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Refresher Training
and Assessment

13 - 15 March Adelaide
18 - 22 March Sydney
3 - 11 April NSW North Coast

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AS 1851 - 2012 Series

Water Based Fire Protection
March 4-8

Electrical Special Hazards

Passive Fire Protection

First Attack Fire Equipment

Mechanical Services

Hazmat 2013
Sydney 1-2 May

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AS 1851-2012 Seminars: An Important Message from
FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams 

Over the past few years, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) in conjunction with the industry has worked tirelessly to revise and improve the Australian Standard AS 1851-2012, appropriately titled ‘Routine service of fire protection equipment and systems’.

This is arguably one of the most important Standards in our industry as it covers a majority of fire protection maintenance, post-construction, and is vital to ensure that life safety and asset protection systems are correctly tested, inspected and maintained to be fit-for-purpose.

With the release of this new Standard, it is critically important that businesses and individuals stay abreast of these changes by attending relevant information sessions that are being rolled out around Australia.

Each of these half-day seminars focuses on different sections of the new standard and provides a critical overview of the changes and required activities, and how they will affect your business.

I strongly encourage you and your colleagues to attend the relevant seminars as they become available. To assist in this process, we have introduced a discounted pricing structure to encourage companies to send multiple individuals (see the relevant brochures as they become available).

Below is a draft schedule of the upcoming seminar series, with further seminars to follow throughout 2013:

 Water Based Fire Protection (Part 1)
Sydney Seminar Commences Monday!
 Electrical & Special Hazards
 Passive Fire Protection
 First Attack Fire Equipment
  August Mechanical Services

FPA Australia advocates that individuals and companies must have a comprehensive understanding of AS 1851-2012 to ensure that fire protection equipment and systems are correctly tested, inspected and maintained. For more information on FPA Australia’s position on the adoption and use of AS 1851-2012 click here.

Should you require additional information about these events or their content please contact the FPA Australia National Office on 1300 731 922 and ask for the Events or Technical Departments.

We look forward to your attendance of these seminars throughout the year.

FPA Australia's Newest Platinum Member:
 BOSS Fire & Safety

BOSS Fire & Safety, a leading specialist in the fire protection and safety industries throughout Asia-Pacific and Europe, has recently been accepted as the latest FPA Australia Corporate Platinum member.

With sales offices in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Norway, BOSS Fire & Safety provides high performance products from around the world into many local markets.

BOSS Fire & Safety’s management has over 60 years’ experience in specialist building, construction and fire protection products. BOSS Fire are committed to ensuring that all of their products meet or exceed the rigorous international or independent performance tests and standards.

BOSS Fire & Safety supplies specialist products and design support to major industries and markets including: Marine, Construction, Mining, Industrial, Commercial, Retail, Infrastructure and Government.

Platinum membership is reserved  for those companies or organisations that wish to take a highly active role in the fire protection industry and the activities of the Association.

Platinum is the highest level of membership available within FPA Australia. Because of this, Platinum members are only approved based on application to the Association's Board of Directors and the total number of Platinum members is limited to a select group of companies and organisations.

stralia is proud to accept BOSS Fire & Safety as the newest Platinum member and we look forward to their long and ongoing contribution to the Association.

Remembering Ash Wednesday & Black Saturday

February marked 30 years since Ash Wednesday, when 75 people lost their lives and more than 3000 homes were destroyed in bushfires. The fires on February 16, 1983, burned more than 200,000 hectares of land in Victoria and South Australia.

47 Victorians died, including 12 firefighters in Upper Beaconsfield. Another 28 people died in South Australia, three of them firefighters.

Eight days before the fatal bushfires, Melbourne went dark at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Fierce winds stripped about 50 thousand tonnes of topsoil from Victoria's Mallee and created a huge dust cloud that made it all the way to the city.

Ash Wednesday was the deadliest bushfire in Australia's history until The Black Saturday Bushfires: a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009.

The Black Saturday fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires.

FPA Australia takes this opportunity to remember these tragic events and pay respect to those who lost their lives, loved ones, property and businesses in the fires, as well as the tireless and ongoing efforts of the fire services both in Victoria and around Australia.

AS/NZS 1596: The Storage and Handling of LP Gas Revision Released for Public Comment

The revision of AS/NZS 1596, The storage and handling of LP gas has been released for public comment.

Public comment will close on 5 April. While this standard focuses on the activities of storage and handling of LP gas, there are references to fire protection to be used in accompaniment with these activities.

If you would like to access this draft revision, it can downloaded from the SAI Global website - Click Here to view instructions on how to do this. Instructions for submitting comment can be found within the draft standard.

Exova Warringtonfire Invests in Cutting Edge Test Furnace

Exova Warringtonfire has invested in a state-of-the-art furnace which was recently launched at the company’s NATA Registered testing facility in Dandenong, Victoria.

The furnace delivers significantly increased capacity for Exova Warringtonfire and enhances the company’s existing testing, fire engineering, certification and inspection services.

The new furnace has capacity to test wall, floor and ceiling systems, service penetrations, doors and windows, smoke control curtains and dampers, beams and columns.

Exova Warringtonfire tests to a wide range of Australian Standards and can also test to British, American, European or other standards.

Know it All? Take Advantage of Recognition of Prior Learning

Achieving competence can be a simple process for those who are already skilled.

With voluntary national accreditation on the way there will be a need to get your competence recognised by a registered training organisation (RTO).  

FPA Australia is a national VET regulated RTO and we can provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve competence in the areas of fire protection that you chose to pursue. If you have been in the industry for some time and are familiar with the regulations, standards and skills required, you may want to complete your competence via recognition of prior learning (RPL), this saves you time and money. Enrol into units of competency via RPL and you can go directly to an assessment and the units of competency that you achieve with FPA Australia are recognised in all Australian states and territories.

Once you enrol in a unit via RPL, you will be invited to attend an assessment workshop in your state. There are usually no additional costs associated with these workshops, as the fees are included in your enrolment fees. Assessment at these workshops requires you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a particular competency. If you are able to do this to the standard required then you can achieve competence quickly and easily.

FPA Australia can assist you to identify if RPL is a viable option for you to consider. To discuss RPL with a skilled training consultant contact or call 1300 731 922.

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