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Data is king, I’m told. But only if you do something with it, I reply.

I just stepped away from looking at Sentinel hot spot, a service run by Geoscience…

Representative politics

As governments push for greater reform, the fire protection industry needs to engage more closely…

Are we destroying our ability to be professional?

When I was a young firefighter back in the 1970s there was only one means…

Insights we gained from Fire Australia 2021

After a brief hiatus due to the year that was, Fire Australia 2021 came back…

Essential basic reading for all those involved in fire and disaster prevention.
When will we ever learn?

For those not old enough to remember the Peter, Paul and Mary hit ‘Where have…

Developing and diversifying the fire protection industry

The fire protection sector needs to encourage more young people, particularly women, into the industry…

We need face-to-face conferences and exhibitions to grow

Did you hear that? It was the applause given to me by 40 zoom attendees…

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Residential sprinklers are the new standard

Australia’s population is growing, adding around 400,000 people per year to our suburbs and towns.…

COVID -19: do we have to reinvent the wheel?

It has now been nine months since we first heard the word coronavirus, before it…

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The opportunity of reform

Industry involvement in fire-safety reforms will undoubtedly deliver better results for all. Fire-sector reform is…

What does it take to change?

With all that is going on in this COVID-19 world – mass unemployment, community lockdown,…

Regular maintenance and testing is not about complying with government requirements – it’s about avoiding this.
Fire safety should be about value, not compliance

Recently, a fire-safety assessor reported that he had come to an impasse. A building under…

Are inquiries the way to learn after attending a significant fire?

Do you learn from your experiences at a fire, or are there many important issues…

Taking hold of fire protection’s future

On 6 April, fire-safety assessment changed. From that date, any practitioner who assesses and endorses…

Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on…

Construction of the NSW Training Centre of the Fire Protection Training Academy is a major new initiative for FPA Australia.
Fire Protection Association year in review

This year has been one of much change, but strong accomplishments. Much of the year…

The rise of Asia in the fire market

Exports from China rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 221.5 billion in…

NSW recognition of FPAS to build community confidence

Ensuring industry competence is one of Fire Protection Association Australia’s (FPA Australia) key Strategic Directions,…

Are you looking after your mental health?

It’s easy to recognise and understand physical health problems when it’s for example a broken…

The new Academy was officially announced in April. Left to right: 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.
Agreement signed on new fire protection training academy

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce a collaboration with Fire and…

Climate change is now a key strategic issue for Boards

Natural event risks are normally handled by management. These are the usual short-term incidents like…

New sprinkler requirement a rare step change in safety

Improvements in fire protection are typically a matter of incremental progression. Large step-changes are rare.…

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