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Welcome to FPA Australia FireSignals E-newsletter
March 2012 Edition

March finds us in a very exciting period of growth as an organisation. This month we welcome two new staff to our team in the Events and Communications departments.

Communications and media expert Joseph Keller has stepped into the expanded role of Communications Manager, while experienced events coordinator Yusnizah Groell takes on the newly created position of Events Administrator. More information on our new appointments in the upcoming edition of Firetalk.

In addition we hope to fill an important position in Learning & Development over coming weeks and you will find more information and a link to apply for this position below.

We are also pleased to have implemented our new FPA Australia corporate branding into all digital communications including FireSignals this month.

Finally, I am excited to announce the launch of our "Connect" online resource platform for members (find out more in the article below).

I am confident Connect will become a highly valuable resource tool and I look forward to working with you to continually improve the functionality of this service.

Please feel free to provide feedback on Connect as it comes online over the coming weeks by email at

Scott Williams

FPA Australia - CEO
   In this Issue:
Dates for your Diary
Network Luncheon
Tue 27 - Thur 29 March

Tasmania Golf Day
Claremont Golf Course
Fri 27 Apr

Victorian Charity Dinner
The Manningham, Bulleen
Sat 5 May

HazMat 2012
 Preston, VIC
Wed 9 - Thur 10 May

Click here for event information
 FPA Australia launches Connect member service
ImageFPA Australia is excited to announce our brand new online membership service called Connect.

This resource platform is designed to assist with communicating exclusive member information and deliver access to a wide range of valuable content, services and benefits.

The service, which will go live in the coming weeks, allows users to log on to their accounts securely and update their personal and company details, renew memberships, download member exclusive technical documents and much more.

FPA Australia members will receive their Connect packs shortly, featuring log-in details and more information.
MEDIA RELEASE: Awareness needed to avoid repeat of CBD fire Incident
ImageA better understanding of Building Code of Australia requirements is necessary to ensure dangerous fire emergencies, such as last week’s office fire in Melbourne’s CBD, are avoided.

The fire, which occurred on the seventh floor of the St James Building at 121 William Street on March 5, is believed to have been sparked by welding work as part of scheduled renovations.

Alarmingly, firefighters attending the scene were unable to access water from the building’s hydrant system as the water supply had been shut off for the refurbishment work. Read More

 Network Luncheon - Darren Cook, Qantas Air Safety
ImageBuild a quality culture in your business through compliance

Darren's presentation will focus on maintenance compliance strategies that have helped Qantas become the safest and most respected airline in the world.

His insight will provide you with valuable tools to improve your business culture and develop your staff. Darren's advice will assist your business to build positive a reputation, increase productivity and improve compliance.

The luncheon is also an excellent opportunity to engage and network with industry colleagues and peers while enjoying a sit-down lunch in a relaxed and informal setting.

Read More
 Work at FPA Australia - Learning & Development
ImageAs part of ongoing growth at FPA Australia we are currently seeking a highly qualified and capable Learning & Development Specialist to join the organisation in a newly created full-time permanent role at our Melbourne Head Office.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery and assessment of units of competency listed on the FPA Australia scope of registration.

This person will also be responsible for providing specialist training and assessment advice to FPA Australia members and industry representatives.

To be considered applicants must have:

+ Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
+ Qualifications in a fire related field such as Asset Maintenance (fire protection equipment), Fire Protection, or Sprinkler Fitting
+ Minimum five years’ experience in the Fire Protection Industry

What we offer:

+ Attractive experienced and skills based salary
+ Opportunities to develop your skills
+ A friendly team environment and great office location
+ Phone allowance, laptop computer, on-site parking

Apply Now
Total Facilities Live - 4 Events, 1 Destination
ImageManage Your Building, Workplace or Facilities Smarter

Cost savings, improved operational efficiencies, increased workplace productivity, and optimised building performance… this is exactly what you can expect to gain from attending Total Facilities Live - the destination for anyone who manages, maintains or operates commercial and institutional buildings and multi-site facilities.

Total Facilities Live comprises four events under one roof, all focused on making your job easier and helping you run your facility smoother, cheaper and cleaner.

+ Total Facilities Expo
+ Safe Buildings Expo
+ Energy Solutions Expo
+ Total Facilities Conference

Register Here
 HazMat 2012  Pre-Conference Workshops
ImageTwo informative and industry relevant workshops will occur the day before Hazmat 2012, both held concurrently at the Rydges Bell City:

Toxicological & Ecotoxicological basis of GHS Hazard Classification. Hosted by John Frangos – Senior Toxicologist,
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

8:30am – 5:00pm

GHS and WHS – A Practical Guide to Hazardous Chemicals
Richard Greenwood – Senior Consultant, Hazardous Chemicals, Noel Arnold & Associates
1:30pm – 5:00pm

For more information and to register download the Hazmat 2012 Conference Brochure
Changes to the Property Service Training Package Version 8
ImageOut with the old, in with the new!

In late 2011 the Property Service Training Package Version 8 was endorsed leading to the new and improved replacement for what we have known as PRM20406 Certificate II and PRM30406 Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment).

The qualifications that have been known by the title of Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) will shortly be repackaged to include new qualification and unit codes and will have the new title Fire Protection Inspection and Testing. The level 2 version of this qualification is known as CPP20511 Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing and calls for the completion of 7 core units with a focus on safety, client services and basic identification and use of fire protection equipment.

Students select 6 elective units from a long list of competencies to complete in order to achieve the qualification. The elective units cover Inspect and Test activities for a range of equipment including portables, hydrants and pump sets to name a few. Read More
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