What We Offer
Australian Fire & First Aid provide all forms of fire training including extinguisher training, warden training, chief warden training and evacuation training. Please select the course you require from the drop down menu on the fire training tab for detailed information on theses courses. If you require training in Operate Breathing Apparatus Open Circuit or other ‘fire related’ training please check the drop down menu on our Safety Training tab. If you require training in a course not listed on our site please contact our office on (08) 85964243 to make an enquiry, we have some courses on our scope which are not featured on the website.
What Sets Us Apart
Australian Fire & First Aid are the only company in South Australia who are able to provide environmentally friendly fire training. Our Bullex Bullseye digital flame simulator takes all the hassle out of fire training not only ensuring it is environmentally friendly but also OHS Friendly & Weather Friendly.
How we hear you ask? Fire training has traditionally been messy, smelly and conducted outdoors weather permitting. Have you ever experienced extinguisher training and coughed from the gas or the chemicals in the extinguisher? Ever felt the hairs on your knuckles curl back from the heat of traditional training methods? We’ve experienced these things over and over and we realised that many of our past students were not learning as much as they could because they were frightened of getting burned.
The Bullex Bullseye allows us to simulate 3000 types of fires with varying degrees of difficulty using a digital screen. The digital fire is extinguished using either water extinguishers or laser driven extinguishers which look, sound and feel like the real thing. Using laser means we are able to train indoors or out, day or night. No need to seek council permits for live flames, no risk of burn injuries to your staff and no harm to the environment.
CO2 and DryChem powder are great for putting out fires but not so great for your health or the environment and can cause rusting to metals and electronics. We think you should save them for the real thing. Our digital system also allows us to record and grade each student on correct technique, speed and accuracy and because our laser extinguishers are good for 500 shots we can train, train and train again until each and every staff member has confidently acquired the necessary skills. Gone are the days of the course ending early because the extinguishers are empty!
Is your building working towards a Green Star Energy Rating? Our fire training is the only training which does not detract from your rating. Find out today if our training can assist you attain Green certification for your industry.
Is Fire Training Compulsory in SA?
Well the answer depends on who you ask. The current Australian Standard 3745-2010 was passed into effect on December 10, 2010. It is upon the previous standard AS3745-2002 that SA laws are based. The current AS states that yes training is compulsory and is required in the following frequencies:
Members of OHS Committees – must undergo ‘some form’ of training every 6 months
Warden Training – every 2 years
Extinguisher Training – every 12 months
Evacuation Exercise – must be undertaken at least once in every 12 month period.
Fire Equipment Servicing – every 6 months
So who enforces this Australian Standard? Well this is where things become as clear as mud. These laws were first tested and implemented in Queensland in 2008 and have slowly been rolled out across the country ever since. Your insurer is aware of the AS3745-2010 and most will not pay out on a fire claim if your staff have not been trained, we strongly recommend you read your insurance policy terms and conditions (sometimes called a product disclosure statement) or call your insurer for clarification.
The Australian Standard is yet to be passed as law in South Australia, we are unsure why, however we assume it is because OHS laws will be replaced by national Work Health Safety (WHS) legislation in 2012. When the new WHS legislation comes into effect (expected to be January 1, 2012) Worksafe SA and Workcover SA will also enforce these training requirements as they currently do with First Aid Training.
If you would like more information on the new national WHS legislation you can find the model of the proposed legislation HERE