SA Chapter | Adelaide | Fundamentals of Assessing, Inspecting and Commissioning Fire Safety Systems

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Rydges Adelaide | 6 CPD Points | Nigel Curwen and Amy Seppelt

About this Event - 30 April 2019

Fundamentals of Assessing, Inspecting and Commissioning Fire Safety Systems for Compliance with the National Construction Code

This training session will review all aspects of the installed fire systems, including; onsite pumps and location, combined sprinkler and hydrant systems, water sources including fire and street hydrants and the impacts that these have on water supply to enable fire service attendance. 

A practical approach is to be deployed showing the design and mechanical aspects on inspecting and certification of these systems under relevant Australian Standards. 

This training session is well suited to building surveyors either in the private building surveyors or local governments who deal with all classification types of buildings that require active fire safety systems to be installed. No matter if you have only basic knowledge of inspecting fire safety systems to be installed or a senior building surveyor with many years of experience, this training event will be for you. 

This training session will be delivered in three parts;

  1. The South Australia Metropolitan Fire Services requirements during the building assessment/certification stage. 
  2. Inspection of Fire Safety Systems with real case examples, including what fire authorities look for when attending fires.
  3. Design and Installation of fire safety systems in residential & commercial buildings requiring active fire safety systems.

Relevant NCC requirements and referenced Australian Standards including, but not limited to the following will be reviewed;

  • Part E of Vol. One of the NCC
  • AS 2419.1 Fire hydrant installations System design, installation and commissioning 
  • AS 2441 Installation of fire hose reels
  • AS 2444 Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets
  • AS 2118 Part 1 Automatic fire sprinkler systems 
  • AS 2118 Part 4 Sprinkler protection for accommodation buildings not exceeding four storeys in height
  • AS 2118 Part 6 Combined sprinkler and hydrant systems in multistorey buildings
  • AS 1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment

A practical approach is to be deployed showing the design and mechanical aspects of inspecting and certifying these systems to enable final approval/occupation to occur.

All this and more will be covered in this not to be missed session for building surveyors and allied professionals alike who deal with assessing buildings that require active fire safety systems to be installed. 

Spaces are limited so get in quick. 

Event Timetable:

* event timetable and content subject to change 

8:30am    Registrations Open
9:00am    Seminar Begins
  • Inspection of Fire Safety Systems general with case examples 
  • Inspection of Fire Safety Systems regarding specific Australian Standards 
  • Design and Installation of fire safety systems in commercial buildings 
4:30pm     Close

About the Speakers:


Nages Karuppiah

Nages is a Senior Fire Safety Engineer of the Community Safety & Resilience Department of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMS). In her current role, she is responsible for providing engineering governance within the department and for projects submitted to the SAMFS for review pursuant to Regulation 28 ensuring that the designs meet the fire safety requirements of the Building Codes of Australia and the operational requirements of the SAMFS. She is also a member of the State Planning Commission Building Committee which now assumes the functions of the functions of the Building Rules Assessment Commission (BRAC) and the Building Advisory Committee (BAC). Prior to that, she was employed as a consultant at AECOM and has worked on various local, interstate and international projects. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechatronics) and a Mater's Degree in Engineering (Fire Safety). Nages is also the Vice President of the Institution of Fire Engineers for the Australian Branch. 

Colin Paton

Colin is a Fire Safety Officer/Engineer for the SA Country Fire Service. Colin holds a qualification in the Built Environment (Building Surveying Major), Post Graduate qualifications in Fire Safety Engineering and is a member of both the Institution of Fire Engineers and Engineers Australia. Colin represents the SA Country Fire Service at The Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Built Environment Technical Group and sits on a number of Building Code and Australian Standard project groups at a national level. Colin has also been a member of the SA Building Rules Assessment Commission (BRAC) and currentl sts on 26 Building Fire Safety Committees. 

Colin's role within the SA Country Fire Service is to act on behalf of the SA Country Fire Service in matters relating to the Built Environment at a State and National level. This includes Building codes and standards reviews, Development Regulation 28 and 84 comments, Essential Fire Safety System commissioning and also inspections under Section 71 of the Development Act for commercial, accommodation for the aged persons and hospital buildings. Colin is also currently and active airborne firefighter (Aircrew) and previously had an operational firefighting role both as a volunteer with the SA Country Fire Service and via past employment through the SA National Parks, spanning more than 20 years and has attended many emergency incidents including structural fires. 

Amy Seppelt 

Amy Seppelt is the Lead Fire Safety Engineer with the Community Safety & Resilience Department for the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services. Amy holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering and has been with the Metropolitan Fire Service since 2005. 

Amy's primary role is to provide high-level specialist expertise on engineering and technical Matters to ensure the provision of optimum standards of fire safety in the built environment for both the community and fire fighters in South Australia. 

Amy has had on a number of State and National committees, including the Building Advisory Committee and Building Regulations Assessment Commission in South Australia, as well as a number of committees for AFAC - The Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council. 

Prior to joining the MFS, Amy was a volunteer fire fighter with the Country Fire Service for 6 years in an Urban-Rural brigade, with specialist training and experience in structural fire fighting, road crash and heavy vehicle rescue, hazardous materials and confined space rescue. 


Nigel Curwen

Nigel has 20 years' experience in the Emergency Services sector. Prior to making the career shift to firefighting with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Nigel was a Sergeant with Victorian Police. 

Nigel is currently and Acting Station Officer within the Fire Safety Department, where he has assisted in setting up the Cladding Project Team, assisting Victorian regulators deal with the cladding issue and providing valuable input into informing the Brigades operational response. 

Nigel has extensive experience in complex investigations, building construction and fire fighting structure fires. 



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Non Member $450
AIBS Student Member $225


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4/30/2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
Rydges Adelaide 1 South Terrace Adelaide, SA 5000 AUSTRALIA
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