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Assessment Workshops

APRIL
29 Apr – 2 May NT

MAY
6 - 9 NSW

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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14-15 May
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AS 3745 Amendment Seminar Series
2-13 June
Sponsorship Brochure


Fire Expos 
25 June VIC
30 July NSW

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 AS 1851-2012 Logbook Pricing Announced - 
 Orders Now Open
 
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Pricing has now been released and orders are being taken for the first nine available AS 1851-2012 logbooks.

All necessary information can be found in the order form here, which is also available on the Association website at www.fpaa.com.au/sales.

Those members who pre-registered their interest will have the opportunity to receive the first delivery of logbooks, which is expected in May. Any remaining stock from this limited delivery will be allocated to orders received from now on.

Pricing is currently only available for nine of the new logbooks. Pricing and ordering for the remaining logbooks will become available over coming weeks. Check the sales centre page of our website here or please call 1300 731 922 for all logbook enquiries.

 
 
     
 
Firefighting Foams Information Bulletin Coming Soon

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FPA Australia will soon release a new Information Bulletin on the Selection and Use of Firefighting Foams. The purpose of the document is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding the selection and use of fire fighting foams based on their environmental impact balanced with effectiveness in fire suppression for a particular application.

Fire fighting foam is a suppression medium known for its effectiveness in extinguishing or controlling fires that water and other agents cannot.  Varying information is available in the public domain relating to the environmental acceptability of fire fighting foam based on its chemical composition.

A recent example is the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage – Draft Policy on the management of Fire fighting Foam.  FPA Australia has observed that the information that is available is increasingly focussed on environmental issues in isolation of suppression effectiveness and performance.


FPA Australia recognises the need for fire protection to be environmentally responsible and this is a key component of the Association's Vision. However, good fire protection outcomes are not attributable to any single component (such as environmental factors) and must instead be considered holistically.

The Information Bulletin will recommend that, while important, the environmental performance of a foam should not be used as the sole selection criteria. Additional key selection criteria must be considered and include:

a.      Fire fighting performance
b.      Life safety
c.      Physical properties (e.g. viscosity and materials compatibility)
d.      Suitability for use on polar solvent fuels
e.      Compatibility with system design and approvals

The Information Bulletin is expected to be released shortly. Check back to the technical information page of the website here or visit CONNECT for all technical documents.
 
     


 
 FPA Australia in the News - Legislative Change in NSW

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Last week FPA Australia was featured in the media discussing the need for reform in NSW with relation to certification of fire systems and equipment.

Monday March 24 was the public comment deadline for recommendations for building certification and regulation contained in the Building certification and regulation - serving a new planning system for NSW report.  

The report
 was headed by Mr George Maltabarow, now President of the Building Professionals Board. FPA Australia was heavily involved in formulating the report in relation to fire compliance and certification and the Association provided information used in one of the report's case studies. 

Association Chief Technical Officer/ Deputy CEO Matthew Wright was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald, Seven / Prime TV news and several leading radio news outlets including ABC, 2SM, 2UE and 2GB among others.


Mr Wright was supportive of possible reforms to better recognise professional industry members and streamline requirements to improve consistency.

To read the Sydney Morning Herald article click here.
 
     
 
HazMat 2014 | AS 3745 Amendment Seminars | Fire Expos

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HazMat 2014 Conference & Exhibition
14+15 May – Victoria
New Keynote Speaker Announced + Extended Program

The HazMat organising committee is pleased to announce the addition of keynote speaker Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director - Risk, Noetic Group to the 2014 program. Peter's profile and presentation can be found in the extended Program and Registration Brochure which now includes presentation descriptions.

AS 3745 Amendment Seminar Series
2-13 June – All Capital Cities
Sponsorship Opportunity Now Available


This series of eight seminars around Australia will address the changes to the Planning for Emergencies in Facilities standard via a half day seminar. The opportunity to sponsor this series, with exposure to over 500 expected attendees, is now available via the 
AS 3745 Sponsorship Proposal.

FPA Australia Fire Expos
25 June – Victoria
30 July – New South Wales
Local expos for local business and personnel


With no Fire Australia conference and exhibition in 2014 these two Fire Expos are your best opportunity to directly engage with potential customers and suppliers. For more information and to register download the Victoria or New South Wales brochure now.

For more information about all FPA Australia events visit www.fpaa.com.au/events or call 1300 731 922.
 
     
 
 Minister for Industry Backs New Code of Practice 

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The federal Minister for Industry The Hon Ian Macfarlane will sign the revised FPA Australia Code of Practice, which will soon be released.

The Code of Practice prescribes the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements for all Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Corporate Members. 

Mr Macfarlane said he was pleased to support the Association's revision of this important industry best practice document.

"I commend your association for its strong leadership in providing guidance on best practice measures for the fire safety and protection industry in Australia", he said.

"Industry codes of practice are an important means for setting non-regulatory minimum acceptable standards to protect the integrity of industry and the community more broadly.

FPA Australia is extremely grateful for the Minister's support and backing of the Code. The revised FPA Australia Code of Practice will be rolled out from July 1. To view the current code click here.

 
 
     
 
 FPA Australia Donates $8,000 to Westmead Hospital

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FPA Australia has formally donated the $8,000 raised at the Fire Australia 2013 Conference Dinner, to the burns unit of Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

The official donation was made by Association CEO Scott Williams and was presented to Claudia Ponce - Nursing Unit Manager of the Clubbe Burns Ward.

FPA Australia is pleased to be able to continue supporting the work of the Burns Unit at Westmead and we know the Association's support has a significant impact on the care the unit is able to provide to children with burns injuries. 

The Association would like to again thank all those who donated or provided sponsorship for the charity prizes and raffle at the conference dinner in Sydney last year.
 
     
 
 FPAS Marketing Rollout Continues

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FPA Australia continues to strongly promote the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) to all relevant stakeholders in the built environment sector in Australia.

Recently our eye catching FPAS advertisement has appeared in Facility Management magazine, Facility Perspectives (the official magazine of the Facility Management Association) TABS (The official magazine of the Institute of Building Surveyors) and the Property Council of Australia magazine - Property Australia.

The Scheme is also currently being marketed on the FMA website as well as in Fire Australia magazine and FireSignals.


FPA Australia is committed to fully promoting FPAS to ensure those businesses and individuals choosing to take up the scheme are appropriately recognised.

To view the A4 full colour FPAS advertisement that is currently appearing, click here. To learn more about the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme visit the website here.
 
     
 
 Need Qualified EAHL by December 2014?
 Get Up to Speed Now and Save


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Recently the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board notified all technicians holding an EAHL Experienced Entitlement 1-5 that, from 1 December 2014, these licences will no longer be available for new applicants or for renewals.

The Association is currently offering a special discounted enrolment into the units of competency required for EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2 & 3, from 1 April – 30 June 2014, with assessment before December 2014.

Usually priced from $3000 - $3315 (depending on membership level), FPA Australia is offering these units for a fixed price of $2500 for Corporate members and $2950 for all other members and non-members. No further discounts or vouchers apply.

A deposit payment is required to secure your enrolment and all payments must be finalised before 30 June 2014. To take advantage of this offer please complete and return the enrolment form or contact our training department on email training@fpaa.com.au or 1300 731 922.

 
     
 
 Lorient Group Forms New Australian Company

Lorient has announced the incorporation of a new Lorient subsidiary in Australia. The Lorient brand is well established in Australia, having had a presence here since 1986.

The new company Lorient Pty Ltd is located in Sydney and becomes the only authorised distributor of Lorient products within the region.  

Lorient offers full range of acoustic, smoke and fire sealing systems to the Australian and New Zealand markets. For further information visit www.lorient.com.au

 
     
 
 Important Cabling Changes From July 2014

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Previously announced changes mean that current open registered cabling providers will require additional specialist competencies effective 1 July 2014 if they perform structured, optical fibre and/or co-axial cabling.  Current Restricted registered cabling providers will require an additional specialist competency to perform Broadband (data) cabling work. 

Under the new arrangement, cabling providers undertaking broadband structured, optical-fibre or co-axial cabling work must have the training competencies relevant to the specialised cabling work. The new competencies only apply to cabling providers who are undertaking the relevant specialised cabling work within customer premises.  Alternatively, they can perform that type of cabling work under direct supervision of a registered cabling provider who has the appropriate specialist competencies.

Failure to attain the additional relevant competencies does not mean that the cabler's registration will lapse. However, a cabler who does not have the structured, optical fibre, or co-axial competencies will not be permitted to install or work on that type of cabling unless the work is performed under direct supervision of a registered cabling provider with the appropriate specialist competencies

You can view the full news item on these changes
here. To contact the FPA Australia Cabling Registrar for more information please call 1300 731 922 or visit www.fpaa.com.au/cabling.
 
 
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