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28 February 2018
FPA Australia and Fiona Wood Foundation announce new partnership
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and the Fiona Wood Foundation are pleased to announce a new partnership between the two organisations.

The Fiona Wood Foundation will now become FPA Australia's Official Charity Partner, and the Association will dedicate the proceeds of all its charity fundraising activity to support the Foundation's lifesaving work to improve the treatment and quality of life of burns patients.

Professor Fiona Wood AM will become an official ambassador for FPA Australia, promoting and contributing to the Association's work to improve the fire safety of the community.

"Both organisations share a common goal to minimise the harm caused by fire, and it's a privilege for us to have the Association's support, and the opportunity to work together," said Professor Wood.

Watch a video of the announcement with Scott Williams and Fiona Wood below.



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Feedback critical for inspect & test training review
Significant changes have been proposed for Certificate II and Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing in a review by the Property Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The proposed changes are some of the biggest developments in fire protection education in Australia in the last decade. The changes support the fire protection industry by recognising the routine service of fire protection systems and equipment as a legitimate and distinct role, separate from other roles such as design, installation and certification.

FPA Australia strongly encourages members to review the proposed changes and submit their feedback. Information on the changes is available through the Artibus website, and feedback can be submitted through the surveys below:
 
NCC 2019 draft includes Association proposals
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the Public Comment Draft of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 for feedback, incorporating a number of changes proposed by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

The NCC 2019 draft includes several major developments. For the first time, it makes reference to two FPA Australia Technical Specifications, FPAA101D and FPAA101H, which cover cost-effective fire sprinkler system design and installation (Specification E1.5). As per items from the previous two editions of FireSignals, public comment on these Technical Specifications occurred from 4 December to 23 February.

These Technical Specifications are part of a Proposal for Change to the NCC submitted by FPA Australia, Fire & Rescue NSW and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), which seeks to mandate sprinklers in residential buildings over three storeys and under 25 metres in effective height.

"This NCC Public Comment Draft includes numerous changes to fire safety requirements, and the proposed referencing of the FPA Australia Technical Specifications for the first time is a significant reflection of the capability and industry partnerships we have developed," said Matthew Wright, the Association's General Manager of Technical Services/Deputy CEO.

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NFPA risk assessment tool presented at FA18
An important new tool for assessing façade fire risk will be presented for one of the first times internationally at the upcoming Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Trade Show. The new Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool (EFFECT) was developed by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, part of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the US.

The Executive Director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, Kathleen Almand, will give one of the first presentations on the new tool at the conference. She will also lead a workshop on the tool with Sigurjon Ingolfsson, one of the tool's authors and a West Australian-based fire safety engineer with Arup, which conducted the research underlying EFFECT on behalf of NFPA.

"EFFECT is likely the most important international development in the combustible cladding space in the past year," said FPA Australia General Manager - Technical Services/Deputy CEO Matthew Wright.

"The presentation and workshop at Fire Australia 2018 is one of the first times the EFFECT tool has been brought to an industry audience outside the US, and will be highly beneficial for anyone working in this space."

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SA bans fluorinated firefighting foams

The South Australian Government has introduced a ban on the use of fluorinated firefighting foams due to concerns about the chemicals' environmental impacts.

The ban covers all types of fluorinated firefighting foams, both C8 types and more modern  C6 types.

FPA Australia, however, believes  C6 foams should be retained for limited use cases due to their reduced environmental impact and high level of effectiveness.

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Garry Kwok's contributions recognised
The work of Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is made possible because of the contribution and engagement of members of the industry. For the past decade, Garry Kwok has been one of the most prominent of those contributors, and as he departs the industry FPA Australia would like to recognise his support and the impact he has had on the fire protection sector.

Mr Kwok, who is returning to his structural engineering roots with a new senior role, has made numerous contributions since joining the industry in 2008. Most recently, he has served as the chair of the Association's New South Wales Membership Group, chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for Sprinklers, Hydrants, Pumps & Tanks (TAC/4/8/9), and as a member of the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board.

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Vale Alan Host

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) wishes to express its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Alan Host of the New South Wales Department of Planning and Infrastructure, who passed away on 9 February 2018.

Over many years, Alan was a tireless contributor to building and fire safety reform in NSW, and played a major role in the state's 2017 building regulation and certification reforms.

"Alan will be sadly missed, and we will remember him for his great contributions to the industry and the legacy he leaves behind him of improved fire safety in NSW," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

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WA releases performance solution guidelines

The West Australian Government has released a new guide for those involved in developing and approving performance solutions relating to fire safety in the state. It also provides the basis of a code of practice for performance solutions, and will be used as a benchmark in audits of registered building service practitioners and contractors.

Download the guide here

New ABCB Evidence of Suitability Handbook

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a handbook addressing evidence of suitability, developed as a companion document for the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One.

The Handbook is intended to provide practitioners, product manufacturers and suppliers with a better understanding on the interpretation and application of the NCC A2.2 provisions to ensure building materials and designs are fit for purpose.

Download the handbook here

Australian Standards update
Here's what's happening with fire protection standards at Standards Australia at the moment:
  • Amendment 2 to AS 3786 is currently at public comment closing 28 March.
  • Public comment on revisions of AS 1670.1, AS 1670.3, AS 1670.4 and AS 4428.6 has been reviewed.
  • Work has begun on revisions of AS 1603.11 and AS 1603.17.
  • The project to amend AS 2118.1 is expected to kick-off in April.
  • AS 2304 is to go to combined procedure (public comment and committee ballot) due to changes from public comment resolution.
  • AS 4214 should be published soon.
  • AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 are expected to go to combined procedure due to technical changes from public comment resolution.
  • Public comment on the draft revision of AS 3959 (Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas) has been reviewed.
  • AS/NZS 2293.1 and AS/NZS 2293.3 are currently at public comment closing 8 March and 23 March, respectively.
 
Upcoming events
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Protecting Service Penetrations in Fire Rated Construction National Seminar Series

Learn about the complex and often misunderstood National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 and Australian Standard requirements for the protection of service penetrations through fire resistant barriers.

Perth – Tuesday 6 March 2018
Adelaide – Wednesday 7 March 2018
Sydney – Tuesday 13 March 2018
Brisbane – Wednesday 14 March 2018


Inspect & Test Training Review Seminar Series

Due to popular demand, FPA Australia is running further seminars addressing proposed changes to Certificate II and III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing.

Sydney - 6 March 2018
Melbourne - 8 March 2018


Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

Sponsorship, exhibition space and presenter opportunities are now available. Visit www.fireaustralia.com.au to apply.

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