5). The Standards Committee, as a result of the opposition has determined that the current frequency of smoke alarm testing will remain. • Fire Detection, Warning, Control and Intercom Systems – AFAC is participating in the development or review of ﬁve standards projects: - AS 1603.7 Warning Devices for the Hearing Impaired (new standard) - AS 4428.3 Fire Brigade Panel - AS 1603.11 Visual Warning Devices - ISO 7240.16 Sound Systems - ISO 12239 Smoke Alarms It is expected that consultation on all standards will continue during 2010/11.
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