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In This Issue
-Complacency Linked to Fire Deaths
-Growing Membership
-First Victorians Gain FPAS Design / Certify
-Awards Gala
-AS 1851 Seminars
-First Sydney Sessions
-ABCC Re-established
-New Consumer Law
-Transitional Accreditation
-Fire Australia 2017
-New Fire Protection Industry Board
-NSW Golf Day Results
-Log Book Shipments
-Holiday Hours
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December 12, 2016

Complacency Linked to California Fire Deaths

The US sister agency to Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has linked complacency over the application of Codes to the tragic loss of life at the Oakland, California warehouse fire.

More than 36 lives were lost in the blaze which happened in a building that was not intended to be used as a dance venue, had inadequate fire protection measures and did not have adequate points of egress.

NFPA President Jim Pauley (pictured) pointed out the success of the fire protection industry in reducing the incidents and severity of fires over the last decade but noted that complacency and failure to abide by fire protection codes increased risk, and in the case of the California fire, with tragic outcomes.

FPA Australia has frequently argued for the need for consistent, cross-jurisdiction application and enforcement of the National Construction Code and shared understanding at every level within the community as to the importance of fire protection measures.


Significant Increase in Membership

Fire Protection Association Australia's (FPA Australia) increasing membership and FPAS accreditation is due to a significant enhancement of the industry's professional standing and higher public profile, says FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

While growth in 2015-2016 membership was considered excellent the increase in October and November 2016 has been exceptional, according to Mr Williams.

"The Association has had an outstanding year in terms of its advocacy program and in achieving its vision for a fully professional and accredited industry by 2020. The NSW Reforms are a good example.," says Mr Williams.

"There will be a number of factors for the overall growth but the October and November new member and FPAS businesses numbers are very pleasing. Of course, many businesses will be rushing to take advantage of the free FPAS transition offer that expires on 31 December, but even taking that into account, this is a period of genuine growth for FPA Australia."



First Victorians Accredited in System Design/Certification




The first two Victorian Fire Protection Industry professionals to be

accredited in Fire System Design and Certification under the Fire Protection Accreditation System (FPAS) say the process was challenging but well worth it.


Ken Denning (Action Fire Systems - pictured)) gained Fire Systems Design Accreditation - Fire Hydrant Systems and Fire Sprinkler Systems while George Andrews (Fire Concepts) gained Fire Systems Certification Accreditation - Fire Hydrant Systems.           


The two new FPAS classes of accreditation were made available and open for applications in July 2016. Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) says it has received many more applications for fire systems certification and fire systems design accreditation with many applicants recently sitting their assessments in Melbourne and Sydney and many more sessions booked for early in the New Year.


Awards Gala 2017 Bigger, Better, Brighter

Bigger, better, brighter - that's the message for the 2017 Fire Protection Industry Gala Awards after the huge success of the inaugural 2016 Gala Awards night.

FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams predicted an even bigger event in the new year.

"It was an unforgettable night that set a high standard, but 2017 will be even better," said Mr WIlliams.

"The industry has needed an event like this and the support from our members and all those involved in the Fire Protection Industry has been outstanding."

To see pictures from the November 2016 Gala Awards night click here.  



AS 18515 - More Seminars Planned

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will hold more AS 1851 seminars due to the high level of interest shown by the Fire Protection Industry.

As the FPA Australia AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 Seminar panel wrapped up the recent national tour in Brisbane on 7 December, venues and dates were being organised for Hobart and Darwin, with additional events to be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to reach those who missed out in November and December.

FPA Australia's General Manager Technical Services/Deputy CEO Matthew Wright says the interest indicates how vital and necessary the change was. 



First Training And Assessment Sessions in Sydney Centre

The first training and assessment sessions have been held at FPA Australia's new Sydney training centre. The centre is a first for the Association as part of a major organisational expansion. Participants said the centre was something the industry had needed for some time and a progressive step forward.

The new facility is one of only a few training centres in Australia focused on wet systems (including sprinklers, hydrants and pumps - the picture shows part of the comprehensive set up) as well as detection & alarm systems, special hazard systems and passive fire protection.  



Re-established ABCC Benefits All

Re-establishing the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC) will reduce lost working days and will increase productivity and employment, says Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).


Scott Williams, CEO of  FPA Australia, the Fire Protection Industry's national peak body, advocated the return of the ABCC for the benefits it would bring to a vital sector of the Australian economy.


"The Fire Protection Industry in this country contributes significantly to the economy. This will only improve if the construction industry is able to perform at peak levels," said Mr Williams.


"When the ABCC was in operation we saw less days lost to industrial activity and more people employed. FPA Australia believes its members will see increased opportunities and benefits in its return and this will flow through in the form of better employment prospects, revenue and ongoing viability of our members' businesses." 


New Consumer Law

As many companies working in the Fire Protection Industry are small businesses, changes to consumer laws can have consequences.


Commencing on Saturday 12 November 2016 a new law (Section 23 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)) came into effect to protect small businesses from unfair terms in standard form contracts.


Small businesses are commonly required to enter into agreements with other businesses for goods and services in circumstances where they have limited or no opportunity to negotiate the terms. The new law will address such circumstances.



Free Transitional Accreditation Deadline Nears

The window is closing on Free Transitional Accreditation (Inspect & Test) under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS). Members of the Association have until 31 December to take advantage of this great offer before the deadline.

Throughout 2016, the Association has offered Members free FPAS transitional accreditation for Inspect & Test as well as heavily subsidised training as part of the Association's 2020 Vision for the fire protection industry - working towards all fire protection technicians being trained, competent and accredited by the year 2020.

Thousands have already gained accreditation under the scheme since the initiative was launched in January so don't miss out.



Fire Australia 2017 - The Industry Conference

Fire Australia 2017 is shaping up as the largest event ever held by Fire Protection Association Australia and combines for the first time three distinct areas in the fields of fire and life safety. 

As well as focusing on key topics related to all sectors within the fire protection industry, FPA Australia is partnering with the Society of Fire Safety in 2017 to include a dedicated Fire Safety Engineering stream throughout the conference. In addition a Hazmat stream will once again feature at the conference. 

As the leading tradeshow and conference for the fire protection, fire safety engineering and hazardous materials sectors you cannot afford to miss the opportunity to raise your brand profile, showcase your new products and grow new business. 

Exhibition, Sponsorship and Speaker opportunities are now available.



New Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board


The nine members of the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board have been appointed with three new members and Chris Orr reappointed as Chair.

Mr Orr said the new Board had the skills and experience to guide the administration and implementation of the Fire Protection Industry Permit Scheme (FPI Scheme) while reducing the emissions of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) used in the fire protection industry.

‘I am delighted to welcome our new members to the Board and also to congratulate them on their reappointment and look forward to their continuing work,’ Mr Orr said.

NSW Golf Day Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) NSW Annual Golf at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

Some excellent golf and some even more excellent social activities made the day a huge success. It's always a popular annual event and if you missed out don't forget to get organised for 2017. Winners on the day were:

Best Team Scratch Score – McGrath Mazda 

Best Team Net Score – Independent Pipe

Nearest to the Pin – Lance Stenczyk

Longest Drive – Jim Young

Survival Ball – Repipe

Beat the Pro – Design Integrity Solutions (DIS)


Last 2016 Log Book Shipment Day

If you need new logbooks the last day Fire Protection Association Australia will be able to process and post orders before the break will be at noon on 22 December.

Please submit your orders as soon as possible as Australia Post experiences high volumes during the Christmas period which could result in delays. 



FPA Australia Holiday Hours

FPA Australia will close over the Christmas / New Years holiday period from 3pm (AEDST) on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Safe Festive Season to all.



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