Firing up the association


29 Apr 2019

Scott Lawson

Scott Lawson, the chief executive of the Fire Protection Association NZ, is making sure that his association’s members are getting the most out of their links with Site Safe.

“Many of our members are heavily involved in the construction sector and a lot of them do Site Safe courses,” he says.

Scott, who is based in Auckland, is also an elected board member of Site Safe and he is keen to create tight links between the two organisations.

He says the FPA is also an important forum for bringing together professionals who deliver a broad range of fire protection products and services to the community.

FPA members get 10 per cent off Site Safe membership and when they become Site Safe members they then get discounts on the training courses around New Zealand.

He says one of his big pushes now is for FPA members, who often do the Passport for Building Construction course, to try something new when it comes to renewing their safety passport.

It just keeps things more interesting, he says.

“I tell our people, rather than sitting the same thing again, why not try doing some of the new courses offered by Site Safe.”

There are a number of these which are relevant to FPA members.

These include the Passport Plus – Height which is a four-hour, in-class course which serves as an introduction to the information essential to working at heights.

Passport Plus – Worker Health teaches the basics about chemicals, dust, noise, stress, fatigue and workplace bullying while the Tools and Plant course teaches safety around common tools and equipment.

For something that is part on-site and partly online, the Passport Plus – Flexi combines classroom learning with online learning modules including ones on asbestos, noise, mobile plant and electricity.

Like Site Safe, the FPA is a not for profit organisation with the purpose of being the voice of the fire protection industry in New Zealand.

Founded in 1975 the association has a range of technical committees and special interest groups that play a key role in providing expert advice and information on all aspects of fire safety.

Their website is here.