Fire & Safety Australia acquires Blackwoods Training and National Safety Council of Australia


Monday, 11 September, 2017


Fire & Safety Australia (FSA) has announced it will acquire Blackwoods Training (previously Protector Alsafe) which includes the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA), one of Australia’s oldest and most established safety training businesses, as FSA continues to gain market share as part of a broader growth strategy.

From 2 October, FSA’s headcount will increase to over 150 employees and it will have a larger network of training centres across Australia and a greater scope of training services and emergency response services available.

FSA Chairman and founder Steve McLeod said that NSCA was a compelling addition for the company, which will now be one of the largest safety and emergency response training businesses in Australia.

“Our company mission is clear, we aim to forever change safety in the world, one experience at a time, and with this acquisition we are now, more than ever, equipped to reach this goal.

“FSA has trained over 250,000 people in 10 years, since its inception, and we’re looking forward to training hundreds of thousands more.”

From October, FSA will be able to provide clients with a larger training course offering that complements existing services from the NSCA.

What does this mean for NSCA Foundation members?

The NSCA Foundation continues as an independent membership funded not-for-profit organisation, with a strategic partnership aligned with Fire & Safety Australia.

NSCA Foundation General Manager Jamie Burrage has said that with a strategic partnership aligned with Fire & Safety Australia NSCA Foundation members will benefit from an even wider range of discounted training services, including training offered by Fire & Safety Australia in addition to existing training services from NSCA. Members will also enjoy greater access through an expanded network of training centres across Australia.

Levels of service will improve even further, with the added expertise, training experience and infrastructure that Fire & Safety Australia will provide. The NSCA Foundation will be able to offer members an even greater offering for training courses and expertise.

The Blackwoods Training logo and name will not be used after October. The NSCA brand will continue to be used for a newly expanded Workplace Health and Safety training course range.

“We look forward to working with Fire & Safety Australia to continue offering members access to high-quality service, not just for training, but through the National Safety magazine, WHS Helpdesk, events and much more,” said Burrage.

Originally published here.

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