Our Emergency Plan Fire Safety Advisors are QFRS conversant with their requirments under the Building Fire Safety Regualtions 2008 (BFSR). Building owners, occupiers and managers of a high occupancy building are required to appoint a fire safety advisor in accordance with the BFSR and Queensland Fire Rescue Service (QFRS). The BFSR requires the occupier of a high occupancy building to appoint a person who holds a current building fire safety qualification in the field of fire, evacuation procedures and emergency organisations as the designated fire safety advisor for the high occupancy building and overseen by the QFRS.

High Occupancy Building: QFRS

The following types of buildings are classified as a high occupancy building requiring a fire safety advisor under the BFSR and QFRS:

  • Class 2 or 3 building more than 25 metres in effective height;
  • Class 2, 3, 5, 6, 7b, 8, 9a or 9b building that is a workplace prescribed under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and where 30 or more workers are normally employed, this is regularly checked by the QFRS
  • A Class 6 or 9b building that the QFRS Commissioner has decided is an at risk licensed building under section 104KD of the Fire Service Act.

The QFRS recommends in a multiple tenanted high occupancy building a fire safety advisor be appointed for the whole building as required by the BFSR in consultation with tenants and the managing entity if there are common areas, such as malls, common passageways or stairs even if the managing entity does not employ 30 or more workers in the building. QFRS advises that individual tenants may wish to appoint their own fire safety advisor or utilise the fire safety advisor appointed by the Managing Entity, if there is a fire safety advisor, and they agree to do so. Either fire safety advisor is acceptable to the QFRS under the BFSR for the high occupancy building.

QFRS: Occupation

The occupier of a high occupancy building will not be required to appoint a fire safety advisor under BFSR and QFRS for the building until 1 month after the commencement of occupation of the building. It should be noted that occupiers are also currently responsible to ensure employees have been given adequate evacuation instructions within 2 days of starting work in a high occupancy building under the BFSR, a consultant fire safety advisor may be required as the QFRS is active in checking in this area.

Emergency Plan Services: QFRS

Emergency Plan has the necessary experience to assist clients in all their dealings with the QFRS. For further information on the fire safety advisor and QFRS in high occupancy buildings under the BFSR click here.

Building Legislation Table: QFRS

Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information surrounding the QFRS process.