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Dear Partners,

Please be so kind as to click on the below link to add your words of condolence for David and his family in this trying time.


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Press release for David Poxon, click here.

Renay Sewpersad

Good Morning SA!

Please note that we are open for business to serve the needs of essential services during L4. 

If you require a fire risk assessment please feel free to contact us on 011 397 1618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Should you require training, we have moved all training online for the safety of everyone involved.

If you are an essential services provider (in L4) and have staff you would like us to train on your site, we can, provided you comply with the OHS mandatory guidelines during this period, i.e. spatial planning between candidates and fire instructor, masks provided to all staff, sanitizer/ soap and water available, temperature measurements monitored daily, etc. 

We look forward to serving you!

Renay Sewpersad


It is with a heavy heart that the FPASA announces the passing of a legendary figurehead at the FPASA and FPA-UK, Mr. David Poxon.

David dedicated his life to the fire services, fire education, and training in South Africa when he served as the GM and then the MD for many years. 

His tenacity and passion lead to the development of a multitude of fire codes, as well as improved regulation within the fire industry. 

Though he has left the material plane, his contributions to society at large will never be forgotten. 

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Renay Sewpersad 

The FPASA is committed to still providing education. We have transitioned to enable lessons to be conducted online. 

Thus, if you would like to participate in the following courses, please do make a booking with us:

 - Fire Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies

- Advanced Fire Prevention

- SANS 10400, Parts A, T, W

- Bylaws

- CFPA Principles in Fire Safety Engineering


We look forward to hosting you very soon!

Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 011 397 1618

Due to the imposed national lockdown, please note that we too shall be on lockdown, reopening on 17 April 2020.

Should you require any information related to COVID-19, please visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

For your training, fire risk assessment, technical inquiry or other fire-related needs, please contact us on the following:

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Thank you, Renay Sewpersad

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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