All Approved Fire Staff hold their Workcover NSW OH & S “Greencard”. All fire protection equipment service technicians are internally trained to carry out their work in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia. All Approved Fire Gear internal trainers hold their Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training. Our Training Supervisor, Sally Priestley one of our electricians has also completed the relevant modules of the Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment) Course through the Fire Protection Association of Australia. Sally has recently become an assessor for the FPA and provides our team of service technicians with the most up to date knowledge and information regarding industry standards and practices.
Our Service Manager, Jarrad Priestley, has completed most modules of the Fire Technology Certificate IV independently through TAFE NSW and the University of Ballarat. This course gives insight into the broader principles behind fire safety requirements and places us well to consult on difficult matters where there may be a number of alternative solutions. Jarrad is also currently completing his studies as an Electrician.
Terry and Kerry Priestley having operated the business for the past 31 years, both have extensive experience in the fire and security industry.
All staff working on 240V electrical systems are qualified electricians and we hold a current NSW Department of Fair Trading Contractor Licence (No. 172246C). All staff working on smoke detection & alarms systems have completed the Notifier Inertia Advanced Technicians and Advanced Programming course.
Approved Fire Gear only stocks, sells and installs equipment certified to Australian Standards by SAI Global (carrying the 5 tick logo) such as AS/NZS 1841.5. There is at present a large influx of very cheap imported fire protection equipment certified by other certifying authorities; however we have chosen not to endorse such equipment at this stage.
Approved Fire Gear uses only premium quality 90% active Dry Chemical Powder when refilling fire extinguishers. This is largely at odds with current industry practices, whereby many companies are using lower grade powder with between 50% and 70% active ingredient. Whilst this powder comes at a lower cost, it is also has a lower fire knock down ability. As there is no legal requirement to state the quality of powder used in an extinguisher, the only way to find out is to ask the service provider.
We would also like to note that we have a policy of repairing damaged extinguishers (replacing parts) where at all possible in order to save our clients the expense of replacing condemned cylinders when the alternative solution may be as simple as replacing a discharge hose or applying a touch up of paint. Many of our competitors do not have such policies.
I need to provide my local Council with an Annual Fire Safety Statement. Can you help me?
Yes! From organising the initial servicing of equipment to the final completion of the certificate by our friendly and informed office staff. All you will have to do is sign the statement and forward it on.
Following inspection and testing of fire safety equipment at each site, you will be provided with a comprehensive report detailing works carried out and any failures or deficiencies if any. If required, annual fire safety statements (for local Council or insurers) can be readily provided.
We have a strong working relationship with City Council’s and are the sole service provider for Maitland City Council and Singleton City Council
Occupational Health, Safety & Rehabilitation:
Approved Fire Gear is committed to creating and maintaining a safe workplace for all its employees. All of our staff are familiar with our OH & S Policy (copy available) and we hold regular tool box meetings to communicate with staff regarding OH & S issues. All new staff employed by Approved Fire Gear are required to attain their OH & S Construction Induction “Greencard” and also to participate in our OH & S Management Practices. This is done through a combination of external and in-house induction and training. All Approved Fire Gear internal trainers hold their Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training.
We are also a founding and current member of the Hunter Valley Safety Group, an organisation of local private and public sector representatives which gathers bi-monthly to share safety information, experiences and new developments. Any Contractor commencing work for Approved Fire Gear is required to show evidence of a commitment to Occupational Health & Safety through documented policies and procedures as well as through our observation of safe work practices on site.
Approved Fire Gear holds all necessary insurance and workers compensation policies as required under law. All payments of fees in respect of these policies are made in a timely manner. Certificates of currency can be readily provided at your request.