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Dates For Your Diary

Assessment Workshops

MAY
13 - 16 QLD
19 - 23 VIC

JUNE
3 - 6 VIC
24 - 27 NSW

JULY
8 - 11 SA
29 - 1 Aug WA


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Hazmat 2014
14-15 May
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AS 3745 Amendment Seminar Series
2-19 June
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Fire Expos 
25 June VIC
30 July NSW

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  All AS 1851-2012 Logbooks Now Available

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All AS 1851-2012 logbooks and summary record books are now available for order. 

FPA Australia has created 13 logbooks (one site per logbook) and three summary record books (30 sites per summary record book). These books are aligned to the corresponding sections in AS 1851-2012 and AS 2293-2005. 

Newly released books include the all new Passive Fire & Smoke Systems (LB12, SR12A & SR12B) as well as Emergency Escape Lighting & Exit Signs (LBE 1 & 2).

Orders placed today will be delivered from late May onwards and those interested are encouraged to order now as stock is limited. To order
download the form here or visit the website. For more information about all logbooks and summary record books please call 1300 731 922.
 
 
     


 
 New Department at FPA Australia - Engagement & Education
 
FPA Australia continues to evolve with the creation of a new department called Engagement & Education

This new department integrates all the Association’s activities from the events, education and state & territory engagement areas into one highly streamlined and efficient team.


This transformation allows much of the work previously undertaken by three separate departments to be consolidated into one; meaning a simpler offering and better outcomes for members and the community.


Over coming weeks you will see many changes occurring at FPA Australia, including new branding and marketing materials appearing for the Engagement & Education department, as well as the announcement of a new manager and staff.

The Engagement & Education department will deliver:
  • One single point of contact for all education, events and state & territory engagement information
  • More administrative assistance to answer queries, process applications and address other requests in a timely and responsive manner
  • All of the premier events FPA Australia is well known for, including Fire Australia and HazMat, as well as an increased range of highly-relevant and insightful national and state-based events
  • The ongoing high standard of educational offerings of our RTO, as well as new units of competency (coming 2014/2015)
  • A strong communications channel between State & Territory Membership Groups, the National Office and the fire protection industry
Keep your eyes out for more news from the Engagement & Education department over coming weeks and months. To read the full announcement from CEO Scott Williams click here and for any enquiries please contact engagement@fpaa.com.au.
 
     
 
AS 3745-2010 Amendment National Seminar Series  

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A new FPA Australia national seminar series has been announced to discuss the application of AS 3745-2010 - Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, including the recent amendment. 

As the diversity of facility characteristics increase, so does the complexity of emergency management systems and processes. Development of emergency plans and procedures that adequately recognise and respond to these variables and the safety of occupants is vital to achieving safe outcomes.

Developing and implementing emergency plans calls for a broad understanding of fire and emergency systems and equipment, identifying occupant characteristics, risk evaluation and understanding emergency management. Australian Standard - Planning for Emergencies in Facilities (AS 3745-2010) has recently been amended to include more guidance for best practice in this regard. 

This seminar series will discuss application of the Standard and also the associated requirements to maintain emergency plans and procedures in accordance with AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment. There will also be a focus on application for buildings using lifts for evacuation.

The speakers are leading professionals in their fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the series. They have also been involved in, and contributed to, the development of AS 3745. Not only will you receive the relevant information to take away, the speakers will also make themselves available for questions and discussions during the scheduled panel sessions and at the conclusion of the seminar.

The seminars will be run in all states and territories as follows:

NSW - 2 JUNE    VIC - 3 JUNE    QLD - 10 JUNE    ACT - 11 JUNE

SA - 12 JUNE    WA -13 JUNE    NT - 17 JUNE    TAS - 19 JUNE


FPA Australia proudly thanks the seminar sponsors
Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers, Chubb, Concept Safety Systems and Link Fire for their support of this important event.  For more information and to register download the brochure or visit CONNECT
 
 
 
 
 First State & Territory Membership Group Meeting - NSW

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FPA Australia is pleased to announce the first formal meeting under the State & Territory Membership Group (STMG) structure, to be held in NSW on Wednesday May 14.

All Association members at all levels are invited to this inaugural FPA State & Territory Membership Group meeting. The emphasis of the meeting is to provide members a forum to engage on current issues, emerging trends and information associated with the fire protection industry, particularly within NSW.

Discussions will cover the following areas:

 
  • Accreditation & Licensing
  • Regulations, Codes & Standards
  • Bushfire
  • Products & Services
  • Membership and Member Activities
  • Regulatory Stakeholders
A free presentation will be provided to advise on recent changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA2014) relating to fire protection that took effect on 1 May 2014.

Areas covered by the presentation include:

 
  • Fire Hose Reels & Fire Extinguisher requirements for residential buildings
  • Sprinkler System requirements
  • Smoke Detector requirements for residential buildings
  • Emergency Exit Sign requirements
  • Fire Compartment Calculations
  • Class 2 and 3 Building FRL Concessions
  • Maintenance Requirements
  • Referenced Australian Standards 
Details for the meeting are as follows:

Date: Wednesday May 14, 2014
Room: Mountain Ash (East)
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: NSW Rural Fire Service, 15 Carter Street Lidcombe 2141

STMG meetings are completely free to attend. To register, simply indicate your intention to attend via the
CONNECT member platform or use the registration form. Attendees are asked to ensure they arrive a few minutes early to allow for security passes to be issued.

You can view the full outline of the meeting including the meeting agenda in the
Notice of Meeting or download the recent letter from FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams outlining the launch of the State & Territory Membership Groups here.

FPA Australia and the NSW STMG portfolio leadership team look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting as we commence this exciting new era of engagement at FPA Australia. Keep your eyes out for more STMG meetings occurring in other states and territories over coming weeks.

 
 
     
 
 New Bushfire Risk Management Policy for WA
          
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The Minister for Planning and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) have released the State Planning Policy 3.7: Planning for Bushfire Risk Management (SPP 3.7) and a supporting document titled Planning for Bushfire Risk Management Guidelines for public consultation.

The proposed policy and revised guidelines will supersede the current Planning for Bush Fire Protection Guidelines (WAPC 2010).

The changes, which FPA Australia has made strong contributions to, will take effect from May 1, 2015 and will see mandatory bushfire provisions introduced for new homes in bushfire prone areas (as identified in the Building Code of Australia and AS 3959).

A bushfire hazard assessment will be required if the land intended for development is located on a bushfire prone area map or close to a large area of bushland. The assessment will identify the bushfire risk level and the Australian Standards to be applied when the new home is constructed. 

The WAPC is now seeking comment on the draft SPP 3.7 and the revised guidelines. The public comment period for the SPP closes on Friday 4 July 2014. The revised guidelines are being released in draft form for a period of three months and submissions close on Friday 1 August 2014. A copy of SPP 3.7 and the revised guidelines along with a submission form and frequently asked questions can be accessed
here.

The Department of Planning will be conducting a number of public information sessions on the bushfire policy framework in June 2014. Sessions will be grouped into: general public; local government; state government; industry; and South-West (collective).

Further information on the time and date of these sessions will be available shortly at
www.planning.wa.gov.au/bushfire. FPA Australia’s WA state bushfire subcommittee will also be convening a meeting in late May to review the policy guidelines and prepare its submission to government. For more information or to contribute to the submission email technical@fpaa.com.au.
 
 
     
 
 More Companies Taking Up FPAS Business Recognition

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More companies around Australia continue to set themselves apart as industry leaders by taking up FPAS Business Recognition, as their employees achieve the requirements for accreditation. 

Recently DEM Fire & Essential Services Group and Fire Service Plus both achieved Recognised Business status. We asked Tom Marshall, Managing Director of DEM and Steve Caunt, Director of Fire Service Plus, about their reasons behind taking up FPAS Business Recognition.

Tom Marshall - DEM

1. Why did you decide to apply for business recognition?

We recognise the need for the industry to become more professional. We have all seen many examples of unprofessional operators with limited knowledge and poor practices damaging the perceptions of our industry as a whole, and consequently we support FPA Australia in establishing a professional standard.

2. How do you think being an FPAS recognised business will set your business apart?

As FPAS accreditation gains recognition in the market place; potential customers that have a focus on utilising a quality service provider to minimise their risk exposure will be able use FPAS recognition as one criteria to confidently select a professional service company. Perhaps at some point in the future FPAS recognition may even become mandated in some segments of the market.

3.  What kind of message does it send to your staff that you are a recognised business?

FPAS Business Recognition provides further evidence to our staff that they are working for a professional company that will support their career and personal development into the future.

Steve Caunt - Fire Service Plus

1. Why did you decide to apply for business recognition?

We wanted to be a step ahead of our competition and ensure we had the best qualified staff. This means that clients will recognise the extra effort we have gone to.

2. How do you think your customers will feel knowing you are a recognised business?

My hope is that customers will feel a strong trust and pride that they use our business which has been FPAS recognised.

3. What do you think the impact of FPAS will be for the fire protection industry in Australia?

My belief is that FPAS recognition will become an industry standard and that we will start to see all FPA Australia member companies working towards raising the bar in our industry and stepping up to the challenge.   

FPA Australia proudly congratulates DEM Fire & Essential Services Group and Fire Service Plus on taking strong leadership positions in the industry and achieving recognised status.

To learn more and apply for FPAS individual accreditation or business recognition, 
visit the website or call us on 1300 731 922.

 
     
 
 Mr Barry Lee OAM Presented With Honorary Recognition

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Many readers will recall that, at the 2013 Fire Australia Conference Dinner, Past President, long standing member of the FPA Australia Board and friend of the Association Mr Barry Lee OAM (above left) was honoured with a special plaque recognising his outstanding contribution and service to the industry.

Mr Lee was unable to attend the event at the time due to ill health. However, on a recent visit to Melbourne Mr Lee was finally able to accept the plaque in person from FPA Australia Senior Vice President and Past President Mr Chris Orr (above right).

FPA Australia once again proudly congratulates Mr Lee on his outstanding continued contribution and service to his Association and his industry over many years.
 
     
 
 Forecasts Show Some Construction Sector Recovery

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The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will release its latest forecasts this month, which will show strong residential building recovery in some Australian cities. 

The Forecasts are produced by respected forecasters ACIL Allen Consulting and ACIF's Construction Forecasting Council and the latest outlook shows that the industry is thriving in some parts and stagnating in others. 

As residential building recovers strongly in some cities, mining and gas are moderating, although overall activity remains at levels very much higher than historical averages.

The development cycle for offices, retail, and industrial projects is enormously variable, notwithstanding low cost of finance. There is also significant hotel and road construction activity in certain areas.

To learn more about the latest construction data in your area, register for an ACIF breakfast briefing near you. The briefings will run in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth 15 - 22 May. Register your interest or learn more at the ACIF events page 
here.

 
 
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