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-Gala Award Night Winners
-New Sydney Training Centre Open for Business
-AS1851-2012 Amendment 1 Seminars
-Free FPAS Accreditation Deadline
-NSW Fire Safety Reforms
-New National President and Board
-Fire Australia 2017 Call for Speakers
-NSW STMG Golf Day
-Christmas Holiday Hours
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November 11, 2016

Fire Protection Industry Night of Nights

The Fire Protection Industry's inaugural awards have been welcomed as an important step in recognising professionalism within the industry.

The Awards were presented at a Gala event in Sydney on 3 November attended by many of the industry's leading figures.

"Most industries celebrate their best of the best to recognise excellence. The Fire Protection Industry now has its own annual awards which will inspire industry members to excel," said Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams. 

"Our winners tonight have shown a standard of professionalism and commitment above and beyond the norm. To have been judged by their peers and recognised in front of their colleagues and friends is an honour they will never forget," said Mr Williams

FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams, Barry Lee, Andre Mierzwa (Winner- Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award) and Andrew Lee


New Sydney Training Centre Operational

FPA Australia’s new training centre will deliver its first training sessions from early November.

Part of a major organisational expansion and FPA Australia’s 2020 vision that all individuals will be 'fit-for-action' (trained, competent and accredited) by 2020, the centre is conveniently based at Mascot, close to Sydney’s domestic airport.

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



Seminar Series to Explain AS1851-2012 Amendment 1


The introduction of AS1851-2012 was meant to set the foundations for routine servicing of fire protection systems. However, there has been confusion over some of the definitions of baseline data.


FPA Australia worked closely with Standards Australia's FP-001 committee to clarify the situation regarding the requirements for baseline data. FPA Australia has also been simultaneously developing a Good Practice Guide on how to establish baseline data and actions to take if it isn't available.



Sign-Up Now or Miss Free FPAS Transitional Accreditation

Free Transitional Accreditation (Inspect & Test) under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) will end on 31 December 2016 for members of the Association. FPA Australia is encouraging members to take advantage of this great offer before the New Year’s Eve 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.

Since this initiative was launched in January of this year, we have accredited thousands of people and we want to thank every individual and business that has taken advantage of the program so far.



Fire Safety Reforms - Strong Action From NSW Government

Following a meeting in Sydney on 3 November with members of the NSW Government, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has continued its support for their reforms to the NSW building industry.

The reforms are in response to the Independent Review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 (the Lambert report) and include several changes that have been long championed by FPA Australia. The majority of fire safety reforms recommended in the Lambert report have been supported as part of the Government's Response, and a further 70 recommendations will now be reviewed in consultation with industry.



New Association National President and Board Announced

Chris Orr (pictured) was appointed as the new Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) National President at the Association Annual General Meeting on 3 November in Sydney. Mr Orr  previously sat on the FPA Australia Board as Senior Vice President in 2015/2016 and has a Master of Fire Safety Engineering, a Diploma in Design for Bushfire Prone Areas and sits on a number of Standards Australia committees.

He takes over from Mr Trevor Voevodin who steps down from the role of National President after four years but assumes the role of Association Senior Vice President. 



Fire Australia 2017 - Call for Speakers

FPA Australia is now calling for speakers and presenters who want the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience at the largest conference and tradeshow of its kind.

Fire Australia 2017 is shaping up to be the largest in the event’s history. For the first time the event will include dedicated streams for three distinct areas in the fields of fire and life safety.



Join us at the NSW STMG Golf Day

What better place to mix business and pleasure than the golf course? And what better golf course than the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort overlooking the Hawkesbury River and the Cattai National Park

Join colleagues, entertain clients and have a fabulous day out at FPA Australia’s NSW Golf Day on 30 November. This annual event is always popular as an opportunity to socialize, discuss the issues that matter to the industry and have an enjoyable day out.



FPA Australia Christmas 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.



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