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In This Issue
-Fire Australia 2017
-Cyclone Debbie
-Cyclone Debbie
-Extended Offer
-Offer Extended
-Compliance is Vital
-Vic FPAS Information Session
-Firefighting Foam
-New Technical Documents
-Events and Assessments Calendar
-Positions Available at FPA Australia
-AFAC and Bushfire CRC
-Contributions
 
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April 12, 2017
 

 

Fire Australia Speakers to Discuss the Industry's Big Issues

With less than a month to Fire Australia 2017, Australia's premier event in fire and life safety, expectation is growing with a full Conference program and the biggest tradeshow of its kind.

Key note speakers:

  • Jim Pauley (pictured top) President and CEO of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA USA) discussing international leadership in fire protection standards development and research
  • Stephen Kip (pictured left) Director Skip Consulting will ask whether our performance-based fire safety codes are doomed to failure?
  • Neil Savery (pictured middle) General Manager Australian Building Codes Board will provide an update on the Board's strategy and initiatives
  • Andrew Battye (pictured right) Manager Dangerous Goods & Explosives Team, SafeWork NSW asks whether a trusting relationship with regulators is good for businesses managing the risk of hazardous chemicals in the workplace?

"We have the leading presenters in our industry discussing the most important challenges and issues facing us," said Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) CEO Scott Williams.

"And it's all happening in one of the world's best conference venues, the International Convention Centre Sydney at Darling Harbour."

As well as the Conference's largest Tradeshow ever staged, the Fire Australia Charity Dinner, sponsored by Chubb, will this year benefit the Fiona Wood Foundation and  their research into burns treatment. This will be another great night for a good cause and this year features entertainment from one of Australia's leading funnymen and entertainers Anh Do whose credits include everything from Rove Live to Dancing with the Stars.

To view more about the Fiona Wood Foundation click here

To stay up to date with speaker announcements and registration offers go to www.fireaustralia.com.au

Fire Australia 2017 Best Rates has been extended to 13 April, 2017 to assist those who were unable to register earlier due to the appalling weather conditions along the east coast. Save up to $290!

Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow, International Convention Centre Sydney 3-5 May, proudly sponsored by Tyco Fire Protection Products and Kidde as the joint platinum sponsors.

 

 

  

  

Cyclone Debbie Creates Terrible Damage, Loss of Life

The ferocity of Cyclone Debbie, the tragic loss of multiple lives and the devastation caused throughout Queensland prompted Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) to postpone a planned Far North Queensland information tour.

"We certainly empathise strongly with their situation in Queensland and northern NSW and wish them all the best as they now enter the clean up and recovery phase. There has been terrible damage and a tragic loss of life and all of us at FPA Australia send them our condolences and best wishes," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams..

"It was clear very early on that even though we had strong interest to attend the sessions in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay, the damage that was caused by Debbie meant that our members in the region really needed to concentrate on their immediate issues.

"But we also recognise that they are very resilient in Queensland and that they will be working toward a return to normality. When they're ready, we will be back in touch to organise new sessions.

"Those already booked were contacted individually to make sure the postponement message was received through all the storm damage."

While appalling weather and flooding persisted over large areas of the state and NSW, more than 30 people attended the Queensland State and Territory Member Group (STMG) Meeting in Brisbane on 6 April to get an update on important issues, including the proposed changes to licensing regulations in the Queensland Building Plan (Licensing Reform) which will have a major affect on Queensland's Fire Protection Industry and updates to the National Construction Code and the Australian Building Codes Board.

FPA Australia has submitted it's Queensland Building Plan response to the Government and will make this available publicly shortly.

 
Cyclone Debbie Creates Terrible Damage, Loss of Life

The ferocity of Cyclone Debbie, the tragic loss of multiple lives and the devastation caused throughout Queensland prompted Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) to postpone a planned Far North Queensland information tour.

"We certainly empathise strongly with their situation in Queensland and northern NSW and wish them all the best as they now enter the clean up and recovery phase. There has been terrible damage and a tragic loss of life and all of us at FPA Australia send them our condolences and best wishes," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams..

"It was clear very early on that even though we had strong interest to attend the sessions in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay, the damage that was caused by Debbie meant that our members in the region really needed to concentrate on their immediate issues.

"But we also recognise that they are very resilient in Queensland and that they will be working toward a return to normality. When they're ready, we will be back in touch to organise new sessions.

"Those already booked were contacted individually to make sure the postponement message was received through all the storm damage."

While appalling weather and flooding persisted over large areas of the state and NSW, more than 30 people attended the Queensland State and Territory Member Group (STMG) Meeting in Brisbane on 6 April to get an update on important issues, including the proposed changes to licensing regulations in the Queensland Building Plan (Licensing Reform) which will have a major affect on Queensland's Fire Protection Industry and updates to the National Construction Code and the Australian Building Codes Board.

FPA Australia has submitted it's Queensland Building Plan response to the Government and will make this available publicly shortly.

 
FPA Australia Extends New Corporate Member Offer

Due to the huge interest in Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) New Corporate Member offer, the closing date has been extended until 30 April, 2017.

Join as a Corporate Member in the next month so that your company's name can be viewed on FPA Australia's   'Providers of Choice' search register seen by up to 6,000 people each month.

It's just one of the many benefits offered to FPA Australia Corporate members.

Corporate Members are also able to use our widely recognised member logo to boost their marketing, enjoy member discounts on log books, events, and Workplace Relations advice.

If you join before 30 April, 2017 not only will you receive all these benefits, you’ll also receive a minimum 20% discount on insurance* and your choice of one of the following:

  • free Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) accreditation (Inspect & Test)
  • additional FPA Australia vouchers to use toward FPA Australia products and services
  • 50% off Workplace Relations Plus subscription, the dedicated workplace relations advice service to the fire protection industry

Members of Fire Protection Association Australia are recognised as the industry leaders working together to create value and benefits for the industry, all for as little as a couple of dollars a day.

Considering attending the Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow in Sydney on 3-5 May, 2017?

Members receive discounted rates. To find out more about the great member savings to attend Australia's premier annual event in fire and life safety click here

Find out how to benefit here

 *A minimum discount of 20% off standard insurance rates (where eligible) through the FPA Australia Fire Protection Insurance Scheme managed through Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers (AWIB). AWIB will also provide you with a free audit and appraisal of your existing insurance policies.

Read Terms and Conditions

 
FPA Australia Extends New Corporate Member Offer

Due to the huge interest in Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) New Corporate Member offer, the closing date has been extended until 30 April, 2017.

Join as a Corporate Member in the next month so that your company's name can be viewed on FPA Australia's   'Providers of Choice' search register seen by up to 6,000 people each month.

It's just one of the many benefits offered to FPA Australia Corporate members.

Corporate Members are also able to use our widely recognised member logo to boost their marketing, enjoy member discounts on log books, events, and Workplace Relations advice.

If you join before 30 April, 2017 not only will you receive all these benefits, you’ll also receive a minimum 20% discount on insurance* and your choice of one of the following:

  • free Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) accreditation (Inspect & Test)
  • additional FPA Australia vouchers to use toward FPA Australia products and services
  • 50% off Workplace Relations Plus subscription, the dedicated workplace relations advice service to the fire protection industry

Members of Fire Protection Association Australia are recognised as the industry leaders working together to create value and benefits for the industry, all for as little as a couple of dollars a day.

Considering attending the Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow in Sydney on 3-5 May, 2017?

Members receive discounted rates. To find out more about the great member savings to attend Australia's premier annual event in fire and life safety click here

Find out how to benefit here

 *A minimum discount of 20% off standard insurance rates (where eligible) through the FPA Australia Fire Protection Insurance Scheme managed through Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers (AWIB). AWIB will also provide you with a free audit and appraisal of your existing insurance policies.

Read Terms and Conditions

Compliance vital for Industry's Future

Defending and maintaining the integrity of an industry accreditation scheme is vital to the scheme's ongoing reputation and viability. Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring the high professional standard it places on its Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) and the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) accreditation scheme.

"By now, the Fire Protection Industry knows it's future is inextricably linked to ongoing improvements in professionalism and that industry accreditation is the foundation stone on which we build that," said Scott Williams, FPA Australia CEO.

"We have recently appointed Mr Alex Drakopolous to our newly created position of Compliance Officer. Mr Drakopoulos, who started on 27 March, will oversee the Association's compliance programs for both accreditation and membership. The Association believes it is vital to invest in staff and systems to ensure our high standards are maintained.

"A strong accreditation system is in all our interests. The growing support for accreditation so far form the NSW Government, legislators, members and non-members within the industry, has resulted in the increasing number of accreditation applications that we are receiving for FPAS Inspect and Test, Fire System Design and Fire Systems Certification as well as BPAD, shows the industry agrees."

 
Victorian FPAS Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification Information Session

Victorian practitioners recently attended a Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) information session to gain a greater understanding of how and why FPAS is becoming increasingly important to the industry's future.

The session, held at  Metropolitan Fire Brigade's (MFB) Burnley Training Complex in Melbourne on 30 March, heard from Fire Protection Association Australia's (FPA Australia) Matthew Wright, General Manager Technical/Deputy CEO and MFB Commander Mark Carter.

The session was also filmed for an online tutorial which is being produced to make it easier for industry members to gain information and take the first step toward an FPAS assessment and ultimately accreditation.

Commander Carter confirmed the MFB's support and recognition of FPAS and praised FPA Australia for developing the scheme. He encouraged individuals working in the fire protection industry to embrace the scheme as a way of independently demonstrating their  competence. 

The Information Session was immediately followed by a Victorian FPA Australia State and Territory Member Group meeting. 


Matthew Wright addresses practitioners and firefighters at MFB Burnley

 
Queensland DEHP Firefighting Foam Presentations

Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) recently held seminars to present information and guidance on the environmental management and best practice use of firefighting foam as detailed in their Operational Policy - Environmental Management of Firefighting Foam.

Fire Protection Association Australia has been given permission to publish web links to the presentation for industry members to access.

Due to the size of the files, the presentations have been placed on the Dropbox online service. They can be accessed by clicking here  

 
New FPA Australia Technical Documents

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) produces technical documents to assist the industry understand changes to regulations and practices and to provide information that is important in their daily work. Three new documents have just been released. To view, please click on a link below.

IB-06 V2 Selection and Use of Firefighting Foams

PS-07 Vehicle System Service Technician Competency

GPG-05 Baseline Data for Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems

 

 
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 

Fire Australia 2017                                          ICC Sydney  3 - 5 May

AS  1670.01 Technical Solutions Workshop ICC Sydney 3 May

For more information click here

Scheduled Training and Assessment Calendar

Assessment sessions

Sessions fill up fast. Check the calendar here or  call on 03 8892 3182 and email training@fpaa.com.au

  • Victoria                      18 to 21 April
                                     
    15 to 19 May
                                      19 to 23 June

  • NSW                          30 May to 1 June
                                      20 to 22 June

  • Queensland               16 to 18 May

  • South Australia           6 to 8 June   
         
                   
  • Western Australia       20 to 22 June

  • Northern Territory      30 May to 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                                  

 

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 Suppression Systems (sprinklers, hydrants, pumps and special hazards)
  • Fire Detection and Alarm System
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Routine Service (Inspect and Test)

These new positions will be advertised soon on www.seek.com.au 

 
AFAC and Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) partners with national organisations Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)  to produce the Fire Australia magazine.

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC conducts research to build a disaster resilient Australia. It coordinates a national research effort in hazards including bushfires, flood, storm, cyclone, heatwave, earthquake and tsunami. 

To read the latest from Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC click here

 AFAC is the Australian and New Zealand Council for fire, emergency services and land management. Its strategic direction is to support resilient communities through risk reduction, provide trusted response, form the source of credible and timely information, engage governance and resource management and to be informed by research.

AFAC produces a wide range of information which can be viewed by clicking here

 
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