Fire solution for warehouse

Ferm Engineering has just completed a major fire engineering project at a new, purpose-built Wacol, Queensland, warehouse complex that stores batteries and tyres.

Ferm was engaged by the builder, Multi Span Australia Group, to conduct a risk analysis and implement fire safety systems at the complex, which houses YHI Group’s battery and tyre storage in a 5,800m2 warehouse and 200m2 office.

Ferm conducted extensive research on lithium battery storage, including attempts to engineer battery failures to identify potential risks, particularly when combined with tyre storage. Combined battery and tyre warehousing is new to Qld and regulation for such hazards is immature.

The building features a high hazard sprinkler system with pumps and a tank; unique, automated stormwater valves to cater for fire water volumes during a fire; and capture methods for contaminated fire water to ensure it cannot enter a nearby creek, offering best practice for the environment.

Ferm CEO Steve Burton said: “Both fire brigade and sprinkler system water runoff can be toxic, so that needed to be considered in the site risk factors and final design. Land was reshaped around the complex to ensure runoff could be captured.”