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Fire Safety

Roles & Responsibilities

 

This section covers the roles and responsibilities of the Fire Safety Engineer, Peer Reviewer, Registered Inspector (Fire Safety Engineering) and Qualified Person (QP).

(i) Fire Safety Engineer (FSE) and Qualified Person (QP)

 

The Fire Safety Engineer is responsible for drawing up appropriate fire safety strategies for buildings to meet the intent of the Fire Code using fire safety engineering methodology. The FSE must be registered with the Singapore Civil Defence Force for the practice of fire safety engineering.

 

 

Typically, the performance-based provisions will be applied to certain aspects or portions of a building design, and hence there will usually be a combination of both performance-based and prescriptive elements of design in a building incorporating a performance-based solution. The FSE is responsible for formulating a performance-based solution that meets the intents of the performance-based provisions of the Fire Code that gels well with the prescriptive aspects of the building design. Where prescriptive design is involved in the same building project, the Qualified Person will still be responsible for its compliance with prescriptive requirements of the Fire Code.

 

 

It is also to be noted that for fire safety engineering design involving structural solution, the FSE who endorses on such plans must also be a Professional Engineer (PE) in the civil/structural engineering discipline. Alternatively, the FSE may undertake the project in association with a PE (civil/structural).

Figure 2 : Venn diagram illustrating scope of FSE, QP(Architect), QP(M&E) in building design incorporating a performance-based solution

The QP is responsible for the preparation of drawing plans for submission to SCDF. The scope of the plan preparation shall include the performance-based solution. The FSE is jointly responsible to ensure that drawings covering the performance-based solution as put up by the QP accurately reflect the requirements of the solution. The FSE and QP are required to jointly certify on the submission drawings for plans incorporating a performance-based solution that these comply fully with the provisions of the Fire Code.

Figure 3 : Venn diagram illustrating scope of FSE, QP(Architect), QP(M&E) in preparation of plans incorporating a performance-based solution

 

In the supervision of works, the FSE and relevant QP shall jointly supervise the works pertaining to the implementation of the performance-based solution, which may cover both BP and M&E aspects. QP(Architect) will supervise the prescriptive building works for the project while the QP(M&E) will supervise the prescriptive M&E works.

Figure 4 : Venn diagram illustrating scope of FSE, QP(Architect), QP(M&E) in supervising works for projects incorporating a performance-based solution

 

In the event that a person is both the FSE and the QP for the project, he may perform in the capacity of both the FSE and the QP.

(ii) Peer Reviewer (PR)

The Peer Reviewer is another FSE, engaged by the building developer/owner, who is responsible for checking that the performance-based solution prepared by the FSE is appropriate and adequate for the particular project. The Peer Reviewer is required to submit an official report (Peer Reviewer's Report) to SCDF detailing his objective comments on the FSE's work for the particular project. It is expected of the peer reviewer to conduct a separate fire or evacuation modelling to verify the design solution proposed by the FSE, preferably using a different software from that used by the FSE. In addition, the Peer Reviewer should comment on the assumptions, fire safety engineering approach, methodology, design parameters and software tools, etc proposed by the FSE. The Peer Reviewer will also need to furnish a Peer Reviewer declaration form together with the Peer Reviewer's Report in the submission to SCDF.

 

 

The Peer Reviewer shall have no vested interest in the project that is being reviewed, or any involvement thereof which may be construed as a conflict of interest.

Figure 5 : Venn diagram illustrating scope of inspection works for RI(Architectural) who is also undertaking the scope of RI inspecting fire safety engineering works

 

The following Venn diagram illustrates the scope of inspection of works for the RI(M&E), who is also undertaking the scope of inspection of the RI inspecting fire safety engineering works, and the RI(Architectural):

Figure 6 : Venn diagram illustrating scope of inspection works for RI(M&E) who is also undertaking the scope of RI inspecting fire safety engineering works

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Last updated on 29th Apr 2010