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-CEO Christmas Message
-Victoria Adopts AS 1851-2012
-Senate Enquiry Smoke Alarms
-Sprinklers Required on Balconies Vic
-Fire Australia & HazMat
-WA Launches Bushfire Reforms
-Chiro Mukerjea Retires
-FPA Australia Endorses MFB Reform Proposals
-30 Year Service Award Presented
-WA Mine Site Information
-Copyright Violation of FPA Australia Logbooks
-Contribute Editorial Content
-Christmas Closure Details
 
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December 23, 2015
 

A Christmas Message From The CEO
FPAA

What a year 2015 has been in fire protection and in the built environment more generally.

This year has seen us pass the tipping point of meaningful reform in almost every state and territory with regard the need for all individuals working on lifesaving fire protection systems and equipment to require some form of accreditation or licensing.

As 2015 draws to a close, I am pleased that most state and territory governments are moving towards ensuring that only trained, competent and accredited individuals are able to design, install, commission and certify important life safety measures in Australian buildings.

In addition, national harmonisation of requirements for routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment is now complete, with all states and territories formally adopting AS 1851-2012 with Victoria being the final state to do so (read more in this issue of FireSignals). This is a major milestone and a significant positive step for the industry and the community.

Important too is the continued positive reform occurring in the bushfire space around the country. Most recently, Western Australia has taken a number of very positive steps to ensure that individuals conducting bushfire planning and design work in the West are trained, competent and accredited.

Finally the 2016 Fire Australia & HazMat Conference & Tradeshow is shaping up to be the largest event ever held by our Association and I look forward to seeing many of you at this important event, which brings together both the largest fire protection and hazardous materials conferences together under one roof at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in May.

In 2016 we will continue to work hard delivering on our 2020 vision for the fire protection industry: That all individuals working in the industry will be 'fit for action' (competent and accredited) and all products will be 'fit for purpose' by the year 2020. This vision can only be realised by continuing to closely engage with our members, the fire protection industry, policymakers and the public. These goals must remain at the forefront of our activities, in order to continue to minimise the impact of fire on life, property and the environment, for a safer community. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, all of the staff at the National Office, our valued volunteers and the members I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. I look forward to more great success together in 2016.

 

 
Victoria Adopts AS 1851-2012

 

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has published a new Practice Note which prescribes the use of AS 1851-2012 as the preferred standard for routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment.

 

The Practice Note recognises that "where an essential safety measure is maintained using AS 1851-2012 in lieu of previous nominated versions of AS 1851, it is considered that the essential safety measure will fulfil its purpose and maintain safety objectives.

 

This is a significant achievement for FPA Australia as Victoria was the final jurisdiction to acknowledge or adopt requirements that allowed AS 1851-2012 to be adopted for new and existing buildings. 

 
FPA Australia Appears before Senate Enquiry on Smoke Alarms

 

FPA Australia has appeared before the Federal Senate Inquiry into the use of smoke alarms to prevent smoke and fire related deaths.

 

Earlier this year the Association lodged a detailed submission to the inquiry which outlined our position on this important issue.

 
Sprinklers Now Required on New Building Balconies Vic

New regulations have been made to amend the National Construction Code in Victoria so that all new multi-storey residential buildings, hotels, healthcare buildings and aged care buildings that are required to install sprinklers designed to AS 2118.1, must extend that sprinkler protection to include all covered balconies, regardless of size.

 
Fire Australia & HazMat Exhibition, Sponsorship & Speaking Opportunities

 

The newly combined Fire Australia & Hazmat 2016 is shaping up as the largest event ever held by FPA Australia. If you would like to sponsor the event or participate as an exhibitor at the tradeshow, now is the time to secure your position as these options are limited and do sell out.

 

In addition if you or a representative from your company or organisation can make an engaging and insightful contribution as a speaker we encourage you to complete the call for speakers application in order to be considered for a position.

 

 
Western Australia Launches Bushfire Reform Package

The Western Australian Government has officially launched its bushfire reform package in response to planning and building recommendations from the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills bushfire of 2011.

Key measures of the reforms include:

1. The creation of the map of bushfire prone areas which identifies the areas of WA that have been designated as bushfire prone by order of the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner

2. New bushfire planning requirements for development in designated bushfire prone areas and

3. Application of the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for certain residential buildings.

FPA Australia has worked closely with the WA Government to see these important reforms realised and we congratulate the WA Department of Planning for taking the lead for best practice outcomes for planning and building in bushfire prone areas in WA. 

 
Chiro Mukerjea Retires as General Manager of Kidde Australia 
FPAA

In December General Manager of Kidde Australia and good friend to the Association Mr Chiro Mukerjea (pictured right) announced his retirement from the industry.

Mr Mukerjea has held the position for almost a decade and has been in the fire protection industry for over 21 years. During this time Chiro has been a strong supporter of the fire protection industry and FPA Australia.

Recently Mr Mukerjea visited the Association's National Office and was presented with a small gift by Association CEO Scott Williams (Pictured left).

FPA Australia congratulates Mr Mukerjea on his incredible service to Kidde and to the fire protection industry and we looked forward to his continued contribution and friendship to the Association.

 
FPA Australia Endorses MFB Proposals for Victorian Building Reform

FPA Australia has strongly backed the MFB's proposals for reform of the Building Regulatory Regime which was recently released.

The Association whole-heartedly supports the need for meaningful reform highlighted by the MFB and congratulates the Brigade on publicising these vital recommendations.

 
30 Year Service Award for Denis Rodrigues
FPAA

FPA Australia was pleased to recently present the 30 Year Service Award to Mr Denis Rodrigues (pictured with his award) for service to the Fire Protection Industry. The award was bestowed in front of industry colleagues at the recent South Australian Membership Group meeting.

Denis took up membership with the Association (then AFPA) some 30 years ago and has attended a range of Association conferences and events. Residing in Adelaide Denis has also participated on the South Australian Membership Group (then divisional committee). 

Denis is currently the Technical Director / Team Leader - Mechanical for AECOM. FPA Australia congratulates Denis on this fantastic achievement.

 
Information on Mine Site Fire Protection in Western Australia

 

The Western Australian Government Department of Mines and Petroleum-Resource Safety recently released Mines Safety Bulletin No. 127 pertaining to 'Maintaining the effectiveness of water-mist fire suppression systems on mobile plant'.

 
Copyright Violation of FPA Australia Logbooks

 

FPA Australia has become aware of widespread duplication of our AS 1851-2012 and AS 2293 logbooks (FPA Australia logbooks).

 
Contribute Technical Editorial Content to our Magazine & Newsletters

FPA Australia publishes a range of publications including this newsletter FireSignals, our member newsletter FireTalk and the premier quarterly magazine for the fire protection industry - Fire Australia.

We welcome editorial content from any individuals or businesses with relevant information for our readers. To be considered for inclusion articles should be technically accurate and informative in nature. Commercial/ promotional content cannot be used. If you are interested in submitting editorial content for one of our publications please contact FPA Australia Communications Manager Joseph Keller at joseph.keller@fpaa.com.au

 
Christmas Closure Details

 

The FPA Australia National Office will be officially closed from Thursday 24 December, reopening on Monday 4 January 2016. Logbook orders are now closed and will begin postage of orders again from Monday 4 January.

 

FPA Australia would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

 
 
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