Changes to fire hydrants, hose reels and pumps licences

Most of the fire hydrants, hose reels and pumps licences transitioned to the water-based fire system stream under the new framework which commenced on 1 May 2021. 

Diagram depicting transition of licence classes to water-based stream

Key changes for transitioned licensees:

  • There are changes for licensees transitioning to the new ‘certify’ classes. 
  • ‘Install and maintain’ classes transitioned with no upskilling requirement and includes a broader range of commercial and industrial water-based fire systems. 
  • The ‘fire hydrants and hose reels - inspect and test’ class transitioned to the new portable stream ‘install and maintain’ class with the following scope of work: 
    • install and maintain portable firefighting appliances - AND
    • maintain, but not including inspecting and testing, fire hose reel systems downstream of the point of attachment of the fire hose to the drum - AND
    • inspect and test unpumped fire hose reel systems - AND
    • inspect and test unpumped fire hydrant systems, restricted to carrying out the tasks mentioned in the 6-monthly fire hydrant service schedules under AS 1851 - AND
    • inspect and test portable firefighting appliances.
  • Licensees who held a 'fire hydrants and hose reels - inspect and test' licence at 30 April 2021 will have a temporarily expanded scope of work to include the former scope of work of this class until 31 October 2021 being:
    • inspect and test fire hydrants and fire hose reels
  • The ‘fire pumps - inspect and test’ class is a continuing class of licence and may be held by transitioning licensees with no change to the current scope of work. 

For more information, see the following fact sheets:

Former licence classes that have transitioned: