Fire Equipment Service Melbourne

This blog has previously mentioned our work amongst fine old dames of the Melbourne CBD. Greater Melbourne has many fine heritage buildings as well. While some have had major face lifts or even been re-purposed, we went off to Healesville to perform our regular maintenance activities on two iconic hotels which have served the local and travelling communities pretty continuously for over a century. And of course their Essential Services require regular maintenance to comply with the standards we all expect.

Healesville – The Healesville Hotel

On a lovely day in March, and there have been a few, we are scheduled to run our routine maintenance checks in the Healesville Hotel.


As usual we start with opening the fire alarm panel, and we select test mode before we get going.

Fire alarm panel

A quick visual check of the fire response equipment is undertaken on each level.

In this case we had been advised that one of the extinguishers had been discharged, so we brought a replacement.  You can see that the pressure gauge on the depleted unit shows 0 kPa. This unit had been withdrawn and held in the office.









Before finishing we admire the shipment of fine wines just delivered and about to be properly stowed  – we’d love to stay and help with that – maybe another time.

 Healesville – Grand Hotel

Healesville 2014

… and since 2016, a facelift on the outside and a good polish up inside too







Again a check of the fire alarm panel for any messages of alarms and confirm that everything is consistent with full functionality.

We check go through various prompts and update the log books as we go.







Again we check all the fire equipment on each level and confirm that the schematics posted on each level, for the use of guests, is in alignment with the actual equipment in place.






All is good in these Hotels, and the diners can get on with their pallet cleansers.

We can help you

We are experts in Essential Services maintenance and upgrades. We can help you comply with your Maintenance Determination for buildings modified since 1994, or work with you to achieve compliance in older buildings which have not been upgraded.

Call us today on 1300 134 971.

Week 12 No.2 – Fire Hydrant Flow Test – Why it should be done

Fire hydrant flow testing

This week we were requested to flow test a hydrant in the northern suburbs. We were requested to get the check for the following flow rates 5 L/s,10 L/s,15 L/s and 20 L/s for the purposes of preliminary checks before extending the system. We found that the hydrant was only just able to achieve 5 L/s and flat lined at 0 kPa trying to achieved 10 L/s. This could be a real problem if the fire brigade attended and tried to get water out of the hydrant service as they may end up sucking the main dry!

Are you meant to be flow testing?

If you are meant to be testing your building to any standard which requires flow test, ensure your maintenance company takes a quick video of the flow test and emails it to you, so you have evidence the flow test actually occurred and achieved the required results.

Why should you bother?

According to Austbrokers Countrywide, when inspecting risk for the business they insure, they most often find that the site is missing the flow test records. THis is for tests on both the hydrant system and the sprinkler set. If the brigade were to attempt use your hydrant to put out a fire in your building, would the required pressure and flow be available? If the water is insufficient it would delay any fire attack the fire brigade would be undertaking as they would need to run hoses to the next available fire hydrant in the area.

How Can we Help?

We are able to flow test your fire hydrant services on an annual basis, we flag a reminder in our system, and simply come out and flow test as required. We have attached a really basic video which we take when flow testing, the camera work isn’t great but it does provide you with confidence that the test actually occurred.

If you need boost, pressure or flow testing give MFE a call today on 1300 134 971.

Week 11 No.1 Smoke detectors

Smoke detector testing

Smoke detectors save lives.

We hear this often, when news items come up about house fires especially.  This reminder about smoke detectors underlines how important our job is, and your role too, in ensuring your tenants are adequately protected.


For contracts where we perform your routine smoke detector tests you can rest assured we have you covered for AS1851 compliance on monthly, six-monthly, yearly and five-yearly testing.


We visit our client premises on a routine basis to conduct the tests due for the respective period.

Firstly we switch your fire alarm panel to test mode to prevent unnecessary alarms or fire brigade calls. Then we make the standard PA announcement of the testing regime about to be commenced.

Panel switched to test mode

We bring the test equipment we require.







Half of the devices are required to be tested each cycle and we take care to ensure each device gets its fair share of testing. We also routinely confirm that no changes on site have adversely affected the coverage of your existing smoke detection devices.








If any device is found to fail, or due to be replaced, we’ll raise a work order request so you are aware of the event, and generally our contract with you authorises this expenditure.

Our tests are recorded on the spot in the AS1851 compliance reports, which are retained on your site for seven years. These reports are immediately accessible to the fire brigade and other authorised parties, should they attend your site for any reason.

Once the test are over and written up, the fire alarm panel is returned to normal operating mode.

Repair and replacement

We’ll generally make a follow-up visit for the changeover of expired or faulty devices. Here we are replacing a faulty smoke detector in a resident’s room in an aged care facility. The device being installed was selected for compatibility with the alarm panel in this particular facility.

The failed device, identified in an earlier visit.

New smoke detector installed






Call us

See you at your’s next month, or call us.

Week 10 No.2 – Hydrant boost test, South Melbourne

Five yearly hydrant boost test

This week we had a date with 40 Albert Road, South Melbourne, for a five yearly hydrant boost test.

Image 1 – Early start to beat the traffic, still finding the red lights.

Image 2 – 40 Albert Road, South Melbourne









Setting up

We check the local mains pressure at ground level. After a short line flush we head upstairs. The highest part of the building is the open deck on the roof. The nearest hydrant is on the floor below, so our hose is connected.

We check the hydrant pressure achieved here from the mains pressure alone.

Image 3 – Initial hydrant flush, ground level, while waiting for this parking space to clear.

Image 4 – Hose from the top floor hydrant to the roof

Image 5 – Hose under pressure







Image 6 – Water gushes from the flow test device


Initial hydrant test

The test starts with a static pressure reading. Then we open the flow test device to record the dynamic pressure and flow rate. This requires water to flow and in this particular building the roof gutters carry the water to a storm-water containment reservoir, for processing.
(Note:- Checking the drainage is not part of our test. However a previous test in these premises, by others, lead to flooding on the top floor. Careful execution ensured we did not repeat their expensive incident.)

Booster test

In the second part of the test we run the big pump in the fire truck to boost the mains pressure to the achieve the prescribed pressure. We pressure test the hydrant system at the higher pressure without any flow (static pressure), then a brief burst of water allows the flow rate and pressure (dynamic pressure) at the roof to be measured again.


Image 9 – Two hoses connect the mains supply to our truck. Flow returns at the boosted pressure, into the building hydrant system.

Image 8 – Two hoses feed into the on-board pump. Two hoses run back to the building’s hydrant system.

Image 7 – Hoses crossing the footpath in a location with many pedestrians require continuous traffic management.








Image 10 – Frida the fire truck – most greatly admired by the passing pram traffic.

A successful day’s work for the first city outing of our fire truck.

Your next hydrant boost test

We’d love to help you with your next five yearly hydrant boost test. Give us a call on 1300 134 971


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Our Latest Addition!

We are were very excited this week to receive a new addition to our fleet. This ex NSW urban pumper has come off the line and straight into service as our second boost testing truck. This truck, whilst over 20 years old has done very little work. It has travelled less than 100 km per week for its entire life! The new truck will out-perform on boost testing hydrant systems! This vehicle  is specifically designed for boost testing hydrant systems in the Melbourne CBD.

Pumping System

The pump is directly driven off the PTO on the truck engine, with 4 inlets on the bottom of the pump and 4 outlets on the top of the pump. This means we are able to test most large sites without any trouble.

Key Features of MFE Boost Testing.

  1. We operate all of our boost testing under the supervision of a registered plumber.
  2. We use micrometers to measure the flow of water
  3. If required we are able to perform the overhauling of the hydrant service prior to undertaking the boost and pressure test.
  4. Our reports are simple to read!
  5. We provide a short video as evidence of the pressure and flow testing.
  6. For the more difficult sites for access we are able to undertake pressure and flow testing on the weekends where required.
  7. If you dont have a block plan we are able to assist, we have draftsman on staff who are able to re create your block plan if needed.

Watch out for our upcoming post capturing the action when we used this truck in in busy South Melbourne to perform a five yearly hydrant booster test.

If you are looking for a company to complete your five yearly boost and pressure testing give us call today! We would love to help however we can.

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