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FPA Australia receives Certificate of Appreciation for role in Brisbane Floods

FPA Australia has recently been presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for its efforts in working with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) during the 2011 Brisbane Floods.

The association liaised closely with the QFRS Brisbane Region Building Fire Safety Task Force throughout the disaster earlier this year, in an attempt to get building fire safety systems back up and operational as quickly as possible.

FPA Australia provided a valuable link and conduit to the broader fire protection industry to coordinate and report on the status of flood affected buildings.

Using up-to-date bulletins and reports, FPA Australia was able to communicate with members of the association undertaking work in Queensland, which provided the QFRS with valuable and instantaneous information.

Scott Williams, CEO of FPA Australia, and Trevor Voevodin, FPA Australia Board Member (Junior Vice President) and Chair of the Queensland Divisional Committee, were both presented with the award to acknowledge the important role in which the association played throughout the crisis.

"In receiving the certificate of appreciation, we are delighted that QFRS have recognised the leadership role the association has played throughout the floods,” Williams said.

“More importantly, we recognise the outstanding work of FPA Australia Members that worked tirelessly to get the fire safety systems in hundreds and hundreds of buildings operating in a very short period of time.

“The association is privileged to have such a dedicated and professional membership base, and in such dramatic times that these natural disasters strike, we are able to respond promptly, professionally and efficiently to meet the expectations of the community.”

FPA Australia also congratulates the QFRS on its leadership in managing the crisis, which was recognised by the Queensland Government recently.

The QFRS won the 'Strong Category' at the 2011 Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Safety, announced at a ceremony held at Parliament House in Brisbane.

FPA Australia would also like to give praise to the manufactures, installers, technicians, and all personal that assisted either directly or indirectly during the floods.

“Times of crisis can truly bring the best out in people and the floods earlier this year were yet another example of the community pulling together in a time of need,” Williams said.

Top right:
(Back L-R) Ian Mitchell (Assistant Commissioner, QFRS), Scott Williams (CEO, FPA Australia), Trevor Voevodin (Junior Vice President, FPA Australia), Graeme Thom (City West Area Commander, QFRS).
(Front L-R) Arthur Torrens (Acting Executive Manager Community Safety Operations, QFRS), Michael Albrow (Acting Inspector, QFRS).

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Dates for your Diary

AS1851 Public Comment Forums
The Future of Maintenance
QLD - Mon 22 Aug; NSW - Wed 24 Aug; VIC - Fri 26 Aug; SA - Thur 1 Sep; WA - Fri 2 Sep; TAS - Wed 7 Sep

Security 2011 Exhibition & Conference
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
 24 - 26 August

AFAC Conference 2011
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
29 August - 1 September

9/11 Ten years on - Network Luncheon
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sep 26 QLD - Sep 27 NSW -  Sep 28 VIC
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Fire Protection Risk & Insurance
Safeguard yourself and your business
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Fire Australia 2011
The Essentials of the Future: Education and Maintenance
Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
Wed 16 – Fri 18 Nov

HazMat 2012
Protecting our Community
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston, VIC
Wed 9 – Thur 10 May

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AS 1851 - Public Comment Forum - last chance to register!


This Forum will provide insight into the revision of AS 1851, Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment, as well as an overview of the major changes.
The goal of this forum is to give the industry a heads up on the anticipated effects and offer the opportunity to provide feedback and comments.
With almost 400 people registered to attend the AS 1851 Public Comment Forums we’re anticipating plenty of useful responses for the Standards Australia review committee.
There are still limited spaces left at each of the forums. To stay abreast of changes to the fire protection industry’s most widely used Standard you can still register by downloading the brochure.

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For more information download the Media Release or Registration Flyer

9/11 Ten Years on - Network Luncheon


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Jonathan Barnett (AECOM) and Peter Johnson (Arup) will explore this issue from Australia’s perspective. They will also discuss other disasters, both natural and manmade, that have provided opportunities to develop fire protection practices and technologies.
This luncheon also provides an opportunity for industry members to network in a relaxed and informal environment.

QLD – Mon 26 Sep
NSW – Tue 27 Sep
VIC – Wed 28 Sep

Download a copy of the flyer for more information and to register.

Election to the Board of Directors 2011 nominations


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A nomination form will be forwarded to all eligible members shortly in the mail. .

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If you would like your business to feature in Fire Australia magazine, advertising is now being accepted for the next 12 months. Email for a copy of the Media Kit or call 03 9890 1544 to discuss your options.

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