A Decade of Action for Fire Safety

Fire affects everybody, from urban dwellers to residential communities, whether residential, commercial, or industrial.

The impacts of blazes disrupt lives and businesses, and cost communities billions of dollars a year world-wide.

The International Fire Safety Standards Coalition (IFSSC), a group of international organisations focused on improving fire protection and of which FPA Australia is a member, is proposing a decade of action for fire safety.

It is advocating better rules to protect the community, to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE), other government and non-government agencies, and private entities.

In this plenary, Dr Jonathan Barnett will discuss the IFSSC’s plans and explain why they are relevant for Australia.


Dr Jonathan Barnett

Managing Director, Basic Expert

Dr Jonathan Barnett is an internationally acclaimed technical expert in fire safety engineering with over forty-six years’ experience in his field. Previously a professor at WPI in the United States, Jonathan has researched topics such as computer modelling of fire, structural fire protection, combustible cladding and the development of new fire test standards.

Jonathan has done projects throughout the world including the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Starting in 1992 he has worked with the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, the University of Newcastle, the Australasian Fire Authorities Council, and fire brigades in Victoria and New South Wales.

Jonathan is a chartered professional engineer who has designed numerous commercial, residential and special purpose buildings. He is a leader in building defect rectification strategies.

Today he is a Director of Basic Expert, a specialist forensic engineering, fire engineering and construction project management firm with projects throughout the world. Basic Expert focuses on helping people with non-compliant buildings deal with dangerous cladding, inappropriate Essential Safety Measures (fire alarm and detection systems, fire rated doors and the like), and helping them with building rectifications from design, to permits, to construction and through the legal quagmire of litigation.