FPAS Consultation Seminars Start Soon - Register Now
A series of important consultation seminars on the voluntary Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) will be occurring around the country beginning this week.
The consultation seminars, which will be held in each capital city (except Brisbane) between May 1 and May 15, will provide information on the Scheme, its benefits for both fire protection technicians and businesses and the costs and requirements to join the Scheme.
While the Scheme will be voluntary, there will be many benefits for both individual fire protection technicians and business in becoming part of the Scheme.
Seminar speakers have been instrumental in the development of the Scheme and will welcome queries and comment on its content.
These seminars are free, however registration is required. To register download the brochure & registration form or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Information on changes to MFB / CFA Acts
In November 2012 a range of changes were implemented to the MFB
Act and CFA Act in Victoria. The changes included a range of measures that were largely in response to findings of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, however one change that
affected the ability to carry out maintenance, repair and installation of
fire alarm systems has raised some concerns.
This change related to damage or
interference with a fire indicator panel without a “reasonable excuse” and the
resetting of fire indicator panels following the detection of a fire. FPA Australia immediately contacted both fire services to discuss the
changes to their respective Acts, in particular their interpretation of
“reasonable excuse.” We also raised concerns over the lack of
consultation with industry prior to the changes being made.
Both fire services are now reviewing their guidance material on monitored automatic alarms and have
also developed a draft guideline for testing, isolating/ disabling, modifying
or disconnecting a monitored automatic alarm system aligned to the new regulations.
FPA Australia was invited to provide feedback on these
documents in late March 2013 and the documents have been
reviewed by our Technical Advisory Committees for Maintenance (TAC/1) and Fire
Alarm Systems (TAC/2) and the Victorian State Divisional Committee. Their
collective feedback will form FPA Australia’s official response to the fire
services which is in the process of being finalised.
These new documents will likely be published
by the fire services in May, pending feedback from stakeholders. FPA Australia is working closely with the fire services to
expedite these matters and provide clear guidance to our members and the
industry. Enquiries on these matters should be directed to email@example.com or by phone to 1300 731 922.
WER Scheme Currently On-Hold and Under Review
FPA Australia's Workplace Emergency Response (WER) certification scheme is currently suspended and no applications for new WER recognition are being accepted at this time.
The current review will ensure the scheme is relaunched in the near future with a robust framework designed to recognise those individuals who meet the rigour required for such an important scheme.
FPA Australia is maintaining a list of individuals interested in applying to be certified in this scheme once it is relaunched. To be added to this list, and notified of the relaunch of the WER certification scheme, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WER certification offers individuals and businesses that provide workplace emergency response (WER) services an opportunity to be recognised by industry, end-users and the community as providers of professional WER services.
Don't Miss Big Training Sale Discounts Off EAHL Units
Do you or your staff require Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences?
If so, now is the time to enrol and take advantage of significant discounts available until June 30.
Discounts apply to units required for the ODS & SGG Qualified person’s Extinguishing
Agents Handling Licences 2&3. (Licence 2: Fixed Systems
Installation and Decommissioning and Licence 3: Fixed System Testing and Maintenance).
If you currently hold an Experienced Person’s EAHL Licence
Class 2&3 you will soon need to transition to the Qualified Person’s EAHL.
The transition for Qualified Persons Licence categories 2&3 began in July
To do this you may need to enrol in up to 9 units. FPA
Australia is offering discounts to everyone, even non-members who enrol
before 30 June 2013 for assessment at a scheduled workshop prior to 31 December
If you do this work currently, assessment may simply require you to demonstrate your ability, knowledge and skills via recognition of prior learning. For more information about training discounts and assessment workshops or enrolling in EAHL units contact email@example.com or call 1300 731
AS 2941 Draft Released and Public Comment Now Open
The draft revision of AS 2941, Fixed
fire protection installations-Pumpset systems has been
released for public comment closing on Friday 10 May 2013.
This document includes instructions for not only downloading and
commenting on a public comment draft but also how to create the SAI
Global and Standards Hub logins, which are required to complete
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a
member of our technical department will assist you.
Branch Locations Now Live on FPA Australia Website
FPA Australia is calling for all Corporate members of the Association to provide details of regional offices / branch locations in order to have these shown on the Association's website.
As noted in FireSignals March, the ability to register multiple addresses and contact details and have these listed on the provider section of www.fpaa.com.au is a new member benefit for 2013.
This change means companies will display more frequently and precisely and allow enquiries to be directed to the relevant branch / office rather than to the head office.
Branch locations are now live and Corporate members who would like to receive this benefit now are asked to email email@example.com and include company name,
member ID number, individual branch/ regional office location addresses and
corresponding phone and fax numbers. For more information please contact the membership department on 1300 731 922.
Fire Australia 2013 - Call For Papers Must Close May 15
The Fire Australia 2013
Call-for-Papers is now available to industry members. This year sees the
introduction of a second stream of presentations, meaning there are twice
as many speaking opportunities.
The first stream (Strategic)
will continue the high level broad scope topics of previous years, addressing
strategic issues and the direction of the industry. The second stream (Technical) will focus
on technically based content, providing relevant information to those in the
The fire protection industry is evolving. Not only in the development of new
technology and practices, but in the level of professionalism of those individuals employed and engaged to provide products and services.
The conference theme The Journey to Professionalism addresses the growing need for industry
personnel to gain recognition of their abilities and explores the various means
for achieving competence as a basis for career development.
New Advisory Note on NSW Fire Sprinkler Requirements
The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure has released an important Advisory Note on the new fire sprinkler requirements in NSW.
The Advisory Note for councils, certifiers and industry relates to the new laws that came into effect on 1 January 2013 requiring fire sprinkler systems to be installed in certain residential aged care facilities in NSW.
The laws will improve fire safety for residents of these facilities. The NSW Government's decision to make fire sprinkler systems mandatory follows the tragic loss of life in the November 2011 Quakers Hill nursing home fire.
New Code of Practice Complete - Feedback Opening Soon
FPA Australia has now completed reviewing and updating its Code
of Practice. The objective of this review is to ensure the Code continues to be relevant to members
and is highly reflective of the changing nature of the fire protection industry
The Code prescribes the principles, standards of behaviour
and service delivery requirements of all FPA Australia members.
Shortly all FPA Australia members will be invited to provide
feedback on the updated Code and we encourage all members to have their say on these important changes.
For more information about the Code of Practice review and feedback please contact
Denise Friend on 03 8892 3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACIF Forecasts - Improving But Varied Outlook Ahead
from leading industry forecasters shows some good news for building and
construction in Australia: our relatively strong economy means that, overall, activity
levels are set to improve over the medium and long term.
The May 2013 release of industry
forecasts by Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will reveal a
slightly improving overall outlook for the industry. However, this biannual release of the ACIF Forecasts
again shows that the outlook varies by sector, state and capital, affecting
businesses differently across the country.
is staggered but beginning to recover, driven by demographic trends, the
existing housing shortfall, and low interest rates. Non-residential building is
relatively flat in real terms, but is improving over previous forecasts.
Engineering construction will maintain at a relatively high level – although
mining construction is at a peak, and well publicised project deferrals are
flattening activity peaks.
ACIF Forecasts will be released at ACIF Briefings held over breakfasts 7-17 May
2013 in six cities. For information and registration, visit www.acif.com.au/events
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