Fire Australia 2015 Conference & Exhibition Sets a New Standard
The Fire Australia Conference 2015, held on Queensland's Gold Coast March 25 and 26, has set a new benchmark for excellence.
The Conference set new records in the history of the event, including most sponsors, most exhibitors, most delegates and, for the first time, the annual charity dinner completely sold out.
Importantly the Conference also highlighted a number of critical issues for the fire protection industry, particularly in relation to product compliance.
Many local and international subject matter experts spoke on the complex, problematic and often confusing nature of building and construction product compliance as it relates to fire protection and these discussions helped greatly to inform the conference resolutions, which are as follows:
1.FPA Australia supports the establishment of a clear and meaningful product compliance framework that is aligned to the risks. Without such a framework, the safety and performance objectives of Australian construction regulations and standards are unlikely to be delivered and the community is at risk.
2.FPA Australia has resolved to constitute a Fire Products Reference Group for the purpose of establishing best practice technical schedules for the assessment and certification of fire protection products for the Australian market.
3.FPA Australia will in future establish a product listing scheme (FPAL) that provides a single point of reference to validate fit for purpose products.
The Association is proud and humbled by the extraordinary support shown by everyone at this year's Fire Australia Conference and we would like to thank all sponsors including our Platinum sponsors Flamestop and Tyco Fire Protection Products, Gold Sponsors Brooks and Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers, Silver Sponsors Kidde and all other sponsors including Chubb, Pertronic, Ampac, Reliable Fire Sprinklers and Globe Fire Sprinklers. This event would not have been possible without your support.
The Association would also like to thank all international and local speakers, every company that exhibited and all of the Conference delegates and trade show attendees. We hope to see all of you again when the Fire Australia Conference & Exhibitions comes to Melbourne in 2016.
If you were unable to attend Fire Australia 2015 you can still order the proceedings USB which includes all of the presentations from both days. To order your proceedings USB please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Dinner Outstanding Award Winners
This year the Fire Australia Conference Charity Dinner, sponsored by Chubb, was the most successful ever and a complete sell out. Held at the beautiful Jupiter's Casino outdoor marque ballroom, the evening featured plenty of laughs courtesy of MC and stand-up comic legend Vince Sorrenti (pictured above left).
In the spirit of Queensland's Gold Coast, guests were also given the chance to try their hand at surfing with a mechanical surfboard competition.
As well as plenty of fun and games the event also featured an important cause, raising money for the Burns Unit at the Brisbane Children's Hospital through a range of raffle prizes and direct donations. FPA Australia is happy to advise that around $8,000 was raised, a fantastic result.
Importantly also, for the first time, this year's dinner featured the presentation of awards, allowing recipients to be recognised in front of their peers. Four individuals received awards this year as follows:
A.V. Viscogliosi Award for Fire Safety Excellence
The most prestigious award presented at the conference was the A.V. Viscogliosi Award for Fire Safety Excellence
The Award recognises those individuals who have had a significant involvement in the work of FPA Australia and associated activities such as Industry, Government, Australian and International Standards.
The 2014 A.V Viscogliosi Award Winner is Mr Alan Wilson (Above Centre)
Meritorious Service Awards
The Meritorious Service Award is given to FPA Australia members who have made a significant contribution to the Association that requires special acknowledgement. These awards are given at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The 2014 Meritorious Service Award Winners are Mr Garry Kwok (Bottom Left) and Mr Alan Short (Top Right)
The Ron Coffey Award
The Ron Coffey award is recognition of outstanding academic excellence and the highest academic result in the Bushfire Planning & Design course through completion of the Diploma in Bushfire Protection at the University of Western Sydney.
The 2014 Ron Coffey Award Winner is Mr Colin Wood (bottom right)
FPA Australia proudly congratulates all award winners and we gratefully thank all those who attended the conference dinner and contributed donations.
Flamestop Sweeps Fire Australia Exhibition Awards
Flamestop has taken out all three exhibitor awards at this year's Fire Australia Exhibition. The Corporate Platinum member of FPA Australia and Platinum Sponsor of the Fire Australia Conference took out the Exhibitor's Choice, People's Choice and Overall Best Exhibit award; the first time one company has made a clean sweep of these award categories.
FPA Australia would like to congratulate Flamestop on their award wins which are a testament to their outstanding exhibition stand as well as the availability of product on show and the knowledge and friendliness of staff on the booth.
The closing session of the Conference also featured the presentation of the 2014 outstanding editorial contribution award. This recognises the best article submitted to the Fire Australia Magazine in the preceding year and was awarded to Martin McGettrick from ARA Fire for his article on Oxygen Reduction Fire Protection. FPA Australia congratulations Martin and the team at ARA Fire on their excellent contribution.
AS 2118.1 Released for Public Comment
FPA Australia is pleased to advise that the public comment draft of AS 2118.1 (Automatic fire sprinkler systems) has now been released. Public comment is now open and this will close on Friday 22 May.
As highlighted at the seminars held in February, FPA Australia will be making a public comment submission and we would like to invite anyone who wishes to submit comment to do so via the input form here.
The comments received will be reviewed and collated by FPA Australia and forwarded to our Technical Advisory Committee for the final submission. To allow time for this, comments must be submitted by Friday 1 May.
To download the AS 2118.1 Public Comment draft, visit the SAI Global website here (note, you will need to register for a free login to download this, click on “Login/Register” at the top right of that page and follow the instruction to create a login).
Public comment can be submitted direct to Standards Australia by following the instructions on the second page of the public comment draft.
While all individuals with an interest in the AS 2118.1 Public Comment draft can provide comment directly to Standards Australia, by providing your comments through FPA Australia, your input is given added weight through the backing of one of the major stakeholders for the standard.
If you have any questions about FPA Australia’s public comment submission or process, please contact Ian Findlay, Technical Coordinator, on email@example.com. If you have any questions about supplying comments direct to Standards Australia, please contact Standards Australia’s Customer Information Service on 1800 035 822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Australia Adopts AS 1851-2012: Get Your Logbooks Now
As you may be aware, significant work by FPA Australia has led to changes in South Australian regulation with regard to maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment.
Specifically, from 1 May 2015, AS 1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment will be the State's required standard for fire protection maintenance for new buildings. The changes also allow for existing buildings to adopt the 2012 edition of the standard. This means that fire protection technicians in South Australia will need to be working to this standard and you may require new maintenance records for this version.
FPA Australia has created a full suite of logbooks for recording routine service activities in the fire protection industry that are based on AS 1851-2012.
The professional design of these documents assists technicians to complete the service records accurately in a structured work flow and allows end users to fully understand the results, including any remedial actions required to ensure compliance.
FPA Australia logbooks promote better fire protection and safety outcomes for the community and give peace of mind to technicians and building owners that appropriate inspection and testing is being undertaken in full and that the records of these activities are fully compliant with the relevant standards.
If your business undertakes routine service and maintenance activities in South Australia we encourage you to review our logbook brochure and consider if FPA Australia’s logbooks are the right choice for your business as you transition to working to the latest version of the standard.
FPA Australia is also currently planning a seminar for late May that will provide further information on the legislative requirements to maintain fire protection systems and equipment as well as provide an overview of the key technical requirements of AS 1851-2012.
If you have any questions in relation to the sale and delivery of our logbooks, please contact our Membership Services Department at email@example.com.
For any enquiries regarding Minister's Specification SA 76 Maintenance of Essential Safety Provisions 2015 edition or AS 1851-2012 please contact FPA Australia's Technical Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AS 1668.1 (Use of Ventilation Part 1 - Fire & Smoke Control) Released for Public Comment
The draft version of Australian Standard AS 1668.1 The use of ventilation and air conditioning in building Part 1: Fire and smoke control in buildings has now been released for public comment.
You can download the draft by visiting the Australian Standards hub on the SAI Global website here. You will need to register for a free login. Select “Login/Register” at the top right of the page and follow the instruction to create a login.
Public comment should be submitted directly to Standards Australia by following the instructions on the second page of the public comment draft. The closing date for public comment on this standard is the 9th of June 2015.
HazMat Program Released - Registrations Open!
The HazMat 2015 Conference & Exhibition Program & Registration has recently been released. This year's conference will be held at Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, NSW, Tue 16 + Wed 17 June 2015.
HazMat 2015 is the leading conference for the chemical management, dangerous goods and hazardous materials industries. It brings together topical speakers and presentations that cover the many niches of these industry sectors.
Information, Understanding, Safety - The theme of HazMat 2015 focuses on creating a safer world through ensuring required information is accurate, appropriate and available for anyone who interacts with dangerous goods and hazardous chemicals.
The two day program will include a single stream of presentations, many of which relate to the conference theme. The conference will also include two outstanding keynote speakers along with many local expert speakers. Preconference workshops will also be on offer for those interested.
In addition an industry exhibition will be open for anyone to attend and a networking dinner function will be held on the first evening in Darling Harbour.
To complement the conference presentations a selection of exhibitors will display their products and services to delegates and industry personnel. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the exhibitors to learn about the latest technology and practices emerging across the industry.
Exhibition opening times are as follows: Tuesday 16 June 8.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday 17 June 8.00am – 4.00pm.
Who Should Attend
Professionals involved in the production of regulations and codes
Personnel involved in storage, handling or transportation of dangerous goods
Specialists responsible for approval, classification and labelling of hazardous substances
Emergency services personnel
Industry specialists and agents
Register to attend via the program and registration brochure. (Print friendly version here). For more information about HazMat 2015 visit the conference webpage or call 03 8892 3131.
EAHL Licence 2 & 3 Special Offer Extended! Don't Miss Your Chance to Save Up To $1045
FPA Australia has extended its special offer on bundled training for both EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2 and 3. The bundle includes all nine units required to achieve EAHL Qualified Persons Licence 2&3. Participants can save up to $1045.
The training is suited to technicians who currently hold an EAHL Experienced Person's Licence and want to transition to a Qualified Person's Licence. It may also be suited to those with industry experience who haven't previously held a licence.
Each participant who enrols will receive a set of self-paced training manuals to work through as well as the written assessment paper. On completion of the training, simply book into an assessment session so that you can be assessed in the practical tasks.
Assessment sessions are held regularly around the country.
On successful completion of the assessment tasks, students will be issued with a nationally recognised statement of attainment, which can be provided to the Executive Officer of Ozone Protection, Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board as evidence towards transitioning to an EAHL Qualified Persons Licence.
To take advantage of this offer simply download and complete the enrolment form and return with payment to FPA Australia. We will confirm your enrolment and send you the training materials and assessment instructions. For any enquiries please contact the FPA Australia Training & Education Team on 03 8892 3131.
Changes to Victorian Building Regulations
The Victorian Building Authority is advising that an amendment has recently been made to the Building Regulations 2006 to reflect changes in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2015.
To learn more you can review the Building Amendment Regulations 2015 here which includes provisions for slip resistance standards and recognises an amendment to a requirement in the Appendices to BCA Volume One relating to fire hose reels. The amendments, which come into effect on 1 May 2015, revoke Regulations 117 and 118.
The BCA 2014 introduced a minimum standard for slip resistance of stairway surfaces. However, this provision for Class 1 and 10 buildings was deferred in Victoria until 1 May 2015 to enable the industry to carry out testing of slip resistance products.
The amendment of the Building Regulations 2006 gives effect to the slip resistance provisions in the BCA in Victoria from 1 May 2015, for details about the provision refer to Clause 126.96.36.199 g in the BCA Volume Two.
Fire Protection Association Australia | Building 2, 31-47 Joseph Street, Blackburn North, VIC 3130 | 1300 731 922
The opinion or information provided to you in the FireSignals e-newsletter (verbal, written, electronic or by any other means) is forwarded in good faith on behalf of FPA Australia. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of any organisation with which the author is associated (including FPA Australia). FPA Australia or the individuals providing this opinion / information do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the opinion / information provided, nor do they accept either directly or indirectly any liabilities, losses and damages arising from the use and application of this opinion / information. FPA Australia does not endorse or support any of the advertising businesses or products in the FireSignals e-newsletter. All advertising businesses or products appearing in FireSignals e-newsletter do so at their own cost.