NSW fire safety reforms enforceable from July 2020. Northrop is ready!

After an extended grace period due to COVID-19, NSW fire safety reforms are set to be enforced from July 1, 2020. Only persons accredited as competent fire safety practitioners (CFSPs) will be authorised to endorse plans and specifications of fire safety systems.

Alan Zois Margaris, Electrical Group Manager from Northrop’s Sydney office jumped at the opportunity to become qualified under the Fire Protection Association Australia’s accreditation scheme.

“I wanted to take a proactive approach, set an example for my team and demonstrate my capability and drive to become a CFSP,” said Alan.

Introduced in the wake of tragedies like London’s Grenfell Tower fire, the new accreditation scheme ensures the competence of practitioners and benchmarks the quality of fire systems across New South Wales.

“The accreditation process was lengthy and comprehensive, but I’m really pleased to be able to work with our clients to help protect their lives and property.”

So, what does this mean for building owners?

If you’re planning to build in NSW, it’s ideal to include a qualified fire safety assessor in the planning process to ensure that your building will adhere to the latest reforms. For existing buildings, a CFSP can work with you to make your building compliant. A CFSP can also perform regular assessments so your building remains compliant and the occupants safe.

“Northrop clients can be assured that our engineers undergo the necessary and comprehensive qualifications in fire systems design. We’re prepared and ready to demonstrate our expertise on your next project,” concludes Alan.


Associate | Group Manager | Senior Electrical Engineer
Alan Zois Margaris

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