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We are queried regularly by clients concerning the Building Code of Australia requirements for the location of hydrants and hose reels. The following illustrations depict the BCA provisions including externally located hydrants in streets and storage yards.

Name of Instrument: Discharge from exits and clearance to external hydrants
Issue: External hydrants and the installation of guardrails or other obstructions.
Comments: A 1.0m clearance must be maintained between guardrail posts and the external wall including a 1.0m clearance in front of the hydrants to the guardrail and posts.
State: Australia / National
BCA Volume: Volume 1

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Name of Instrument: Fire hose reel locations
Issue: Examples of compliant fire hose reel locations in a building, that is already provided with fire hydrants, is shown.
Comments: E1.4 allows new fire hose reels to be located next to existing hydrants without consent being required where the new fire hose reels are more than 4m from an exit.
State: Australia / National
BCA Volume: Volume 1

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Name of Instrument: Provision and location of external feed hydrants
Issue: What are the requirements related to the use of an external hydrant that functions as a feed hydrant?
Comments: External hydrants may be used provided that all points on the floor are within reach of a 10m hose stream issuing from a nozzle at the end of 60m length of hose laid on the ground or floor.
The coverage can be measured from the hydrant or from the fire appliance as indicated in the diagram. The hydrant functions as a feed hydrant to the fire appliance and cannot be more than 20m from an area of hard stand for the fire truck.
State: Australia / National

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Name of Instrument: Location of fire fighting equipment
Issue: Fire hose reel cannot be installed in a fire stair?
Comments: Fire hose reels must be within a corridor and located 4m from an exit. Fire hydrants must be installed within fire isolated stairs. The hydrant requires clearance of 100mm and cannot obstruct exit width.
State: Australia / National

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Name of Instrument: External hydrant coverage incorporating a booster connection for single storey buildings
Issue: Is the report and consent of the chief officer required if the 90m coverage rule is applied from an external hydrant that is connected to an internal fire main containing a Fire Brigade booster connection?
Comments: AS 2419.1 allows a hydrant that has a Fire Brigade booster connection that is adjacent to a building to provide coverage by two lengths of hose (2 x 30m) and a 10m horizontal water stream.
The other options allow similar coverage to occur from a fire authority pump appliance which is a maximum of 20m from a delivery hydrant.
The above two scenarios should be applied separately as follows:
(a) For single storey buildings, external hydrants may be used provided that all points on the floor are within reach of a 10m hose stream issuing from a nozzle at the end of 60m length of hose laid on ground or floor and connected to a delivery outlet on a fire authority pump appliance.
(b) For single storey buildings, external hydrants may be used provided that all points on the floor are within reach of a 10m hose stream issuing from a nozzle at the end of 60m length of hose laid on ground or floor and connected to a hydrant outlet in a fire hydrant installation which incorporates a Fire Brigade booster connection.
State: Australia / National

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Name of Instrument: Hydrant coverage to "open storage yards"
Issue: What considerations apply when assessing fire service coverage to open storage yards?
Comments: Hydrant coverage for open storage yard areas must be located to provide a 70m coverage. It is recommended that a 6.0m wide fire truck access be provided through and around any storage for emergency vehicle access reasons.
Hydrants should be positioned at light towers and similar structures to prevent them from being damaged by vehicles and forklifts.
Depending on the nature of materials being stored and access, the Fire Brigade may allow an additional 30m hose length to be included in the coverage thereby allowing up to 100m coverage (ie. steel container storage represents reduced fire risk).
State: Australia / National

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