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Happy Easter from FPA Australia  

FPA Australia wishes all its members and the wider fire protection community a happy and safe Easter holiday period.

The national office will close from COB Thursday, April 21 and re-open at 9am on Wednesday, April 27. This includes the ANZAC Day public holiday, which is on Tuesday, April 26 this year given ANZAC Day falls on Easter Monday.

We would like to take this opportunity to remember the brave men and women who have served our country in times of war, and acknowledge the incredible sacrifices made to ensure the quality of life we currently have.

As the year progresses, considerable effort and focus has been directed towards our Learning and Development areas, in particular our educational offerings.

We continue to offer our Certificate II and III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) and will add further qualifications and units to our list of competencies that ensure we can offer tailored training and assessment to all aspects of the industry: design, installation, commissioning, testing and inspecting, repair and maintenance. We are also considering the possibility of providing the Diploma of Fire System Design by the end of 2011.

Earlier this year, we introduced a streamlined enrolment structure which no longer requires our members to negotiate individual assessment fees with a range of Workplace Assessors.  These measures were implemented as a means of ensuring fairness and consistency for all members across our assessment services.

FPA Australia’s vision is to make our educational services more accessible to our members. To achieve this goal we have expanded our delivery mechanisms beyond distance learning and have added other options to our repertoire to increase flexibility. We are organising small group training workshops in various states as a means of fast tracking qualifications for technicians with experience in their fields, and we will also take a training and assessment workshops around Australia in 2011-2012.

You will find more information on these and  some of the current projects we are undertaking at FPA Australia in this edition of Fire Signals.

Again, have a safe and happy Easter.

Kind regards,

Scott Williams
CEO

   In this Issue:

Dates for your Diary

 May 2011
Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases 2011 Learning & Development National Seminar Series
SA (May 3), WA (May 4)QLD (May 6), NSW (May 16), VIC May 20) 

FPA Australia SA State Divisional Committee AGM and Breakfast Briefing 
 Thursday 5 May - West Adelaide Function Centre, SA

HazMat 2011
Wednesday 11 – Thursday 12 May - Southee Complex, Sydney Showgrounds, New South Wales

CLICK HERE for event details...

HazMat 2011 fast approaching

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HazMat 2011, Australia's key hazardous materials and chemical management conference and exhibition, is only weeks away.
Focusing on the latest directions and compliance requirements for chemical management, hazardous substances and dangerous goods to help achieve sustainable outcomes, HazMat 2011 features leading industry experts covering current and future issues such as:

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FPA Australia ODS and SGG 2011 Learning & Development National Seminar Series

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FPA Australia is hosting a series of seminars nationally in May, with an emphasis on enhancing fire protection technician knowledge and understanding regarding individual training requirements. The pathways available to obtain the units of competency specified for a Qualified Persons Licence will also be covered.
The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board are gradually phasing in Qualified Persons Licences and have provided a transition period to enable fire protection technicians who currently hold Experienced Persons Licences (1 and 4) to have their skills and knowledge recognised and assessed.

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TAC/3/7 seeking input

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TAC/3/7 Portable and Mobile Equipment is the Technical Advisory Committee that covers portable and mobile fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire hose reels and lay flat fire hoses. It is currently seeking input from people within the industry on additional subject matters or ideas on how to further expand the scope of activity within the committee.

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Fire inspector warns of overcrowded backpacker accomodation

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Dangerously overcrowded flats filled with backpackers in inner Melbourne suburbs are spreading like ''cancer'', according to a fire safety inspector.

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Check your heater before winter sets in

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Most people rely on their gas and electric heaters throughout winter and with the early start to the cold weather this year, there’s no better time to check the safety of your home heaters.

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CPSISC National Conference to be held in Melbourne

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CPSISC is holding its National Conference in Melbourne at the Crown Conference Centre on 29-30 August 2011. The theme for this year’s conference is The Future Workforce.

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Floods and fire safety covered in Autumn Fire Australia

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The Autumn edition of Fire Australia, which will be distributed in the coming weeks, covers some of the impacts the devastating floods witnessed in Queensland and parts of NSW and Victoria earlier this year, had on fire safety.
It looks at the challenges Brisbane faced in regards to fire safety in commercial buildings when the banks of the Brisbane River broke and swallowed parts of the CBD.

Advertising for the Winter edition of Fire Australia is now open until May 30,  so get in quick to secure your space! 
For more information or for a  copy of 2011 Media Kit and  Advertising Rate Card click on the 'read more' link

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Low advertising rates in FireSignals
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