FPAA 101D and 101H Workshop – Hydraulics and Electrical


Shae Mete Fire Protection Specialist - Fire Suppression , FPA Australia

Shae started in fire protection as a sprinkler fitting apprentice in 2002, employed by a fire company servicing a wide variety of sites including many high-risk and high profile businesses. With exposure to a diverse range of wet systems equipment, Shae began specializing on routine service with a focus on flow testing. In 2009 Shae commenced teaching the sprinkler fitting apprenticeship at RMIT and eventually moved on to run his own business contracting flow testing services to industry. Shae was employed by FPA Australia in 2017 as a wet systems subject matter expert where he is currently employed, and he proudly sits on the Sprinkler and Hydrant Australian Standards committees.

David Isaac Business Principal and Director , Fire and Safety Technologies Pty. Ltd.

David Isaac is the business Principal and Director of Fire and Safety Technologies Pty. Ltd.

David is an industry veteran of 50 years in electrical systems design installation and commissioning for building services, heavy industrial installations and essential services systems including fire detection, warning and smoke control systems.

David is an Accredited Practitioner Fire Safety F011196D ‘Detection & Alarm Systems’ – Advanced Level 3 under the FPA Australia Fire Systems Design Accreditation Scheme for NSW and Victoria.

David holds post trade electrical engineering certificates (diploma level) in Building Services and Heavy Industrial installations.
David is an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Registered cabler and holds electrical licenses in NSW and Queensland.

In 2016 the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) awarded David with the AV Viscogliosi award which recognises “Excellence for outstanding service to fire protection”.

In 2019, David was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fire Protection Association of Australia.
David is a participating member of:

  • Australian Standards Committee FP002 – ‘Fire Detection, Warning, Control & Intercom Systems’ which writes the suite of
  • Australian Standards on fire detection and alarm systems.
  • Australian Standards Sub-Committee ME-062 advising the committee on the electrical performance and compliance for AS 1668.1 ‘The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings Part 1: Fire and smoke control in buildings’.
  • Australian Standard Committee FP-004 – Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installations – Electrical liaison position between committees FP-002 and FP-004.
  • Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) Technical Advisory Committee TAC/2.
  • A former FPAA representative to Australian Communications Industry Forum Cabling Advisory Group (ACIF/CAG) telecommunications industry cabling Standards.

David served as a volunteer in the NSW Rural Fire Service from 1978 to 1989.

In the last 30 years David has worked in private consulting, advising corporations on building fire safety measures (safety services) and held senior management roles for major international fire detection system manufacturers.

In the last 20 years David has been an active participant in Fire Industry Associations and the Standards writing processes in Australia.
David is a consumer advocate and has published several articles on the imperative of uniformity and Code compliance of fire safety measures. David is well known for his technical expertise and has had several engagements as an expert witness.

David is a major stake holder for regulatory reform for residential smoke alarm installations and has appeared in several Television and ABC radio programs since 2006.

Mark Cummings Director, Eclipse Fire Pty Ltd

As the Director of Eclipse Fire and with 20 plus years in the fire protection industry, Mark’s experience has included significant terms working with multi-discipline building services firms, fire engineering firms and design roles for fire protection installation contractors. This has provided a unique oversight into both theoretical and practical application of fire protection systems in today’s built environment.

Active involvement on both FP-004 and FP-009 has seen Mark provide significant technical input into both fire sprinkler and fire hydrant system standards as well as understanding some of the limitations of technical development and implementation due to ‘regulatory process’. Additional industry involvement includes participation on the FPA Australia Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) 4/8/9 (wet fire protection) and representation of the Fire Industry (Designers) on the ‘Aged Care Implementation Committee’ providing technical expertise to the NSW Department of Planning & Environment during the roll out of ‘Aged Care Sprinklers’ to all existing non-sprinklered facilities

Mark has been involved with the FRNSW Sprinkler Research Project from the implementation of the research project including planning for the full scale fire testing and assistance with the subsequent content development of the two recently published residential sprinkler standards FPAA101H and FPAA101D. This involved a supporting fire system technical role to both FRNSW and FPA Australia for development of these two design standards for implementation of sprinklers in all residential buildings from 4 storeys up to 25m in effective height.

His passion for the fire protection industry, combined with a self-confessed lack of tolerance for regulatory ‘red tape’ sees him pull no punches when discussing the merits, or lack of, in today’s implementation of fire protection systems. Attendees can expect honest and direct answers to their technical queries during one of Mark’s presentations.