Compartmentation is the segregation of specific areas via Passive Fire Protection. Passive Fire Protection prevents the spread of fire, smoke, and heat by the installation of certified fire doors, walls, ceilings, and floors. Passive Fire Protection is run in conjunction with Active Fire Protection Systems. These systems could include fire and smoke dampers.
There are different certified standards/ratings required for different types and uses of premises which are determined through Fire Strategies and Fire Risk Assessments. Fire integrity and insulation ratings can range from 30, 60, 90, 120, and 240 minutes. For example, a low-risk office is likely to require 30-minutes of fire protection, where as a hospital would require a minimum of 60-minutes of fire protection.
Our Fire Safety Surveyors will work with you to review your current Fire Strategy Plan before undertaking the intrusive Fire Compartmentation and Identification Survey. During our survey, should we identify a change between your current fire strategy and the actual building layout, this will be brought to the attention of the relevant persons and highlighted within the Survey Report. Any breaches within the compartmentation barriers (walls, doors, ceiling, and floors) will be detailed within the Survey Report and identified on the building floor plans. Details of the following will be provided for each item within the report:
- Breach location, size, and type
- Remedial actions required
- Estimated costs
- Time frames for action
- Item risk rating and overall survey report risk rating.
Once the Fire Compartmentation and Identification Survey is completed, we would strongly advise a new Fire Risk Assessment or Fire Risk Assessment Audit is undertaken.