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Compliance checks: Accredited practitioner (Fire Safety) Kyle Caunt repairing an exit sign for an Annual Fire Safety Statement. Photos: Supplied.
Compliance checks: Accredited practitioner (Fire Safety) Kyle Caunt repairing an exit sign for an Annual Fire Safety Statement. Photos: Supplied.

Fire Service Plus has been quite busy looking after local clients since they acquired Argyle Fire Services in October last year.

This was certainly the case when council decided to send out hundreds of letters to commercial building owners in May reminding them of their obligations to complete their Annual Fire Safety Statement.

Teagan Caunt from Fire Service Plus has said that it was certainly an interesting time, especially given the level of lockdown we were in at that stage.

She said that councils aren't required to send such reminders but many do, and this year Goulburn-Mulwaree decided it would be appropriate to do so.

One of the things that Fire Service Plus provides is accredited technicians to carry out the inspections for these Annual Fire Safety Statements, working with clients to ensure they are compliant.

Since July 1 this year, the NSW government has mandated that the persons signing off on an Annual Fire Safety Statement must be accredited under the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia, which is the national peak body for fire safety).

This coming into effect has put the highly-trained staff at Fire Service Plus in even greater demand.

Teagan explained examples where businesses had the required equipment, but not necessarily installed in line with the relevant Australian Standards.

Other examples included checking that all exit and emergency lighting is in place and in working order.

As with all workplaces this year, Fire Service Plus have implemented various practices to ensure the health-related safety of all their staff and clients. This included a policy that no staff member would work whilst sick, and those who could work from home, would do so.

Clients have appreciated this approach, as many have had to implement these measures themselves. They have worked with vulnerable clients such as aged care facilities, to find suitable solutions to ensure compliance.

Serving locals: Fire Service Plus bought Argyle Fire Services in October last year, and their local staff have been hard at work looking after clients in Goulburn.

Serving locals: Fire Service Plus bought Argyle Fire Services in October last year, and their local staff have been hard at work looking after clients in Goulburn.

Fire Service Plus is a family-owned business that was established back in 1994 by Steve and Dee-Ann Caunt.

They cover a wide area of NSW and the ACT, and even before they bought Argyle and brought it into the fold they had already served Goulburn and surrounds for many years.

The inclusion of Argyle Fire Services has added two locally-based technicians to their ranks. Additionally, their personnel who cover broader regions, support local businesses such as hotels and restaurants whilst staying in the Goulburn community.

Since October last year, Fire Service Plus have continued to supply various fire safety products and first aid items, as well as providing the service, maintenance and advice that locals need.

Fire Service Plus maintain fire extinguishers, blankets, hose reels, hydrants, exit and emergency lighting, smoke alarms, fire detection and sprinkler systems.

Fire Service Plus also offer fire extinguisher training and fire warden training to give people confidence in emergency situations, especially when their employer has nominated them for such a vital role.

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