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In This Issue
-Bankstown Fire Findings
-Updated Code of Practice
-Lambert Report Cost Benefit Analysis
-Involvement in ABCB Working Group
-FPA Australia Hosts First BAL Course
-Calls to Ban Substandard Smoke Alarms
-2015 Building Conference & Expo
-QLD Firefighting Foams
-New Terms of Reference & Guidelines for STMG's
-Technical Query Form
-EAHL Training Special
 
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October 7, 2015
 

BANKSTOWN FIRE INQUEST HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR REFORM
FPAA

The coronial findings handed down on September 18, 2015 following the inquest into the tragic fatal Bankstown apartment fire, indicate urgent need for reform.

The New South Wales Coroner's Court highlighted significant failings in current regulation of fire protection equipment and systems, specifically regulation surrounding the accreditation of individuals working in the fire protection industry, as well as the requirements for the adequate installation of fire sprinkler systems. Read more.

 

 
UPDATED CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MEMBERS
FPAA

FPA Australia has recently updated its Code of Practice document, which establishes the benchmark for the delivery of fire-protection products and services to the community. 

 

As the nation's peak major technical and educational fire safety organisation, the Association provides industry-leading information and services to promote the protection of life, property and the environment, including an industry Code of Practice. View the updated Code here.

 

COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF DRAFT REPORT INTO NSW BUILDING PROFESSIONALS ACT

In August 2015, Mr Michael Lambert published a Draft Report of his Independent Review of the New South Wales Building Professionals Act 2005. In addition to this Report, a comprehensive cost benefit analysis was recently conducted to help ascertain the financial specifications of implementing multiple recommendations he made.

 

Mr Lambert has deemed that these recommendations would directly impact on the fire protection industry if implemented and therefore in September 2015, FPA Australia was invited by consultancy firm Acil Allen to be part of the stakeholder workshop meeting, engaged to inform on the costs of implementing Mr Lambert's recommendations. Read more.

 
APPOINTMENT TO ABCB WORKING GROUP

Last month, FPA Australia was invited to take part in an important working group with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

This follows the Building Ministers' Forum in July 2015, where FPA Australia proposed a risk-based approach to building product compliance in Australia, advocating for a system to be implemented whereby products are assessed on their level of risk to life-safety, property and the environment. Read more.

 

FIRST BUSHFIRE ATTACK LEVEL COURSE A SUCCESS
FPAA

FPA Australia is pleased to have recently hosted our first Bushfire Attack Level Short Course in Western Australia.

As the first of its kind in WA the 5-day course, which ran during the week of September 21, was developed to equip professionals with an in-depth understanding of the essential elements to correctly assess and determine a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL). Read more.

 

FPA AUSTRALIA BACKS CSIRO's CALLS FOR MANDATORY STANDARD FOR SMOKE ALARMS

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Executive Director has warned a senate inquiry about the risk of substandard smoke alarms in Australian residential homes, calling for them to be banned.

CSIRO has called for such devices to be banned in Australia because they could fail to sound in time for residents to escape from fire and has also raised concerns about the many different brands and types of alarms that have not been certified to meet the quality standard AS 3786, which can be legally imported. Read more.

 

FPA AUSTRALIA AT THE BLUE MOUNTAINS BUSHFIRE & BUILDING CONFERENCE

FPAA

In September 2015, Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) hosted a two-day Bushfire Building Conference to facilitate important discussions around building in a bushfire prone area.

 

The event was specifically developed with the help of FPA Australia - a key event supporter - in a bid to harness industry knowledge and expertise and bring stakeholders and the community together under one roof to talk critical life-safety and fire protection issues. Read more.

 

 

UPDATE ON FIREFIGHTING FOAMS IN QUEENSLAND

The Queensland Premier has recently written to FPA Australia after months of the Association lobbying for best possible outcomes for the community and industry in relation to the Draft Management of Firefighting Foam Policy, released by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) in 2014.

 

The Honourable Dr Steven Miles MP Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection has been directed by the Queensland Premier to consider the concerns raised and respond directly to FPA Australia. Read more.

 

A NEW DIRECTION FOR STATE & TERRITORY MEMBERSHIP GROUPS

Association members wishing to be involved in State and Territory Membership Groups (STMG's) can now view the amended Terms of Reference and Guidelines, which sets the foundation for their operation.

 

Each state and territory government is responsible for implementing and monitoring much of its own regulation surrounding critical fire protection work in Australia meaning industry requirements can vary significantly and are often quite ambiguous in nature.  For this reason, FPA Australia developed a blueprint which allowed members to address specific local issues and concerns in dedicated STMGs. Read more.

 

STREAMLINED TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Organisational growth at FPA Australia in 2015 has recently led to the development of an online Technical Query Request Form.

 

In the past few years the Association has seen significant demand for technical services, materials and support for a range of issues relating to the fire protection industry. In order to facilitate this demand we encourage those needing support services and wanting to submit a technical enquiry to complete the form here and return it to technical@fpaa.com.au or visit our website here to learn more about our technical services.

 
EAHL TRAINING SPECIAL OFFER EXTENDED

The special offer of 50% off training for EAHL Licenses 2 & 3 for Association members has been extended. 

FPA Australia specialises in the provision of training and assessment required to enable technicians to apply for a Qualified Persons' Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL). Individuals who handle certain extinguishing agents require an EAHL unless exempted. These requirements are imposed by the Federal Government. Our EAHL Licence training products are delivered as self-study units, where each student enrols and receives materials to work through in their own time and pace. For more details on this special offer, click here.

 
 
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