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News & Events

  • 28
    Jul

    Pressure reductions create sinkholes

    Water authorities’ pressure reduction programs are creating unidentified water leaks that can eventually become dangerous sinkholes. Ferm Engineering CEO Steve Burton says sinkholes caused by infrastructure pipes’ water leaks are steadily increasing in south-east Queensland and expensive to fix. Ageing pipe infrastructure and pressure reductions account for two to...

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  • 28
    Jul

    Fire solution for warehouse

    Ferm Engineering has just completed a major fire engineering project at a new, purpose-built Wacol, Queensland, warehouse complex that stores batteries and tyres. Ferm was engaged by the builder, Multi Span Australia Group, to conduct a risk analysis and implement fire safety systems at the complex, which houses YHI...

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  • 28
    Jul

    Insurance hikes stifle industry

    Professional indemnity insurance for fire engineers, certifiers, and other building and construction industry professionals is set to rise substantially, as many insurers pull out of the Australian market. The increase is fuelled by a lack of capacity among domestic and international insurers, including Lloyd’s of London. The use of...

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  • 24
    May

    Saving children’s lives

    Protecting the lives of children when evacuating tall buildings is the aim of new research by Ferm Engineering. CEO Steve Burton and engineer Wayne Blake presented a research poster on the topic to an International Association for Fire Safety Science virtual conference in late April. Their paper defined a...

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  • 24
    May

    Ferm assists with QBCC deadline

    Ferm Engineering has been assisting building owners and managers across Queensland to meet a deadline for cladding reports imposed by the Qld Building & Construction Commission (QBCC). Regulations required building owners whose buildings met certain criteria to complete a building fire safety risk assessment and combustible cladding checklist and...

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  • 24
    May

    Hydrant main system tested

    A major Brisbane road thoroughfare was partially blocked on Friday 7 May to enable Ferm Engineering to coordinate and conduct one of the city’s largest fire hydrant and water main system tests. A temporary shutdown of one lane of Kingsford Smith Drive and a smaller street was required to...

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  • 24
    May

    Licensing regime implemented

    The Queensland Building & Construction Commission introduced a new licensing regime for fire safety contractors from 1 May 2021. The new scopes for fire licences were in response to a lack of accountability among service and installation contractors and a consequent lack of consumer confidence in people conducting fire...

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  • 13
    Apr

    Aged care fire audits

    Ferm Engineering is part-way through a major project to conduct fire safety audits at more than 16 Blue Care aged care facilities around Queensland. Ferm is conducting onsite inspections at some facilities and for others it is preparing audits after reviewing building surveyors’ reports on compliance with the National...

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  • 13
    Apr

    Sprinklers go rogue

    Ferm Engineering has identified a big increase in sprinkler failure insurance claims. Ferm, along with US industry associations, is researching the causes and currently preparing reports on three failures. Managing Director Steve Burton says the failures are becoming regular occurrences in industrial and commercial buildings, warehouses, high-rise offices and...

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  • 13
    Apr

    Staff changes at Ferm

    Staff changes are afoot at Ferm Engineering. Fire safety consultant Keith Walton has left the company after 18 years’ service and is embarking on a new business venture. Managing Director Steve Burton thanked Keith for his hard work over so many years and wished him all the best for...

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