FPA Australia has recently released two new technical documents:PS-04: National Licensing - Fire Protection Work Under the Plumbing & Gasfitting Occupationsand IB-05: Sprinkler System Component Fault Monitoring
PS-04 National Licensing - Fire Protection Work Under the Plumbing and Gasfitting Occupations
The COAG National Licensing Steering Committee has released the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Proposal for national licensing of the plumbing and gasfitting occupations (the DRIS).
FPA Australia's newly released Position Statement - 04 National Licensing - Fire Protection work under the plumbing and gasfitting occupations demonstrates the Association's support for national licensing, outlines the benefits, highlights the importance of not only requiring the relevant qualification but the relevant competencies, and discusses how FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) can support national licensing.
This Position Statement is also being distributed to all relevant state and territory regulators to advocate for national adoption. The Position Statement is available from the Technical Documents page of the FPA Australia website.
IB-05 Sprinkler System Component Fault Monitoring
This Information Bulletin covers the important issue of monitoring sprinkler system components for faults.
effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems in suppressing and controlling
fires and alerting the fire brigade is well documented but none of these
benefits will be experienced if key components fail or do not function
correctly at the time of a fire incident.
Bulletin highlights this issue; outlines some of the requirements for
such monitoring under the Building Code of Australia and Australian
Standards and provides recommendations for consideration by relevant
This Information Bulletin is available from the Technical Documents page of the FPA Australia website.
A comprehensive range of Technical Documents, including member exclusive documents, can be accessed by FPA Australia members via the CONNECT platform.
FPA Australia Releases New Training Subject
FPA Australia is proud to announce the release of a new
training subject: Install and commission pre-engineered fire-suppression
systems (CPPFES3042A). Enrolments are now being taken for this subject, with assessments to occur from early 2014.
technicians who enrol in this subject will receive learning materials that
cover how to interpret and comply with legal and industry requirements relating
to fire system operations; conducting pre-installation inspections and checks;
installing a pre-engineered fire-suppression system and commissioning an
installed fire-suppression system.
For fire technicians who inspect and test these systems we also
recommend undertaking CPPFES2027A Inspect, test and maintain
non-gaseous pre-engineered fire-suppression systems. We offer enrolment and
assessment for these subjects combined for those who undertake the
installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of pre-engineered
Assessment can occur in a private workshop at your premises
or at a selection of public workshops where the appropriate equipment is
available. You will find more information about training workshops in this edition of FireSignals.
To enrol or to learn more about this or other subjects
offered by FPA Australia visit www.fpaa.com.au/training
or call 1300 731 922.
FPAS Individual Technicians and Recognised Businesses Now Available to View Online
FPA Australia has released lists of Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) individual accredited technicians and recognised businesses, so customers can access this information now, ahead of the launch of integrated FPAS search functionality in coming weeks.
Once implemented, the search tool will allow users to find FPAS recognised businesses that provide inspect & test services in their area, as well as validating the accreditation status of individual technicians.
The lists will be updated weekly until the new search tools come online as new applications from fire technicians and businesses are being received every day, with more than 400 applications currently being processed.
Both lists can be accessed from the FPAS homepage at www.fpaa.com.au/fpas or you can jump directly to the individual accredited technician list here or the recognised business list here.
Attention Fire Technicians and Contractors - Don't miss the Fire Australia 2013 Technical Stream
The Fire Australia 2013 Conference sees the introduction of an additional presentation stream, complementing the popular strategic stream. The technical stream
focuses on practical content, providing relevant information to those in
Technical presentations will run for three quarters of each
conference day (Wednesday November 20 and Thursday November 21), offering a wide range of topics and materials.
Some of the important practical topics under discussion as part of the Technical Stream include:
The Impact of Impulse Fans in Car Parks
Passive Fire Protection in Design Strategy
Performance of Intumescent Paint on Different Materials
The Need for an Australian Standard for Fire Barrier Assemblies
ACCC Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers
Replacing Fire Hose Reels with Portable Fire Extinguishers
National Adoption of AS 1851-2012
Electronic Recording of Inspection & Testing Data
And so much more...
With speakers from around Australia and overseas, the Conference organisers aim to ensure
all presentations are topical and current, affording attendees across all roles
in fire protection and related industries additional knowledge and information.
A dedicated group for the Fire Australia 2013 Conference and Exhibition has been created on LinkedIn and can be accessed here.
On this page you will find all regular information distributed about the conference in one place, as well as links to relevant Conference and Exhibition content, including programs, brochures and registration forms.
In addition, don't forget to join the general FPA Australia LinkedIn Group which can be accessed here. This group is growing fast and regularly features highly relevant discussions and industry job advertisements, so become a member and be part of the conversation.
Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board - Visits to Non-Authorised Businesses
As part of the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board’s ongoing
compliance related activities, site visits with a focus on compliance and
education in New South Wales (NSW) were recently undertaken.
A total of 45 companies were
visited in April, May and June 2013. The Executive Officer of the Fire Protection
Industry (ODS & SGG) Board, Carlos Santin, said that the site visits were
to raise awareness of businesses and their technicians on the legislative requirements they must comply with under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic
Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995.
“The general approach was to
educate and help businesses comply with the regulations. Businesses should be aware
that not complying with legislative requirements may result in financial penalties
The site visits in NSW identified
a number of companies purchasing and selling scheduled extinguishing agents
that did not possess Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations. In some
instances, the technicians employed by these companies also did not hold the
relevant Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences.
“At this stage, our efforts are
focused on helping companies comply and the feedback we have received from the
companies is very encouraging. Generally the Board’s Field Officer has been welcomed
and companies are keen to get things right,” Mr Santin said.
Mr Santin also pointed out that
the site visits are ongoing and checks of non-authorised businesses will
continue to be conducted in 2013.
If you believe that an
individual or business is operating illegally you can report this to the Board
by forwarding the information to the Executive Officer – Ozone Protection at
email@example.com or (03) 8892 3131. For more information about scheduled agents or licences visit www.fpaa.com.au/ozone.
FPA Australia's RTO: Training That Suits Your Needs and Your Pace
Enrol now in the ideal qualification for fire protection
professionals: FPA Australia’s Certificate II in Fire Protection Inspection and
Choose from a range of subjects to study individually, or
enrol in the full qualification. Start your training at any time when and where
it suits you with our self-study option, then undertake an assessment workshop with
one of our qualified workplace assessors in your state or territory.
Workshops may run for one day or for a whole week, depending
on your needs. Once your assessment has been completed you will receive a
nationally recognised Statement of Attainment or Certificate as evidence of
Do you have skills
and knowledge and simply require assessment?
FPA Australia offers you several different options for
assessment. Private workshops for group training and/or assessment can be
arranged to suit the needs of your business, or you can enrol at any time and
join other fire protection technicians at a public assessment workshop.
Call 1300 731 922 to arrange private assessment sessions or
check out the dates below for upcoming public workshops. If you are unable to
attend any of the sessions listed below, call us to find out
when FPA Australia will be conducting a session near you.
January | 14 - 17 Sydney | 21 - 24 Brisbane | 28 - 31 Melbourne
Aviation Industry Update
Currently in Australia all Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAMEs) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) who handle extinguishing agents are required to achieve competence in CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions or an equivalent assessment.
The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board has been working with the aviation industry to find ways in which the requirement for CPPFES2043A may be satisfied by either undertaking the unit of competency or an equivalent.
If you are a LAME or AME and handle extinguishing agents but have not yet completed CPPFES2043A or an equivalent assessment, you should enrol as soon as possible.
A list containing information on the Registered Training Organisations that offer CPPFES2043A is available here
Please note that the RTOs may offer the training and assessment of the competency either by classroom assessment or electronically via distance learning, so it is important to check with each organisation as to their approach.
For further information please contact Carlos Santin, Executive Officer - Ozone Protection at firstname.lastname@example.org, (03) 8892 3131.
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