Tactical Fire Plans (TFPs)
For Fire Control Rooms and Fire Control Centres
Do you need a tactical fire plan?
Adair Evacuation consultants help building owners, managers or agents of owners, and occupants of buildings in the development of Tactical Fire Plans (TFPs)
TFPs are “to scale” basic building floor plans. They show the locations of installed active and passive fire and safety equipment, as well as paths to exits and building services. They are for the use of attending emergency services such as the fire department.
Some refer to them as ‘as-installed’ drawings.
These colour fast plans are schematic drawings with colour coded symbols. They have protection against physical damage.
Tactical Fire Plans are an essential part of the Emergency Services Information Package (ESIP).
First responders, such as firefighters use these drawings to establish the best strategies to manage and combat a fire, or otherwise deal with an emergency situation.
Evacuation consultants recommend that you have Tactical Fire Plans in the Fire Control Room (FCR) or Fire Control Centre. These plans should be readily available to first responders.
Each copy of the ESIP should include TFPs.
When do you need a tactical fire plan?
Premises require Tactical Fire Plans if they:
- have a Fire Control Room or Fire Control Centre or a Facility Emergency Control Centre (FECC)
- are a Major Hazard Facility (MHF) in accordance with the Work Health & Safety Regulation (NSW)
- are an explosives site in accordance with the Explosives Regulation (NSW and QLD)
Tactical fire plan requirements
Tactical Fire Plans have critical information that assists in a fire or emergency situation. For example:
- Schematics for mechanical, hydrant, sprinkler, fire detection & electrical systems
- Location of electrical switch rooms, generators, transformers, substations
- Fire and Smoke compartments & doors
- Fire dampers, pressurised stairs, air handling units & Mechanical ducts/risers
- WIP (Warden Intercom Point) Phones, break glass alarms
- Fire Indicator Panel (FIP) & Emergency Warning Intercommunication System (EWIS)
- Hydrants, hose reels, sprinkler isolation valves
- Sprinkler/Hydrant water storage tanks & pumps
Tactical Fire Plans have critical safety information. As such it is important to ensure their proper preparation.
We specialise in Tactical Fire Plans and can assist you with any questions you may have. Contact us to get your TFP today.
Tactical Fire Plan review
It’s crucial to routinely evaluate and upkeep your tactical fire plan, ensuring it remains precise and updated with any alterations. This could include changes like building structure adjustments, occupancy variations, or notable differences in the following areas:
- Entry points that are marked, typically by an external alert system like a bell.
- Locations of electrical components such as switchboards, power generators, transformers, substations, and associated electrical isolation points.
- Sections identified as fire or smoke compartments.
- Areas with fuel sources, hazardous materials, flammable liquids or metals.
- Sites where relevant Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available.
- Places where water resources, booster connections, feed hydrants, fire pump sets, fire hydrant landing valves, and isolating valves are located.
- Areas housing fire detection control and indicating equipment (FDCIE), Alarm Signalling Equipment (ASE), Occupant Warning System (OWS) and their respective zone block diagrams.
- the location of the emergency warning system and intercommunication system (EWIS)
- the placement of any fire fan control panel.
How do we prepare TFPs?
We take the floor plans that you provide and mark them up to create a Tactical Fire Plan. If you do not have floor plans, we can create them for you at additional charge.
What is a fire control room?
A fire control room, also known as a fire control centre, is a specialized space specifically reserved for directing and managing fire-fighting operations or other emergency actions. This room is equipped with necessary controls, panels, communication devices, furniture, and fire service-related equipment. Its sole purpose is to facilitate the management of fire-fighting actions and measures related to the safety and security of building occupants. It should not be utilized for any other activities.
As per the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the necessity for a Fire Control Centre is outlined for:
- Buildings reaching or exceeding an effective height of 25 meters.
- Buildings classified as class 6, 7, 8, or 9, having a total floor area of 18,000 square meters or more.
In addition, a Fire Control Centre or Fire Control Room will also likely have schematic diagrams of the:
- fire hydrant system,
- automatic fire sprinkler system,
- fire detection & alarm system,
- electrical systems
- mechanical services