Fire safety systems in hospitals

Red fire extinguisher on wall, blur hospital corridor

Hospitals present a unique fire challenge and require expert fire safety consultation and installation. Elements such as heating, sterilising and food preparation equipment plus medical gases and electrical faults create potential fire hazards within an environment that are ironically intended for its occupants’ healing and well-being.

Employee cleaning the fire alarm


Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are required by law to comply with the stringent Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code and Building Code of Australia (BCA), Australian standards and fire engineering demands to protect the life safety of the building occupants. Occupants of healthcare facilities can be immobile or ill, so the fire safety system we develop at DEM FIRE  needs to be strategically designed, installed and managed by our team of accomplished engineers and knowledgeable experts

Fire safety systems are also required to prevent fire spread and facilitate fire brigade operations.

These criteria formed part of our brief for the fire safety system we designed for the Pittwater Private Hospital. 

Fire safety expert checking the main control of fire system

The need for industry experts

A NSW nursing home in Sydney’s west suffered a devastating loss in 2011 when a deliberately lit fire broke out. Twenty-one people lost their lives in the fire, leading to the NSW Government mandating installation of automatic fire sprinkler safety systems for all nursing homes in 2013.

In the chaos of the nursing home fire, hard lessons had to be learned and plans needed to be put in place at a legislative level to better protect patients.

The same approach applies to all public, industrial or commercial buildings, including offices, factories or retail centres.

To understand the complexities of fire prevention and fire safety systems in public buildings, our capable and knowledgeable fire specialists need to understand fire behaviour. Marry that with complex, multi-level building structures that cater for ambulant, semi-ambulant and non-ambulant individuals, and you’d be able to comprehend the level of professional solution design required for a task of this magnitude.

These are just a few of the considerations

When planning fire prevention and essential service strategies in hospitals, here are just a few of the areas of expertise that need to be factored into the design solution:

  • Passive fire resistance and compartmentation, specifically fire and smoke compartmentation
  • Egress provisions
  • Sprinklers
  • Smoke detection
  • Emergency warning systems
  • Firefighting provisions
  • Emergency lighting and exit signage
  • Fire safety maintenance
  • Fire safety management and training.

If you are looking for a fire safety system for your healthcare facility, contact us or email Tom Marshall or Gary Marshall.

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