New South Wales
FRNSW recommends the following conditions of consent:
1. That a comprehensive ERP is developed for the site.
2. That the ERP specifically addresses foreseeable on-site and
off-site fire events and other emergency incidents (e.g. fires
involving solar panel arrays, battery storage systems, bushfires in
the immediate vicinity) or potential hazmat incidents.
3. That the ERP detail the appropriate hazard control measures that
would need to be implemented to safely mitigate potential risks to the
health and safety of firefighters and other first responders
(including electrical hazards). Such measures would include the level
of personal protective clothing required to be worn, the minimum level
of respiratory protection required, decontamination procedures,
minimum evacuation zone distances and a safe method of shutting down
and isolating the photovoltaic and battery storage systems (either
totally or partially, as determined by risk assessment).
4. Other risk control measures that may need to be implemented in a
fire emergency (due to any unique hazards specific to the site) should
also be included in the ERP.
5. That two copies of the ERP (detailed in recommendation 1 above) be
stored in a prominent `Emergency Information Cabinet' located in a
position directly adjacent to the site's main entry point/s.
6. Once constructed and prior to operation, that the operator of the
facility contacts the relevant local emergency management committee
(LEMC). The LEMC is a committee established by Section 28 of the State
Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989. LEMCs are required to be
established so that emergency services organisations and other
government agencies can proactively develop comprehensive inter agency
local emergency procedures for significant hazardous sites within
their local government area. The contact details of members of the
LEMC can be obtained from the relevant local council.
These development conditions are contained within the current EIS -
section 8.10.4 Management and Mitigation, pages 82 & 147.
Further to the above recommendations, Fire & Rescue NSW requests to be
consulted with respect to the operational compatibility of the
proposed fire and life safety systems and their configuration at the
project's preliminary and final design phases.
While there is currently no requirement for a fire safety study, FRNSW
may request one be undertaken at a later stage should information be
provided such it is deemed that the development poses unique
challenges to the response to and management of an incident.