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Fire Australia 2011 concludes in Adelaide

After three days of interesting topics, diverse speakers and interactive workshops, Fire Australia 2011 concluded in Adelaide last week.  

The conference theme was Education and Maintenance and industry professionals from a range of specialist areas presented on various topics surrounding this theme.

In this edition of FireSignals you will find information on the areas that attracted the most interest across the three days, along with all images and news from various aspects of the event including the Charity Dinner, VIP Dinner and all special award winners.

The most notable was the Honorary Life Membership awarded to former FPA Australia National President and current Board Member, Mr Chris Orr at the annual Charity Dinner.

The Charity Dinner raised approximately $13,000 for the Women's and Children's Hospital Burns Service, Adelaide, and FPA Australia would like to thank all those who donated auction items and gave so generously on the night.

A copy of the Conference Resolutions can be downloaded here, and if you'd like to receive a certificate of attendance for Continuing Professional Development please download the request form, and return a completed copy.

Pictured: Hon Jennifer Rankin, Minister for Emergency Services SA, officially opens Fire Australia 2011.

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Chris Orr receives Honorary Life Membership of FPA Australia


Former FPA Australia National President and current Junior Vice President, Chris Orr, received Honorary Life Membership of the association during a special presentation at the Charity Dinner during this year’s Fire Australia 2011 Conference & Exhibition.

Orr has over 30 years’ experience in fire safety and fire protection and received a standing ovation upon receiving the prestigious award.

Pictured: Current FPA Australia Honorary Life Members Rob Llewellyn (left) and Peter Johnson (right) present Chris Orr with his Honorary Life Membership at the Charity Dinner in Adelaide.

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VIP Awards 2011 – FPA Australia VIP Dinner


FPA Australia and the Institution of Fire Engineers (Australia) against hosted the Fire Australia 2011 VIP Dinner at the Intercontinental in Adelaide.
The dinner is held yearly to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of keynote speakers, international guests, FPA Australia Platinum members and distinguished guests.

Pictured: (L-R) Alex de Waal of First 5 Minutes, a Platinum Member of FPA Australia, recieves his Platinum Award from National President, Glenn Talbot.

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Roger Thomas receives A.V Viscogliosi Award


After 43 years of dedicated service to the fire protection industry, Roger Thomas was this year awarded the A.V Viscogliosi Fire Safety Excellence Award.

The award, established in 1996 in honour of the late Tony Viscogliosi by the then Fire Protection Industry Association of Australia, recognises excellence and outstanding contribution to fire protection.

Pictured: (L-R) Roger Thomas is presented with the A.V Viscogliosi Award by Peter Johnson.

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David Cannon receives Ron Coffey Award


The Ron Coffey Award is for academic excellence and the highest gross result in Bushfire Planning & Design through completion of the Diploma in Bushfire Protection through the University of Western Sydney.
David Cannon, an Environmental Engineer with Watkinson Apperley Pty Ltd located on the south coast of NSW, was this year’s winner. Cannon is an FPA Australia BPAD Certified Practitioner and has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering Science and Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection with Distinction he also has six years of experience as Environmental Engineer.

Pictured: (L-R) David Cannon is presented with the Ron Coffey Award by FPA Australia Board Member, Chris Orr.

John Nicholson & Paul Leslie receive Meritorious Service Awards


John Nicholson and Paul Leslie were each awarded with a Meritorious Service Awards at this year’s VIP Dinner.
The award recognises members of FPA Australia who have made a special contribution that requires special acknowledgement.

Pictured: (L-R) Paul Leslie was presented his Meritorious Service Award by FPA Australia Honorary Life Member, Barry Lee OAM.

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FireSense take out Best Exhibit Award


Fire Australia 2011 concluded with a farewell lunch on Friday, November 18, where some further awards were announced.
This year's 'Best Exhibit Award' went to FireSense (pictured right), the Exhibitor's Choice Award' went to Brooks, while the Fire Australia magazine 'Best Article Award' went to Shan Raffel (Queensland Fire & Rescue Service) for his paper on the Compressed Air Foam Systems Evaluation Project.
FPA Australia would like to acknowledge and congratulate all the winners.

Vigilance needed after Sydney nursing home fire


The tragic events of a fire at a Sydney nursing home on Friday, November 18 emphasised the importance of early warning and adequate fire protection systems and maintenance, according to the countries peak fire protection body, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).
At least seven people have died and as many as 29 still remained injured at the time of writing after a blaze at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in Sydney’s northwest.

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Fire protection industry brings Insurance into focus


Insurance was a key theme throughout day two of the Fire Australia 2011 Conference and Exhibition.

A high percentage of businesses within the fire protection industry are currently exposed to potential legal action despite believing they have adequate insurance coverage.

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Qantas Air Safety chief urges better regulation standards for fire protection industry


The fire protection industry must strive for excellence in safety and regulation standards according to QANTAS Air Safety Manager, Darren Cook.

Speaking on opening day of Fire Australia 2011 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Cook said that safety was the airlines number one priority and urged the fire protection industry to embrace the challenge of improving maintenance and safety requirements with a ‘make it happen’ mentality.

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Board Elections for 2011-2012


Glenn Talbot has been re-appointed for a second year as the National President of FPA Australia following a meeting of the elected Board members held in Adelaide.
Board Elections for 2011/2012 recently took place and it was confirmed that Messrs Chris Orr and Graeme Thom were successful.
Changes to the Executive included Trevor Voevodin moving into the Senior Vice President role, replacing Chris Orr, who will occupy the Junior Vice President position.

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Latest FireTalk now available


The Spring edition of FireTalk Newsletter  is now available to download. Printed copies of the newsletter will be sent out to those members who request them shortly. This edition covers a whole range of issues including a Bushfire Water Spray Systems update; BPAD update; FPA Australia's submission to planning NSW and plenty more.
To download your copy, click the 'Read More' link.

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FPA Australia 2010/2011 Annual Report now available


FPA Australia has released the 2010-2011 Annual Report. You can download the report by clicking on the 'Read More' link below or by visiting

If you would prefer a hard-copy of the report, please contact FPA Australia National Office on 03 9890 1544 or

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Fire Australia 2012 set for Melbourne


Next year's Fire Australia 2012 Conference & Exhibition will return to the fringe of Melbourne's CBD on similar dates, please note them in your diary:

• Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
• Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 November

The theme for 2012 will be "The True Cost of Fire: Life Property Environment".

13 Ellingworth Parade Box Hill VIC 3128  Australia  
T: 1300 731 922 

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