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Design fire hydrant and hose reel systems

Unit Descriptor This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design fire hydrant, hose reel and storage systems to Australian and New Zealand standards, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other relevant legislative requirements in order to meet fire protection standards.

1 . Evaluate design parameters.

  1. Scope of work is established for fire hydrants, hose reels and distribution systems for wide span and high-rise building projects.

  2. Design requirements are determined from plans, specifications and client briefs.

  3. Cost-benefit analysis is conducted comparing a range of pipe materials and system designs.

  4. Fire department, statutory and regulatory requirements and Australian and New Zealand standards for the design of fire hydrants, hose reels and distribution systems are analysed, interpreted and applied.

  5. Manufacturer requirements and trade, technical and sizing manuals are interpreted.

  6. Additional research, including a desktop study , is conducted to outline design parameters.

  7. Flow and pressure tests are conducted.

  8. Performance requirements are established.

2 . Plan and detail system components.

  1. Layout of pipework and type and location of fittings and valves are planned.

  2. Type, location and requirements for backflow prevention devices are detailed.

  3. Pipe sizes, velocities, flows and pressures are calculated for a range of applications.

  4. Approved materials , jointing methods and installation requirements are specified.

  5. Hydrant booster, standpipe and hose reel assemblies are detailed.

  6. Thrust blocks are designed for a range of applications.

  7. Pipe fixings are designed for a range of applications.

  8. Pump, pump controls and pumproom requirements are sized and detailed.

  9. Water storage systems are designed and detailed.

3 . Design and size systems.

  1. Fire hydrant and hose reel systems are designed for a range of wide span and high-rise building applications.

  2. Combined water supply, fire hydrant, hose reel and sprinkler systems are designed for a range of wide span and high-rise building applications.

  3. Range of delivery systems is designed.

  4. Fire hydrant and hose reel systems are designed and sized using computer software packages.

4 . Prepare documentation.

  1. Plans are prepared for a range of fire hydrant and hose reel systems.

  2. Block plan is prepared for booster cabinet in accordance with Australian and New Zealand standards.

  3. Specification for a fire hydrant and hose reel system is prepared.

  4. Testing and commissioning schedule is prepared.

  5. Operation and maintenance manual is produced.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Scope of work includes:

Design requirements may include:

Cost-benefit analysis may include:

Statutory and regulatory requirements can include:

Australian and New Zealand standards can include:

Manufacturer requirements can include:

Desktop study collection and interpretation of existing data for design purposes from:

Flow and pressure tests can include:

Performance requirements include:

Layout of pipework may include systems such as:

Fittings and valves can include:

Materials can include:

Jointing methods can include:

Installation requirements can include:

Booster and standpipe assemblies can include:

Hose reel assemblies can include:

Design elements of thrust blocks may include:

Pipe fixings can include:

Pump, pump controls and pumproom requirements can include:

Water storage systems can include:

Delivery systems can include:

Plans may include:

Specification can include:

Testing can include:

Commissioning schedule can include:

Operation and maintenance manual can include:

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment providing that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate plumbing and services workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

It may be assessed on its own or as part of an integrated assessment activity involving effective performance and application of principles used to design fire hydrant and hose reel systems.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must:

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.