FIRE PROTECTION TECHNICIANS TRANSITION
Posted on : Tuesday, 15 December 2015
The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board
(the Board) has successfully transitioned the vast majority of
experienced fire protection technicians who handle scheduled
extinguishing agents, to an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence
(EAHL) - Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5).
"I am delighted that most technicians have updated
their qualification by the 30 November 2015 deadline, we see this
as a positive reflection on the strength and direction of those
working in the fire protection industry," Board Chairman, Mr Chris
The achievement of successfully transitioning
technicians has been driven largely by the Board's mission to
minimise emissions from scheduled extinguishing agents.
The Board believes this transition bolsters
professionalism and builds confidence in the industry and the
community. As a result, anyone in the community employing the
services of fire protection technicians can expect that they are
appropriately trained, qualified and competent, as specified under
the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management
Regulations 1995 (the Regulations).
The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA
Australia) facilitates and services the Board through a service
agreement with the Department of the Environment (the Department).
The Board administers the fire protection industry permit scheme
under the Regulations. Previously industry technicians could hold
their licences based solely on their industry experience but are
now required to undertake formal assessment to acquire updated
"In addition, we continue to work collaboratively
with the Department, with a joint vision that the required changes
to licensing will further promote 'best practice' activities by
fire protection technicians and improve awareness and
understanding," Mr Orr said.
"The Board's position is that businesses and
technicians must continue to comply with all legislative and
regulatory requirements and relevant codes of practice under the
Regulations," Mr Orr said.
From 1 December, 2015 any technician who has not
undertaken the required units of competency is no longer able to
hold an EAHL Experienced Persons (Entitlement 1-5) and cannot
continue to work without a valid licence.
The Board acknowledges FPA Australia and the
industry's outstanding contribution in developing learning and
assessment resources which support technicians to successfully
transition to EAHL - Qualified Persons licence.
The Board is aware of approximately 300 technicians
who have not transitioned to Qualified Persons (Entitlement 1-5).
Anyone suspected of working without a licence will be contacted by
the Board regarding non-compliance under the Ozone Protection and
Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and the
If you have not transitioned and are working with
scheduled extinguishing agents you may be in breach of the
Regulations and should contact the Board for assistance.
Anyone requiring more information about the fire
protection industry permit scheme or with media enquiries can
contact the Communications & Compliance Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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