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In This Issue
-Fire Australia
-FPAS 2,000
-ACIF Forecast
-Frank Scamarcia
-AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1
-Expertise Added
-Qld Building Plan
-AS 3786
-Women's Growth Network
-CommSec Report
-Cable Fires
-Events and Assessments Calendar
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May 11, 2017

Fire Australia 2017 Sets the Standard

Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow, held this year at the International Convention Centre Sydney, was the most successful so far highlighting the growing importance and maturity of the fire protection, HAZMAT and fire safety engineering industries, according to Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams.

"I think the most outstanding thing was just the amount of people, a record amount of exhibitors, record amount of sponsors, the number of conference delegates was just outstanding and the number of people who attended the Tradeshow," said Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams.

"The Charity Dinner raised over $25,000 for the Fiona Wood Foundation and its research into burns trauma, again another record."

Mr Williams also commented on the calibre of conference speakers whose expertise and industry standing added so much to the event.

"The President and CEO of National Fire Protection Association Jim Pauley, who came all the way from the US, gave a keynote address which really set out the future challenges for the industry with our ageing population, increased threat from bushfires and the challenges of managing the fire risks from renewable energy supply sources."

“He was immediately followed by Neil Savery, General Manager of Australian Building Codes Board and his assessment of the issues we face, especially in relation to how codes are policed and enforced, was revealing.”

Mr Williams congratulated all the speakers saying the high attendance figures were attributable to their stature within their industries.

Other highlights included the official opening by NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon. Matt Kean (pictured above with FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams,left, and National President Chris Orr, right)). Minister Kean underlined the significance of the industry and the sweeping reforms the NSW Government are about to introduce to the sector.

FPA Australia's assistance in developing the reforms was recognised by Minister Kean. 

"This Association has just helped the NSW Government deliver the biggest reform package around fire protection and safety the state of NSW has ever seen," he said in his opening statement.

The annual Charity Dinner, held this year to support the Fiona Wood Foundation and their research into the treatment of burns was a standout evening. The Foundation was represented at the dinner by David Fyfe, Bali bomb survivor, burns victim and a Foundation Non-Executive Director. His account of the bombing, his struggle to overcome his horrific injuries and the work of Fiona Wood in saving his life, graphically demonstrated the great work the Foundation has already done and why FPA Australia has given its ongoing support.

The Tradeshow was also a highlight with high visitor numbers. Awards went to Hochiki for the Best Large Display Booth, UL for the Best Small Display Booth and FlameStop for the People’s Choice Award.

“Each year becomes a new benchmark for us to surpass. The bar keeps getting set higher but we aim to leap it again when we hold Fire Australia 2018 in Brisbane,” Mr Williams said.

Over the coming weeks photos from Fire Australia 2017 will be published on the website at

UL and Hochiki's winning display booths and FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams with FlameStop staff




FPAS Hits 2,000 Accredited Individuals

Four years ago, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) had a vision that all individuals in the fire protection industry would be fit for action – trained, competent and accredited by 2020. The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) was launched so that individuals performing Inspection & Testing activities for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment had an independent framework to be assessed and recognised.


This month we achieved a milestone and are closer to this vision with the scheme now having more than 2000 Inspect & Test accredited individuals. This is an outstanding achievement and one that shows the growing understanding in the industry of the need for accreditation and the delivery of professional services.


"There’s still a long way to go but the Association continues to invest in staff, resources and systems to expand and accelerate our accreditation framework toward a fully professional and valued fire protection industry," said Scott Williams CEO, FPA Australia.


“We still have many hundreds and hundreds of applications to process and there is no doubt FPAS is now the recognised benchmark and standard for the fire protection industry in regard to accreditation,” said Mr Williams.


"With other classes now available such as System Design, System Certification with Emergency Planning & Training (EPT) and Annual Survey / Certification due to be released shortly, the future of the industry and the realisation of our vision remains very positive.


“To our membership and the broader industry, we thank you for helping us all achieve this wonderful milestone and we look forward to the announcement of many more in the future."

Latest ACIF Forecast Published

Australia Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) forecasts are a primary source of market information for the building and construction industry in Australia providing decision makers with reliable data to help them plan their business future.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams sits on the Board of ACIF to ensure the interests of the fire protection industry are appropriately represented.

To read the ACIF media release and summary please click here.

To view the latest ACIF forecast please click here 

Note: Members of Fire Protection Association Australia can subscribe to ACIF Forecasts Dashboard for 10 per cent off by using the code FPAA10. Find out more and how to subscribe at


Vale Frank Scamarcia

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) mourns the passing of noted industry figure Frank Scamarcia. Mr Scamarcia (pictured) was a past Director of FPA Australia serving for a short period in 2005. He was also a member of the Association’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) 18 Fire Safety & TAC 19 Passive Fire Protection. He was a great contributor to the development of Australian Standards for fire doors through his work on FP 19.

Mr Scamarcia’s list of professional achievements also includes his role as Managing Director of MK Flooring Solutions, Chairman of E-Core, CEO and Executive Director of Spectrum Fire and General Manager Systems of Chubb Fire and Safety.

The Board of Directors, Management and staff of FPA Australia and the many Members of the Association send their condolences on behalf of the fire protection industry to the family and friends of Frank Scamarcia who sadly passed away at such a young age.


National Memorial Service for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel

On 28 April, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) joined with representatives of fire and emergency services from around the country,  peak body Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Members of Parliament to honour the courage and sacrifice of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

The third annual National Memorial Service for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel, which was held at the National Emergency Service Memorial on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in the ACT, is an important opportunity to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice as they work to protect the communities they serve.

"Attending the ceremony was an honour and a moving experience as we paid tribute to the brave men and women of our fire and emergency services," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

The service at the National Emergency Services Memorial in Canberra on 28 April, 2017


First FPA Australia AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 Logbooks Available

Fire Protection Association Australia's (FPA Australia) first AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 ready logbooks are now available for shipping.

The new logbooks include all of the AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 updates and changes.

The introduction of AS 1851-2012 represented a new era for routine servicing of fire protection systems and how these activities should be recorded and reported.. Amendment 1 treats a number of editing errors that occurred throughout the original 2012 edition.

To find out more please click here 


FPA Australia Adds Industry Expertise

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) continues to add depth to its workforce with the recruitment of a specialist in the water based fire protection area.

Shae Mete (pictured) has joined the Education and Bushfire Services Team as the first of three new Fire Protection Specialist positions.


Mr Mete has a broad knowledge of water based fire protection systems after ten years installing, testing and maintaining a wide variety of fire systems across Victoria.  Mr Mete, a Registered Sprinkler Fitter, has extensive fire industry training experience specialising in water based fire protection and also has a strong background in engineering and 3d CAD design.


Initially he will develop new educational products and services related to fire suppression systems and equipment with a particular focus on fire sprinklers, fire pumps, fire hydrants and special hazards systems. This includes nationally recognised training programs as well as FPA Australia short courses, seminars and workshops.


“The Association is committed to building its ability to deliver education and training to the industry. These new positions in the Education and Bushfire Services team, starting with Mr Mete, will eventually deliver training particularly at the Association’s new facility in Sydney,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.



FireNZ call for Papers

As Fire Australia 2017 closes on a high note, preparations are commencing for New Zealand's main industry conference, FireNZ to be held from 11-13 October in Auckland.

Organisers are now calling for papers. If you would like to know more about how to participate or submit a paper for consideration, please click here. Closing date for papers is 15 September, 2017. 


Queensland Building Plan - Have You Had Your Say Yet?

Major licensing reforms have been proposed affecting the Queensland fire protection industry. Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has urged all Queensland industry members to contact the Minister for Housing and Public Works to make sure their opinions are heard.

FPA Australia's submission to the Government on the proposed reforms is available online by clicking here

It is important that as many Queensland fire protection professionals as possible let their Government know what they think of the proposed reforms.  


National Construction Code - Reference to AS 3786

Please be aware that the transitional period for the 1993 version of AS 3786 ended on 30 April, 2017.

Therefore, from 1 May, 2017, the National Construction Code reference for AS 3786 is the 2014 version of this important Standard.


Tyco Women's Growth Network

March saw the inaugural Society Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Conference take place in Dubai. Tyco’s diversity programme, the Women’s Growth Network, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary in 2017, was highlighted at the conference which was themed Getting-It-Right: Tools and Strategies to Improve Fire Protection Engineering on Projects

Christine Cotton (pictured), Asia Pacific and Middle East Sales Director at Tyco Fire Protection Products, presented alongside Amanda Kimball of the NFPA and hosted a Women in Fire Safety – Meet and Greet.

To find out more about the Women's Growth Network click here

Commonwealth Bank CommSec Report

State and Territories are performing on a multi-speed economy, according to the Commonwealth Bank's latest Comm Sec report with NSW outperforming all others in almost all categories.

To see how your state or territory performed, please click here


Understanding Electrical Cable Fires

Without electrical cabling we wouldn't have the level of connectivity we enjoy today and that could have ramifications for safety in modern buildings.

Debate about the most suitable materials to use in cable insulation has been going on for some time. Richard Hosier (pictured) of MICC Ltd, writes that blaming the cables for causing fires is often misplaced and that frequently it is misuse or abuse of the cabling that is the real culprit.

To read Richard's article on the contribution to fire protection made by cable insulation click here.

Events, Training and Assessments Calendar

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is Australia's major technical and educational fire safety organisation aiming to achieve continual improvement in fire safety through active membership and a range of related activities. The Association holds frequent assessment classes, training classes and events to help the Fire Protection Industry members build skills, knowledge and competence within their profession.

 Scheduled Events 

Go to the events page of the FPA Australia website for the latest on upcoming events.

Scheduled Training and Assessment Calendar

Assessment sessions

Sessions fill up fast. Check the calendar here or  call on 03 8892 3182 and email

 Victoria 15-19 May, 19-23 June
 NSW 30 May-1 June, 20-22 June 
 Queensland 16-18 May
 South Australia 6-8 June
 Western Australia 20-22 June 
 Northern Territory 30 May-1 June 

Scheduled Bushfire Training

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Course

Western Australia Perth          12 to 16 June 

Building and Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

Western Australia Perth          23 to 24 May

BPAD Accredited Practitioners Forum

Western Australia Bentley       18 May



Positions Available at FPA Australia

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is recruiting for its Melbourne office.

Senior Technical Officer

The role reports to the General Manager Technical Services/Deputy CEO and will influence and interact with a range of stakeholders interested in fire protection and related fields including coordinating FPA Australia member committees and groups.

To find out more click here.

And FPA Australia is expanding its training and education services and will shortly be looking for a range of industry experts to join our team. We will be advertising soon for trainers and subject matter experts in the following areas:

  • Fire Detection and Alarm System
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Routine Service (Inspect and Test)

These new positions will be advertised soon on 


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