NFIA’s view has always been that the design, installation and maintenance of fire protection systems and their subsequent certification should only be carried out by those with appropriate skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience. To this end, Australia as a nation quickly needs more reform in the fire protection and life safety space.
Following the failure of the COAG National Licensing project in 2013, NFIA calls on the Federal Government to establish a National Fire Safety Commission to lead the way forward on a national licensing framework initiative.
The National Fire Safety Commission should:
- comprise industry and regulators, along with the Chief Commissioner
- be the national regulator for fire protection companies, their operatives, service providers and fire protection products
- approve product for use for fire safety measures
- conduct audits of installations, at completion and throughout the life of the installation
- approve qualifications for registration/licensing of individuals to undertake fire protection work
- facilitate the availability and delivery of genuine fire protection qualifications to the industry’s workforce
The National Fire Safety Commission should ensure that a genuine level of knowledge, skills and fire safety standards for people and products are defined, clearly understood and complied with to ensure the ongoing safety of the Australian community.
This article was originally published by Sourceable.