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31 May 2018
The way ahead at Fire Australia 2018
A challenging but necessary path forward was laid out at the Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow, the nation’s premier event dedicated to the fire protection industry.

Fire Australia attracted more than 1160 visitors over three days in May. Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event drew in 45 speakers and 53 exhibitors from across Australasia, Europe, Asia and North America.

“We were extremely pleased with the quality of visitors who attended the event this year,” said Mark Potter, General Manager of Engagement and Events at Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia), the show’s host.

If there was a single theme for the event, it was about the way forward for an industry facing challenges with compliance, competence and consistency.

“Many of the conference presentations over the three days of the event have challenged the industry to do better, leading to quality building outcomes that protect our community,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams. 

Looking ahead to next year, Fire Australia 2019 will return to Melbourne on 14-16 May, and with more than 50 percent of exhibition space already booked with a new and improved floorplan, the event is looking to be the largest ever Fire Australia.

To read a full wrap-up of the event, look out for the upcoming Edition 3 2018 of Fire Australia Magazine.

BMF compliance and enforcement report released
A long-awaited report from Professor Peter Shergold and Bronwyn Weir into the compliance and enforcement systems for the Australian building and construction industry has been released, after being presented to the Building Ministers' Forum earlier this week.
 
Commissioned last year by the BMF, the report explores the problematic shortcomings in implementation of the National Construction Code, and makes 24 recommendations for improvements.
 
"The compliance and enforcement systems have not been adequate to prevent these problems from emerging and they need to change as a matter of priority," the report said.
 
"There is no panacea or 'silver bullet' to resolve these problems. Our 24 recommendations are intended to operate as a suite of solutions which will address weaknesses in a comprehensive manner."

The report is available here.
Join the discussion on SPARK
Have you logged in to the new SPARK knowledge-sharing platform for the fire protection industry yet? 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.

Don’t miss the latest conversations happening on SPARK:

RE: Heat Collectors
Posted in: Fire Protection Systems & Equipment
Hi Paul yes, this seems to be an urban myth that won't go away. It is not helped by the fact that the BCA (even today, in Amd.1) still refers to heat collector plates in Spec G3.8 for atrium protection...

VIC bushfire prone areas updated
Posted in: Bushfire
The Victorian State Government has conducted the 11th review of the Bushfire Prone Areas (BPA) mapping and over 9,000 lots have been removed. It is unclear if there are many additional lots which have...

RE: BREAK TANKS FOR HYDRANT SYSTEMS
Posted in: Building Fire Safety
Hi Eon, In relation to your first post (which is a good question).   It is my understanding that: From the scope (Clause 1.1) of AS 2304 that this standard is only for the design, construction...

RE: Fire pumps in series
Posted in: Fire Protection Systems & Equipment
Hi Paul, I am not sure if the code specifically prohibits pumps connected in series, provided you can achieve the flooded suction requirements. This will likely lead to a complicated pump start control...

RE: AS2118.6 - CLAUSE 2.8.5
Posted in: Fire Protection Systems & Equipment
Hi Eon, I would agree. A smaller tank would only be permitted where accepted by the authority having jurisdiction as a variation to the requirements of AS2118.6-2012.  An issue I have come across of late...

One month left for exclusive member EOFY vehicle bonuses
With only one month to the end of the financial year, now’s the time to sort out all your vehicle needs. As a Corporate or Organisation Member of Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Austalia), you’re entitled to exclusive discounts on pricing, financing and fit-out of vehicles and other assets through Stratton Finance and their partners carconnect and Caddy Storage.

And if you settle your finance contract by 30 June 2018, you’ll also be eligible to receive a $500 gift card!

To learn more and get exclusive deals on your vehicle needs, visit stratton.com.au/fpaa or call the dedicated FPA Australia helpdesk on 1300 242 505.

June Member Forums
FPA Australia will be holding Member Forums in June around the country. The Member Forums will cover a range of important updates for FPA Australia members, and will include:

  • STMG Leadership Group update
  • FPA Australia national update
  • Open discussion forum

The forums will take place between 12:30pm – 2:30pm across the following locations, venues and dates:


Adelaide - The Precinct Conference Centre     Tuesday 12 June 2018
Perth - City West Receptions     Wednesday 13 June 2018
Darwin - Oaks Elan     Thursday 14 June 2018
Brisbane - Calamvale Hotel     Tuesday 19 June 2018
Sydney - Canada Bay Club     Wednesday 20 June 2018
Hobart - Rydges Hobart     Tuesday 26 June 2018
Melbourne - FPA Australia head office     Thursday 28 June 2018

Click here to register for the Member Forums.
Upcoming AS 1851 seminars
Held in the mornings before the Member Forums mentioned above, the FPA Australia will be running a new seminar series in June on Australian Standard AS 1851-2012 - Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

The AS 1851-2012 seminar, focused on Section 1, details the essential requirements for routine maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment, which is critical to ensuring that they are achieving the standard of performance for which they were designed.

Section 1 of AS 1851 includes the requirements for baseline data, competent persons, logbooks and records management. These requirements are important to understand when undertaking maintenance or managing fire protection systems.

The seminars will be held on the same days and locations as the Member Forums listed above.

Click here to register for this seminar series.
TAN-04 Changing to Fluorine Free or C6 Foam
In addition to existing advice in this area (e.g. Information Bulletins IB-06 and IB-14), FPA Australia has now produced a brief Technical Advisory Note to highlight what needs to be considered in changing the type of firefighting foam used in existing pre-engineered vehicle foam water spray systems or foam fire extinguishers to a fluorine free or C6 firefighting foam.
 
See here for more information and to view a preview of the document or, if you’re a FPA Australia member, login to CONNECT here to access the full document.
Missed the NCC Seminars? Catch the Webcasts 
During February and March of 2018, the ABCB visited all capital cities to deliver the NCC Seminars. Practitioners that were unable to attend the Seminars in person have not missed out however, with the 2018 webcasts now available.

The webcasts have been divided into the following six segments:

  1. NCC 2016 Volume One, Amendment 1
  2. The NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft
  3. An update on the improved CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme
  4. Performance Based Design
  5. Performance Based Design; A Case Study and
  6. An update on the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).

As well as addressing critical information about NCC Volume One, Amendment 1 and the 2019 Public Comment Draft, webcast videos 4 and 5 also provide a valuable insight into the application of performance based design, including how to develop a performance based solution. Video 6 provides an outline of contemporary PCA developments.   

Complementing the ABCB’s significant range of free education materials, the webcasts keep practitioners and code users informed of forthcoming change and provide an important opportunity to learn more about the competent use of performance. 

Watch the NCC Seminars 2018 webcasts here.
 
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 and AS 1670.4 have gone through committee ballot. However, publication has been delayed until December 2018 to allow time for adoption of updated direct text adoptions of ISO standards.
  • The revision of AS 4428.6 and Amendment 2 to AS 3786 have both gone through committee ballot and should proceed to publication shortly.
  • 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 was held 8 May.
  • AS 2304 has gone to combined procedure (public comment and committee ballot) closing 19 June.
  • Amendment 2 to AS 3745 has gone through committee ballot with minor changes identified and with the committee to confirm before proceeding to publication.
  • AS 1530.8.1 and AS 1530.8.2 have gone to combined procedure closing 5 June.
  • AS 5113 Amendment 1 is at combined procedure closing 29 May.
  • AS 3959 has gone to committee ballot. There are several negative votes which Standards Australia is currently seeking to resolve.
  • AS/NZS 2293.2 has gone to combined procedure closing 2 July.
 
Upcoming events
For the latest details and to register for events, click here.

HAZMAT Conference
 
The HAZMAT conference will run in conjunction with AIDGC, on 20-21 September 2018, held at the Park Royal (Darling Harbour) Hotel in Sydney.
 
More details coming soon!

 
Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala 2018
 
The Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner will be held on 9 November, 2018 and will be held at the Shangri la Hotel in Sydney.
 
More details on nomination process coming soon!
Other industry events
Safe Cladding and Building Summit 

The Safe Cladding & Buildings conference is a two-day event bringing together leaders from government, building and construction and emergency services to explore the critical issues in ensuring compliance with building standards and fire safety. FPA Australia is an official media partner, and 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://scb.aventedge.com.


Brisbane, 18-19 June 2018
Perth, 21-22 June 2018
Melbourne, 26-27 June 2018


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