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Technical Advisory Notes


Technical Advisory Notes provide interpretation of non-FPA Australia documents (e.g. Australian Standards, Legislation, Practice Notes, etc.) and advocates best practice for compliance and processes.




TAN-08 V1 Portable Fire Extinguishers - Agent Replacement


Posted on 04/03/2022

The purpose of this document is to clarify the AS 1851-2012 requirements for the replacement of extinguishing agent in portable fire extinguishers during routine service activities or after use.


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TAN-06 Alarm Signalling Equipment: Connection Requirements (Victoria)


Posted on 22/10/2018

The purpose of this Technical Advisory Note is to provide advice concerning the legislative requirements for the installation, wiring connection and signals relating to alarm signalling equipment in Victoria.


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TAN-05 Sprinkler Systems in Lift Installations


Posted on 22/05/2018

This Technical Advisory Note provides information on FPA Australia's Proposal for Change to Clause 13 of Specification E1.5 of the BCA on sprinkler systems in lift installations so that practitioners can develop Performance Solutions accordingly


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TAN-04 Changing to Fluorine Free or C6 Foam


Posted on 22/05/2018


This Technical Advisory Note provides advice to those considering 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


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TAN-03 Maintenance of Aspirating Smoke Detectors (ASD)




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TAN-02 AS1670.1 Occupant Warning System Primary Power Source Requirements


Posted on 01/10/2013


This document explains the primary power source rating and battery capacity requirements for occupant warning systems to 3.22 (b) of AS1670.1 and how to satisfy these requirements.


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TAN-01 Requirement to Consider Simultaneous Draw from a Water Supply


Posted on 01/11/2011


Provides information and education in relation to considering the simultaneous water supply requirements for fire protection equipment, namely, fire hydrants, automatic fire sprinklers and fire hose reels served by the same water supply.


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