Boats, mine sites, and aerodromes: Fire safety in unusual places

Fire protection is not just an issue for buildings.  Lots of other facilities and assets need effective solutions to minimise the risk of fire and mitigate its potential effects.

Special hazards fire protection may be a specialised area, but there is a growing need for the wider industry to understand how to manage these risks.

So, do fire protection strategies change for different asset types?  And are standard practices enough to deal with most risks in these assets?

In this technical session, panellists will consider a series of scenarios and will discuss how they would develop appropriate fire safety solutions.

Bob Grieve

Bob Grieve

President, FPA Australia

Bob is the CEO of Delta Fire Australasia Pty Ltd, incorporating Delta Integrated Systems specialising in special hazards engineering and supply. He has 40 years’ experience in the fire industry working for Wormald and FFE/Quell. Bob is currently a member of TAC 11/22, TAC 3, and TAC 2, as well as being a member of the FPIB Advisory Committee.

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Brett Staines

Consultant, Special Hazards Fire Protection

Brett Staines is a self-employed Special Hazards Fire Protection consultant.  He has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a strong background in Special Hazards Fire Protection having been involved in the fire protection industry in a variety of roles for 30 years.   Brett’s career has included fire incident command, system testing and design, product development, application engineering, training, project management and participation in FPA Australia, Standards Australia and ISO technical committees.

He was awarded the A.V. Viscogliosi Award for “Excellence and Outstanding Service to Fire Protection” in 2009 and the Barry Lee Award for “Technical Excellence” in 2018.

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Alex Starkey

National BD – Special Hazards Fire Protection, LPG Fire Australia

After starting in the industry as a designer/CAD operator I gained experience in project management and contracting.  Special Hazard systems became an interest due to the ever changing nature of environment and this has lead to extensive experience in fire systems protecting mining, defence, infrastructure and marine sites. Approaching 20 long years in the industry, spare time is spent with the family camping and on the beach.

Stephen Oxley

Stephen Oxley

National Product Manager for Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems, Wormald

STEVE OXLEY is Wormald’s National Product Manager for Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems. Steve is responsible for vehicle system design and development, troubleshooting, fire risk assessments and sales and training both nationally and internationally. Steve joined Wormald in 1976 and has over 40 years’ experience in the vehicle fire suppression industry.  Steve is an active member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia, Technical Advisory Committee, TAC11/22 – Special Hazard Fire Protection – and the Technical Committee FP-022 for the Australian Standard AS5062-2006 and 2016 – Fire Protection for Mobile and Transportable Equipment.

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Jason D’Silva

Senior Engineer Fire Life Safety, Interchanges and Buildings, Transport for NSW

I have a decade long experience within the fire industry where I have had the unique opportunity to work for a fire contractor, design consultant and now the end client within the regulatory side. This has given me a unique perspective on the whole of life approach for fire systems.

In addition, I have gained significant experience in the field of fire safety engineering through my master’s course and also fire services design allowing me to be able to systematically evaluate fire engineering solutions and fire services designs in terms of being fit for purpose. This unique combination of experiences has allowed me to shape a well-balanced approach towards understanding the challenges faced in delivering projects to client timelines and established budgets.

This has allowed me to develop a unique prospective of the challenges faced when trying to anticipate if a design is fit for purpose and if the end clients needs have been met in day to day operational requirement.