The end user responsibilities for the routine maintenance and servicing of fire detection and alarm system are outlined in the Irish fire alarm standard IS3218:2013 as follows..

9.2.2.1 General
The responsible person shall ensure that the routine servicing and test procedures supplied with the handover documentation under 8.5.9 are properly followed.
A guide to the routine that should be adopted to ensure the continuing satisfactory operation of the system is given in 9.2.2.2 to 9.2.2.6.

The routine to be adopted in individual premises may vary with the use of the premises. For example, equipment installed in corrosive or dirty conditions will need to be checked more
thoroughly and at more frequent intervals than that in clean and dry situations; buildings which are unoccupied normally or are unoccupied at week-ends, holidays, etc. may not receive the attention prescribed in 9.2.2.3
every day.
Provisions shall be made to ensure that all equipment is properly reinstated after testing.

Fire Alarm Servicing involves:

  • Checking the log book entries
  • Testing of the system backup batteries
  • Checking the control panel and indicating equipment
  • Operation of a detector or call point in each zone
  • Test the ancillary functions of the system e.g. fire doors close, HVAC shutdown, AOV operation
  • Checking for moisture ingress and other deterioration
  • Operation of sounders and visual alarm indicator
  • A visual inspection of the building to ensure that any structural or occupancy changes have not altered the system requirements. Any defects shall be recorded in the log book and reported to the responsible person

Certificate of Servicing/Testing

On completion of the work, a Certificate of Servicing/Testing shall be given to the responsible person. The certificate shall indicate its validity/expiry date.

Competent Person

Comsec were the first company in Ireland to succeed in attaining registration under the fire scheme I.S. 3218 with the NSAI. This registration scheme enables commissioners and certifiers of fire alarm systems to have their operations and procedures assessed by NSAI inspectors.