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Assessment Workshops

5 - 9    | VIC
27 - 30 | WA

3 - 6 | QLD
10 - 13 | NSW
17 - 20 | VIC
24 - 27 | TAS

18 - 11 WA
22 - 25 NSW

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QLD Fire Expo 2013
27 August
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Fire Australia 2013
20-21 November
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Chubb Sends Strong Message on Professionalism with FPAS Commitment

Chubb Fire & Security Pty Ltd (“Chubb”) has committed to the new Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS). The company, which is a Corporate Platinum member of FPA Australia, has indicated it will seek business recognition under the scheme, as well as transitioning its many technicians to accredited status by the end of 2013.

Scott Williams, CEO of FPA Australia said the announcement from Chubb represented a significant vote of confidence in the Scheme and its goal of setting minimum competency benchmarks in the industry.

"By committing to FPAS, Chubb has signalled it is an industry leader that is dedicated to ensuring the professionalism and ongoing education of its workforce," he said.

"I want to formally acknowledge Chubb for the strong leadership it is demonstrating by supporting the  Scheme in such a wholehearted way." 

"In doing so, Chubb have created a competitive advantage for their business, have set the best possible example to the industry, and most importantly, are helping to deliver better fire safety outcomes for the community."

"I congratulate Chubb and look forward to their continued support of the FPAS Scheme."

Dave Marven, Managing Director of Chubb Fire said the commitment to FPAS was consistent with Chubb’s values of responsibility, employee development and customer care.

"FPAS helps to further set us apart as leaders in the industry while ensuring the highest professional standards of technicians within our business," he said.

A full press release on the Chubb FPAS commitment will be available from the FPA Australia website shortly.

FPAS Applications Open for Individuals and Businesses

Applications to the landmark Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) are now open. This includes applications for both individual technician accreditation as well as business recognition.

For more information and to apply visit the FPAS webpage or jump straight to the Individual Application Forms or Business Recognition Forms pages.

Alternatively, for a general overview of the Scheme you can view the FPAS webcast below.

Falsified Fire Test Certificate - Read the CSIRO Advisory Note

In FireSignals June, FPA Australia advised of a falsified fire test report and corresponding certificate that had purportedly been issued by BRANZ.

Now FPA Australia has been made aware of a similar false report being circulated that is purported to have been issued by CSIRO.

The Certificate of Assessment (numbered 462) is in relation to testing of a sample of Firetard 120 treated western red cedar in accordance with AS/NZS 3837.

CSIRO has advised that the documents in question have not been issued by them. Click here to read the full advice notice from CSIRO.

Australian Mining Looks to FPA Australia RTO for Training

FPA Australia’s registered training organisation (RTO) has recently secured major training contracts with some of Australia's largest mining companies. In particular these contracts relate to maintenance of vehicle suppression systems and portable first attack equipment.

In 2013 the Association is working with companies that include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Thiess, among many others.

The support of these large mining corporations cements FPA Australia's RTO as the leader in fire protection training in Australia. The investment from these contracts will allow for increased capacity within FPA Australia to continue delivering world class training into the future.

Fire Australia 2013 - Program and Registration Out Now Exhibition & Sponsorship Still Available

The Fire Australia 2013 Conference and Exhibition program and registration brochure is now available and can be downloaded here.

This year will see the introduction of a second presentation stream. The first stream will continue the high level broad scope topics addressing strategic issues and the direction of the industry. The new stream will focus on technical based content, providing relevant information to those in the field.

Registration options include the full conference, a single day or single sessions of the technical stream. There will be the ever popular conference dinner as well as the partners program.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also still available. By sponsoring Fire Australia 2013 you will be exposed to hundreds of delegates and attendees across many different facets of the conference. In addition to brand recognition your benefits may also include conference attendance, exhibition booths and a range of other options to suit your marketing requirements and budget.

Should you prefer direct contact with potential clients and customers you can purchase one or more of the 65 exhibition booths.

Find out more by downloading the Program and Registration Brochure or the
Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure. or visit

Don't Forget to Use Your FPA Australia Vouchers

All FPA Australia members are being reminded to take advantage of their vouchers for various services provided by the Association and Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers.

Recently, changes were made to the amount of vouchers received and how these can be redeemed.

Additions now include using vouchers in the Sales Centre for the purchase of items such as log books and towards the cost of policies with Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers. Vouchers can also be redeemed off training expenses through the FPA Australia RTO and attendance to Association events (excludes social events).

Some conditions apply, for more information about using your FPA Australia vouchers please contact Membership Services on 1300 731 922 or email

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Practitioner Survey

The Australian Building Codes Board, in partnership with the Australian Construction Industry Forum, is seeking feedback from industry about where the ‘Building Control’ supply chain could be enhanced.

This survey is designed to develop some national perspective on where the opportunities for enhancements exist, and provide a mechanism, if considered necessary following the outcomes of the survey, to engage with the responsible institutions. Enhancements to the supply chain have the potential to provide a more efficient industry, improve productivity and compliance and deliver better outcomes for the community.

This survey will close on 2 August 2013 and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. FPA Australia is encouraging all stakeholders working in the built environment sector to undertake the short survey. Click Here to take part in the survey or to find out more.

Continue the Conversation - Join FPA Australia on LinkedIn

The FPA Australia LinkedIn group is a great place to continue the conversation regarding all matters of interest to those in the Australian fire protection industry and related fields.

The group is a forum for all stakeholders in the fire protection and broader Australian building & construction sectors to discuss issues of interest and the page also features a job board which we encourage all stakeholders to utilise.

Click here to join the FPA Australia LinkedIn Group.

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