Fire Australia 2013 A Huge Success & a Positive Step on The Journey to Professionalism
The Fire Australia 2013 conference & exhibition, held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre November 20 & 21, was a huge success and a landmark event for the fire protection industry.
This year the conference attracted almost 1000 people over the two days, a new record! This included 327 delegates, 453
trade show attendees as well as more than 40 diverse exhibitors over 61 booths
and a total of 126 exhibition staff on site.
Not only was it the largest and most well attended Fire Australia event ever held, the conference & exhibition also represented a critical turning point for the industry; with many of the presentations focusing on the need for professional recognition and accreditation.
The Charity Dinner raised around $8,000 for the Burns Unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and we also received excellent feedback on the fun and inspiring presentation by Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury. FPA Australia would like to thank all those who attended the dinner, donated auction items or gave generously on the night.
The conference resolutions can be viewed on the Fire Australia website here while certificates of attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes can be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FPA Australia would like to again thank all sponsors, speakers, delegates and guests for making the conference & exhibition such a huge success. We look forward to seeing you all again for the next Fire Australia - March 2015 on Queensland's beautiful Gold Coast.
For a detailed wrap up of all things Fire Australia 2013 check out the upcoming Summer edition of Fire Australia magazine out in January.
Fire Australia 2013 Awards & Recognition
As is tradition, at the
closing of the Fire Australia conference & exhibition a number of awards
were given to exhibitors & the conference Platinum Sponsor as well as an
outstanding Editorial Contribution Award for contribution to the Fire Australia
This year the Best Exhibit Award was taken out by Brooks Australia for the
second consecutive year. The Best Exhibit Award is independently judged by an
international guest and is based on booth presentation, knowledge and
friendliness of staff. The 2013 Exhibitor's Choice Award this year went to
Honeywell Life Safety for their immensely impressive & interactive display.
The Exhibitor's Choice Award is the best display as voted on by each of the
Flamestop was also recognised for their Platinum Sponsorship at the closing
ceremony with a special Award, and the Association would like to again thank
Flamestop for their strong support, along with the conference Silver Sponsor
Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers and Bronze sponsors Kidde & Exova
Warringtonfire. Mr Barry Lee OAM received the Editorial Contribution Award for
his significant contribution to Fire Australia Magazine over many years. Mr
Lee was unable to attend the conference due to ill health; however his close
friend and Honorary Life Member of FPA Australia Mr Norm Winn accepted the
award on Barry's behalf.
FPA Australia congratulates all of our outstanding sponsors and award winners.
Get Your Log Book Orders in Now to Ensure 2013 Delivery
This year the
FPA Australia National Office will close for the Christmas and New Year period from Tuesday 24th December 2013 at 3.00pm (AEDST) and will
re-open for usual trading on Thursday 2nd
of January 2014.
This means that any Sales Centre orders (ie AS 1851 logbooks and other technical sales material) received after Thursday 19th December will not be dispatched until 6 January 2014.
FPA Australia advises all customers to place orders as soon as possible to ensure delivery prior to the Christmas break. You can browse the FPA Australia Sales Centre here or jump directly to the order form here.
Recognition of Service - Outstanding Individuals Awarded at VIP Dinner
On the evening before the commencement of the Fire Australia Conference, the annual VIP Dinner was held at the stunning L'Aqua restaurant on Sydney's Darling Harbour.
The dinner saw each of FPA Australia's Platinum Members recognised for their outstanding support of the Association throughout 2013, as well as the presentation of three important individual awards.
The Ron Coffey Award The Ron Coffey award is recognition of outstanding academic excellence and the highest academic result in the Bushfire Planning & Design course, through completion of the Diploma in Bushfire Protection through the University of Western Sydney.
The recipient of the 2013 Ron Coffey Award is Mr Mark Holland (pictured left), Fire Prevention Team Leader, CFA. The Award was presented by FPA Australia Senior Vice President Mr Chris Orr.
The Meritorious Service Award The Meritorious Service Award is given to members
who have made a significant contribution to the Association that requires
special acknowledgement. These awards are given at the discretion of the Board
of Directors and the award is reserved for those individuals who have
represented the Association, either through our TACS, SIGS, State Committees or
Board of Directors over a long period, in pursuit of the overall goals of the
The recipient of the 2013 Meritorious Service Award is Mr Vic Percival (Centre), Director, Lateral Fire Design. The Award was presented by FPA Australia National President Mr Trevor Voevodin.
The A. V. Viscogliosi Award The A.V. Viscogliosi Award for Fire Safety
Excellence was established in 1996 in honour of the late Anthony Viscogliosi, by
the then Fire Protection Industry Association of Australia, to recognise
excellence and outstanding contribution to fire protection.
The Viscogliosi Award recognises those
individuals who have had a significant involvement in the technical work of FPA
Australia and associated activities such as Industry, Government, Australian
and International Standards and is the most prestigious award presented by FPA Australia.
The recipient of the 2013 A. V. Viscogliosi Award is Mr Graham Green (Right), National Compliance Manager, Technical Services Group, Tyco Fire & Security Australia. The Award was presented by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Mr Shane Fitzsimmons.
FPA Australia would again like to congratulate our Platinum Members and all of the individual award recipients for the valued support and service to the Australian Fire Protection Industry.
Fire & Emergency Services SA & FPAS: Committed to Professionalism
The number of companies taking up
FPAS Business Recognition continues to grow strongly with Fire & Emergency Services SA (FESSA) the first South Australian business to get on board.
FESSA are specialists in fire
protection inspection, testing and maintenance and Managing Director Alan Short said FPAS was a perfect way to promote his company's strong reputation for skills, knowledge and proficiency.
“Since 2007 we have been seeking qualifications and
recognition for the work we do; we see that inspection and testing requires
just as much skill and knowledge as being an electrician or a sprinkler fitter," he said.
“By the end of 2015 we will have all our staff
qualified (in Certificate 2 or 3 in Fire Equipment Inspection and
Testing). This is a significant expense
but something that we see as very important as a company and as a profession.”
Alan has long been a strong supporter of accreditation and so was passionate about being an early adopter of FPAS as soon as it was launched in July 2013. FESSA was among the first businesses in Australia to register for Business Recognition and the first company in South Australia
to achieve Individual Accreditation for staff and company Business Recognition.
credibility and integrity and FPAS is one way we can clearly demonstrate these important attributes. At the same time our staff see the FPAS individual accreditation as
formal recognition of their skills in inspection and testing, increasing their pride in their work
and in themselves."
“FPAS allows us to prove to our clients
that we know what we are talking about when it comes to fire protection
inspection and testing. Many companies tell their clients they know what they are doing, but
only through FPAS can you actually prove it!”
FPA Australia would like to congratulate Alan and all the team at FESSA for their ongoing support and their dedication to professionalism via the FPAS scheme. The FESSA team (pictured above L-R) are Gary Felton, Peter Goller, Robert Short, Alan Short & Peter Strickland).
All FPA Australia members should have either now received, or will soon receive, their special FPAS information packs. These packs contain valuable information on the scheme as well as sample marketing materials that are currently being rolled out and a copy of the advertisement which is appearing in many relevant industry publications.
The first of these advertisements has already appeared, on page one of the 2013 Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building & Construction Magazine. You can view the magazine online here.
Work is also well progressed on the automated search tools for finding FPAS
accredited individuals and recognised businesses on the FPA Australia
Recognised businesses will soon be found by selecting the
provider of choice search tool and then selecting the “inspect & test”
speciality. Once an FPAS recognised business has been located, website visitors will be able to select the business to view an additional details page featuring the
specific categories of work the business is recognised for under the scheme.
As new FPAS classes begin to come on stream, (such as Design or Certify) recognised businesses will also be viewable by
selecting these specialities.
Individual accredited persons will also be viewable
online in coming weeks. Users will be able to search by either name or accreditation number and
results will show names, accreditation numbers, ‘valid to’ dates and the types of
work categories each individual is accredited for.
A formal announcement will be made when the FPAS search tools go live on the website. To apply for individual accreditation or business recognition visit www.fpaa.com.au/fpas or call 1300 731 922 and ask to speak with an Accreditation & Licensing representative.
Important Resolutions Passed at FPA Australia AGM
FPA Australia's 2013 National Annual General Meeting in Sydney on November 19 saw a number of critical resolutions passed.
These included three important changes to FPA Australia's Memorandum and Articles of Association to allow the Association to comply with relevant legislation for not-for-profit organisations and to affect other changes in order that the Association remain a contemporary and relevant member organisation into the future.
The three changes to the M&AA are as follows:
1. To change the articles where necessary to comply with the Fair Work (Registered Organisation) Amendment Act.
2. To change the articles where necessary to comply with the Corporations Act and the Introduction of the Australian Charities & Not-For-Profits Commission Act.
3. To remove Section 16 - Divisional Committees within the Articles to allow for the introduction & implementation of a new Regional Membership structure.
All three resolutions were passed with strong support and the necessary amendments are now underway to apply these changes to the Articles. The new M&AA will be made available from the FPA Australia website in the near future.
FPA Australia would like to thank all members who voted, either directly or by proxy, for taking the opportunity to have your say and positively shape the future of the Association.
(Above: Mr Trevor Voevodin, FPA Australia National President (left) and Mr Chris Orr, FPA Australia Senior Vice President co-chaired the meeting.)
Alarm Signalling Equipment Providers & Monitors Encouraged to Test Equipment at NBN Plug Bench Facility
As the National Broadband Network moves towards the first
disconnections of copper infrastructure in May 2014 (for those 15 areas that
have already received NBN fibre as part of the first stage of the rollout) it
is critical that all FPA Australia members and related stakeholders
are aware of potential implications for fire protection systems and
is particularly important for those involved in the manufacture,
distribution, installation and monitoring of Alarm Signalling Equipment (ASE).
ASE provides the critical link between a fire indicator panel, sprinkler
control valve or other monitored device, the monitoring company and the
responding fire brigade.
ASE in Australia have, until now, operated on the existing analogue copper
telephony infrastructure and there is now a need to ensure all equipment
continues to operate effectively and correctly in the field when switched over
to the new NBN technology.
An NBN Plug Bench facility has been established to enable ASE providers,
distributors and monitoring companies to test their equipment’s interoperability
with participating Retail Service Providers
(RSPs) NBN telephony services. There is no cost to companies conducting interoperability
testing at the facility and you can gain insights into your device's
compatibility with the participating RSPs NBN telephony service.
To test your equipment’s interoperability at the NBN Plug Bench, please
register your interest by completing the form available here and
email it to email@example.com. You can also view a flyer on Plug Bench here. General information about the NBN can be accessed at nbnco.com.au.
Portrait of Harry W Marryatt Donated to FPA Australia National Office
In November FPA Australia was immensely proud to receive a hand painted portrait of Association Founder and legend of the Australian Fire Protection Industry, Mr Harry W Marryat A.M.
The portrait was presented to CEO Scott Williams (pictured right) by Mr Marryatt's daughter Heather Holloway (left) after it had hung in the family home for many years.
Harry Marryatt was the founding chairman of the Australian Fire Protection Association (AFPA) prior to the merger which created FPA Australia as we know it today. Mr Marryatt is the President Emeritus of the Association as well as being the first Honorary Life Member.
The portrait, which was painted by Australian artist Charles Wheeler in 1956, will soon hang in the FPA Australia National Office reception area. The Association is incredibly grateful to Heather and all the Marryatt family for this wonderful donation which will be displayed with enormous pride.
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