It's now 20 years since the Australian Fire Protection
Association (AFPA), which was established in 1960, and the Fire
Protection Industry Association Australia (FPIAA) which was
established in 1926, agreed to amalgamate to form one
representative body to be known as Fire Protection Association
Australia (FPA Australia).
That decision, taken back in January 1997, recognised the
outstanding work and history of the AFPA and FPIAA and that by
merging them, a foundation would be established that would benefit
the broader fire protection industry and ultimately the Australian
Major decisions like these are never easy and reflecting on the
discussions through 1996 leading up until the merger, FPA Australia
National President Chris Orr said; "There are always wonderful
opportunities and of course there is always risk."
"When you merge two entities together, you bring different
services and value propositions to the table, varied personalities
and cultures, but what is important to remember is that the end
result must be a better combined outcome in which everyone will
"There is no doubt when you look at the Association today, its
profile and positioning within the industry, this would never have
been realised unless the merger occurred and I could not be prouder
of what has been achieved. It is just outstanding.
"FPA Australia is the peak body for the fire protection
industry at every level. Irrespective of if you are
manufacturers and suppliers of fire protection products and
services, contractors, fire-fighters, building owners and manager,
insurers, designers, certifiers and surveyors, government and
legislators, educators or students, our membership is just so broad
and comprehensive," he said.
Commenting on the merger, FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams said
he felt very privileged to be leading the Association today.
"I recognise the history of this great Association with its
heritage that dates back to 1926. I acknowledge the enormous
contribution our members make to fire protection and to improving,
every day, fire safety outcomes for all of our community," said Mr
"We have experienced significant growth and by the end of this
year, we will see the Association approaching 50 staff with future
plans to expand our presence by placing additional resources in New
South Wales and for the first time, staff in Queensland."
Mr Williams said the Association's highlights for him personally
since joining in early 2009 were:
- the expansion of the Association's training capability with a
dedicated training centre now positioned in Sydney,
- the success of FPA Australia's Fire Protection Accreditation
Scheme (FPAS) and Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation Scheme
(BPAD) with many thousands of individuals now accredited in the
areas of Inspection & Testing, System Design &
Certification and Bushfire Services,
- the Association's representation with the Australian Building
Codes Board, our commitment to all Australian Standards related to
fire and the production of highly informative technical
documentation for the industry,
- FPA Australia's Workplace Relations services to our members,
- the strong engagement with all Federal, State & Territory
and Local governments.
Mr Williams also said that one of the most
important aspects to any success is assembling the right team.
"People are the heartbeat of any organisation
and it is important to recognise this and continue to invest in
your people. I believe FPA Australia has assembled an outstanding
team; individuals who are committed and tirelessly work to deliver
the Vision of the Association to lead and support a professional
industry to minimise the impact of fire on life, property and the
environment, for a safer community," he said.
To view FPA Australia's Strategic Directions for
the period of 2015 - 2018 please click here