Building Standard Equipment for Protection Against Fire

  1. Sprinkler heads are installed extensively throughout the building. Some smoke detectors are also present on all office floors and in the electrical and communications risers and toilets.
  2. Smoke detectors activate on smoke, sprinkler heads activate on sensing a rise in temperature. In both cases, if a head is activated, an alarm is automatically transmitted to the fire brigade. The sprinkler head/s so activated will, of course, emit a stream of water to contain the fire.
  3. Fire hose reels are located in cupboards and are clearly indicated. Fire extinguishers are also located in these cupboards.
  4. Fire Stairs: Two sets of stairs are located in the central core where green and white exit signs are clearly visible. Doors to fire escape stairs or in fire escape stairs are unlocked at all times in the direction of escape. They should never be jammed open and the stairs and associated landing should never be used for storage purposes. All fire stairs, whether leading down from the tower or up from the basement levels, exit onto the street.
  5. Air Pressurisation: When a fire alarm is activated the air-conditioning plant automatically changes to smoke spill condition to expel any smoke from the building. To maintain the fire stairs free of smoke, fire stair air pressurisation fans will commence enabling a smoke-free exit path.
  6. Non-Use of Lifts:In the event of fire lifts must not be used (unless directed by the MFB) for the following reasons:
  • Power failure resulting from a fire could trap occupants
  • Water sprinkler heads could enter lift shafts
  • Heat from combustion could distort lift equipment causing a lift to stop
  • Lift cars may not be smoke free

Additional Building Equipment Installed for Evacuation Control
The Collins Place evacuation and communications equipment is designed to allow for complete control of all areas of the building in the event of evacuation necessitated by fire, bomb threat or any other eventuality.

The central control point is the Security Control Room at lower ground level.

Broadly, the communications equipment comprises:

  1. Red Warden Intercom Phones (WIP) on every level throughout the building. There are 2 WIP phones on every floor located in a clearly marked cupboard. Each phone is linked directly to the Security Control Room.
  2. A Public Address System is installed in the Security Control Room. This has the ability to sound appropriate 'alert' and 'evacuate' signals. The system can communicate with a single floor, multiple floors or all floors at once.

All aspects of emergency evacuation including instruction, training of appointed personnel as Wardens and all other building occupants and handling of trial evacuations are conducted regularly by an expert consultant in this field. Currently there are four major evacuation-training half-day sessions per year.

Please note that a tenant Floor Warden and at least three tenant Wardens are required for each floor as part of the Emergency Evacuation program. The Wardens have a crucial role in any evacuation. It is important for all building occupants to know their local Emergency Evacuation members. Smaller tenancies must provide at least two Wardens. An annual full building evacuation is compulsory for all tenants.