The requirement for a Tactical Fire Plan exists in the deemed-to-satisfy provisions ("DtS") in Specification E1.8 of the National Construction Code ("NCC"). In addition some states also set out guidelines for Tactical Fire Plans in certain building classifications or large buildings (over a certain height or floor area).
Specification E1.8 — Fire control centres
- Size and contents of a fire control room
- A fire control room must contain—
- a Fire Indicator Panel and necessary control switches and visual status indication for all required fire pumps, smoke control fans and other required fire safety equipment installed in the building; and
- a telephone directly connected to an external telephone exchange; and
- a blackboard or whiteboard not less than 1200 mm wide x 1000 mm high; and
- a pin-up board not less than 1200 mm wide x 1000 mm high; and
- a raked plan layout table of a size suitable for laying out the plans provided under (vi); and
- colour-coded, durable, tactical fire plans.
By extension this means that a tactical fire plan is required (DtS) for buildings where a fire control rooms is required. According to the NCC there is a difference between a Fire Control Centre or Fire Control Room;
a fire control room is a fire control centre in a dedicated room with additional specific requirements. Clauses 2 to 5 apply to fire control centres (including fire control rooms). Clauses 6 to 12 apply additional requirements to fire control rooms.1
After a lot of reading, back-and-forth I have come to the conclusion (in layman's terms) that a Fire Control Room is a dedicated room (fire control centre) required in a building more than 50 m in effective height with additional DtS features described in Specification E1.8.
Unfortunately this single reference in the NCC does not describe the purpose or features of a Tactical Fire Plan, so its left to other standards or authorities to fill in the missing pieces.