Dear SFPE Membership,
As a group of fire engineering companies we have become increasingly concerned over the legal and liability issues in respect of the following:
- liability (company and personal liability of the individual CPEng Engineer), and,
- construction monitoring, and,
- issuance of PS4 or other statements of compliance, and,
- PN22 co-ordination statements, and,
- the FEB process.
We have sought legal interpretation of the above points and what legitimacy the Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) have in requiring this documentation and the risks associated with it.
We are aware that the SFPE NZ Chapter are in parallel seeking advice on the legality of PS4s, construction monitoring and co-ordination statements for fire engineers.
We have therefore decided to share the attached legal advice we have received to inform the wider SFPE membership.
We hope that this letter will expedite the process and save the SFPE membership from incurring further legal costs. We also hope that it forms a sound basis for further discussion within the SFPE and with other stakeholders as to how its members may protect themselves from unnecessary liability whilst providing a professional client focused and cost effective service.
Vulcan Fire Engineering Ltd
Ignite Fire Engineering Ltd
Pacific Fire Ltd
National Consultants Ltd
Anvil Fire Consultants Ltd