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-Christmas message
-Fire Australia 18 bookings
-FPAS training subsidy
-FA18 speakers call
-FSA forum
-2-year logbooks
-New NSW forms
-Vic cladding taskforce
-NSW cladding reforms
-BMF assessment progress
-Standards update
-Extinguisher Information Bulletin
-Sprinkler technical specifications
-FPA Australia careers
-Passive fire seminars
-Cladding Summit
-Upcoming events
 
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December 21, 2017
 

Christmas message from the CEO
Scott Williams

As we wind down for the holiday break, the Association is reflecting on a big year. The impacts of the Grenfell fire in London in June accelerated or set underway major changes for the industry, which have been building over the last six months and which will be felt in 2018.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has also been extremely busy advocating for the industry and developing new products and services for members. This year has seen new training units, new accreditation classes, new logbooks, new and better events, and much more.

Next year will be even busier. We have big plans to provide information and tools for members to navigate the changing fire protection landscape, and deliver more training, education and networking opportunities. We will also have some exciting announcements to make in the new year. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of FPA Australia’s staff and volunteers, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to working together to take the industry ever onward and upward in 2018.

Scott Williams
Chief Executive Officer 
Fire Protection Association Austalia

 
Fire Australia 2018 sponsorship & exhibition bookings opened
Fire Australia 2017

Bookings have opened for sponsors and exhibitors for Fire Australia 2018. Sponsorship and exhibition packages have now been released, available at the link below.

The Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow is the country's premier life and fire safety event, and will run on 1-3 May 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

The event is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and the best opportunity to reach the fire protection, safety, hazardous materials and dangerous goods audience in Australia. The event attracted more than 1000 trade show attendees with over 90 stands in 2017, and 300 conference delegates, making it the largest Fire Australia ever.

A full spectrum of sponsor and exhibitor packages are available to suit all organisations. Ensure you book quickly, as trade show positions and sponsorship opportunities go fast.

Sponsorship & exhibition bookings

For more information, contact FPA Australia's events team on 03 8892 3131 or email events@fpaa.com.au.

 
Last days for FPAS training discount

There’s less than two weeks left to get your FPAS company registration and enrolments in to qualify for a 40% discount on FPAS training. FPA Australia is offering this substantial subsidy on the regular cost of enrolment into Inspect & Test training for Corporate members who have registered for FPAS, for employees who hold accreditation in the Inspect and Test class.

Enrolments received prior to 31 December 2017 and completed prior to 30 June 2018 will be eligible. Enrolments received from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019 and completed prior to 31 December 2019 will be eligible for a 20% subsidy.

The FPAS discount is in aid of FPA Australia's 2020 Vision to increase the level of accreditation in the industry. We encourage all Corporate members who provide Inspect and Test services to ensure all of the individuals performing this work are accredited and trained by 2020.

 
Fire Australia 2018 call for speakers
Fire Australia call for speakers

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is looking for conference speakers, and we need you to help us locate the experts!

We invite you, your colleagues or employees to lodge a submission for Fire Australia 2018. We are looking for speakers and presenters who can make a valuable contribution to the professional development to those working in all areas of the fire protection industry.

 

 
Fire Safety Assessor forum a success
Fire Safety Assessor forum

FPA Australia ran a forum in Sydney last week to update the industry on the new Fire Safety Assessor class of FPAS accreditation, and the latest developments from the NSW regulatory reforms.

The forum attracted more than 170 attendees, a demonstration of the level of interest in the new class of accreditation and the changes underway in the NSW industry.

 
Two-year logbooks available

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is proud to announce the launch of new two-year editions of our most popular logbooks.

The new editions provide better value and greater convenience for fire protection practitioners who hold contracts running longer than 12 months. They are offered alongside our current one-year logbooks, which will continue to be available. FPA Australia logbooks meet the service requirements of AS 1851-2005, AS 1851-2012 and AS 2293.2, and are guaranteed to be compliant in all states and territories.

 
New NSW forms now mandatory

From 1 December, building owners in NSW are now required to use new standard forms developed by the NSW Government to submit Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statements and Interim and Final Fire Safety Certificates. These forms are available through our NSW Building Regulation and Certification Reforms landing page.

 
Victorian cladding taskforce findings reflect regulatory failure
Grenfell fire

The Victorian Cladding Taskforce Chairs' interim report, released today, has made positive headway by recommending a range of steps to increase regulatory surveillance and enforcement in the state's building industry.

The report's finding that potentially more than 1400 Victorian buildings have been installed with non-compliant cladding is a clear reflection of the systemic shortfall of regulatory and enforcement processes in the building industry, and many of the report's recommendations aim to address this.

 
NSW proposes cladding reforms
NSW DPE

The NSW Government has released a package of proposed reforms to address the use of combustible cladding uncovered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June. 

The reforms focus on a draft regulation that will require owners of buildings with combustible cladding to register the building with the state government, and commission and submit an independent fire safety assessment. 

The reforms are on public exhibition and open to feedback until 16 February 2018. An FAQ about the reforms in available here. The draft regulation is available at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website. Feedback can be submitted here.

 
BMF compliance & enforcement assessment making progress

The assessment of Australia's building compliance and enforcement systems by independent experts Professor Peter Shergold AC and Bronwyn Weir is making headway, the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) heard on Monday.

The BMF met to evaluate progress of the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Building and Construction Industry across Australia. The project was commissioned in June 2017 to address problems in the sector highlighted following the Grenfell fire in London that same month.

 
Australian Standards update

Here’s what’s happening with fire protection standards at the moment:

  • AS 1670.1:2015 Amendment 1 was published 15 November 2017.
  • Draft revisions of AS 1670.1 and AS 1670.4 are open for public comment, closing 1 February 2018.
  • A project proposal for an amendment to AS 2118:2017 has been approved. If you have any suggestions for matters to be addressed in this amendment please contact technical@fpaa.com.au.
  • AS 2304 and AS 4214 have both been through public comment and are expected to be released early in 2018.
  • Public comment on the draft revision of AS 3959 is in the process of being resolved.
  • The draft revision of the AS/NZS 2293 series is expected to go to combined procedure early in 2018.
  • A correction amendment to AS 2118.1:2017 will be published 21 December (includes minor corrections to Section 13 “Flammable and combustible liquids”).
 
Fire extinguisher Information Bulletin released

FPA Australia has released a new Information Bulletin for gaseous fire extinguishing systems; IB-15 Gaseous fire extinguishing systems: Cylinder hydrostatic testing requirements. The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to clarify the Australian Standard requirements and identify where the OEM service requirements are to be applied for the hydrostatic testing of gaseous fire extinguisher cylinders.

 
Draft sprinkler technical specifications open for public comment
Sprinklers

FPA Australia has drafted two sprinkler technical specifications for Class 2 and 3 buildings, other than aged care, less than 25m in effective height. One is based on water supply from the domestic system and one based on water supply from the hydrant system.

Public comment on these draft technical specifications is now open and anyone with an interest in sprinkler protection is encouraged to review them and provide feedback. Public comment closes 23 February 2018.

For more information and to download the draft technical specifications and public comment forms, see our website here.

 
FPA Australia careers

FPA Australia has added a careers listing page to the Association website. As the fire protection industry develops and the Association grows, we continue to look for experienced professionals keen to help with the improvement of fire safety in Australia. Future open positions will be listed through this page, as well as through traditional job advertisements.

The Association currently has three positions open; an executive officer ozone protection, a fire detection and alarm specialist, and a passive fire protection specialist. Position descriptions and application details are listed at the link above.

 
New seminars on passive protection of service penetrations

FPA Australia will be hosting a seminar series on fire protection for service penetrations in fire resistant construction in February and March 2018 throughout Australia. This seminar is aimed at the service trades, building owners, occupiers and managers.

These full day seminars will inform and educate attendees about the basic fundamentals of passive fire protection through to the very specific legislative, code and standard requirements for the protection of all types of service penetration through fire resistant construction. The seminars will cover the different types of service penetrations, the types of protection methods for those services, the specific requirements of Clause C3.15 of the National Construction Code 2016, how to verify the correct protection method for service penetration, examples of correct and incorrect installation and a question and answer forum.

 
Safe Cladding and Building Summit

In the wake of the Grenfell tower tragedy and the new focus on non-compliant building products comes the Safe Cladding and Building Summit, the first two-day conference in Sydney specifically designed with the Australian building product supply chain in mind. Running on 27-28 February 2018, the event will look at new legislation, new regulations and better certification processes for safer building practices. 

The event will bring together expert speakers from across the industry, including FPA Australia’s General Manager Technical Services/Deputy CEO Matthew Wright. 

FPA Australia members are eligible for a 10% discount with the code FPA-10, and early-bird and group discounts are also available. For more information or to book contact info@aventedge.com or +61 2 9188 8950, or visit http://www.scb.aventedge.com.

 
 
 
Upcoming events

For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

Firefighting Foams and the Environment seminar

Calamvale Hotel, Brisbane Wednesday, 21 February 2018 

FPA Australia will run a new seminar in 2018 on the use of firefighting foam, and issues surrounding its environmental impact.

Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 1-3 May 2018

Sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space are now open for bookings, and speaker submissions are open. To register your interest, email events@fpaa.com.au.

 

 

Other industry events

Safe Cladding and Building Summit

Sydney
27-28 February 2018

The Safe Cladding and Building Summit is the first two-day conference in Sydney specifically designed with the Australian building product supply chain in mind. FPA Australia members are eligible for a 10% discount with the code FPA-10.

For more information or to book contact info@aventedge.com or +61 2 9188 8950, or visit http://www.scb.aventedge.com.

 

 

 

 
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