Hydrants

A fire hydrant is a component of an active fire protection system and is a connection point used by firefights to access a water supply in the event of a fire.

Spartan Fire technicians have a vast range of knowledge and experience in servicing, maintaining and repairing fire hydrants to ensure they can perform to their design criteria in the event of a fire.

The minimum requirements for servicing of fire hydrants are specified in AS 1851 section 4, where it states that fire hydrants require:

  • Six (6) monthly inspections which are visual inspections to ensure there is no notable damage to the hydrants
  • Annual inspection consisting of a water flow test. This includes carrying out a presence of water on all hydrant valves, and a survey of the complete building site to ensure the system is adequate
  • Five (5) Yearly preventative maintenance

 

FLOW TESTING

A flow test is a procedure to test the water flow and pressure achieved at a set point in time. This is done from the most hydraulically disadvantaged hydrant/s located on a fire system. 

The minimum requirements for servicing of fire hydrants are specified in AS 1851 section 4, and this requires:

  • Six (6) monthly inspections which are visual inspections to ensure there is no notable damage to the hydrants
  • Annual inspection consisting of a water flow test. This includes carrying out a presence of water on all hydrant valves, and a survey of the complete building site to ensure the system is adequate
  • Five (5) Yearly preventative maintenance

 

From 1st January 2012, it has become a mandatory requirement, under the Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 6.1 – Maintenance of Fire Safety Installations – for a qualified person to comply with the following when undertaking any testing on a fire system:

 

  • Comply with the fire hydrant commissioning and periodic maintenance procedure published by the Department of Local Government and Planning
  • Record the water pressure and flow testing results. Using the approved fire hydrant and sprinkler system commissioning and periodic test – Form 72 in accordance with the relevant AS 1851
  • Provide a copy of this Form 72 to the building owner within 10 business days of carrying out the service. This is included as part of an annual flow test