Charlotte Maxeke hospital fire

We have been talking a lot about hydrants these past couple of days, unfortunately inspired by the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital fire. Whilst we cannot comment on what went wrong for that specific incident because we have not conducted a fire investigation at those premises, we thought it would be useful to circulate some information on fire flow and hydrants. Please note that extracts of tabulated data are sourced from SANS 10090: Community Protection Against Fire.

Minimum width of 15 meters, however this could be extended depending on the gradient of a location, wind conditions, combustibility of the fuel material, as well as flame height conditions. ​

Full 2004 SANParks Report here. 

Full 2017 Santam Report on "Mega Fires".

I am ecstatic to announce the new MD of the FPASA - Lloyd Phetlhu. After searching for my successor for almost 2 years, I have the distinct honour of welcoming Lloyd on board as an Executive Director.

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Please note that after 25 May 2021, this Draft South African Standard will no longer be accessible. 

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We resume normal operations as of 11 January 2021. 

Thank you for your kind support.

We look forward to all your calls from the 11th. 

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Telephone us on: 011 397 1618/19

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A very Happy New Year to our current and future customers. 2021 will definitely mark new and improved territory for the FPASA.

We extend the same joy and prosperity to you and yours.

Whilst we are still in a pandemic, we have found a new normal for business operations and follow strict preventative measures from a non-pharmaceutical perspective i.e. mask wearing and social distancing in public, coupled with frequent hand-washing. 

2021 Prospectus - Click here

2021 happy new year




Latest News

  • Vacancy: Insurance Projects Junior Assistant (this is a growth position)

    Job description

    FPASA is seeking a Personal Assistant who will provide high level business support services to the Executive Director: Insurance Projects while always maintaining the highest level of professional and confidential standards. This role requires an individual who can self-manage priorities, multi-task, has strong attention to detail, handles tasks with discretion and appropriately addresses sensitive/confidential information based on the style of their manager and the Organisation.

    About us

    The Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa (FPASA) was established in 1973 to provide a specialized fire safety management technical and training service to industry, commerce, fire and rescue services and society at large. Over the years the Association has developed a range of membership options and technical, training and fire safety management services that are recognized for their quality, professionalism, and value. Today the role of the FPASA covers fire safety Education, Information, Advice, Consultancy and Training (Fire College).

    Job Duties

    • Arrange appointments, and Board meeting preparation for the Executive Director: Insurance Projects.
    • To offer secretarial support e.g. preparing reports based on current project work, proof reading, editing etc.
    • Able to use IoS/ Android applications as well as linked to desktop app usage after training.
    • Engage with stakeholders and clients for data collection.
    • Report preparation from data collection.
    • Review of reports.
    • Data analysis and reporting.
    • Trustworthiness, discretion, and responsibility.
    • To supervise the administration section of the FPASA including receipt, allocation, and successful completion of document preparation projects for management, operations and any other sections
    • To perform administration duties for the Executive and her team.
    • Plan travel, including flights, accommodation, and ground transportation.
    • May need to travel from time-to-time in this role especially for data collection and new/ existing projects that may arise.
    • Quality Management, ensure compliance with the relevant QMS processes and procedures as per the FPASA Quality Management System.
    • To promote all FPASA services.
    • Other duties as determined from time-to-time by executive management.

     Experience & Qualifications

    • Quick learner
    • Minimum of 1 year secretarial/ personal assistant experience.
    • Computer literacy is a necessity.
    • Proficiency in MS Office.
    • Suitable administrative qualifications at a tertiary level.


    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe you have what it takes to rock 'n roll in this arena. 

  • We are a Fire Training Centre - not a Fire Brigade/ Station

    Please note that the FPASA is an education and training centre. We also specialise in fire risk assessments, fire investigations, and other fire advisory services. We do receive a lot of requests, as well as weekend calls, to extinguish fires - however, please note that we are not a fire brigade/ fire station. Please use your local directory/ google search to locate your closest fire department. 

    Thank you,


  • "You feel that fire, just let it burn, let it burn, let it burn" ~ Usher

    When it comes to literal fires - DON'T LET IT BURN! Ensure you're up to date with the latest occupational health & safety guidelines and due dilligence. If you have a commercial/ industry business - please ensure you are undertaking a professional risk assessment at least once ever 3 years. The more dangerous your business, the more frequent your risk assessments should be, e.g. once per annum. You may complain about the expense now, but the FRA will save lives and save your assets by suggesting preventative measures. Rather shaft out a few bucks now, than getting shafted in prison. YES - prison is a reality for building owners if someone dies on your premises and you were found to be a negligent building owner. 



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