Fire is a major safety hazard for civil, commercial and military
aircraft. In Australia, the potential fire zones of modern
multi-engine aircraft are protected by fixed fire protection
systems. A fire zone is an area, or region, of an aircraft designed
by the manufacturer to require fire detection and/or fire
extinguishing equipment and a high degree of inherent fire
resistance. Site operators must exercise the highest levels of care
with regard to fire protection in order to safeguard lives,
aviation equipment, property and the environment.
It is important that gaseous fire suppression systems are
installed and maintained by licensed technicians to ensure full
functionality in the event of a fire and minimise unnecessary
discharges of scheduled extinguishing agents into the atmosphere.
As such, individuals and businesses working in the aviation sector
must ensure they are compliant with the Act and the Regulations
when handling scheduled extinguishing agents and have relevant
licences, authorisations and permits under the Fire Protection
Industry Permit scheme (the FPI scheme).
As such the Board is determined to ensure that all businesses
and individuals are aware of the FPI scheme requirements and
improving the knowledge of scheduled extinguishing agents among
The Board has developed communication
materials that include a factsheet and article to raise awareness
of legislative requirements when using gaseous fire suppression
systems containing scheduled extinguishing agents in the aviation
We encourage you to view the items below.
If you require any further information on the FPI Scheme please
call 03 8892 3131.
Requirements for Licensed Aircraft Maintenance
Engineers (LAMEs) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs)
Currently in Australia all Licensed Aircraft Maintenance
Engineers (LAMEs) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) who
handle extinguishing agents are required to achieve competence in
CPPFES2043A Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic
greenhouse gas emissions or an equivalent assessment.
The Board has been working with the aviation industry to find
ways in which the requirement for CPPFES2043A may be satisfied by
either undertaking this unit of competency or an equivalent
If you are a LAME or AME and handle extinguishing agents but
have not yet completed unit CPPFES2043A - Prevent ozone
depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas
emissions or an equivalent assessment, you
should enrol as soon as possible. To find a training provider,
please visit Find a Training