Portable stream

Portable firefighting equipment includes fire extinguishers and fire hoses. Portable stream licence classes also include specified work on fire hose reel systems downstream of the point of attachment of the fire hose to the drum. 

Portable stream licences are offered across the following classes:

  • certify
  • install and maintain.

Scopes of work

Certify
  • certify portable firefighting appliances and fire hose reel systems downstream of the point of attachment of the fire hose to the drum.
Install and maintain
  • 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.

The scope of work for licensees who transitioned from the 'fire hydrants and hose reels - inspect and test' licence class also temporarily includes, until 31 October 2021, the former scope of work (inspect and test of fire hydrants and hose reels). From 1 November 2021, licensees will require an additional class to perform the full scope of work contained in the former class.

Technical qualifications

From 1 May 2021, the new fire protection licence classes replaced existing classes. Licence applications received after this time are taken to be for the new relevant class for the work and must meet the technical qualifications to be prescribed for the new licence class unless a transitional pathway is available. 

Transitional pathways have been provided to enable the QBCC to accept a former technical qualification for a new class in certain circumstances: 

Students, apprentices and trainees

  • If on 30 April 2021 you were enrolled in a qualification for a licence class that transitioned to a new portables class and you complete the qualification by 1 May 2022, you may rely on this qualification when applying for the new relevant portables class. This means you don't need to undertake additional study or training to meet the technical qualifications for the new Portables fire systems licence stream.
  • Technical qualifications for the below licence classes may be accepted for the new relevant class:
    • portable fire equipment and hose reels (hose reels down stream of stop cock only – certify) (relevant new class: portable stream – certify)
    • portable fire equipment and hose reels (hose reels down stream of stop cock only – install and maintain) (relevant new class: portable stream – install and maintain).

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