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-Submission on NSW Reforms
-Bushfire Victims Remembered
-NSW State Transit Tender
-International Visitors
-More AS 1851-2012 Seminars
-Fire Australia 2017
-Fire Australia Magazine
-Events and Assessments Calendar
-Australia Day Honours
-ACCC Report
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February 10, 2017

FPA Australia's Submission on NSW Fire Safety Reforms

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has stressed the importance of ensuring competence as the foundation of any accreditation scheme introduced under the NSW Government's reforms to fire safety regulations.

Commenting on the proposed reforms, which include mandatory accreditation for individuals in the fire safety industry, FPA Australia maintained its strong support but noted the current wording around who could attain accreditation could be more sharply defined.

"The intent of the reforms is to improve fire safety. If those providing services in the fire protection industry attain a NSW accreditation simply by being a member of an organisaiton rather than by having demonstrated their individual competence under a recognised accreditation scheme, the intent has been undermined," said FPA Australia General Manager Technical Services and Deputy CEO Matthew Wright.

To read the FPA Australia submission please click here

Remembering the Black Thursday and Black Saturday Victims

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia), along with all Australians, this week remembered the devastating effects of two of the most powerful and destructive bushfire events in the nation's history.

Tasmanians and Victorians suffered tragic loss of life and incredible destruction caused by two huge bushfires. On 7 February 1967, the Black Thursday fires nearly swept in to Hobart and claimed 62 lives. On 7 February 2009, the Black Saturday fires in Victoria claimed 173 lives making it the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.

We have learned many lessons from these tragedies, but of course, the risk posed by bushfire still looms large in the minds of all Australians. FPA Australia believes there has been a great deal achieved to ensure greater safety for all Australians living in bushfire prone areas, but of course, more still needs to be done.

We need to ensure that anyone who undertakes bushfire risk assessments have demonstrated their competence by being appropriately accredited through a recognised scheme. This will give people the confidence that they can rely on the advice they have been given when building in bushfire prone areas.

FPA Australia will continue to work with governments as we strive to improve fire protection at all levels. Our members believe, as we all do, that the most important function the Fire Protection Industry performs is the preservation of life and property.

$400,000 NSW State Transit Tender Closes 16 Feb

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) members should be aware the State Transit Authority of NSW tender for a suitable provider of Fire Safety Services will close on 16 February.

The $400,000 tender is now public on the NSW Government site. Click here to view the tender details.

The services required are listed as:

  • Servicing and replacing fire extinguishers in State Transit Sites;
  • Fire indicator panel testing;

  • Servicing and replacing bus fire extinguishers;

  • Servicing and performing annual certification checks of fire boosters

  • (hydrants);

  • Servicing and annual certification checks of fire hose reels;

  • Servicing and checks of fire sprinklers;

  • Providing an Annual Fire Safety Statement; and

  • Annual flow testing of hydrants.

The sites that will require servicing are: Brookvale, Mona Vale, North Sydney, Burwood, Kingsgrove, Leichhardt, Tempe, Port Botany, Randwick, Waverley, Ryde and Willoughby.

The installation of new and replacement of old fire extinguishers as well as servicing and compliance checks of fire extinguishers on board its fleet of nearly 2,000 buses, are also required.

Migration of Monitored Fire Alarms and Lift Phone Services Good Practice Guide Released

“Migrating monitored fire alarm and lift phone services from the existing fixed line networks over which they currently operate to a new telecommunications network is not simply a matter of moving a service over ‘from A to B’. Rather, it is a complex process involving technical, regulatory and policy considerations, as well as multiple parties.” Migration of Monitored Fire Alarms and Lift Phone Services Good Practice Guide


Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has been working with the Federal Department of Communications and Arts to produce a Good Practice Guide for the migration of monitored fire alarm systems now that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolling out.


The installation of the NBN means monitored alarms must switch from the old copper wire service to the new digital network.

FPA Australia Hosts International Guests

Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board and Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) hosted visits from three international guests in December.

Board Chair and Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) National President Chris Orr and FPA Australia CEO, Scott Williams provided insights into how the ODS & SGG Board operated.

"There is a lot of interest overseas about how Australia is managing its efforts to regulate and administer ozone and synthetic greenhouse gases," said Mr Williams.  

"We are always keen to share what we know with the industry here and internationally. It was an excellent visit and the group were very appreciative of the assistance we were able to provide." 


L-R  Mr Ahmad Izram Osman Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia, ODS & SGG Board Chair and FPA Australia National President Mr Chris Orr, Mr Amir Afiq Abdullah Department of Environment Malaysia and Mr Ruzain Jaafar Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia 



FPA Australia US Study Tour Call for Expressions of Interest

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is calling for expressions of interest for a fourteen day study tour to the USA in May-June 2017. Departing Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane on Saturday 27 May and returning on Monday 12 June. The tour will commence in New York and then onto the National Fire Protection Association Conference in Boston. This study tour will provide all professionals across the broad spectrum of fire protection with a unique opportunity for an educational experience of a lifetime. Partners are welcome.

The tour will include five days in New York where members will visit the New York Fire Department and Museum as well as a tour of Ground Zero and the famous New York Fire Boat.

Please click here for prices and to read the brochure.


Some Spaces Still Available for AS 1851-2012 Amendment 1 Seminars

The demand for information regarding AS 1851 - 2012 Amendment 1 has been so strong Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has scheduled additional seminars.


Spaces are still available for the following seminars:


Melbourne Tuesday      14 February
Sydney Wednesday 15 February
Brisbane  Thursday    16 February


For more information and to register, click here


Fire Australia 2017 - Your Invitation to Attend

There's now only three months until the premier event in fire and life safety in the country - Fire Australia 2017.

It has been four years since Fire Australia and/or HazMat Conference & Tradeshow has been held in Sydney. Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia)  is excited to be returning its events program to the city and the newly-completed International Convention Centre Sydney in beautiful Darling Harbour.

Fire Australia 2017 has grown and evolved since its conception and is now known as one of the Fire Protection Industry's most important dates. And the Fire Australia 2017 Tradeshow is the best opportunity to showcase products and services and reach a wider industry audience.

The fresh conference format includes streams dedicated to Fire Protection, Fire Safety Engineering, Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods as well as Emergency Planning and Response giving you the best chance to hear from leading figures on the latest, most important industry issues.

You can be part of this important event and take the opportunity to showcase your company's products and services.

More information and applications can be downloaded by clicking here




Fire Australia at Fire Australia 2017

Fire Australia 2017 Conference and Tradeshow will be supported by the industry journal, the Fire Australia magazine. The conference edition of the magazine will carry the news and features the industry needs to know about. Copies will be available on the Tradeshow floor and provided in attendees' conference packs creating a great opportunity to promote your organisation.

You can participate by advertising your organisation in the pages of the Fire Australia magazine.

To find out how please click here. Space is limited and applications are on a first come, first served basis.

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 

AS 1851 - 2012 Amendment 1 Seminars  

  • Melbourne 14 February  
  • Sydney      15 February  
  • Brisbane    16 February

For more information click here 

Fire Australia 2017

  • 3 - 5 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

  • Victoria                      20 to 24 February, 
                                      27 to 31 March,
    8 to 21 April
                                      15 to 19 May

  • NSW                          14 to 16 February (fully booked),
                                      21 to 23 March

  • Queensland               16 to 18 May

  • South Australia          7 to 9 March

  • Tasmania                   15 to 19 March

Scheduled Bushfire Training

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Course

  • Perth                           3 to 7 April

Building and Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

  • Perth                         14 to 15 March
                                      23 to 24 May

Australia Day Honours

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) would like to congratulate the important fire safety and fire protection industry figures who were recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours.

There 32 recipients of the Australia Fire Service Medal (AFSM) who were honoured for their lengthy and conspicuous contribution as a member of an Australian fire service. To view the full list and read their biographies click here

Also honoured was Dr Vaughan Beck who was awarded the Order of Australia medal for “…significant service to engineering, to tertiary education administration and research, and to professional academies. “.

Dr Beck is well known to fire safety and fire protection industry members for his work in risk engineering in the built environment. One of Australia’s great educators, Dr Beck was instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) at Victoria University.

CESARE has educated some of the leading figures in the fire safety industry. It has also provided advice and research which has assisted legislators to develop better regulations for fire safety.

To read more about Dr Beck click here

Refinery and Petrochemical Plants' Fire Safety Record Better Than Expected


"The initial explosion, cause unknown, reached 2.4 on the Richter scale and was heard 320 km away in France and the Netherlands. All of the foam liquid on site was destroyed in the explosion." 


The petrochemical industry is relied on by the world's population in ways many of us never realise. It is also one of the most dangerous industries and yet its fire safety record, according to Barry Lee, Fire Protection Industry veteran and Fire Protection Association Australia former National President, is actually very good.


Barry takes a look at the systems and process that have contributed to this record, and also highlights a few incidents where things did not go so well.


Click here to read Barry's fascinating insight. 



ACCC Small Business Report

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its second six-monthly Small Business in Focus Report for July to December 2016.

With so many small businesses making up a large proportion of the Fire Protection Industry, the results will make interesting reading for many Fire Protection Association Australia members about the issues that come to the ACCC's attention.

Recruitment at Fire Protection Association Australia

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

Compliance Officer

Reporting to the General Manager - Member and Industry Services, the purpose of the role is to provide a full time dedicated resource to develop and implement, in consultation with internal stakeholders, an auditing program for Association members and individuals accredited under the Association Accreditation Schemes.

To find out more click here

Accreditation/Licensing Administrator

Reporting to the Accreditation/Licensing Team Leader, the purpose of the role encompasses a variety of duties involved in the accreditation process including processing of new applications and renewal.

To find out more click here

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