FPA Australia Welcomes NSW Nursing Home Sprinkler Reform
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has released a statement welcoming the recent announcement that all aged care facilities across NSW will be required to be fitted with automatic sprinkler systems.
NSW nursing home operators will now have up to three years to install sprinklers in existing residential aged care buildings, with a possible extension of one year for exceptional circumstances. This compliments the existing requirement to install sprinklers in new aged care facilities that has existed since 2002.
The regulation, which will begin in January 2013, will apply to nearly 600 aged care facilities, caring for around 24,000 people across NSW. To read the full FPA Australia NSW sprinkler reform media release click here.
Successful Carbon Pricing Seminar Series Comes To a Close
FPA Australia has recently completed a series of important seminars on the impact of carbon pricing legislation on the industry. These free educational events were held in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from July 25 to August 10.
The seminars aimed to inform the industry about the important changes to the import and sale of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and featured experts from across industry and government.
Speakers Included: Mathew Dadswell, Assistant Secretary, Environment Standard Branch DSEWPC, Brett Staines, Australian Technical Development Manager UTC Fire & Security, Daniel Wilson, National Engineering Manager Kidde Australia (above right), Carlos Santin, Executive Officer Ozone Protection Fire Protection Industry Board and Patrick Harrington Managing Director, Fire Protection Technologies.
FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams said the events were important for the industry to properly inform all stakeholders.
"These events helped to highlight the very important changes to the industry as a result of carbon pricing. On behalf of the Association I would like to thank our panel of speakers as well as everyone who attended the seminars."
To read the full FPA Australia carbon pricing media release click here.
Kjell Jawerth Recognised For Outstanding Technical Contribution
Outgoing Chairperson of TAC/2 Kjell Jawerth (left) has been recognised by his peers with a presentation thanking him for his long term contribution to the technical efforts of FPA Australia, specifically the work of TAC/2 and FPA Australia’s input to the development of regulation, codes and standards relating to smoke detection and alarm systems and equipment.
Kjell was presented with an "Outstanding Technical Contribution" award by FPA Australia Past President and NTAC Chair Chris Orr (right) at the recent TAC meeting in Melbourne. The Association thanks Kjell for his incredible legacy of work and his dedication to FPA Australia's values of protecting life, property and the environment from fire.
WA Fire Expo 2012 - A Strong Showcase For Local Members
The first ever WA Fire Expo was held at the South Perth Community Centre on Thursday July 26. The Exhibition showcased the fantastic products and services of local members for the fire protection and affiliated industries.
The event, which featured 11 local exhibitors and around 100 delegates, also provided a perfect opportunity for local industry stakeholders to network with colleagues and associates.
The success of the 2012 WA Fire Expo means FPA Australia will likely initiate recurring local fire expos in other states and territories around Australia in coming years. FPA Australia thanks all those who assisted in making the first WA Fire Expo such a great success.
Log Book Survey - Help Us To Improve Our Logbooks For You
Do you use AS 1851 maintenance logbooks? FPA Australia has commenced a project to review our current suite of logbooks to improve their design, layout and functionality in preparation for the release of the revised standard.
We would love to get your feedback on any changes or improvements you would like to see made. You can have your say by completing a short survey. Simply click here and follow the prompts.
Mark Prior (Boss Fire) Joins Passive Fire Protection Seminar Series - September 2012 - Sponsored By International Paint
FPA Australia is excited to announce that subject matter expert Mark Prior from Boss Fire will be joining the speakers panel for the upcoming Passive Fire Protection Seminar Series taking place around the country in September.
Speakers already announced include Keith Nicholls (Exova Warringtonfire) Garry Collins (CSIRO Manufacturing & Infrastructure Technology) Vince Dowling (Fire Science & Technology Australia) Rick Fox (Promat Australia) and Chris Partington (International Protective Coatings).
These one day events will provide a comprehensive update across many aspects of passive fire protection. For more information, download the event information brochure here. To register for FPA Australia events online visit CONNECT here.
HazMat 2013 Call for Papers Out Now
The HazMat 2013 Call for Papers has been released and the organising committee is now accepting abstract submissions. Papers may address any topical and current themes within the chemical management, dangerous good, hazardous materials or affiliated industries. Preference will be given to those papers that address the conference theme: "connecting the industry for future growth".
Submissions must be received by Friday 31 August for consideration. To submit an abstract, simply complete the form on the final page of the Call for Papers brochure. All submissions must be accompanied by a speaker biography. For more information about HazMat 2013 please visit the conference web page www.fpaa.com.au/hazmat or contact the FPA Australia Events Department at email@example.com.
Fire Talk & Fire Australia Winter Editions Out Now
The Winter Edition of Fire Australia Magazine is out now. This edition features an informative feature on fire protection industry product manufacturing as well as a feature on the upcoming Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition.
The new Winter Edition of the FireTalk Newsletter features important information about the updated membership structure of FPA Australia. Access Fire Australia and Fire Talk online via CONNECT.
Water Conservation - The Future of Fire Sprinkler Systems
Mankind has long been interested in what the
future may hold in store for us. Whether one looks to the Ancient Greeks who
consulted with The Oracle at Delphi or Doris Day who whimsically asks her
mother, "Que Sera, Sera" (what will be, will be)?
We as a species
have a collective curiosity of what has yet to transpire. (This article was
published in IFP Magazine.) Read
Standards Australia August 2012 Sector Updates
The Standards Australia August 2012 Sector Updates are now available including updates on the work of Australian Standards Committees FP-001 through to FP-024. To view the Building & Construction updates page of the Standards Australia website click here. You can also view all Sector Updates here.
You can also view standards information by downloading the free Standards Portal App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
Fire Awareness Awards 2012 - Entries Now Open
The 2012 Fire Awareness Awards are on again and applications are now being taken for the various awards and grants on offer.
The awards recognize a wide variety of projects that reduce the number of fires, or the effects of fire. FPA Australia members may be interested in entering either the 'industry' or 'design & construction' award categories.
FPA Australia Learning & Development - Moving With The Times
On August 7 2012 FPA Australia gained approval from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to add two new qualifications to our Scope of Registration. Gaining these approvals has been almost 12 months in the making and required many hours of work including a rewrite of around 50 self-study learning and assessment resources for around 25 competencies.
The new qualifications and their national codes are:
CPP20511 Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing; and CPP30811 Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection & Testing.
CPP20511 Certificate II is designed for fire protection technicians responsible for non-trade installation and regular servicing of fire protection equipment and systems, and CPP30811 Certificate III is designed for fire protection technicians responsible for non-trade installation, commissioning and complex servicing of fire protection systems or for supervision of fire protection services work.
FPA Australia will be offering the CPP30811 Certificate III in early 2013. CPP20511 Certificate II will be available for people to enrol in over the next few months. Current students will receive further information about options for completing units, or transitioning to the new qualifications. For more information or to enrol in FPA Australia training courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or please call 1300 731 922.
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