(09) 636 7113

First Fire

Systems Ltd

(09) 636 7113

Unit E

26-30 Vestey Drive

Mt Wellington

Auckland

COMPLIANCE

Compliance simply means that your fire protection system has been regularly tested and certified, and that it complies with the operating standards for each of the specified systems that make up the overall fire protection system.

The Compliance Team

Mark Wilburn

 

Mark is highly experienced with 34 years in the Fire Protection industry including 17 years with the NZ Fire Service and 17 years in the private sector. He has completed an extensive range of specialist training courses and holds several industry qualifications  These, combined with his experience and operational management ability, provides him with the skills to both lead and work with staff, subcontractors and clients alike.  

 

Mark’s key focus is to develop and co-ordinate practical on-site solutions that are sustainable and performance driven and to deliver effective client solutions.

 

His industry qualifications include the National Certificate in Passive Fire Protection; Fixed Fire Protection and Fire Detection and Alarm Systems.

 

He holds IQP registration in Auckland, Waikato, Western/Bay of Plenty & Central North Island & South Island for:

SS 1 Automatic systems for fire suppression

SS 2 Automatic or manual emergency warning systems

SS 3/1 Automatic Doors

SS 3/2 Access controlled doors

SS 3/3 Interfaced fire or smoke doors or windows

SS 4 Emergency Lighting systems

SS 5 Escape route pressurisation systems

SS 7 Automatic back-flow preventers

SS 13/1 Mechanical smoke control

SS 13/2 Natural smoke control

SS 13/3 Smoke curtains

SS 14/2 Signs Systems 1-13

SS 15/b Final exits

SS 15/c Fire separations

SS 15/d Signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation (EWIS)

SS 15/e Smoke separations

Helen Wong

 

Compliance Administrator

Strong attention to detail and a fastidious manner assists Helen to ensure your compliance requirements are dealt with in a prompt  & effective manner.

At the time when a fire protection system is installed, provided it has been designed and installed in line with the correct processes, it will comply with Building Code requirements.

 

Following installation the Local Building Authority (usually a local Council) issues a compliance schedule which lists all the specified systems in the building that must be maintained, according to what standards, and how frequently.

 

However building systems can deteriorate over time, or be modified, or fail to operate for any reason.  Like a vehicle Warrant of Fitness, a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) ensures that systems are tested and maintained at regular intervals, so that should a fire situation arise the fire protection systems will operate as they should. Click here to see more on specified systems.

 

In general each of the Specified Systems from SS1 to SS15 will have a specific compliance schedule.

 

After testing and maintenance has been completed according to the compliance schedule a Building Warrant of Fitness is issued by the Local Building Authority which confirms that a Fire Protection systems will perform as expected.

 

A Building Warrant of Fitness is required where a compliance schedule has been issued for a building.

 

A BWoF verifies that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for all the specified systems within a building have been carried out in accordance with the compliance schedule for the previous 12 months.

 

Section 108 of the Building Act requires that a BWoF must:

 

-  Be supplied on each anniversary of the issue of the compliance

   schedule

 

-  State the location of the compliance schedule and associated

   compliance schedule reports

 

-  State that the inspection, maintenance, and reporting

   procedures have been fully complied with during the

   previous 12 months

 

-  Have attached to it all Form 12A certificates  issued by

   IQPs for the specified   systems

 

-  Have attached to it any recommendations from an IQP to

   amend the compliance  schedule.

inspection checklist

 

The maze of regulations and compliance requirements can make it very difficult to know exactly what has to be done to ensure you meet your legal obligations, and to ensure you keep buildings protected and people safe.

 

It can mean you end up with a small army of experts and service providers to keep it all on track – meaning the costs and time involved in maintaining fire protection compliance can be high if you don't keep it simple by using a single service provider.

 

A BWoF must be displayed in a building where it can be seen by building users

Fines for non-compliance

 

 

The Building Act 2004 contains a number of provisions to protect public health and safety that are important for building owners and managers. There are a range of penalties for failing to comply with these provisions:

 

If a person is the owner of a building for which a compliance schedule has been obtained, they are liable for a fine of up to $20,000 with a further fine of $2,000 for each day the offence is continued

 

Building owners can be fined up to $20,000 for failing to display a Building Warrant of Fitness, or displaying a false or misleading Building Warrant of Fitness;

 

Building owners who fail to give written notice of a change of use commit an offence and are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000

 

It is also an offence carrying a fine of up to $100,000 to use or permit the use of a building, which is not safe or sanitary, or if it has inadequate means of escape from fire.

Mark Wilburn

 

Compliance Manager