The national series of consultation seminars on the
upcoming Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is now complete. The
seminars, which were chaired by FPA Australia CEO Mr Scott Williams and FPA
Australia Member of the Board Mr Bill Lea, visited all states and territories,
except Qld, in May.
Around 300 people attended these important seminars
across the country and attendees provided a significant amount of
valuable feedback which is now being fed back into the development and rollout
of the Scheme.
More details on the FPAS scheme are now available on the
FPA Australia website by visiting www.fpaa.com.au/fpas. Information includes both articles previously
published in Fire Australia magazine relating to the scheme, a comprehensive
Frequently Asked Questions guide featuring answers to many questions posed by
seminar attendees and much more.
Expressions of interest are currently being accepted and
FPA Australia expects to begin taking formal applications for
individual accreditation and business recognition in coming weeks. For more
information please call 1300 731 922 or email email@example.com.
New Co-Opted Member of the Board: Hank Van Ravenstein
FPA Australia is pleased to announce the
appointment of a new Co-Opted Director of the Board, Mr Hank Van
Hank is the Principal Manager
on Fire Risk Management for the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS).
He manages at a high level the fire risk management policy, strategy and
principles and regulatory compliance.
He leads the development
of a state-wide fire safety culture in DHS and Department of Health through a
service agreement and is responsible for coordinating the delivery of all fire
risk and regulatory related services required to maintain the department's
properties. Hank represents the department on several executive and other
high-level discussions including on several Australian Standard Committees and
other government and agency committees.
The Directors of
the Board of FPA Australia extended an invitation for Hank to join the Board
and Association President Mr Trevor Voevodin said he was proud Hank had chosen to accept this invitation.
welcome Hank to the Board and we know his proven experience and leadership will
be highly valuable to the Association," he said.
"In addition, having a Board Member who is also an active end user of FPA Australia member services, via the significant property assets held by DHS, will allow us to gain great insight and important feedback."
AS 1851-2012 Seminar Series Part 3 Announced: Passive Fire & Smoke Systems
FPA Australia has announced the next instalment in the series of AS 1851-2012 seminars Part 3: Passive Fire and Smoke Systems, to be held in Perth, Sydney & Melbourne June 18 - 20.
These half day seminars will provide participants with an awareness of the application of AS 1851-2012 for the maintenance of passive fire and smoke systems, in particular the critical, technical & administrative requirements applicable to technicians. Session topics include:
Formation of Northern Territory Divisional Committee
On May 2, 2013 a special meeting of Northern Territory
FPA Australia members was convened to establish the inaugural Northern Territory
The afternoon began with a presentation from FPA Australia National Executive Officer Stuart Just outlining the Association's
vision, mission, values and departmental activities at National Office. The
presentation also provided a good opportunity to outline the activities, roles
and responsibilities of an effective Divisional Committee.
Following the presentation the election of the NT
Divisional Committee took place and the Association is now pleased to formally
announce the Committee Members & Office Bearers of the NT Divisional
Neil Zouaoui / Design Integrity Solutions - Chairperson
Dean Griffiths / Chubb Fire & Security - Deputy Chairperson Mark Staley / Wormald-Tyco - Treasurer / Secretary Phil Joyce / Power & Water - Committee Member John Oliver / NT Fire & Rescue Service - Committee Member Drago Kojic / Southern Starr Fire Protection - Committee Member Rick French / Control Fire Services - Committee Member Marc Hunt / Custom AV - Committee Member
(Pictured above - left to right: Stuart Just,
Dean Griffiths, Phil Joyce, Neil Zouaoui and Mark Staley.)
This Northern Territory Committee brings enthusiasm and
drive to affect real change for the fire protection industry in the NT and we
look forward to the growth and development of the Committee and its activities.
Gain Access to Government Funding for Staff Training
If you have a desire or requirement to train your staff working in fire protection related fields, but find the costs to be prohibitive, the Australian Government is currently promoting an initiative called the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) that may be beneficial to you and your business.
The national Construction and
Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) is assisting eligible businesses to access this funding available as part of the NWDF. CPSISC is holding free breakfasts in various
locations around Australia in June for employers to find out more about the funding opportunities.
At these events you will learn how to access national funding to undertake
workforce development planning to train and develop your staff to meet your
organisation’s current and future business needs.
Successful Victorian Bushfire Planning & Design Forum
On Tuesday April 30 an important forum was held in the
training facilities at the new FPA Australia National Office in Blackburn North. The Forum, which was a joint initiative between the
Country Fire Authority (CFA) and FPA Australia, was open to all Victorian based
bushfire consultants and featured speakers from both organisations.
The event provided a great opportunity for Victorian
based bushfire consultants to come together and gain an understanding of the
expectations of the legislative reforms that followed the Victorian Bushfires
Royal Commission. The forum marks the continuation of improved dialogue between industry and government
on delivering on these objectives.
During the forum CFA CEO Mick Bourke formally acknowledged the importance of accreditation
of bushfire consultants in Victoria via the FPA Australia BPAD scheme and the benefits this would deliver for the industry and the community.
Last Chance to be Assessed in PRM Units
FPA Australia is advising all students
enrolled in PRM coded units that now is the final opportunity to book in for
assessments in these units before they are officially superseded on June 30,
2013. After this time it will no longer be possible for students enrolled in
these units to be assessed.
The superseding of the old Asset Maintenance (PRM) qualifications is in
accordance with government regulations implemented by the National VET
regulator. To assist you in completing these units before the deadline, the
following assessment workshops are available:
11 - 14
Refresher Training & Assessment
17 - 21
First Attack Training & Assessment
24 - 28
New South Wales
Refresher Training & Assessment
Booking into an assessment workshop simply requires you to attend those days relevant to your
units and this can be arranged with our assessor at the time of booking. Attending an assessment will ensure you are completing your units
before it is too late. If you miss the cut-off date of 30 June 2013, you cannot
gain these units and you will incur additional fees should you wish to enrol in
new units under the new qualifications: Certificate II or III in Fire Protection
Inspection and Testing.
If you are unable to attend an assessment workshop but still want to complete
your units of competency prior to the end of June, please contact FPA Australia today
to discuss your options. To book into an assessment workshop or for
more information, contact one of our training representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone 1300 731 922.
Fire Australia 2013 - Sponsorship & Exhibition Open for Members. Public Opportunities Coming Soon
Fire Australia 2013 is the
premier fire protection industry conference, attracting a wide range of
representation from businesses, government and fire safety practitioners.
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 working in the field.
The exhibition will once again
be a main feature of the event. It will incorporate the Showcase Theatre where
exhibitors will present the many new products and services available to the
With speakers from across
Australia and overseas, the organisers aim to ensure all presentations are
topical and current, affording attendees across all roles in the fire
protection industry additional knowledge and information.
Sponsorship and exhibition
opportunities are open now for FPA Australia members while public opportunities will open in June. The full conference program & registration brochure is anticipated to be available in July. For more information visit www.fireaustralia.com.au
New Code of Practice - Your Chance to Provide Feedback
FPA Australia's all new Code of Practice is now available for feedback from Association members and all industry stakeholders.
Reviewing and updating the Code
of Practice has been an extensive process and the Association is proud to present its new draft document of the Code for consideration.
The objective of the Code of Practice review has been 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 Corporate members.
feedback on the updated Code, click here to take the survey. Respondents may choose to provide feedback on all sections of the Code, or specific sections as required.
For more information about the Code of Practice feedback process please contact
Denise Friend on 03 8892 3131 or email email@example.com.
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