FPA Australia Secures Fire Protection Industry Board Tender

Posted on : Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce it has been successful in the tender process to continue to facilitate services for the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) for the next two years through a service agreement with the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy.

FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams said the Association was looking forward to continuing its successful partnership with the Department while actively promoting industry good practice.

"The continued partnership places a clear obligation on the fire protection industry to work effectively and efficiently to achieve substantial reductions in the emissions of extinguishing agents which are ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases," he said.

"We value the relationship with the Department and to achieve our common objective to minimise emissions and protect the environment."

The Board will be responsible for providing services required by the Fire Protection Industry permit scheme (FPI Scheme) consistent with the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, which includes the granting of fire protection industry permits to individuals and businesses.

"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 companies, and improve awareness and understanding."

The Board will continue to communicate and raise awareness of the FPI Scheme with stakeholders including the fire protection industry, associated industries, registered training organisations, fire and emergency services agencies, Commonwealth and State Government agencies and members of the public.

With the recent announcement of the Australian Government phase down of bulk hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) imports from 2018, the Board will play an important role in the relationship between industry and government as the phasedown encourages industry to move to technologies using lower or zero global warming potential alternatives.

FPA Australia acknowledges the Board's work and the industry's outstanding contribution in successfully transitioning technicians to an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL) - Qualified Persons driven largely by the Board's mission to minimise emissions from scheduled extinguishing agents.

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