Active vs passive systems: which have more impact on fire safety?

The fire protection sector is broad, with an array of systems designed to suppress fire and stop its spread.

While many practitioners specialise – wet systems, dry systems, passive systems – the systems are most effective when they work together.

But do some systems play a more important role than others?

Do active systems or passive systems do more of the heavy listing when it comes to protecting people and property?

Fire safety engineer, Ian Childs, will look at how these systems work together and what roles they play in the event of a fire.

And possibly, just possibly, give insights into which – active or passive – might be the most important.

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Ian Childs

Director, Fire Assess

Ian has been a practitioner of building services engineering since completing his avionics apprenticeship 1n 1972 (50 years) going on to executive engineering management roles with institutional property owners and managing agents.

Since 1994 (28 years), Ian has represented the industry on the technical committee of Standards Australia regarding  development and revision of a number of standards.

In 1998 (24 years), he started his engineering consultancy specialising in building services and compliance and this has evolved into a prime focus on fire safety assessment audits.

Since 2013 (9 years), Ian has co-presented, examined and marked over 80 presentations throughout Australia hosted by the Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association for the installation and certification of fire dampers and smoke dampers. This is currently the only examinable course for designers, installers and certifiers for these systems.

Ian is a previous State President and National Vice President of the Institute of Plant Engineers of Australasia and previously on the NSW executive committee of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, is a founding member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, Member of Engineers Australia Society of Fire Safety, Current NSW Chair of Engineers Australia’s Society of Building Services Engineers.

He is a recipient of the National Medal of Australia with 2-bars for his service with the NSW State Emergency Services