US Study Tour ends on a high

Posted on : Friday, 21 July 2017

After the very productive visit to New York reported in last month's FireSignals, the FPA Australia US Study Tour group moved on to the final leg with a visit to Boston to attend the annual conference of our US sister organisation the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


The group also visited the NFPA's Quincey headquarters and met with researchers, staff and CEO and President Jim Pauley, toured the new state-of-the-art Tyco Global Technology Centre in Cranston, Rhode Island, and squeezed in a group dinner at the iconic Original Cheers Bar in Beacon Hill.


"Visiting the Tyco testing and training facility was fantastic," said tour attendee Simon Burt, from the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety Command.


"They had rooms where they could set fires and demonstrate sprinkler systems with all kinds of temperature variations. You don't often get the ability to watch a fire build and see the effectiveness of sprinklers like that."


After leaving Boston, the tour took a detour to the seaside town of Newport, home of the 1983 America's Cup winner Australia II, and the City of Newport's Fire Chief took them on a tour of one of the town's fire stations.


The strength of the tour was the ability to spend quality time with fire protection professionals in the US, and to share the lessons learned with a tour group from the full breadth of the Australian industry, according to Mr Burt.


"I found the study tour highly relevant to all areas of the fire industry, and travelling with a delegation of FPA Australia members enhanced the knowledge gained," he said. "I would highly recommend attendance by fire department and fire protection personnel to future FPA Australia study tours."


Attendees were: Chris Honey, Peter Keating, Sabrina Keating, Gina Patrick, Peter Blain, Simon Burt, Fiona Burt, Ben Vardy, Chris Orr, Lyndal Orr, Alan Wilson, Scott Williams and Chris Wyborn.