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Dates For Your Diary

AS 1851:2012 The use and adoption of the new standard
National Roadshow
4-13 December

Victorian Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) Accreditation Scheme Launch

Melbourne - Monday 17 December

Hazmat 2013

Sydney 1-2 May

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Fire Australia 2012 Conference & Exhibition Melbourne:
  More Great Success For The Premier Industry Event 

The Fire Australia Conference and Exhibition for 2012 has come and gone for another year with
three days of thought provoking topics, diverse speakers, interactive workshops, all the fun of the charity dinner and a highly engaging debate on a key issue facing the industry.

The conference theme for 2012 was The True Cost of Fire: Life Property Environment and a wide range of industry professionals from Australia and abroad presented on a host of topics surrounding this theme.

Among the most notable of these were Brendan McGrath from FM Global France addressing the true cost of fire when all factors are considered; Professor Jose Torero on cost reduction, optimisation and sustainability as they relate to fire safety; and FPA Australia, Fire & Rescue NSW and Society of Fire Safety launching a joint feasibility study into addressing some possible gaps in the BCA fire safety rules for multi-unit dwellings.

The vigorous debate on achieving the right balance between fire prevention and fire response in Australia was undoudedly a conference highlight as both sides posed convincing arguments which led to strong discussion from the floor.

The Charity Dinner raised over $7,000 for the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital Burns Unit and FPA Australia would like to thank all those who donated auction items and / or gave generously on the night.

A copy of the conference resolutions can be downloaded from the Fire Australia website
here while certificates of attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes can be requested here.

FPA Australia would like to again thank all sponsors, speakers, delegates and guests for making the conference & exhibition such a huge success.

e look forward to seeing you all again for Fire Australia 2013 in Sydney.

Peter Brooks Honoured With Award At 2012 VIP Dinner

The VIP dinner function held on the first evening of the Fire Australia conference featured a number of important awards this year.

Hosted by FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams, the event began with all FPA Australia Platinum members being individually recognised for their important contribution to the Association. Then, following the main meal, the three individual awards were announced:

Ron Coffey Award – Mr Andrew Comer
(presented by Chris Orr, above right)

The Ron Coffey award is recognition of the highest academic result in the Diploma in Bushfire Protection through the University of Western Sydney. Mr Comer, who serves as Regional Chief - Tasmania Fire Service, has had a long history with FPA Australia going back to the mid-1990s. After the Black Saturday fires in 2009, Andrew chose to undertake the Graduate Diploma, and it is for his outstanding efforts achieving the highest results in the course that he has recieved this prestigious award. 

Meritorious Service Award - Mr Glenn Talbot
(presented by Trevor Voevodin, above left)

The Meritorious Service Award is given to members who have made a significant contribution to the Association that requires special acknowledgement. Mr Talbot has been a member of FPA Australia for close to two decades and has also been part of the Victorian State Divisional Committee for many years. Glenn joined the FPA Australia Board of Directors in 2006 and became National President in 2010. Glenn owns and operates his own successful business
Verified and will be missed by all FPA Australia members and staff as he steps down from the National President role.

A.V. Viscogliosi Award -  Mr Peter Brooks
(presented by Victorian Emergency Services Commissioner Mr Michael Hallowes, above centre).

The A.V Viscogliosi Award for Fire Safety Excellence recognises those individuals who have had a significant involvement in the technical work of FPA Australia and associated activities such as industry, government, Australian and international standards. Mr Brooks, founder of Brooks Australia, has made fire protection his career and passion for almost 30 years and during all this time has been a strong supporter of FPA Australia, providing both financial and in-kind support.

Brooks is a long standing Platinum member of FPA Australia with staff actively involved at all levels within the Association.  Today the company’s product range extends from smoke alarms to fully integrated fire detection systems and the company is recognised as a leader in residential fire safety.

FPA Australia proudly congratulates Andrew, Glenn and Peter for their outstanding achievements and service to the Association, the fire protection industry and the community.

Tyco & Brooks among winners at Expo Awards

This year's exhibition component of Fire Australia 2012 was easily the best yet with many delegates commenting on the high level of innovation, interactivity and overall quality of the booths on show.

As is tradition at Fire Australia, on the final day of the event a small awards presentation was held to recognise the outstanding exhibitors.

This year Brooks Australia took out the award for Best Exhibit, as judged by a mystery international guest speaker, while Tyco received the Exhibitors Choice award for their immensely impressive display.

In addition, long time contributor to Fire Australia Magazine, conference speaker and CEO of FireWize Mr Russell Porteous recieved the Best Article award for his long running and informative series of articles: Principles of Fire Safety.

FPA Australia proudly congratulates Brooks, Tyco and Russell on their well deserved awards.

FPA Australia Announces Board Of Directors For 2013

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to formally announce the Association's Board of Directors for the 2013 calendar year.

The formation of the Association's Board was confirmed at its November meeting, held on Thursday November 15. This year the Board w
elcomes three new Directors to the Association.

Changes to the Board Executive this year saw Mr Trevor Voevodin (pictured) take on the position of
National President replacing Mr Glenn Talbot who is stepping down. Additionally, Mr Bill Lea has taken on the role of Treasurer, previously held by Mr Russell Porteous.

This year Mr Chris Orr has taken on the role of Senior Vice President and Mr Graeme Thom has taken up the position of Junior Vice President previously held by Mr Orr.

On top of these appointments two new Elected Directors have also joined the Board: Mr Alf Pelliccione, Managing Director of Ampac Technologies and Ms Rhondel Johannessen, Managing Director at Deltra Australia.  

Mr Graham Harris, representing Chubb & Kidde and Mr Mark Gowans representing Tyco & Wormald, have both been co-opted to the Board. Additionally, as was the case in 2011/12, invitations were extended to Mr Barry Lee OAM, Mr Rob Llewellyn and Mr Peter Johnson to continue as Advisors to the Board.

FPA Australia would like to thank both Mr Glenn Talbot and Mr Russell Porteous for their outstanding efforts, as well as acknowledging all returning Board members and welcoming all new members to the Board.

We look forward to your ongoing support and contribution in 2013.
Click Here to download the full FPA Australia 2013 Board Announcement
Click Here to download the FPA Australia 2011/12 Annual Report

National Office Relocation Now Complete
Marryatt & Lee Rooms Named

The relocation of the FPA Australia National Office from Box Hill to Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North is now complete.

This move represents a continuation of the evolution of FPA Australia into a highly relevant, contemporary industry association with capacity to deliver on our vision of promoting the protection of life property and the environment from fire and related emergencies, for both the industry and the wider community.

The spacious and modern new facility at Blackburn North
provides both the capacity for increased numbers of staff, as well as delivering additional functionality for the Association and its members, including training rooms.

The two training rooms at the new site have been named the Marryatt Room, after the Association's Founder and icon of fire protection Mr Harry W Marryatt, and the Lee Room after Honorary Life Member, Past President and Advisor to the Board Mr Barry Lee.

FPA Australia is proud to recognise the outstanding contribution of Mr Marryatt and Mr Lee with the naming of these rooms in their honour

FPA Australia Board Visits FPA New Zealand


In October the FPA Australia Board of Directors had the opportunity to hold its regular Board meeting in New Zealand and attend the Fire New Zealand Conference & Exhibition, as well as meeting with the FPA New Zealand Board (above left).

This was a fantastic opportunity that allowed FPA Australia to strengthen ties with its kiwi compatriots and gain a better understanding of the operations of their association and the wider fire protection landscape across Australia and New Zealand.  

During the visit, FPA Australia National President Glenn Talbot presented FPA NZ National President Mitch Brown with a special award recognising the strong bond between the two organisations (above right).

FPA Australia congratulates FPA New Zealand on a highly successful conference and thanks them for this valued opportunity to work closely together toward the shared goals of both Associations.

Victorian Golf Day: A Big Hit For All Players
Once again the Victorian Divisional Committee had a great turnout for its annual golf day held earlier this month, with a field of 70 players.

The day started out gloomy with a brief shower passing through early in the round before the weather fined up. This year saw the closest result ever, with the top three teams separated by only 0.5 of a stroke.

Lunch prepared by the golf course staff was fantastic and, with plenty of refreshments, all players were in good spirits for the presentation of the awards and door prizes.

The Committee also presented a special award to Bob Bell (pictured), who has served almost 30 years on the Committee as Secretary and retired this year.
FPA Australia would like to congratulate Bob on this great achievement.

To read the full Victorian Divisional Committee Golf Day Report, including results and winners click here.

First 5 Minutes - Better Training Means Better Outcomes

Established in 1986, First 5 Minutes has become Australasia’s most experienced specialist provider of emergency procedures, training and compliance solutions, providing a full range of consulting services for all types of facilities.

The company has kept pace with changing times through the development of flexible, cost-effective, online training options designed to help clients deal with ever-increasing budget constraints.

First 5 Minutes trains over 400,000 people each year, imparting the knowledge and skills required for Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) personnel to carry out their duties and deal competently with emergency situations.

To read the full First 5 Minutes Training Media Release click here.

Last Chance To Book South Australian Assessment Workshop

Now is your last chance to book into the South Australian Assessment workshop scheduled to occur from 14-18 January 2013.

The workshop will focus on EAHL units and we will also undertake assessments for other units from the PRM coded qualifications if there is enough interest in doing so.

An additional 5% discount on top of the regular membership discounts will apply for any individual who enrols in all units required for a full Qualified Person’s Licence class 1 to 5 from now until the end of December. Students must enrol before December 31, 2012 to be eligible for the additional discount. Click here to download the EAHL unit enrolment form.

Tor register for assessment at the workshop or for further information contact or call 1300 731 922. To download the 2013 FPA Australia training brochure, click here.

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