Find details of private and public fire services.
What is a fire service?
A fire service is a privately owned asset that provides direct access to the water supply system installed for the sole purpose of extinguishing fires. Water authorities allow properties to connect to this system for firefighting.
Fire services have a variety of functions and can be made up of a number of types including:
- sprinkler systems
- hose reels
- a combination of these types.
Generally, a Fire Service Consultant or Hydraulic Designer specified the size and type of fire service required to protect a building and meet the relevant Australian Standard.
Need to find details of private and public fire services for building and design?
In some situations you might require information on pressure and flow details available within water mains for fire fighting purposes. This information is used by hydraulic consultants to design fire fighting systems for new and existing buildings.
We can provide these details. To make a request, visit Property+ and apply online.
Use and maintenance of private fire services
Using water from a fire service for purposes other than firefighting constitutes a misuse of the fire service. Misuse of a fire service is illegal under the Water Industry Act 2000.
Misuse may include activities such as:
- Washing footpaths and driveways.
- Watering gardens.
- Washing vehicles.
- Using the fire service to supplement a property's general water supply.
All water usage for the above activities must go through the general meter.
Maintenance of a private fire service
Greater Western Water is responsible for maintaining the water main and the fire service valve up to its outlet flange.
The property owner is responsible for maintaining the private fire service and its components which include the bolts, nuts and rubber insertions that secure the private fire service to the fire service valve.
Maintenance will also include testing at least twice a year in line with the Building Code of Australia.
If changes are made to a property's plumbing system, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure the fire service continues to function correctly and remains compliant with regulations. It may be necessary to request the services of a hydraulic consultant to assess the premises before and after any works are completed.
Example of a fire service is pictured below.