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Queensland Fire and Rescue Service

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
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A journey into OHS wouldn't be complete without an awareness of Building Fire Safety. Anyone in the capacity of the OHS person, should familiarise themselves with duties and responsibilites of an owner/occupier of their building/workplace. This scoop is the QFES (Qld Fire and Emergency Services) website. Please have a look around paying particular attention to the Building Fire Safety section

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BuildgFireSR08.pdf

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The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 underpins Building Fire safety in Queensland.  The objectives in this regulation is to :

"(a) to ensure persons can evacuate buildings safely and quickly if a fire or hazadous materials emergency happens; and

(b) to ensure prescribed fire safety installations for buildings are maintained."

Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (Qld) https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/B/BuildgFireSR08.pdf

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qdc-mp-6-1-factsheet.pdf

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Fire Safety Installations are things such as: Emergency lighting, emergency lifts, Emergency warning and intercommunication systems, exit signage, fire detection and alarm systems, fire doors, fire hose reels, fire hydrants, fire mains, fire sprinklers, smoke exhaust system to name a few. This is not a complete list.

 

Why is it important to maintain these services? What could happen if a service isn't maintained?

 

 

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Queensland Fire and Rescue Service : Budget Accommodation Buildings

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This information is for Budget Accommodation, or Backpackers.  There are now numerous regulations that impact here today, particularly since the Childers backpackers fire. 

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Fire hydrant covered by dirt

Fire hydrant covered by dirt | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
Fire crews couldn’t immediately find a hydrant because it was covered with dirt near an Ipswich home that was gutted on Monday.
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This is Queensland 2014.

What are the consequences of poorly maintained fire fighting services?

The firies couldn't find the fire hydrant and unfortunately this house couldn't not be saved. 

When every second counts, finding the tools or fire fighting services in working order or "maintained" is essential. 

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Neighbourhood hell as the partying backpackers cram in

Neighbourhood hell as the partying backpackers cram in | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
Backpackers know them as party houses, but to authorities they are simply death traps.
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The damaged facade of the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers in 2001, a year after the fire.

The damaged facade of the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers in 2001, a year after the fire. | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
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Why does it matter?

Childers in Qld, was/is a popular hotspot for working backpackers.

June 2000, 15 innocent people perished in a building fire that was maliciously started.

The further tragedy of that night was the failure of the residents to know there was a fire in progress- there was no fire alarm. Those who tried to escape couldn't find the only exit on the top floor. 

 

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The rebuilt Palace backpackers in Childers in 2004.

The rebuilt Palace backpackers in Childers in 2004. | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
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Fourteen years on and the legacy of the Childers backpackers fire is refelcted in new legislation on Building fire safety as described above at the start of this quest.

 

Ask yourself, 'Could this happen again?'.  If you said 'No', why?  How can  you be sure standards are met or the maintenance schedules are adhered to?  I say this becuase despite ALL the effort of legislation, standards, regulations etc,  I see breaches in fire safety all the time. 

 

This link will take you to the Amendment bill 2001 on Fire Safety and Budget Accommodation. It outlines the backgound to the fire, the reactions from government and the changes to legislation as a result.

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/explore/ResearchPublications/ResearchBriefs/2002/2002001.pdf

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Another Childers in waiting? Backpacker overcrowding concern

Another Childers in waiting? Backpacker overcrowding concern | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
OVERCROWDING of backpackers in houses and sheds has a southern Queensland council concerned that a tragic event like the Childers fire may be around the corner.
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This photo was taken in 2013.  Thirteen years after the Childers fire. 

This is one example of a backpacker style cheap accommodation out there for the vulnerable to live.  How would you feel sleeping here?

 

What can you do about this?

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What to do in an emergency - Better safe than sorry - YouTube

Henri Szeps walks you through important home fire safety tips for seniors. For further information, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or visit your local fire station.
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Good 'ole Henri, these videos were made for senior citizens but they are relevant to anyone interested in learning more about fire blankets and extinguishers.

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List%20of%20Offences_Nov%2009_Version7.pdf

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To put fire safety in a financial perspective, penalties do apply for a failure to maintain a variety of things.

As an example currently, a non maintained fire hose reel will generate a $5000 fine. Bang, all becuase you didn't put the nozzle back in its keeper. The keeper has a function.  Next time you're wandering through your workplace have a look at a fire hose reel.  Has it been maintained to the standard?

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FireARescSeA90.pdf

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The functions of the QFES are twofold to 1. Protection: life, property and the environment. 2. As a statutory advice agency in the prevention and suppression of fire.

The fire service does this under the guidance of the  Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990

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qdc-mp-6-1-guideline.pdf

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The Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 6.1 Commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installation, has been developed by the Dept of Local Government and Planning to be used concurrently with the Building Act 1975 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, to ensure building fire safety compliance. It describes performance standards to the commissioning and installation of "prescribed fire safety installations".  Once a building has been deemed compliant by both the QFES and an assessment manager, a building can be lawfully occupied. 

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Queensland Fire and Rescue Service : Smoke Alarms

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service : Smoke Alarms | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
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Smoke alarms (different from smoke detectors) can be found in many houses and buildings. 

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Bangladesh Inspections Find Gaps in Safety

Bangladesh Inspections Find Gaps in Safety | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after the collapse of a factory building killed more than 1,100 workers, reports released on Tuesday detail problems at 10 other factories.
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People worked here once.  A factory in Bangladesh, an unfortunate accident or negligence?  

Please keep this image in mind and understand that this happened in India, an emerging economy.  There were severe defiencies in basic building fire safety maintenance.  No fire doors present, no sprinkler systems for a building this size, there were no fire alarms (a most basic safety necessity), plus I would hazard a guess and suggest - no maintenance schedules.

Surely, this level of devastation wouldn't happen in Australia.  Or has it?

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Mine management queried in Hazelwood fire

Mine management queried in Hazelwood fire | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
Questions are mounting over whether the fallout from the Hazelwood coal fire disaster could have been reduced through better management of the mine and more rigorous regulations.
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This is a mine.  For all of the miners out there, yes it can happen there as well.  A lack of care of fire fighting installations and equipment can mean the difference between a managable incident to a disaster.  Simple things like cutting back vegetation to expose fire hydrants and provide access and egress from buildings makes an enormous difference.

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Australian backpacker hostel victims had no chance of escaping fire - World Socialist Web Site

Australian backpacker hostel victims had no chance of escaping fire - World Socialist Web Site | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
When police this week for the first time allowed reporters to briefly view the burned-out inside of the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Queensland, Australia, it was obvious that the 15 young fruit pickers who died in last Friday's fire had no way to escape the blaze.
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"Why does it Matter?"

This report published in 2000 describes the conditions that were found by police after the fire.  It describes in some detail how some were trying to escape through barred windows.  I can't imagine the sheer horror.

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New amendments improve sprinkler installation process at aged care facilities after tragic 2011 fire

New Fire Sprinkler Standard introduced to make the implementation of fire sprinkler safety systems in aged care facilities simpler and more effective.
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Quakers Hill, more recently was another maliciously started fire which resulted in the loss of 11 residents and a further 8 injured.

In this case, despite having fire extinguishers and fire doors the main concern was over the lack of Fire Sprinklers in an aged care facility.

NSW also amended their laws mandating the addition of sprinklers in Aged care facilities. 

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Expert says fire in The Criterion could be catastrophic

Expert says fire in The Criterion could be catastrophic | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic pubs is in the firing line.
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Building fire safety compliance can be the source of much anguish for both owner/operators of premises and the regulatory bodies.  Watch this space for the outcome to this building located in Rockhampton.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - YouTube

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - YouTube | OHS Quest: Building Fire Safety | Scoop.it
'Catching Fire' is a series of short videos from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to educate and inform the community about fire safety in and around t...
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You Tube has some great videos, this is just one, on fire safety.

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