Fire alarm monitoring is a crucial component of the fire safety measures implemented in buildings. In many cases, it's an essential fire safety measure listed on the Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS), highlighting its importance in fire safety protocols.
Fire alarm monitoring involves the process of continuously observing fire alarm systems to identify and respond to any potential threats promptly. Essentially, it ensures that, in the event of a fire, the necessary parties - including fire brigades and building occupants - are alerted as soon as possible.
The monitoring process usually involves a Fire Indicator Panel (FIP), which is connected to all the individual fire alarm systems throughout a building or property. The FIP can detect when an alarm is activated and will automatically send a signal to an Alarm Signalling Equipment (ASE). The ASE is then responsible for sending the signal to a monitoring centre, which could be either a private service or the fire department.
Fire & Rescue NSW provide comprehensive information about fire alarm monitoring requirements and the appropriate response protocol in the case of alarms.
The role of fire alarm monitoring in the context of the Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) is significant. The AFSS is a declaration by the building owner, stating that all the essential fire safety measures within the building comply with the relevant standards and are functioning correctly. The fire alarm system, including its monitoring capabilities, is frequently included as an essential fire safety measure. In order to demonstrate compliance, the fire alarm system must be regularly inspected and tested, with maintenance carried out if needed.