Fire safety crosses national borders

Date: 26/09/2002

A high-ranking Malaysian delegation, and Rural Fire Service Commissioner Phil Koperberg, will visit the University of Western Sydney tomorrow to discuss a proposal to boost fire safety in Malaysia.

Led by Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting, Minister for Housing and Local Government, the delegation will also learn more about the University's Masters of Fire Safety Engineering program.

The School of Construction, Property and Planning, based at the UWS Blacktown campus, currently runs a similar Masters program in Singapore in conjunction with the Civil Defence Authority, the body which controls local building standards.

Head of the School, Associate Professor Graham Miller, says the Malaysian Government is planning to change its building regulations from a 'prescriptive' to a 'performance-based' approach.

"For example, instead of installing sprinklers in a building to control fire, an engineered solution could produce a better design which would eliminate the need for sprinklers, without compromising fire safety," Professor Miller says.

"Our Masters of Fire Safety Engineering will produce graduates who can help Malaysia develop their new regulations, administer the new codes when they are in place, and be able to design safer and more efficient buildings," he says.

"The School already excels in this area, having recently won the Australian Institute of Building's National Excellence award for the general category of Education Research and Development for a similar program we run in Singapore."

"This new relationship would also allow UWS to run other training courses for professionals in Malaysia," Professor Miller says.

WHEN: 1pm, Friday 27th September, 2002

WHERE: The Chancellory,
Frogmore House,
UWS Werrington North Campus

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