The Fire Protection Centre of Excellence is a purpose built facility designed by industry for industry. This un-paralleled facility brings together cutting edge technology within a real world training environment designed to maximize the students learning experience. The focus of the Centre is to up-skill and re-skill current workers in the fire protection industry such as Sprinkler Fitters.
Sprinkler Apprenticeship at FiT
In late 2012 the Fire Protection Industry in Victoria suffered a blow when RMIT announced it could no longer deliver the apprenticeship in Sprinkler Fitting. Following the announcement, the National Fire Industry Association (NFIA) Victoria, and the Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) commenced discussions and agreed it was not acceptable that the training would no longer be available in Victoria. Fire Industry Training (FiT) was formed and both the NFIA and PTEU rose to the challenge to build the Sprinkler Fitting Apprenticeship College of Australia, located at PICAC. The PTEU brought in expert guidance from the United Association (UA) on best global practice training delivery and facilitation, and in just 4 short months the center was opened and training had began.
The Centre is designed with post trade training in mind and a simulated “real world” environment enabling learners to experience exactly what they can expect in industry.
There are two distinct areas:
• A wet area for fire sprinkler systems, fire pumps and gas suppression systems which contains a test cell where the fire sprinklers and gas systems can be activated. Each type of fire sprinkler system has been installed allowing learners to gain well rounded training.
• A fire alarms room that contains various types of fire indicator panels, from simple “conventional” fire panels on mobile workstations to complex “addressable” fire panels on an assessment wall. The room also contains a “slice cut” of a data room with an FM200 gas suppression system. This allows learners to undertake training in line with the new qualified person Extinguishing Agent Handling License (EAHL).
The Fire Training Centre has been designed around three key areas of fire protection, which are Fire sprinkler valves and pumpsets, Special hazards systems and Fire alarms panels.
The Fire Sprinkler and pumpset area is designed to provide training to fire sprinkler fitters to help up-skill and re-skill in the areas of testing and servicing. The installation contains a 3000lt stainless steel water tank with Diesel and Electric driven pumpsets connected to a manifold of fire sprinkler control valves. The manifold has wet, deluge, pre-action, combined residential hydrant and residential control valves. The manifold also contains a bank of flow switches, a pressure reducing valve, a fire hydrant and hose reel, a fire booster and an annubar line. A test cell has been installed to demonstrate the spray pattern of a fire sprinkler head that has been activated. All drains return to the water tank to demonstrate a water efficient fire sprinkler installation.
The special hazards and Fire Alarms area have been designed with the Extinguishing Agent Handling License in mind and contain a full size sectional cut of a data room. The data room section has an FM200 Gas suppression system installed along with a VESDA system, these are connected to a F3200 gas panel which is networked to a larger F3200 fire alarm panel designed to simulate a real world environment. A separate “Live” IG-55 “Clean gas” suppression system has been installed in the test cell to demonstrate how this type of suppression system lowers the oxygen content in a room to a point where fire cannot burn but occupants can still breathe. The fire detection system is controlled by an Ampac gas panel which is networked to a large full functioning addressable Ampac fire finder fire panel upstairs. The addressable Ampac fire panel is also connected to the sprinkler installation and an Ampac EV3000 Evacuation System. There is also an addressable Notifier panel and Simplex panel which are connected to a series of detectors along with mobile work stations that contain conventional fire panels and smoke detectors.
A commercial canopy/range hood has also been installed containing a wet chemical suppression system.
. Training stations have been designed for:
• Fire indicator panels
• Evacuation systems
• Special hazards gas suppression systems
• Fire pumpsets
• Fire Sprinkler systems
• Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems
• Pressure reducing station
• AutoCad Design
FiT is one of very few deliverers of CPC50509 Diploma of Fire System Design. The diploma can be undertaken in three streams:
• Wet system
• Fire alarms
• Annual certification
Currently FiT deliver the wet stream through a blended method of workplace based and self-directed/distance learning. Through this method we are able to offer this qualification nationally.
Our team of assessors, together with workplace mentors, will individually work with each student to deliver a training experience that is well rounded and focused on outcomes that industry demands.
EAHL training second to none.
When the National Extinguishing Agent Handling License (EAHL) was implemented for license 2 and 3, FiT developed a steering committee tasked with designing workstations and training that would meet the needs of industry. Since the construction of this facility over 50 sprinkler fitters have come through and completed training in the units required to apply for a category 2 and 3 EAHL.