Congratulations Andrew Hobson: Australia's First Accredited FPAS Technician
The first individual technician to be accredited under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme, Mr Andrew Hobson of Fire Rating Solutions in Melbourne, has been presented with his official accreditation card and pack by FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams at the Association's National Office.
Mr Hobson said he expected his accreditation to benefit both his employer and his clients.
“It's great for me that there is now a simple way for clients and other industry professionals to recognise the training I’ve
undertaken and the skills I have,” he said.
clearly highlights properly trained people doing fire protection work, helping
clients make an informed choice.”
FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams said Andrew should be very proud of his achievement.
"On behalf of the whole Association I sincerely congratulate Andrew on his commitment to the scheme and to his own continuing professional development," he said.
"Andrew is thoroughly deserving of both his Qualified Accreditation status and also the title of first FPAS accredited technician in the country."
"His leadership sets a great example for other technicians to follow and I thank Andrew for his strong support of the Scheme."
Tasmania is leading the way, becoming the first Australian state or territory to formally adopt AS 1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.
The adoption has occurred by way of an amendment to the Director of Building Control's Specified List.
In Tasmania, The Building Act 2000, and specifically Regulation 46 of the Building Regulations 2004, provide for the Director to prescribe certain matters including time periods and documents to be provided with applications. They are contained in the Director's Specified List. The newly amended List applies from 1 September 2013 and now references inspection, testing and frequency of fire protection systems and equipment to AS 1851-2012.
The new edition of AS 1851 provides improved outcomes for building owners as well as delivering the level of fire protection and safety expected by the community.
Both the National Office and the Tasmanian State Divisional Committee of FPA Australia have worked closely with the Tasmanian State Government and all related stakeholders to bring about this important change.
FPA Australia congratulates the Tasmanian Government on the strong leadership demonstrated by the adoption of this important standard.
For more information on the use and adoption of AS 1851-2012 nationally, FPA Australia members are encouraged to read the Association's newly released Good Practice Guide or contact the technical department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FPAS Marketing and Communications Roll Out
Promotional activities for the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) are now well underway.
FPA Australia has recently released a community press release on the scheme, which has been distributed to newsrooms nationally. The Association is also completing work on advertising materials targeting facility managers, building owners, mine site operators and other end users of fire protection services. These advertisements will encourage these customers to choose FPAS accredited technicians where available.
Website and database development to support the scheme is well advanced with major changes to be implemented to the Provider of Choice search functionality and other components of the www.fpaa.com.au website over coming weeks.
Finally, all FPA Australia members will soon receive an FPAS promotional pack, which will include important information on the scheme and branded merchandise.
Nominations for FPA Australia Board of Directors Open Soon
Nominations for two positions on the FPA Australia Board of Directors are opening soon. FPA Australia members that are eligible will receive a letter shortly that will include all nomination details and necessary forms.
This year Board Treasurer Mr Bill Lea and National President Mr Trevor Voevodin will both complete their current terms. Both gentlemen have indicated they will also renominate themselves for Board positions.
FPA Australia encourages
all eligible members to take part in this important process
and consider nominating for the Board. If you are considering nomination, please take the time to contact a member of the Board Nominating Group to discuss the role of Director. Group member contact details will be provided with the letter.
Nominations will close at 4pm on Thursday 26 September and no further nominations can be accepted after this time. FPA Australia thanks all current Directors and Association Members for their participation in this important process.
Newly Accredited Chubb Technicians Lend a Hand for FPAS
As featured in FireSignals July, Chubb Fire has recently announced its commitment to the FPAS scheme, including ensuring its technicians are accredited nationwide by the end of the 2013, as well as seeking Business Recognition status.
FPA Australia recently undertook a professional photo shoot at Chubb's training facility in Dingley, Melbourne featuring some of the company's newly accredited technicians. These images will be featured in upcoming FPAS promotional and marketing materials.
FPA Australia again congratulates Chubb on its commitment to the FPAS Scheme. The Association would also like to personally thank each of the Chubb Technicians who volunteered their time in support of the Association and the FPAS Scheme.
New Technical Document Released - GPG 03: The Adoption and Use of AS 1851-2012
FPA Australia has released a
Good Practice Guide on the adoption and use of AS 1851-2012. AS 1851 is the
Australian Standard for the routine servicing of fire protection systems and
equipment. A comprehensive revision of this standard was released in December
The adoption and use of AS
1851-2012 in its entirety or in part can be problematic due to the complex
legislative requirements that exist in each state and territory throughout
Australia. Reconciling the different legislative
compliance requirements for a particular site or for a particular jurisdiction
can, as a result, be a difficult process.
The Good Practice Guide provides
practical guidance on the regulatory framework relating to the maintenance of
fire protection systems and equipment in each state and territory and the use
of AS 1851-2012. It also provides practical guidance on how the latest edition
of AS 1851 can be used to undertake regular maintenance of fire protection
systems and equipment based on the current regulatory requirements. The guide expands on the
information contained in the Association’s Position Statement PS-03 Adoption and Use of AS 1851-2012.
FPA Australia members can download the complete good practice guide from CONNECT.
Non-members can view an extract of the guide from the technical documents page of the FPA Australia website. For all technical enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Fire Australia 2013 - The Keynote Speakers
Legislation and best practice
regarding the built environment in Australia is shifting and changing rapidly.
New standards are being implemented, building regulators are being reformulated
and regulation and licences are being reviewed and overhauled in many states
On top of all this, there is
an increased focus on formal recognition of skills and competencies of
individuals working in the industry, in order to satisfy increasing community
expectations of safety and performance.
Australia 2013 Conference and Exhibition will feature some of the most respected and knowledgeable subject matter experts from around the country who will address these critical issues:
Deen Sanders – CEO, Office of the Professional
Standards Councils: The recognition of professional
standards in a competitive market
Wilhelm Harnish – CEO, Master Builders
Association: The evolution of a highly
recognised accreditation scheme and organisation
Lindsay Walker – Director Regulatory Reform,
Building Codes Queensland: The government
perspective of recognition schemes
Chris Sommers – Managing Director, Chris Sommers & Associates: How to develop and
maintain a comprehensive accreditation scheme
New Webcast Now Live: Learn More About Technical Activities at FPA Australia
FPA Australia has recently released the second in its series of webcast videos. These webcasts are designed to provide members and other stakeholders with valuable information about the current objectives and activities of the Association.
In our latest video, the Association's Chief Technical Officer and Deputy CEO Matthew Wright discusses FPA Australia's technical activities & strategy, including: objectives & capacity, structure & stakeholders, Technical Advisory Groups (TACs) & Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Australian legislative & regulatory frameworks and more.
Click here to be directed to the webcast lobby now. You can also view our first webcast video, the consultation seminar on the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), by clicking here.
Additional FPA Australia Members Gain Access to CONNECT
FPA Australia has recently extended log in details for CONNECT,
our secure online member platform, to the main contacts and recipients of all
Corporate and Organisation level members, as part of the final stage of the rollout. This now completes the CONNECT rollout to all members, with access to
content subject to your membership eligibility.
CONNECT, which is accessible at https://connect.fpaa.com.au, allows members to update contact details, register for events, download FPA Australia technical documents, newsletters, magazines and more.
Since the new log in details were distributed, more than 300 people have visited CONNECT to take advantage of these benefits.
If your company or organisation is a
member of FPA Australia and you have yet to receive log in information, please request that you be added to our system by contacting the person responsible for FPA Australia membership at your workplace.
If you have any queries
please contact our membership services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 731 922.
Queensland Form 70 Breakfast Leads to Important Review
The Form 70 Breakfast Briefing that occurred on Wednesday July 31 in Brisbane was a great success.
The event, which was attended by more than 60 people, featured a presentation by FPA Australia Senior Technical Officer Chris Wyborn, supported by an expert discussion panel that included industry, government and fire service representatives (pictured above).
The seminar addressed the implementation of the form, its content, the parties required to complete and retain it and potential areas for improvement.
As a result of the seminar, Building Codes Queensland have indicated the potential for the form to be reviewed following consultation with the fire protection industry. To facilitate this consultation process a survey for members and related stakeholders can be completed by clicking here.
Standards Australia - New CEO Appointed: Dr Bronwyn Evans
The Board of Standards Australia has announced the appointment of Dr Bronwyn Evans as Chief Executive Officer, due to the forthcoming retirement of incumbent CEO Colin Blair.
An engineer by profession, Dr Evans will come to the role following an extensive global career in healthcare and engineering, having most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Quality, Clinical and Regulatory at Cochlear Limited. Prior to that Dr Evans held senior positions at GE Healthcare and Ultrasound. Dr Evans is a fellow of Engineers Australia.
Read the full press release from Standards Australia here. To view the latest August Sector Updates from Standards Australia click here.
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