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Fire Protection Training Academy

 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) will collaborate in the development of a new state-of-the-art training centre for emergency services and the fire protection industry.

 

Due to open its doors in the second half of 2019, the NSW Training Centre of the Fire Protection Training Academy (Fire Academy) will be located at the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills in western Sydney.

 

Through the new facility, FPA Australia and FRNSW will deliver world-class training in all aspects of fire protection. When completed, the centre will be one of the most advanced facilities dedicated to fire protection training in the world, with custom-built training rooms as well as shared facilities with the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy.

 

Fire Academy NSW Training Centre announcement

 

The new Fire Academy was announced in Sydney on Friday 12 April.

 

L to R: FRNSW Acting Deputy Commissioner Roger Mentha, FPA Australia President Bill Lea, FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter, FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams, and FRNSW Chief Superintendent Ken Murphy.

 

 

State-of-the-art facilities

 

When completed, the Fire Academy's NSW Training Centre will be one of the most advanced training facilities dedicated to fire protection in the world. It features custom-built training and assessment rooms as well as shared access with FRNSW Emergency Services Academy facilities, giving the centre comprehensive, hands-on training capacity spanning from design and installation through to routine service and annual assessment. It will also include access to a live fire training facility, providing students with real-world fire protection experience.

 

The Fire Academy's NSW Training Centre will cover all sectors of the industry, including passive fire protection, detection and alarms, water-based and gaseous suppression, special hazards and more.

 

Spread across the FRNSW academy complex, the training centre will comprise of four themed training rooms dedicated to specific fire protection systems and equipment.

 

Water Based Fire Suppression Room

 

Water based room

This room has been designed to enable trainees to learn all aspects of fire suppression systems including fire sprinklers, fire pumpsets and fire hydrant systems. Fully operational and interactive, the room will enable multiple trainees to learn at the same time and expose them to a broad range of fire sprinkler and fire hydrant systems.

 

FRNSW firefighters will also utilise this room to further their knowledge of the operation and function of fire suppressions systems and provide a unique opportunity to simulate emergency situations in a controlled environment.

 

Fire Detection, Warning & Electrical Training Room

 

Detection room

This room will provide trainees the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of fire detection and alarms systems, warning systems, emergency and exit lighting systems and a gaseous fire suppression system.

 

Trainees will gain knowledge and experience and build familiarity with a wide range of fire detection and warning systems. This room will facilitate learning on correct processes for conducting routine service as well as provide the skills and knowledge to determine performance requirements and identifying common faults and defects to support Fire Safety Assessors.

 

This room will provide FRNSW firefighters the ability to simulate fire alarm activations for a variety of systems and teach responding crews how to interpret information, utilise systems to help manage emergencies and build confidence and awareness with systems.

 

Passive Fire & Smoke Containment Training Facility

 

Passive room

Located within the FRNSW Academy's main warehouse facility, a dedicated area has been established for the installation of passive fire and smoke systems products and equipment.

 

Trainees will build familiarity and awareness with a wide range of fire and smoke doors, fire shutters and fire stopping products. This room will facilitate learning on correct processes for conducting routine service as well as provide the skills and knowledge to determine performance requirements and identifying common faults and defects to support Fire Safety Assessors.

 

Trainees from both FRNSW and the fire protection industry will be provided with skills and knowledge to conduct inspections and locate defects and non-compliances for a variety of systems and equipment installed to protect openings in fire protected structures.

 

Special Hazards Training Room

 

Special hazards room

This room has been designed to enable trainees to become familiar with a number of different types of special hazards fire suppressions systems and to learn all aspects of conducting routine service on these systems.

 

This is also an opportunity to showcase the latest technology available to suppress fires in critical infrastructure and to educate firefighters on how to interact with these systems when responding to emergency call-outs.