: TEL: 087 808 7527 (08h00 to 12h00) EMAIL: email@example.com POSTAL ADDRESS: Postnet Suite #86. Private Bag X10020, Edenvale 1610 EDITION 2 NOVEMBER 2009 Chairperson’s End of Year Report By Laura Swart Another year has flown past and my tenure as Chairperson will soon draw to a close. It has certainly been an interesting year economically, both globally and nationally and I take this opportunity to thank my pport fellow committee members for their continued support and Elmarie de Marillac in the DELAY IN THE office for her ongoing hard work in handling the associations’ administrative tasks. It looks as though 2010 will be a challenging year with the local economy centered REGISTRATION that around the soccer world cup and I firmly believe th as a united industry, much can OF TECHNICIANS be accomplished. We are often asked "What does the FDIA do for me?" and I encourage members to start looking from within to ascertain what each can offer the industry, based on the standards and knowledge that the FDIA has imparted on its member companies. It must be remembered that FDIA committee comprises dedicated volunteers as the membership fees do not warrant the recruitment of highly skilled permanent staff to fight our battles or an infrastructure that accommodates the like. FIRE INCIDENTS With the ever changing business environment, the benefits of our association follow: RECENTLY IN THE Industry representation on relevant, identified and influential bodies. Promotion of interests of the industry NEWS Access to established, implemented and industry enforced Code of Ethics and a body that provides conflict resolution between members and other stakeholders Access to information that keeps members abreast of relevant national and international trends Access to subsidised training courses Access to workshops and other events Access to industry related information that has been interpreted on behalf of the members Access to advice, support and services to promote compliance with standards Opportunity to attend relevant networking forums Adherence to minimum entry and operating standards LOG BOOKS Differentiation for FDIA members amongst clients While much has been achieved over the past 11 years there is always room for Visit our website: ll improvement. The FDIA will continue to support your interests as long as you www.fdia.co.za continue to support the association. All Newsletter submissions to be On behalf of the committee, we wish all sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and marked “Newsletter Article” our members a festive Christmas season and a prosperous 2010 – Safe travels! 2 WELCOME Installation of fire detection systems is easy, it's just a TO OUR panel, a few devices connected together with a pair of wires and the panel operates a couple of sirens when a NEW MEMBERS n detector operates. In many instances the real purpose of the fire alarm system is lost. Atlas Fire Security (Pty) Ltd The primary function of the fire detection system is to ITS Technologies sense a fire condition at the earliest possible moment and Provicom Risk Solutions (Pty) Ltd s alert people of its presence to enable them to evacuate the area. DELAY IN THE REGISTRATION The fire detection system is installed for the following reasons: OF TECHNICIANS 1) The protection of life 2) The protection of property. The continuing process of trying to establish registration The prime objective of fire detection should be to keep the of fire technicians has taken another step backwards as corridors clear of smoke to ensure a clear exit for the ECSA, for the fourth time, have refused to accept ical inhabitants. Optical smoke detectors are designed to see registration of technicians engaged in fire detection or the smoke so it is these detectors that need to be installed gaseous extinguishing systems. in all escape corridors before consideration is given to protecting individual rooms or offices. An agreement was struck between SAQCC Fire and a working group at ECSA provided for registration of The primary route of escape is via the corridor to the cablers, installers and first line commissioning technicians external door, however, many times the fire detectors are with SAQCC Fire and commissioning technician’s level 2, unprotected. installed in the offices and the corridor is left unprotected designers and inspectors registering with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). According to the South African Code of Practice for Fire h The SAQCC Fire has completed its task of defining Detection SANS 10139, one cannot install any category of qualification and experience levels for registration but m smoke detection system without smoke detectors in the the board of ECSA has not come to an agreement to corridors. provide a specialised category of “Fire engineering”, therefore delaying the entire process. Another overlooked area is the installation of manual call he points. The human being is the best fire sensor available so Meanwhile Government give him the opportunity of raising the fire alarm. Gazette No 32395 has There can be no compliant smoke detect detection system without issued a new pressure manual call points. Manual call points shall be installed at equipment regulation. all fresh air exits and at all storey exits from a building. This states that all persons with an involvement with Once the fire condition is sensed either manually or high pressure gas automatically, it all becomes a pointless exercise unless the cylinders be registered facility is available to warn the people within the building with the appropriate authority. This includes the fire pre-recorded via means of fire sirens, bells, strobe lights, or pre DIA protection industry and the FDIA are now researching as messages. All occupants of a building should be warned to who “the authority” is. with a sounder pressure level of 65 db or greater. Both the FDIA and the SAQCC Fire are urging a meeting providing Any system not providin all three of these facilities in with the Department of Labour to clarify the position and unison is pointless. Not enough money to provide ALL meanwhile ECSA are to continue with the process of these things is unacceptable, if there is not enough money discipline. accepting “Fire” as an engineering di for all three things then live with nothing!!!! Keith Norgate THE FDIA KEEPS YOU INFORMED FSIB Fire Systems Modingoane said the Johannesburg Property Company FIRE (JPC) would conduct an engineers’ assessment of the structure when the EMS’s report was received. “Such an assessment will enable the JPC to take the INCIDENTS required steps to stabilise the structure and the remaining walls and to address possible safety risks.” RECENTLY IN Modingoane said the JPC entered into negotiations with the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in 2002 to rehabilitate the building and use it for offices. THE NEWS “The legislature’s plans could not be realised because of a lack of funds,” he said. “The council subsequently approved the redevelopment public of the building and a publ tender was issued on 29 Old JHB Post Office gutted in fire August 2009. JOHANNESBURG - A fire that gutted the post office building in the “The main objective for the city was to ensure the Johannesburg central business district was put out on Monday historical preservation of the site.” (2/11/09) morning, emergency services said. He said the tender closed on September 25. The JPC was “Fire safety officers will now visit the scene to determine the cause evaluating the proposals received when the fire broke of the fire,” said spokeswoman Nana Radebe. out. As many as 30 fire fighters worked to extinguish the blaze, which - Sapa started around 8.50pm on Sunday. Radebe said the building, across the street from the Gauteng ently Legislature, was currently under construction. This made it difficult for fire fighters to enter it. The fire was finally extinguished around 4am on Monday. No one was injured in the fire, said Radebe. y Steps underway to preserve remains of burnt Post Office Steps have been taken to preserve the remains of Johannesburg’s post office which was gutted by fire, the city said on Monday. Proposals to restore the national monument were already under consideration when the fire broke out on Sunday night, city ngoane spokesman Nthatisi Modingoane said in a statement. The building’s roof collapsed in the blaze, which started at 8.50pm. The flames consumed the building’s wooden floors, but appeared not to have resulted in death or injury. Located across the road from the Gauteng Legislature, the post office building was declared a national monument in 1978. It was considered a provincial heritage site, said Modingoane. “An initial assessment of the damage and cause of the fire is currently being undertaken by the EMS,” he said. “This will be followed by a detailed investigation into the cause of the fire. The findings will be made public once the investigation has been completed.” 4 END OF YEAR LOG BOOKS TROPHY AWARDS Every fire system whether it is a fire detection or gas extinguishing system shall be issued with a log book. A successful function was held at Cesco’s Portuguese Any system handed over to a client without a log book is non- Restaurant, Randburg to celebrate year end and compliant to the South African Codes of practice. award the industry trophies. SANS 10139: 13.2.1 states: The event was initiated after two years absence and “A log book needs to be kept for the purpose of was attended by 80 members and partners. recording all events that occur in respect of the Paul Williams of Westec was awarded the “Ball and system, including fire signals, fault signals and work on Chain” award for missing two consecutive FDIA information the system. This informatio may be of value to the committee meetings and narrowly escaping being ation organisation that services the system and if special “fired” from the committee. action is taken to address false alarm problems.” Technoswitch was awarded “Company of the Year” for system, the client and the The log book records details of the syste their long service to the industry and recent growth. e detailing:- contractor. Information must be given to the client detailing Richard Mclaughlin was awarded the • The responsible person John Parry trophy for long and • Duties of the responsible person dedicated commitment to the FDIA. • A record of all events occurring on the system • Causes and remedies of false alarms • Non compliances of the system • Category of the system. • Details of the system installed The log book provides information to show the system is inspected and serviced regularly and lists faults that will guide the technician recurring problems. servicing the system to deal with any re The FDIA has issued all FDIA member companies with a Master Log Book for fire detection and gas extinguishing systems. The Contractors are advised to issue a log book to all clients when handing over systems.