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A message from our President

Posted on : Tuesday, 29 October 2019

In closing out the 2018-19 financial year, I would like to thank all the members of Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) for their faith in their industry association and in its Board. I would like to reflect briefly on what I believe has been a year of great achievement for the Association's Board and staff.

 

During 2018-19, we developed and released two new Technical Specifications for residential sprinklers, which were included in the new National Construction Code 2019. This is significant in two ways; firstly, that FPA Australia is now recognised as a 'standards'-writing organisation, and secondly that it will improve the life safety of many Australians, which is the Association's core purpose.

 

The Association also secured a renewed five-year contract with the Federal Government to facilitate services for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board. The new contract once again demonstrates that we have the confidence of the Federal Government in delivering this key environmental outcome.

 

We have developed the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) to the point where many regulators are considering this to underpin roles and responsibilities of individuals working in the fire protection industry. NSW is the first government to formally recognise the Association as an accrediting body, which will accredit thousands of practitioners across the state in the next 12 months. Had FPA Australia and its Board been unwilling to take on this extraordinarily complex project, many of our members in NSW would have been unable to continue operating.

 

Also during the year, the Association signed an agreement with Fire and Rescue NSW to collaborate on the new NSW Training Centre of the Fire Protection Training Academy. This close collaboration is the first of its kind, and when the NSW Training Centre opens it will be one of the most advanced facilities dedicated to fire protection training in the world.

 

It's yet another sign that the fire protection industry, and its peak representative body, are maturing and starting to achieve the level of professionalism for which FPA Australia and its members have worked so hard over so many years.

 

I have just completed my first year as President of this great organisation, and it is my intention to seek another term as your President now that I have been re-elected to the Board for another three years.

 

We acknowledge as a Board that it is important to stay engaged with the membership, and 2020 will see visits that are more frequent as we travel throughout Australia and seek your feedback as to areas where we need to focus.

 

The Board and staff have much work to do and we look forward to your ongoing support.

 

Regards,

 

Bill Lea

President, FPA Australia