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Assessment Workshops

MARCH
4 - 7 WA
18 - 21 NSW

APRIL
1 - 4 WA
29 Apr – 2 May NT

MAY

13 - 16 QLD

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NSW Annual Fire Safety Statements Good Practice Guide Launch
March 3
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Hazmat 2014
14-15 May
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Last Chance To Register - AFSS Good Practice Guide Launch Monday March 3

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More than 120 people have already registered for the launch of the FPA Australia Good Practice Guide for Annual Fire Safety Statements on Monday March 3, and remaining places are extremely limited. 

Understanding and meeting the requirements to complete an Annual Fire Safety Statement for buildings in NSW in accordance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 is an important fire safety and regulatory requirement.

This seminar will launch the new FPA Australia Good Practice Guide - Annual Fire Safety Statements NSW. This Good Practice Guide, developed in conjunction with the NSW State Divisional Committee and reviewed by Fire & Rescue NSW and prominent building regulatory experts, provides an outline of the regulatory requirements plus interpretation and advice for application and answers to frequently asked questions.

To ensure the perspectives of all key stakeholders are represented during the seminar there will be three key industry speakers. Allan Harriman (BCA Logic) will provide a comprehensive presentation on the AFSS compliance requirements, while Matthew Wright (FPA Australia) will discuss the content of the Guide and how it can be utilised. Both speakers will be assisted by Chief Superintendent Greg Buckley (Fire & Rescue NSW). There will be a Q&A session to take questions and provide discussion specific to subject matter.


Date: Monday 3 March 2014
Time: Registration 8:30am, Commence 9:00am, Conclude 12:00pm
Cost: Member $55.00 (inc. GST) Non-Member $88.00
          (Includes copy of the Good Practice Guide)

Venue: Canada Bay Club, 4 William Street, Five Dock, NSW

To download the full registration brochure 
click here. Alternatively you can register online via CONNECT
 
 
     


 
 All New AS 1851-2012 Logbooks: 
Register your Interest Today


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Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will be releasing the new suite of AS 1851-2012 logbooks soon.  As we are preparing to print, the Association is now offering you the opportunity to register your interest to receive the first round of delivery.

The new suite includes the following 13 logbooks:
  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems - Wet Pipe Systems
  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems - Dry Pipe, Deluge/Water Spray and Pre-Action Systems
  • Fire Pumpsets - Electric Motor
  • Fire Pumpsets – Compression Ignition (Diesel)
  • Fire Hydrant Systems
  • Water Storage Tanks For Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems - General Requirements
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems - Emergency Warning Systems & Emergency Intercom Systems
  • Special Hazard Systems
  • Fire Extinguisher, Blankets, Hose Reels, Lay Flat Hose
  • Passive Fire and Smoke Systems - Fire and Smoke Barriers and Construction Elements
  • Passive Fire and Smoke Systems - Fire and Smoke Doors and Shutters
  • Emergency Escape Lighting and Exit Signs
Please click here to download the expression of interest form and return it to shop@fpaa.com.au by COB Friday 14 March 2014.  Once you have registered your interest you will be contacted with pricing details when this information has been released. Correctly completing and returning the form is the only way to pre-register your interest for these logbooks. 

For detailed descriptions of each logbook please download the above form or visit www.fpaa.com.au/sales. For further information please call our Sales Centre on 1300 731 922.
 
     
 
Make Your Public Comment Submission on the Draft AS 2419.1 Now! 

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Now is the time to submit your feedback to the draft fire hydrant standard DR AS 2419.1 Fire hydrant installations - Part 1: System design, installation and commissioning which has been released for public comment. Even if you were unable to attend the recent national forum and seminar series on this important standard, FPA Australia would still like to hear from you.

There are two ways you can provide your input on the draft standard: either by contributing to FPA Australia's overall submission to Standards Australia, or by completing your own public comment submission directly.

FPA Australia has created a unique input form with the aim of providing FPA Australia members and industry stakeholders the opportunity to have their comments reviewed and collated by FPA Australia and our technical advisory committee (TAC) 4/8/9 for inclusion in the Association's final submission.

The input form makes it simple to contribute to the public comment on the standard without the need to complete your own submission, however FPA Australia also encourages those wishing to complete a submission in to do so. 

By providing your comments through FPA Australia, your input is given added weight through the backing of the peak body for fire protection in Australia and a major stakeholder in the Standard. To provide comment, first download and review the Draft Public Comment Standard here (download our guide for details on how to do this) then submit your feedback via our input form here. The closing date for comments to the FPA Australia submission is March 15.

For more information on the FPA Australia public comment submission, please contact the Technical Department via technical@fpaa.com.au.
 
     
 
 Amendments to NSW Sprinkler Regulations
 
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The NSW Government has made the implementation of fire sprinkler safety systems in aged care facilities simpler and more effective with a set of amendments to the life-protecting regulations.

The changes, which come on the back of tough laws requiring all NSW nursing homes to have fire sprinkler systems installed, have approval from Fire and Rescue NSW.

All residential living quarters must still be fire sprinkler protected, but operators will now have more flexibility to meet high fire safety standards in some other areas of their facilities. For all the details on the changes, download the full press release here.
 
     
 
 Formation of New Sustainability Special Interest Group
 
In mid 2013 the FPA Australia Board of Directors approved the creation of a Special Interest Group on sustainability and fire safety: The Sustainability SIG (S/SIG). FPA Australia is now seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to be part of this SIG.
 
This Sustainability SIG (S/SIG) will address a number of areas, including:
  • The effects of fire on sustainability
  • Sustainability in fire protection products and practices
  • Recognition of fire protection measures and sustainable fire protection practices in sustainability rating systems
  • Identifying where other sustainable practices create unintended consequences for fire protection and how these may be addressed
For more information on the SIG, see the draft Terms of Reference here or read the full news item here.

FPA Australia is inviting members interested in applying for membership to the Sustainability SIG to complete and submit the SIG application form here. Please be aware that, as per the FPA Australia membership structure, membership to a SIG is available only to Corporate, Organisation and Individual members of FPA Australia (Associate members are not eligible for membership to a SIG).

The first meeting of the new SIG is proposed to be held mid-March, subject to interest. If you require further information please contact our Technical Department via technical@fpaa.com.au.
 
     
 
       State & Territory Membership Groups Taking Shape

Following the change to the FPA Australia Articles of Association at the national AGM in November 2013, much work has been undertaken to implement the decision to introduce a more modern, dynamic, informative and transparent structure for organised state and territory participation.

The new State & Territory Membership Group (STMG) structure will include six portfolios that will regularly report and update members at each meeting about various important areas of the industry. (click here to view a diagram of the new portfolio structure).


STMG meetings, which will be free to attend, are also designed to capture any concerns faced by our members in their sectors of the industry. This may in turn result in technical documents being produced, recommendations made to regulators or other outcomes via the National Office.

The Terms of Reference and Guidelines governance document for the new structure will soon be released and will be followed by a communications plan, election documentation, promotional brochures and other collateral. 

STMG meetings are due to commence in April / May 2014. Look out for more information on the STMGs in coming weeks and months in FireSignals and other FPA Australia publications and for more information contact the National Executive Officer Stuart Just on stuart.just@fpaa.com.au.
     
 
 Do You Work on Fire, Security or Data Cabling? 

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FPA Australia operates a cabling registration scheme for cabling technicians that is recognised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to support the Telecommunication Cabling Provider Rules 2000 (CPRs).

The ACMA requires that all cabling work, including fire and security alarm systems, telephone or data cabling that connects or is intended to connect with the telecommunications network must be performed by a registered cabler, or under the direct supervision of a registered cabler.

Technicians installing cables for a range of systems connected to the telecommunications network must be registered and registration is mandatory under the set of Regulations known as the CPRs.

Currently, around 3000 technicians are registered through FPA Australia, which is one of only five organisations accredited by the ACMA to run a registration scheme for cabling technicians on its behalf.

FPA Australia encourages all members to support the Association by ensuring your cabling registrations or renewals for cablers you employ are completed through the FPA Australia Cabling Registrar service.

To read the full article on FPA Australia's Cabling Registration Scheme click here.


For further information, please contact the Cabling Registration Department on (03) 8892 3131 or visit our website www.fpaa.com.au/cabling
 
 
     
 
 Transition to an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL) Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5)

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In November 2013 a notice was issued by the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board to all technicians holding an EAHL – Experienced Persons.

This notice indicated that from 1 December 2014, the EAHL – Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5) will no longer be available for new applicants or for renewals. If your EAHL – Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5) expires after 1 December 2014, the licence will be valid until the date of expiry.

An EAHL – Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5) has always been a transitional licence. It has played a pivotal role in allowing technicians to continue to work while their industry experience is assessed and units of competencies undertaken to attain an EAHL – Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5). The Extinguishing Agent Trainee Licence valid for a period of 12 months will now serve this function, allowing individuals sufficient time to undertake the training and assessment needed to gain an EAHL - Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5).

In 2014, the Board will undertake a gradual phase-in of EAHL – Qualified Persons (Entitlement 6), ensuring technicians have attained all competencies required to undertake the full range of work covered by the EAHL - Qualified Persons.


To contact the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board please email the Executive Officer at ozone@fpaa.com.au or by phone 1300 731 922.
 
 
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