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CFPA-Asia executive members left to right Peter Petrus Indonesia, Steven Ooi Malaysia, Joe J K Kwok China/HongKong.

The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Asia

The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Asia (CFPA-Asia), represents fire protection organizations from the Asia Pacific Region. By sharing experience, research, technical know-how, and fire statistics, the group aims to maximize the effectiveness of fire prevention and protection and foster improved international fire safety codes and standards.

CFPA-Asia operates under By-Laws developed in 2005 and updated in June 2014. This update also introduced new levels of membership.

Three levels of membership are available for organizational entities; Member, Affiliate and Associate.

Member status is for an association, whose primary objective is to address fire safety and associated matters.

Affiliate membership is granted to a person representing an agency, association or institution with an objective to address fire or life safety.

Associate membership is for a person, firm, company, business or organization with an interest in fire or life safety, fire protection, fire suppression or fire prevention, including those involved in the manufacture and supply of fire or life safety products, equipment and services.

CFPA-Asia brings together Fire Protection Associations of Asia Pacific countries to promote the awareness in relation to fire prevention and protection within the Region, exchange information relating to fire prevention and protection and publish policy and position statements to make public the official beliefs and recommendations of the Association.
To this end, CFPA-Asia has published four documents, Smoke Alarms, Maintenance of Fire Safety Systems, Locking of Exit Doors and Climate Change.

Another offering by CFPA-Asia for Member Countries, Affiliate members or Organisations in the Region is CFPA-Asia Task Forces. These may be established to assist in the more challenging fire safety matters including regulatory matters, standards development, fire investigation, and other fire safety issues requiring assistance. Task Forces may also be established to assist with the conduct
of seminars and conferences.

Recently CFPA-Asia helped establish the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) Fire Chief Council, the purpose of which is to maintain relations between fire chiefs in the region which will include sharing and cooperation in the fire and rescue fields. Membership includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. CFPA-Asia will be helping to run education seminars and conferences in these and other regional countries and to also to provide opportunities to implement new practices such as Fire Protection Association Australia’s Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) which was launched in July 2013, as a nationally harmonised accreditation system designed to recognise the skills and competencies of individuals working in the fire protection field. FPAS Australia covers the ‘Inspect and Test’, Design and Certify classes of work.

From the initial meeting held in Hong Kong in 2003 CFPA-Asia has now grown into a strong group of 13 nations and 25 members. Plans are underway to expand the membership base to include fire protection organizations from Countries generally recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Arabian Peninsula fire protection organizations.

The General Assembly Meeting held in May of 2015 welcomed The Building Safety and Officers Association of Thailand and MDM Publishing Ltd publishers of Asia Pacific Fire Magazine as members.

The Executive will be meeting in October to plan 2016 activities and membership growth. They will also be considering training and education arrangements and the development of further policy and position statements covering combustible facades and product approvals at importation stages.

For more information, go to www.cfpaa.com

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