Fire is a major safety hazard for civil, commercial and military aircraft. In Australia, the potential fire zones of modern multi-engine aircraft are protected by fixed fire protection systems. A fire zone is an area, or region, of an aircraft designed by the manufacturer to require fire detection and/or fire extinguishing equipment and a high degree of inherent fire resistance. Site operators must exercise the highest levels of care with regard to fire protection in order to safeguard lives, aviation equipment, property and the environment.

It is important that gaseous fire suppression systems are installed and maintained by licensed technicians to ensure full functionality in the event of a fire and minimise unnecessary discharges of scheduled extinguishing agents into the atmosphere. As such, individuals and businesses working in the aviation sector must ensure they are compliant with the Act and the Regulations when handling scheduled extinguishing agents and have relevant licences, authorisations and permits under the Fire Protection Industry Permit scheme (the FPI scheme). 

As such the Board is determined to ensure that all businesses and individuals are aware of the FPI scheme requirements and improving the knowledge of scheduled extinguishing agents among stakeholders.

The Board has developed communication materials that include a factsheet and article to raise awareness of legislative requirements when using gaseous fire suppression systems containing scheduled extinguishing agents in the aviation industry.

We encourage you to view the items below. If you require any further information on the FPI Scheme please call 03 8892 3131.

Requirements for Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAMEs) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs)

Currently in Australia all Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAMEs) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) who handle extinguishing agents are required to achieve competence in CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions or an equivalent assessment.

The Board has been working with the aviation industry to find ways in which the requirement for CPPFES2043A may be satisfied by either undertaking this unit of competency or an equivalent assessment.

If you are a LAME or AME and handle extinguishing agents but have not yet completed unit CPPFES2043A - Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions  or an equivalent assessment, you should enrol as soon as possible. To find a training provider, please visit Find a Training Provider.