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Dates For Your Diary

Upcoming Events

Queensland STMG
Wednesday 5 Nov
Sunnybank, Qld

Vic Golf Day
Friday 7 Nov
Aspendale, Vic


Fire Australia 2015
Gold Coast 
March 25-26

Assessment Workshops

NOVEMBER
QLD 25-28

DECEMBER
NSW 2-5
VIC 8-12

JANUARY
WA 13-16
NSW 20-23
VIC 27-30

FEBRUARY
QLD 3-6
TAS 10-13
SA 17-20


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Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) - Systems Design & Certification Classes Announced

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FPA Australia is pleased to formally announce the next two classes of accreditation under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS): Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification. These classes will accredit individuals who perform design and certify activities relating to selected systems and equipment in the fire protection industry. Initially the Scheme will focus on design and certify activities associated with the following systems and equipment:

•             Fire Sprinkler Systems

•             Fire Hydrant Systems  

•             Fire Detection and Alarm Systems.

The ‘Fire Systems Design’ class covers the preparation of designs to a required standard, where the final design documentation outlines the requisite design criteria and provides documentation for procurement / manufacture / construction / installation / and commissioning by competent personnel.

The ‘Fire Systems Certification’ class covers the formal validation and certification that states the properties and performance of installed and commissioned systems have fulfilled the specific requirements to meet the approved design criteria.

FPA Australia is currently taking expressions of interest from all individuals interested in achieving accreditation in either of these new FPAS classes as well as businesses who employ these individuals. It is expected that applications will officially open for these two classes in February 2015.


The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) was first launched in July 2013 and initially addressed the ‘Inspect and Test’ class of fire protection work. The accreditation scheme now has more than 550 individuals currently accredited in the “Inspect & Test” class.

Expressions of interest for Fire Systems Design & Certification classes should be sent by email to fpas@fpaa.com.au and should include name, company, class you would like to apply for and your FPA Australia corporate member level (if applicable). 

FPA Australia will also be holding consultation sessions nationally prior to the end of the year to provide information regarding the key components of these new accreditation classes. 
For more information about the FPAS Scheme please visit www.fpaa.com.au/fpas.
     
 
Fire Australia 2015 - Sponsorship & Exhibition Now Open 

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Sponsorship & Exhibition for the Fire Australia 2015 Conference & Exhibition is now open to all FPA Australia members and non-members. 

The conference offers a range of exciting options for relevant businesses to showcase their products and services, and a large number of exhibition booths have already been sold. 

 
Dates:  Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March 2015
Location:  Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Broadbeach, QLD
Download the Conference & Exhibition Brochure to find an option that is right for your business.

The Conference 

Fire Australia 2015 is the premier fire protection industry conference, attracting a wide range of representation from businesses, government and fire safety practitioners. 

Regular attendees to the conference will notice it has moved from a November schedule to March. This is to reposition it away from peak conference season, thus providing more industry personnel the opportunity to attend.

Building on the success of the last conference and exhibition, Fire Australia 2015 will once again provide delegates the option of attending multiple streams over the course of both days. The streams will provide a mix of presentations focussing on industry wide and industry specific topics.

The exhibition will once again be a main feature of the event, located central to all aspects of the conference. Sponsors and Exhibitors have the opportunity to present on their products and services within the exhibition hall. 

The Theme - Delivering a Fire Safe Future: The Right Choices for Product Compliance & Approval 

To ensure fire-safe buildings and infrastructure, a robust fire safety strategy and reliable fire protection systems and equipment are essential.

This requires that decisions on building concept design and the selection of fire safety equipment and systems are right from the very first stages of a project. When a system or technology is poorly designed, incorrectly selected and improperly installed, commissioned and certified, the impacts of these actions affect the safety of the building's occupants and the building itself.

The theme of Fire Australia 2015 focusses on getting design concepts and fire protection systems and equipment right from the outset, therefore ensuring these are fit for purpose once installed. This will ensure dependable and cost effective fire protection throughout the life span of the building or infrastructure. One of the key aspects of any system is using the right products for the right circumstances in the right way.

Download the Sponsorship & Exhibition Brochure and keep an eye on the Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition website www.fireaustralia.com.au for updates including program and registration coming soon.

 
 
     
 
Warning to Owners/Occupiers About Unethical Providers
 
FPA Australia is currently advising all building owners/occupiers about unethical fire protection providers fraudulently posing as representatives of local authorities and conducting fake fire protection compliance audits on site.

There are currently widespread reports of such activity particularly in NSW and Victoria, with one known company using the sham technique widely across Sydney and recently in the Melbourne CBD.

This company may arrive on site unexpectedly, dressed in fake fire service / council uniforms. They will conduct an inspection of the building and highlight what they deem to be non-conformant fire protection systems and equipment, before recommending their preferred provider (a co-owned maintenance company) to remedy the situation. 


Building owners/occupiers are advised to exercise caution regarding unannounced audits of their fire protection systems unless the identity of those on site can be clearly verified as a local council inspector, relevant fire authority, other government agency or your contracted fire protection provider.

The Association is currently compiling information and evidence on this business which will be submitted to the ACCC and other authorities. FPA Australia is asking anyone who has experienced this unscrupulous behaviour to please contact fpaa@fpaa.com.au and supply us with all relevant information regarding this so that we are able to lodge a comprehensive submission to the relevant authorities.

Fairfax media has reported on this type of activity and you can learn more by reading their article from 2013 here.
 
     
 
Upcoming STMG Events - Queensland Inaugural Meeting -  Victorian Golf Day
 
As always there is plenty of activity taking place within the Association's State & Territory Membership Groups. This week the Queensland Membership Group will hold its first official meeting which will feature a free and informative presentation, while the  the Victorian Membership Group will host its annual golf day this Friday November 7.

Queensland Membership Group Meeting
Wednesday 5
th November, 9am to 11am
Sunnybank Community and Sports Club
470 McCullough St - Sunnybank QLD

Notice of Meeting

State & Territory Membership Groups (STMGs) are an engaging and free opportunity for Association members to engage with their industry and one another in a contemporary, transparent way, which establishes strong two-way communication in order to bring about positive change.

The groups meet periodically in Australian states and territories and follow a uniform structure ensuring all relevant areas are covered consistently.

This inaugural Queensland meeting will feature a free presentation by the Public Safety Business Agency on Alarms and Accounts Receivable Management (formerly the State Alarm Management Command).  Areas covered include:
  • The role of the Public Safety Business Agency
  • Changes to alarm isolation management
  • Changes for customers
  • Changes for technicians
To attend this important free Membership Group meeting, simply register your attendance via the CONNECT platform or email your full name, company name to engagement@fpaa.com.au and arrive ready to contribute positively to the discussion. You can learn more about the STMGs on the Association's website here.

Victorian Golf Day
Friday 7 November
Rossdale Golf Club
Sixth Avenue, Aspendale VIC 3195

Player Registration Brochure

Now is your last chance to register yourself or a team for the Victorian Membership Group Annual Golf Day this Friday November 7.

This fantastic social event will feature 18 holes (Ambrose) followed by a BBQ buffet lunch, prizes and special awards. 
Come and join your fellow FPA Australia members in a friendly and fun day out!

 
 
     
 
National AGM Announced -  Peter Johnson Steps Down From FPA Australia Board of Directors

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FPA Australia has recently notified all members that the Association's Annual General Meeting for 2014 will be held at 10.00am on Tuesday 11 November at the FPA Australia National Office; Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street Blackburn North, Victoria.

Items of business at the meeting will include:
  1. Welcome & Apologies
  2. Confirm minutes of Annual General Meeting 2013 (to view visit http://bit.ly/1vOphNG)
  3. Annual Report and Statement of Accounts for year ended 30 June 2014 
  4. Report by the National President and CEO for year ended 30 June 2014
  5. Appointment of auditors for 2014/15 - Pitcher Partners
  6. Presentation on FPA Australia activities
  7. Other business
  8. Close of meeting
Members attending FPA Australia's AGM 2014 must advise FPA Australia's National Office by midday on Friday 7 November 2014 due to catering, parking and room allocation.  Please call 03 8892 3131 or email julie.spencer@fpaa.com.au to advise of your attendance.

In addition, it is with sadness that the Association announces the retirement of Mr Peter Johnson from the Board of Directors. Peter has had a long involvement with fire protection in Australia and internationally, spanning almost 50 years. Peter has been on the Board of Directors of FPA Australia since 2000 and was president of the Association from 2005-2008. He is also an Association Honorary Life Member. Peter is an Arup Fellow and a Director of the Global Consulting Sector Board at Arup, leading the firm's international fire engineering business.

FPA Australia would like to extend its warmest thanks and congratulations to Peter for his exemplary service to the Board, the Association and the Australian and international fire protection industries.
 
 
     
 
Important Victorian Pipework Renewal Information 

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FPA Australia is aware of water main renewal work currently being undertaken across metropolitan Melbourne by City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water. During these works the performance of fire safety systems of some buildings may be reduced or compromised.

These works may be underway for up to three weeks, meaning that fire suppression systems and street hydrants may not operate correctly and the lack of water and pressure may pose a risk to life safety in the buildings affected. 

The Association understands that property owners will be notified of any impacts approximately one week before any shutdown occurring. Water authorities are only required to ensure that domestic water supply is maintained while the works are being carried out. To ensure occupant safety, MFB have recommended that property owners who are affected by the works: 
  • Develop appropriate life safety plans befitting their risk, by putting in place suitable arrangements for the duration of the shut-down
  • Ensure that fire detection and alarm systems are not isolated or disconnected
  • Continue maintaining their essential safety measures like fire service and sprinklers despite the lack of water
  • Discuss the impact of no water to their installed fire suppression system(s) with their insurance company
  • Discuss the impact of no water to their installed fire suppression systems with their relevant Municipal Building Surveyor and how it may impact their occupancy permit
  • Liaise with their relevant water authority and determine whether special arrangements can be made to enable the continued provision of water supplies to their fire suppression systems. MFB is aware of one premise where this was made possible by the Water Authority due to the high risk occupants contained within the building
     
 
 Workplace Relations  Phone Service Now Live For Members

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FPA Australia is pleased to announce that phone support for our new Workplace Relations department is now live and available for Association members. From now on, members who call with a workplace relations enquiry will be provided with answers to the most frequently asked questions by our trained staff.

If the nature of the enquiry is more complex, Corporate members of the Association are now also able to access personalised phone service from our Workplace Relations Manager Mr Richard Krajewski.

To access the workplace relations info line, please contact 03 8892 3187. To learn more about the Workplace Relations department visit the website. A considerable amount of relevant Workplace Relations information is also available for members via the CONNECT platform. 
 
     
 
Are Your Technicians Ready To Meet Their EAHL Requirements

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Are your technicians ready to meet their transition to an EAHL - Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5) deadlines?

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board wishes to remind companies that now is an opportune time to check whether any of your technicians have an EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5). From 1 December 2014 the EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1 - 5) will no longer be available for new applicants or for existing licence holders to renew.

Companies should encourage their technicians to enrol in and complete training and/or assessment early to avoid the risk of not being able to access and complete training and/or assessment prior to their permits expiring.

Technicians that have not transitioned to the EAHL Qualified Persons within the transition period will not be able to reapply for an EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5) and cannot handle ODS & SGG extinguishing agents without a valid permit.

Holding a permit provides technicians with a competitive advantage and demonstrates they are not only meeting legislated obligations for the handling of ODS & SGG agents but are also helping to protect the environment by preventing unnecessary discharges of scheduled extinguishing agents.

To determine the specific transition status and expiry date for your employees, please contact the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board at ozone@fpaa.com.au or on 03 8892 3131.

 
     
 
NSW Golf Day - A Fun Day in the Rain!
           
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The recent FPA Australia NSW Golf day was a great success with almost 50 players registering within 12 teams. It was a wet day at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort but that didn't dampen the spirits of the players who all enjoyed the fun day out with their fire protection industry peers. 

Awards for the day were as follows:


Best Net Team Score = AMPAC team of Colin Munce, Wes McMillan, Stuart Chance & Patrick Smith

Beast Team Scratch = Intense Fire team of Stuart Finlay, Brad Johnson, Paul Greive & John Greive

Bradman Net Team Score = Victaulic Australia team of Stefan Patterson, Dean Fraser & Kevin Fraser

Longest Drive = Paul Grieve

Hole in One/ Nearest Pin = Stuart Finlay

Nearest the Pin = Steve Sonter

Flamestop Longest Drive -  Ryan George, Tom Marshall, Stuart Chance, Jonnie Smith & Mark Harrison.

Thanks go to Steve Sonter, Bruce Macarthur and the staff at Riverside Oaks for the day. FPA Australia thanks everyone who participated. We look forward to another successful NSW Golf Day in 2015.

 
 
     
 
Fire Australia Donations Help Purchase Burns Laser for Children's Hospital 

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In December last year FPA Australia was proud to donate $8,000 raised at the Fire Australia 2013 Conference dinner to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.

The hospital used the funds to help purchase a new burns laser (pictured) which is now up and running in the hospital's operating theatres. The Association is extremely proud to have been able to contribute to this important investment and we look forward to continuing to support the work being undertaken by the Children's at Westmead and the other child burns units around Australia.

In 2015 The Fire Australia Conference and Exhibition will be held on Queensland's Gold Coast with proceeds from the Conference Dinner to be donated to the Mater Children's Hospital Burns Unit.

 
 
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