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27 April 2018
Fire Australia 2018 kicks off on Tuesday
There’s still time to register for next week’s Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow. The conference program this year draws together leading industry experts from across the globe to discuss the pressing issues in the fire protection industry.

Want a sneak peek? Geoff Flower of AG Coombs and Walker Fire Protection gave us a teaser of his presentation, looking at the power of building information modelling (BIM) and the development of standard fire services nomenclature.

New member discounts on vehicles & fit-out
Stratton's Toby Simmons and Scott Williams
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is very pleased to announce a major new member benefit in partnership with Stratton Finance, part of the carsales network.

FPA Australia Corporate and Organisation Members will now be eligible for significant and exclusive discounts on pricing, financing and fit-out of vehicles and other assets through Stratton Finance, and their partners Car Connect and Caddy Storage. To make it easy to get the best pricing on your new vehicle requirements, FPA Australia Corporate and Organisation Members will be able to call a dedicated Stratton Finance help line to access these exclusive benefits. This combined package will only be available to FPA Australia Corporate and Organisation members.

Our members told us they wanted more help with the cost of vehicle purchases, and we listened. These new exclusive membership discounts will be available soon, and in the meantime come visit Stratton Finance and FPA Australia at the Fire Australia 2018 tradeshow next week at stands 56 and 110 to learn more.

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Introducing SPARK: a new knowledge-sharing platform for fire protection
Fire Protection Association Australia is excited to officially present you with SPARK, our new member-only online community. SPARK is a major new benefit for FPA Australia members, giving you a platform to discuss and share advice, experience and resources with more than 10,000 other fire protection industry professionals, whenever and wherever you want to.

SPARK is a private and secure community forum and library where FPA Australia members can:
  • Share knowledge and experience with others.
  • Provide information, files and answers to challenging questions.
  • Ask questions and have discussions with thousands of industry professionals.
  • Research solutions to challenging problems or issues to make your job easier.
  • Gain knowledge and access to useful and informative discussions and document libraries.
SPARK includes forums on key areas of interest, including building fire safety, fire protection systems and equipment, and bushfire, as well as a members’ lounge.

Want to compare notes on best practice? Have an opinion on cladding? Questions about NCC changes? SPARK can help.

SPARK offers a major new advantage to FPA Australia members. No other platform like this exists for Australian fire protection, or in fact in most Australian industries. SPARK can give you an edge and help your business grow.

Log in using the link below to join the conversation on SPARK.

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New Good Practice Guides on service penetrations & fire resistance
Two new Good Practice Guides have been released by the Association, covering service penetrations and fire resistance.

GPG-06 Fire Resistance provides guidance and information on the general requirements for fire-resisting construction under Volume 1 of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and why such fire resistance is required. Click here for more.

GPG-07 Protection of openings for service penetrations in fire resisting building elements provides guidance and information on the requirements of Clause C3.15 of Volume 1 of the BCA for the protection of openings for service penetrations in fire-resisting building elements. Click here for more.
Association celebrates Paul Leslie’s long career
Paul Leslie (l) receives the Meritorious Service Award.
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) would like to thank Paul Leslie of Xtralis for his long service to the industry, following the announcement he will retire in July.

Mr Leslie has made significant contributions of his time and expertise to the industry, most recently with positions on FPA Australia’s TAC/1 and TAC/2 committees, as well as serving as the Chair of the Queensland Leadership Team.

“Paul has given so much back to the industry, and we’ve been privileged to work with him over so many years,” said Matthew Wright, FPA Australia’s General Manager - Technical Services/Deputy CEO.

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NSW releases fire safety statement FAQ
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released a set of frequently asked questions about the new annual fire safety statement form included as part of the NSW building and fire safety reforms released last year.

The FAQs answer some of the questions Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) has been asking the Department since the implementation of the reforms.

The most significant point in the FAQs is the clarification of who should issue the annual fire safety statement. The FAQs clarify that the ‘competent fire safety practitioner’ who completes the annual fire safety assessment should not also issue the statement on behalf of the building owner. The statement must be issued by the building owner, or by a separate agent on their behalf, in order to minimise potential conflicts of interest, the FAQ says.

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NCC Online changes
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently overhauled NCC Online to improve its usability. This is the first part of the ABCB’s improvements to the NCC Online portal, with more improvements scheduled shortly.

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HFC phase-down information sessions
The Department of the Environment and Energy is running a series of information sessions on the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down and other recent changes to the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Program. These sessions will discuss what the phase-down will mean for users of HFCs, including equipment owners and technicians. HFCs are the most commonly used gases in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and are also used in fire suppression, foam blowing, aerosols and medical applications.
 
ACIF Forecasts Breakfast Briefing
The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), of which FPA Australia is a member, will be holding a breakfast briefing on Thursday 3 May to present a sneak preview of the May 2018 Construction Industry Forecasts. The briefing will be held at 7.30am at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Australian Standards update
Here's what's happening with fire protection standards at Standards Australia at the moment:
  • The revisions of AS 1670.1, AS 1670.3, AS 1670.4, AS 4428.6 and amendment 2 to AS 3786 have gone to committee ballot.
  • Work continues on revisions of AS 1603.11 and AS 1603.17.
  • The project kick-off meeting for Amendment 2 to AS 2118.1:2017 has been scheduled for early May.
  • AS 2304 is yet to go to combined procedure (public comment and committee ballot) due to changes from public comment resolution.
  • AS 4214 was published 16 April.
  • Amendment 2 to AS 3745 has gone to committee ballot.
  • AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 are yet to go to combined procedure due to technical changes from public comment resolution.
  • AS 5113 Amendment 1 has gone to combined procedure closing 29 May.
  • AS 3959 has gone to committee ballot.
  • Combined procedure on AS/NZS 2293.1 and AS/NZS 2293.3 has closed but AS/NZS 2293.2 is yet to go to combined procedure.
 
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Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Tickets are still available. Visit www.fireaustralia.com.au to register.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane – 1-3 May 2018
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FireNZ 2018 

FireNZ 2018 has opened a call for speakers at the upcoming conference. The theme of this year's conference is 'evolution of fire; reflecting on the past, looking to the future'.

To submit your abstract, contact fpanz@fireprotection.org.nz.

Mt Maunganui, NZ – 26-28 September 2018