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31 January 2018
Logbook legal action settled
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In late 2015, Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) commenced legal action in the Federal Court of Australia in Victoria for infringement in the FPA Australia fire protection logbooks. The proceedings were against the following named respondents:
  • Third Planet Group;
  • Creative Concepts Advertising and Marketing (In Liq.);
  • Edward McAlistair Munro; and
  • Andrew William Waters.
Each of the Respondents denied liability for infringement of FPA Australia’s copyright in the logbooks. In December 2017, the parties reached an out of court settlement on terms involving payment of money to FPA Australia by each of Third Planet Group, Edward McAlistair Munro and Andrew William Waters, undertakings by those parties not to publish the disputed works, and delivery up to FPA Australia of copies of such works in their power, possession or control.

“The Association is delighted to bring the matter to a close,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

“FPA Australia’s fire protection logbooks are the result of significant investment. We appreciate the strong support we’ve received from the industry through fire logbook purchases, which allow the Association to reinvest in work to further develop Australia’s fire protection industry.”
Post-Grenfell Hackitt report falls close to home
Grenfell Fire
An independent review into the UK’s building regulations and fire safety in the wake of Grenfell could have been written about Australia, its findings are that relevant to our situation.

In December 2017, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the UK presented an interim report to Parliament titled "Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety". The report was written by Dame Judith Hackitt, an experienced engineer with long-term roles in community safety.

The observations an recommendations in the report ware eerily close to home, and are a timely resource for our own independent experts to draw from in their assessment of our fragmented state and territory administrative adoption, implementation and enforcement of the NCC and Standards.

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Residential sprinklers address fire protection gap
Grenfell Fire
Newly-released research into effective and affordable fire sprinkler protection of residential buildings could lead to a significant improvement in Australians’ safety.

In a new report released 17 January by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), the Residential Sprinkler Research Report, researchers found fire sprinklers significantly improved the safety of occupants in residential buildings under 25 metres in height, preventing 90% of fires from spreading to other rooms.

The research was conducted by a partnership between FRNSW, FPA Australia, the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and industry partners.

Based on the findings of the study, FPA Australia, FRNSW and AFAC have jointly submitted a Proposal for Change to the 2019 NCC calling for a requirement that sprinklers be fitted to all new Class 2 and 3 shared residential accommodation buildings up to 25 metres in effective height, and the adoption of the two new sprinkler systems tested as options to AS 2118.1 and AS 2118.4.

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Australia Day awards for fire services

FPA Australia would like to congratulate the recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), awarded as part of the Australia Day Honours this year.

Thirty-two Australians were awarded the AFSM on Australia Day in recognition of their lengthy and conspicuous contribution to the nation’s fire services.

For a full list of recipients and to read about their accomplishments and contributions, click here.

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Roadshow to cover Certificate II & III changes
A nation-wide roadshow is being run to discuss changes 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 first stage of the review and redesign of the two nationally recognised training qualifications that cover the routine service of fire related essential safety measures is nearing completion, and will be released for public comment in coming weeks.

The roadshow will be run throughout February by Artibus Innovation, a government-appointed company that supports industry to develop training packages for the construction and property services sector. The events will cover the proposed changes and the methodology used to develop the updated qualifications.

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Changes to Tasmanian building regulations

The Tasmanian Government has introduced new rules around combustible cladding use, as well as given clarification on building requirements as a result of a building category review in 2017.

Under the changes, Tasmania’s Building Regulations 2016 now requires any ‘high risk’ building products to be accredited for use by the state’s Director of Building Control. The high risk definition currently only applies to aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core, or polystyrene sheeting used as building cladding on buildings over two storeys.

The changes also clarify, amongst others:

  • The types of low-risk building work where council permit authorities need to be notified after completion;
  • The role and function of the Tasmania Fire Service as a Reporting Authority;
  • Keeping of maintenance records on essential building services; and
  • Alterations or additions to buildings in bushfire-prone areas that don’t always require a permit.

A fact sheet on the changes is available here.

Two-year logbooks available

FPA Australia's new two-year logbooks have proven extremely popular since their launch in December. Stock is now available for all two-year 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.

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Public comment on draft sprinkler technical specifications due 23 February

As mentioned in the December edition of FireSignals, FPA Australia has drafted two new 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 closes Friday 23 February. The Association strongly encourages anyone with an interest in sprinkler protection to review these specifications and provide feedback by this deadline.

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

ABCB releases NCC amendment preview
The Australian Buildings Codes Board (ABCB) has released a preview of an amendment to the National Construction Code (NCC) in advance of its adoption by all states and territories on 12 March 2018.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 is the outcome of a directive by the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) to accelerate adoption of a suite of measures to improve fire safety in high rise buildings, developed in the wake of the Lacrosse Apartments fire in 2014.

Alongside the draft, the ABCB has provided a summary of changes, a new Evidence of Suitability Handbook, and the Consolidated Performance Requirements preview. More resources will reportedly follow.

The ABCB is also running an NCC seminar series around the country in February and March, covering the new amendment, the upcoming public comment draft of NCC 2019, and developing and assessing performance solutions.

Read the Amendment 1 draft here.
New position statement on smoke detectors
FPA Australia has published a new position statement on smoke detectors. PS-08 Routine Service of Aspirating Smoke Detectors (ASDs) with automated test facilities informs industry of new developments and methods for testing and monitoring ASDs and sampling pipe networks, and identifies the minimum requirements for ASDs with automated test facilities to meet the requirements of Clause G9 of AS 1851-2012.

Download the position statement here.
New GasBag out now
The latest edition of the GasBag newsletter from the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board is out now. For the latest news on scheduled extinguishing agents, click here.
Upcoming events
For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

Future of Firefighting Foams Seminar

Learn about fluorinated and fluorine-free firefighting foams, when and where they can be used, state legislative restrictions and environmental impacts.

Calamvale Hotel, Brisbane – Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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.

Hobart – Tuesday 27 February 2018
Melbourne – Wednesday 28 February 2018
Perth – Tuesday 6 March 2018
Adelaide – Wednesday 7 March 2018
Sydney – Tuesday 13 March 2018
Brisbane – Wednesday 14 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
Other industry events
Safe Cladding and Building Summit

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.

Sydney – 27-28 February 2018