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-NFPA AWard for Australians
-US Study Tour
-First FPAS Accredited
-SFS Awards
-Qld Update Meetings
-NCC Seminars
-Vic Building Regulations
-AS 2444-2001 Review
-FPIB Forum
-FA 17
-FPA Australia Calendar
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June 9, 2017

Australian VESDA Inventors Honoured with NFPA Award

The Australia inventors of a revolutionary smoke detection technology have been recognised with one of the fire protection industry’s most prestigious international awards.

David Packham, John Petersen, Martin Cole and Len Gibson (who was recognised posthumously) developed the Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA), which has improved the accuracy, reliability and applicability of detection systems in challenging environments for more than 20 years.

The group won the Philip J DiNenno Prize worth US$50,000 at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Exhibition being held in Boston, USA on 4 June.

David Packham and Len Gibson are also the 2002 recipients of Fire Protection Association Australia’s A.V. Viscogliosi Award for Outstanding Service to the Fire Protection Industry.

According to the NFPA, “VESDA technology and its pre-eminent role in the global introduction of aspirated smoke detection or ASD has led to a major impact on public safety. The VESDA innovation transformed the fire detection and alarm industry and inspired a whole new aspirated smoke detection area of technology. The installation of VESDA in telecommunication facilities, telephone exchanges, data centers, high technology manufacturing, industrial control rooms and other related facilities has had a significant impact on asset protection and business continuity. In addition, the very early smoke detection by VESDA provides life safety protection for employees working in these buildings.

VESDA technology allows for smoke detection over a very large, dynamic range, which means it can be used for both high and standard sensitivity alarm points typically seen in spot smoke detectors. VESDA has proven to be an adaptable technology that is ideal for effective detection in unique applications. For instance, VESDA has been successfully tested and used in road tunnels and zoo enclosures.”

The DiNenno Prize was established in 2014 following DiNenno’s passing in 2013. A prize committee considers nominations submitted from around the world. More information can be found at 

“Fire Protection Association Australia congratulates John Petersen, Martin Cole, David Packham and the family of Len Gibson on their involvement and recognition of VESDA,” said Association CEO Scott Williams, in Boston to attend the NFPA Conference and Exhibition.

“VESDA has contributed greatly to community safety and it is fitting that its Australian inventors are recognised with such an important and prestigious award on the world stage.”

To read the NFPA media release, click here.

FPA Australia US Study Tour

Members of the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) US Study Tour have been hosted by  Fire Department New York (FDNY) and heard first-hand about the devastation caused by the 9/11 tragedy.

The Manhattan Borough Commander of FDNY, Chief Roger W Sakowich (left of picture, with FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams) gave a personal tour of the 9/11 memorial and recalled what it was like to have lost so many friends and colleagues who were the first responders to the tragedy 16 years ago.

"It was incredibly moving to meet and talk to someone so closely involved in the response and recovery effort. I think I can speak for everyone on the tour when I say that it was a special moment on a trip that had already provided many special moments," said Mr Williams.

"Chief Sakowich also took the group through the new One World Tower which replaced the two World Trade Centre buildings destroyed in the terrorist attack. The group saw the extent of the fire safety systems and the level of construction of the building to address the many lessons learnt from 9/11.One World is a truly remarkable building and the level of technology related to the fire systems in this building is nothing short of an engineering marvel. The Director of Fire Safety for One World and a representative of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) also assisted in the tour. The FPA Australia tour party were thrilled and very honoured to have been shown such courtesy and hospitality by our US colleagues."

The 14 day tour returns to Australia on 12 June. It commenced in New York before moving on to Boston for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) annual Conference and Exhibition.

First FPAS Accredited Individuals Recognised

The first individuals to be accredited in their categories under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) have received  special awards recognising their achievement.


It was  four years ago when Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia)  launched FPAS so that individuals performing Inspection & Testing activities for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment had an independent framework by which to be assessed and recognised.


Last month a milestone was achieved with the scheme now having more than 2,000 Inspect & Test accredited individuals and many more applications being processed for assessment.


Ken Denning was the first fire protection industry practitioner to gain accreditation in FPAS Fire Systems Design. Mr Denning (centre) is pictured with Leo Mautone (far right), FPA Australia General Manager, Member and Industry Services, presenting him with a special award to mark the occasion.


"The Industry wants to see accreditation, so FPAS is important for the industry. Other schemes have tried and failed but this one is going to work, " said Mr Denning. 


George Andrews who was the first practitioner to gain FPAS Fire Systems Certification accreditation and Andrew Hobson (left of picture), first to be accredited under FPAS Inspect & Test, were also presented with awards.


The journey to professionalism continues with applications increasing in each category and FPAS Emergency Planning & Training (EPT) and Annual Survey/Certification in development.


For more information on FPAS, click here. 

Society of Fire Safety Awards

The Society of Fire Safety (SFS) has announced its Hall of Fame and Research Grant award winners.


Mr Paul England becomes a 'Hall of Famer' while the $5,000 Research Grant Award was presented to Mr Edmund Ang. Both Awards were presented during the Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow in Sydney in May.


Mr England has worked in Fire Safety Engineering for more than 25 years making a remarkable contribution. He is also a founding member of the SFS and established Warrington Fire Research (Australia) in the 1990s, at the time the first private fire testing company in the country.  


Mr Ang is the inaugural winner of the SFS Research Grant which is awarded to Australian students in fire science, engineering or a related field to encourage and support research projects that contribute towards excellence in Fire Safety Engineering research. His research is an  investigation of throttling effect. This is a fire phenomenon observed in a tunnel or passageway where fire increases the flow resistances thereby reducing the flow velocity in the tunnel or passageway due to the injection of volatile fuel mass and increase in air temperature.


The research goal is to establish a model to describe the fire throttling effect in longitudinally ventilated long tunnels or passageways from first principles.


Fire Protection Association Australia congratulates Mr England and Mr Ang on their awards.



Queensland Member Meetings to Proceed

The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Queensland Industry Update meetings that needed to be postponed following the catastrophe of Cyclone Debbie will go ahead in mid-June.

FPA Australia postponed the trip when it became clear members needed to concentrate on managing the damage the cyclone had caused.

“We said at the time that Queenslanders were tough and that we would reschedule at a later date. Feedback from our Queensland members is that the updates are important and so we will visit Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Maroochydore from 19 to 22 June,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

 “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the meetings.”

 For more information and to register, click here.

2017 National Construction Code Seminars

Fire Protection Association Australia was recently asked by the Australia Building Codes Board (ABCB)  to present its views, along with a group of other peak industry bodies, in relation to the importance of using the International Fire Engineering Guidelines (IFEG), developing a Fire Engineering Brief (FEB) and a Fire Engineering Report (FER) regarding fire safety related performance solutions in accordance with the National Construction Code (NCC).  


The 2017 NCC seminar series was an important opportunity for designers and other practitioners to be briefed on several of the important aspects.


The sessions were filmed and are now available on the ABCB YouTube channel by clicking here


Members may be interested in viewing the two sessions in particular:


Use of the IFEG and the FEB process (statements) (part 7)

Use of the IFEG and the FEB Process (QandA) (part 8)

Victorian Building Regulations Sunset Review

The Victorian Government is undertaking a sunset review of the Building Regulations 2006 and public consultation is underway.

Click here to view the draft Regulations and to make a submission. Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will be making a corporate submission and is working with the Victorian Leadership Team to coordinate a response and would like to hear from FPA Australia Victorian members to incorporate their views. If you have any feedback on the proposed regulations, please contact before 10 July 2017.

NSW Draft Planning for Bushfire Protection 2017 Available for Public Comment

Public Consultation is now underway on the draft Planning for Bushfire Protection 2017. The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) is seeking public comments on the draft document. 

Planning for Bushfire Protection (PBP) was developed by the NSWRFS to provide development standards for building in bushfire prone areas in NSW. It provides for the protection of human life and helps to minimise the impacts on property from the threat of bushfire. 

Planning for Bushfire Protection has been reviewed to incorporate lessons learnt from major bushfire events such as the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday fires, along with changes to building code and construction standards.

Draft Planning for Bushfire Protection 2017 will be available for public exhibition until COB 25 June 2017. 

Click here for more information. 

AS 2444-2001 Review - Tell us What Needs to Improve 

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is undertaking a review of AS 2444-2001, Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets - Selection and location, and wants to know what you think needs to be improved in the Standard.


Your feedback will be considered in a review of AS 2444-2001 by our Technical Advisory Committee for portable and mobile equipment (TAC/3/7) with the aim of submitting a project proposal to Standards Australia to revise this Standard.


For the full detail of this request for input and for a link to supply your suggestions, please read the full letter by clicking here.


If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Services department at

Fire Protection Industry (ODS&SGG) Board Stakeholder Forum

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS &SGG) Board Stakeholder Forum will bring gaseous fire suppression system experts together to provide an overview of the licensing system, current and future directions for scheduled gases and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. 

The Forum will take place in Brisbane on Friday 7 July.

Click here for more information.

FPA Australia Enforces Compliance

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring the high professional standard it places on the operation of its Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) and the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) accreditation scheme and compliance of members to the Terms and Conditions of Membership, including adherence to the Code of Practice.

The Association believes it is vital to invest in staff and systems to ensure our high standards are maintained.

FPA Australia Audits

FPA Australia is currently conducting audits in order to ensure compliance with the Association Code of Practice, Terms and Conditions of Membership and, where applicable, Terms and Conditions of Accreditations.

Use of the Correct Trademark Logo

Findings relating to non-compliance often relate to the incorrect or inappropriate use of the FPA Australia Trademark Logo and in many cases we have found members using outdated logos which are no longer appropriate or permitted for use. Old logos were to have been removed from member's websites, business cards and other marketing material by 1 July 2016. To ensure you are using the correct logo and adhering to the Terms of Membership, please refer to the FPA Australia Terms & Conditions for correct use of FPA Australia Trademark Logos.

Where an audit discovers the use by non-members of the FPA Australia Trademark Logo, FPA Australia takes action to have it removed as soon as possible.

Audits like this further strengthen the brand and ensures non-members are not gaining a benefit for which they are not contributing. Any members aware of a non-member using the FPA Australia Trademark Logo is encouraged to report them to

Disclosure of Correct Employee Numbers

We are also finding some members disclosing the incorrect number of employee numbers at Membership renewal or when joining as a Corporate or Organisation member. The Association membership levels are determined by the total number of employees of each entity which has taken out Corporate or Organisation membership.

FPA Australia is conducting audits across all states and territories and across all member types in order to ensure accuracy so that all members are at the correct member level and we don’t have the situation where the majority of members who disclose the correct number of employees are subsidising those who are not.

Complaints and the Code of Practice 

All FPA Australia member companies sign up to and agree to abide by the Code of Practice. All individuals accredited under an FPA Australia accreditation scheme (FPAS or BPAD) are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct. The Code of Practice and/or the Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) prescribes the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements and applies to all FPA Australia Signatories to the Code. 

The Association has received an increase in complaints which relate to the quality of work or ethical behaviour of some members which goes against the Code they have signed up to.

FPA Australia investigates breaches of compliance with the Code that are reported via the required process and takes all complaints seriously. If you suspected a breach of the Code has occurred, it must be reported in writing to FPA Australia. The submission must include an outline of the complaint being made and copies of all correspondence exchanged between the complainant and the company in question and any other supporting documentation and evidence.

FPA Australia's aim is to ensure compliance among our members for the benefit of the entire industry and wants to help organisations and individuals achieve that.

We have redesigned our complaints submission section of our website. For more information on how to submit a complaint please visit the ‘CONTACT’ section of our website or click here.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or call on 03 8892 3131.

Migration of Monitored Fire Alarms, End of Disconnection Deferral

As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks will cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate telecommunications network before the disconnection date for their rollout region.

Monitored fire alarms and lift phones are safety-critical services and there are serious public safety, personal injury and property damage risks if they fail to operate in an emergency situation. Migration of these services to alternate telecommunications networks does not happen automatically and it is important that you make early arrangements to migrate your services by contacting your fire alarm monitoring and/or lift service provider. Importantly, even if your regular phone and internet services have already migrated to the NBN, this does not mean that your lift or monitored fire alarm service has also been migrated.

A disconnection deferral period has been enacted to protect services, registered on NBN Co Limited’s (nbn’s) Fire and Lift Register, and would have otherwise reached their disconnection date before 30 June 2017. The end of this deferral period is now approaching which means that the managed disconnection process will commence for any protected services that initially had a disconnection date prior to 30 June 2017. After 30 June 2017 monitored fire alarm and lift phone services will be disconnected from Telstra’s existing fixed line networks on a business-as-usual basis in line with its Migration Plan.

If you are responsible for a monitored fire alarm or lift phone, and are in an area that is serviceable by the NBN, you will need to contact your fire alarm monitoring and/or lift service provider as soon as possible to arrange migration of your services. Your provider will be able to give advice on the most appropriate migration solution. It is important to note that building owners and managers are responsible for ensuring obligations are met for the operation of monitored fire alarms and lift phones under the relevant building codes and standards. Further information is available in the Migration of Monitored Fire Alarm and Lift Phone Services Good Practice Guide.

NBN maintains a Register of monitored fire alarm and lift telephone services. The Register is designed to help support the safe migration of monitored fire alarms and lift phones from certain existing fixed line networks. To register you will need to provide the monitored fire alarm or lift phone telephone number, details of the building location, and contact details of the person registering. 

For more information visit, or to register a service visit or call 1800 687 626.

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.

Queensland Industry Updates 

 Cairns  19 June
 Townsville  20 June
 Mackay  21 June
 Maroochydore  22 June 


Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala at Metropolis, Southbank, Melbourne, 9 November 2017

Scheduled Training and FPAS Assessment Calendar

Assessment Sessions

Sessions fill up fast. Check the calendar here or call 038892 3182 and email

Victoria 19-23 June
NSW 20-22 June
Western Australia 20-22 June

Scheduled Bushfire Training

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Course

Perth, Western Australia   12 to 16 June

Building and Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

Click here to visit the Bushfire Training section of the FPA Australia website. 


Positions Available at FPA Australia

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is recruiting for its National Head Office in Melbourne. 

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager reports to the Chief Executive Officer and has the role of building brand awareness and to position the Association as the peak body for fire safety and a trusted source of related information to the community.

To find out more click here.

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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