Paul Waterhouse
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State Manager – NSW for Fire Protection Association Australia

The silent statistics

Two recent incidents have brought renewed attention to home fire safety. In Macksville, a town in the mid-north coast of New South Wales, a fire broke out in a residential garage, quickly spreading to (and gutting) the whole house. The…

Representative politics

As governments push for greater reform, the fire protection industry needs to engage more closely with state departments to deliver a better, safer community.  Five-time former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill Jr is famously reported…

Fire safety should be about value, not compliance

Recently, a fire-safety assessor reported that he had come to an impasse. A building under his care needed a five-year pressure test, but the testing company wouldn’t do it without being indemnified, in case the system blew out. The client’s…

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