Vehicle access for fire appliances

National House Building Council, (2018) Vehicle access for fire appliances. In: Technical Extra. 2019 ed. Regulation and compliance . National House Building Council, London, pp. 5-8.

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Firefighters need to be able to reach a fire quickly with their equipment. Physical safety and lives of both the firefighters and the occupants of the building, can be jeopardised by delays in reaching the fire.
Requirement B5(2) of the England and Wales Building Regulations states that ‘reasonable provision shall be made within the site of the building to enable fire appliances to gain access to the building’. The requirements will be met if ‘there is sufficient means of external access to enable fire appliances to be brought near to the building for effective use’.
Firefighting facilities should include, where appropriate:
(a) Provision of vehicular access for appliances to the perimeter of the building or site (b) Provision of easy and speedy entry to the site and the interior of the building for firefighters and their equipment (c) Provision of and access to sufficient supplies of a firefighting medium (usually water), as determined by a risk assessment. General guidance is given below. If it is proposed to deviate from this, you should seek advice from your NHBC surveyor.

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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2020 13:34
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 19:42

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