Isolations and resetting FIPs

It is an offence in Victoria to damage or interfere with a fire indicator panel or other apparatus that transmits the alarm signal to the fire services without reasonable excuse.

The offence provisions are:

  • Resetting a FIP (fire indicator panel) without a reasonable excuse; and
  • Damaging or interfering with an FIP or other apparatus without a reasonable excuse – this includes isolating, disabling, disconnecting or modifying your monitored automatic alarm system.

These are contained in Section 75B of Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act 1958 and Section 106A of Country Fire Authority Act 1958. It reads:

Damage or interference with fire indicator panel or other apparatus

(1) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, damage or interfere with a fire indicator panel.
Penalty: 60 penalty units.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), interference with a fire indicator panel includes any action that causes the transmission of the signal from the fire indicator panel to be isolated, disconnected or disabled.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a member of operational staff who is acting in the exercise of any power or in the performance of any duty conferred or imposed under this Act.

(4) If a fire indicator panel detects a fire and sounds an alarm, a person must not, without the consent of the Board or reasonable excuse, reset the fire indicator panel.
Penalty: 60 penalty units.

(5) In this section—fire indicator panel includes any apparatus designed to detect a fire or other emergency conditions and transmit the signal of that detection to the Board either directly or via an approved monitoring provider.

More information

To assist all building owners and managers to know their rights and responsibilities in relation to monitored automatic alarm buildings, an information guide Monitored Automatic Alarms has been developed as a joint initiative by the Victorian Building Authority, CFA, MFB, ADT, Chubb and Romteck GRID.

The fire services have also developed a joint guideline Managing Monitored Automatic Alarm Systems which provides additional information.

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