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In This Issue
-Gala Awards - Nominations, Tickets, Sponsorships
-AS 1670.1 Seminars a Great Success
-QLD Firefighting Foam Ban
-Major Training & Education Partnership
-An Interview With Bronwyn Evans
-New FPAS Recognised Businesses
-First Level 2&3 WA Bushfire Practitioners
-New Provider of Choice
-AS 1670.5 Published
-More VBA Action On Lacrosse Fire
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August 5, 2016

Fire Protection Industry Awards - Nominations Open, Tickets Available!


Fire Protection Association Australia is excited to invite you / your business to nominate for the inaugural Fire Protection Industry Awards, with all application forms available now.

You can now nominate for the four independently judged awards by visiting the official awards website or via the links below:

Harry Marryatt Fire Protection Company of the Year Award (two size categories)

Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award

Young Achiever Award

Each of the application forms is a fillable PDF meaning you can complete the entire application process on your computer and simply return your completed form with your payment details and all supporting information to

In addition, dinner tickets are now available to purchase! This will be a fantastic social night for you and your partner/ colleagues featuring live entertainment and dancing. Ticket prices are $240 for a single ticket and $2,200 for a table of 10. Book now as we expect tickets to sell out prior to the event. 

Finally there are a range of partnership opportunities to align your business with this premium event for the fire protection industry. As an Award Partner you will have a unique opportunity to:

• leverage your brand – be identified as supporting industry excellence and professionalism
• connect with a broad range of senior decision makers from across the industry
• actively support the ongoing growth and success of the Fire Protection Industry in Australia

Partnership opportunities start from just $2,000. Secure yours now.

AS 1670.1 Seminars a Huge Success - New Seminar 30 August 

More than 600 people have attended our recent seminars on the new detection and alarms standard AS 1670.1-2015, with many venues reaching full capacity.

The seminar series is currently visiting all capital cities and key regional cities with attendees learning about the latest developments from our excellent panel of expert speakers.

Detection, alarms and related systems are critically important components of the fire protection industry so we wanted to ensure we had the best people on hand to deliver this important content to our members, and Chris Orr, David Isaac, Kjell Jawerth and Keith Shinn certainly did not disappoint.

We would like to thank our wonderful speakers for giving up their time to inform the industry about this important standard.

Missed out on the seminar in your area? You can now register for the second Sydney seminar on 30 August. Registrations for Brisbane, Townsville and Canberra are also still open.


QLD Firefighting Foam Ban Blindsides Industry - New Technical Document Released

The Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, the Honourable Steven Miles has announced that Queensland will ban the use of all firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA.

This policy will “require that any existing stocks of foams containing PFOS and PFOA are withdrawn from service at commercial and industrial premises, and similar products phased out and replaced, as soon as practicable with more sustainable alternatives.”

As the peak national body for the fire protection industry, FPA Australia has major concerns both with the lack of consultation and process for implementation of this policy.

Subsequent to the Minister’s announcement FPA Australia has released a new Information Bulletin to assist members and the industry with this Policy. We are also updating our original information bulletin regarding the technical aspects of foam selection and use and this will be available shortly.

FPA Australia Signs Major Training & Education Partnership

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Fire Protection Association New Zealand (FPANZ) and Competenz, one of New Zealand's leading industry training organisations, have partnered to help deliver best practice industry training to the New Zealand fire protection industry. 

The three parties have committed to working together to share learning content, to support consistency of training between the two countries and enable shared savings in resource development costs. 

Specifically, the partnership will allow units of competency developed by FPA Australia to be modified for the New Zealand market and then delivered online by Competenz, supported by FPANZ.

An Interview with Bronwyn Evans - CEO Standards Australia 

We were lucky enough to catch up with Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, for a chat about the future of standards in the digital age after her presentation at the Fire Australia + HazMat Conference & Tradeshow in May. 

This is the first in a series of expert interviews we will be publishing over coming weeks so check back to our FPA TV Channel for more videos like this coming soon.

New FPAS Recognised Businesses

The recent surge in interest in our Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) has led to a large number of new businesses gaining FPAS Recognised Business Status over recent months.

Recognised Businesses provide industry leadership by ensuring that:

  • A minimum of 25% of their inspect and test technicians hold qualified accreditation in at least one category in which they conduct work.
  • All accredited individuals transition to FPAS Qualified Accreditation by no later than 1 January 2020. (A two year transition period applies for new individuals who are first accredited via the transitional pathway after 1 January 2018.)
  • They comply with Terms and Conditions for use of FPA Australia trademark logos.

FPA Australia would like to congratulate the following companies for taking a leadership role in demonstrating industry best practice by recently achieving Recognised Business status:

  • Ausfire Protection PTY LTD
  • Ausfire Systems PTY LTD
  • Fire Protection Professionals International
  • AZZO Project Services PTY LTD
  • Firechief
  • Fire Equipment Services (FES)
  • Southern Fire Services PTY LTD
  • NKM Fire and Training
  • FEAD Australia PTY LTD
  • FE Systems
First Level 2 & 3 Accredited WA Bushfire Practitioners Announced

We are very pleased to announce that the first level 2 and 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioners in Western Australia are now officially accredited. 

The granting of accreditation to the individuals listed below will allow decision makers including the Western Australian Planning Commission, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Local Government to have confidence that the planning submissions prepared by accredited Bushfire Planning Practitioners are consistent with SPP3.7 and the Guidelines.



New 'Provider of Choice' Trading Activities Coming - Update Yours Now


We are pleased to be expanding the Provider of Choice trading activities to provide greater detail for end users and to more accurately reflect the full scope of work undertaken in the fire protection industry. 

The decision to refine this important search tool was taken after a lengthy review of the current Provider of Choice categories and significant consultation on potential necessary changes.

FPA Australia members can now update their work activities and locations using the new form. Members will also soon receive an email containing a unique electronic form in coming days.

Please note: Due to the significant changes in the trading activities, the Association requires all Corporate members to submit a completed form to ensure your website listing remains active. As the search results will display member logos, it is also critical to upload your company logo and business information via CONNECT for your all new profile page.

The FPA Australia Provider of Choice page is visited by more than 5000 individuals every month and your listing is a major benefit of membership. We expect the new Provider of Choice search tool to go live in October. For any inquiries, please contact the Membership Services team on 03 8892 3131. 



New Standard Published - AS 1670.5

A new standard has been published detailing the requirements for the detection, warning and control systems installed as part of special hazards fire protection systems - AS 1670.5.

Up until this time each special hazard system standard (including AS ISO 14520 - gaseous systems, AS 6183 - CO2 systems, AS 4487 - Aerosol systems, AS 4587 - Water mist systems) has incorporated its own section detailing the requirements for detection, warning and control systems. This has been problematic as variances and inconsistencies have occurred in the requirements of the special hazards system standards as they were each revised and published at different times.

Now with the publication of 1670.5, future editions of the special hazards standards will refer to AS 1670.5 for the detection, warning and control system requirements.  This will, in time, provide consistency of system requirements across all special hazards fire protection systems.

More Practitioners Face Disciplinary Action Over Lacrosse Apartment Fire 

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the regulator of the building and plumbing industries, has referred two more building practitioners involved in the building of the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands, for disciplinary action by the Building Practitioners Board (BPB). 

Following a fire at the Lacrosse building which resulted in the evacuation of all residents, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) reviewed the cause of the fire and issued a Post Incident Analysis Report. The MFB report concluded that the external aluminium cladding on the building contributed to the spread of fire and did not comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). As a result, the VBA launched an investigation into the building practitioners involved. 

The VBA investigation has already led to the Relevant Building Surveyor being referred to the BPB. In addition, the VBA also referred the conduct of the architect to the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) which is the regulatory body responsible for the conduct and discipline of architects. 

Two more building practitioners will now also be referred: Con Nicolas, the fire safety engineer and Jim Moschoyiannis, the registered builder. 

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