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ODS & SGG Learning and Assessment Resource Development Awards

The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board recently paid tribute to a number of companies and individuals at a specially held luncheon in Canberra.

The acknowledgment was for their outstanding contribution to the development of learning and assessment resources to support the rollout of ODS & SGG extinguishing agent handling licences across Australia.

Current Chairman of the Fire Protection Industry Board, Mr Chris Orr, was in attendance, along with all current FPA Australia Board members and representatives from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).

The following organisations and individuals went above and beyond what was required to develop the ODS & SGG learning and assessment resources, giving their time and knowledge, resources, technical support and providing reviews.

• Wormald
• Chubb Fire and Safety
• Coffey Environment
• Kidde Australia
• Kidde Aerospace and Defence
• RMIT University
• Lateral Fire Design Pty Ltd
• Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC)
• FPA Australia’s ODS & SGG Learning & Development Technical Writers (Accepted by Carlos Santin on behalf of the team)
• Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
• Fire Protection Industry (ODs & SGG) Board (Accepted by Chris Orr Chairman)
• National Fire Industry Association

Special mention was also given to Geoff Warren, who coordinated the industry wide development of the project and was involved from the initial stages.

On March 31 the final stage of this major learning and assessment resource development project, which undertaken by FPA Australia in conjunction with the DSEWPaC, and the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC), was completed.

In total, 90 paper-based learning and assessment resources, two CD learning resources and one website are now available to support the nationally endorsed units of competency listed withinthe Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995.

FPA Australia’s own technical advisory committees: TAC-2/3 and TAC-11/22, played key roles in the project’s success, as did the association technical writers.

FPA Australia thanks all of the association's above for a job well done.

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Dates for your Diary

• WA AGM 2011
Perth, WA
Thu 3 Nov

NSW 2011 Golf Day
Twin Creeks Golf Club
Fri 4 Nov  

VIC 2011 Golf Day
 Ivanhoe Golf Club
Fri 4 Nov

WA 2011 Dinner Dance 
Hyatt Regency, Perth
 Fri 4 Nov

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
CLICK HERE for event details...

Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) Training and Assessment  


FPA Australia is conducting training and assessment for a range of units from the Certificates II and III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) in Adelaide in November and Perth in December. For further information or to book your place for assessment in the units of your choice, contact, or call 1300 731 922.

Training and Assessment for the qualified EAHL


FPA Australia’s Learning & Development Specialist, Bob Goninon (pictured right), will soon be conducting assessments for units required for the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) & Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGG) Qualified Extinguishing Agents Handling Licence (EAHL). Bob will be in Adelaide 14th & 15th November; in Karratha 10th – 12th December and in Perth 14th & 15th December. For further information; additional dates closer to you; or to book your place, contact, or call 1300 731 922.

Register for the annual WA State Committee Dinner Dance


The Western Australia State Divisional Committee are hosting a dinner dance function. The evening will entail a three course meal, drinks and live entertainment by Earl Cole and Chelsea J Gibson. This is an ideal opportunity to network with industry colleagues, reward your staff and treat your clients. Download the flyer for more information.

Sponsorship is also available  for the dinner function, to be held at the Hyatt Regency on Friday 4 November.

FPA Australia appoint new Senior Technical Officer


FPA Australia has recently welcomed Chris Wyborn to the team in the role of Senior Technical Officer.

Chris (pictured right)  brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise having spent the last 10 years with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in areas ranging from dangerous goods, structural fire safety and land use planning relating to bushfires.

He bolsters the skills of FPA Australia’s expanding technical team, with his formal qualifications including a Certificate IV in Fire Technology, Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes, Diploma in Bushfire Protection as well as various Training & Assessment qualifications.

“To secure someone of Chris’s background and knowledge of the Built Environment, Maintenance, Dangerous Goods and a qualified Trainer & Assessor is a tremendous asset to the association,” said FPA Australia CEO, Scott Williams.

The Association has also added three other new staff members in Sharon Brown (Learning & Development Coordinator), Rachael Snell (Reception/ Administration Officer) and Katie Penman (Membership Services Administrator).

Time running out to to register for the NSW & VIC State Committee Golf Day's


 The New South Wales & Victorian State Divisional Committee's are hosting seperate social golf day's on Friday, November 4. Teams or individuals can enter to win prizes and network with industry colleagues in a relaxed environment. Player registrations are now open for both events.
Some sponsorship options for the NSW Golf Day are still available, which offer exposure to a wide cross section of the industry
Download the NSW flyer for more information and to register, or download the NSW Sponsorship flyer.

Victoria's annual golf day will once again be held at the Ivanhoe Golf Club. Following the same format as previous years this day is sure to sell out quick. Book yourself or your team in early to ensure your place. Plenty of prizes to be won and giveaways for everyone.
Download the VIC flyer for more information and to register.

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Fire Australia 2011 only weeks away....Register Now!


Fire Australia 2011 Conference & Exhibition is now only three weeks away.

Thw conference program has been completed and can be seen at the Conference Program page. The conference committee are proud to offer a wide array yet comprehensive selection of topics and speakers, including three keynotes and an international speaker.
The program also offers several breakout workshops across the three days.
Delegate registration is now open via the Delegate Registration page, which also provides a multiple delegate registration form. The online accommodation booking page link is also available. For a full list of costs and inclusions visit the

Fees and Entitlement page.

Fees and Entitlement page.

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Sponsorship and Exhibition options still available for Fire Australia 2011


The Fire Australia 2011 organising committee are now accepting applications for sponsorship options and exhibition booths. The conference offers many opportunites to engage and promote to high level and relevant industry personnel over the three days.
To download a copy of the brochure open the Sponsorship & Exhibition page, and to obtain an updated floor plan for booth availability visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors zone.

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