Fire Protection – the next 10 years

What does the future hold?

Are there new innovations on the horizon?  Or can we expect business as usual?

What challenges is the industry likely to face?

Are there issues today that will continue to cause concern for the sector?

Will robots replace the humble routine service worker, or will testing and servicing still be the main game in town?

And how should the industry prepare for whatever the future has in store?

This panel will discuss current trends and issues in the industry and try to predict what fire protection may look like in 2032.

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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Peter Johnson

Principal - Fire Safety Engineering, Arup

Peter Johnson is a Principal and Fellow at the global consulting firm of Arup. He has had an international career over 40 years in fire safety engineering and design of buildings and transport infrastructure, as well as fire research, education and standards writing.

Recently, Peter was one of the research leaders for the Warren Centre fire safety engineering project. Since the completion of the Warren Centre project, Peter has been heavily involved with the Australian Government and state government regulators looking to reform fire safety engineering education, performance-based design, professional practice, and building regulations.

Peter is also a Fellow of the Engineers Australia and the US based Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and a Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Fire Protection Association, Australia.

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Matthew Allen

Specialist Risk and Fire Safety Manager, CFA

Matt is the Specialist Risk and Fire Safety Manager for the Country Fire Authority. Matt has 30 years’ experience within CFA and 17 of those years’ working within the built environment, land use planning and renewable energy environments. Matt is a delegate of the CFA Chief Fire Officer for the building legislation and a CFA Board Delegate under the dangerous goods and the occupational health and safety legislative frameworks.


Mark Burgess

Director – Infrastructure Technologies, CSIRO

Mark Burgess is Director, Infrastructure Technologies at CSIRO. From an initial background manufacturing laboratory instruments, his experience includes twenty years in fire protection, followed by leadership of CSIRO’s conformity evaluation, testing and certification operations in Australia.


David Lonergan

David Lonergan

Technical Manager, FPA Australia

On 1 March, 2022, David Lonergan joined the FPA Australia team as our Technical Manager, based in Sydney.

David is well known to the fire protection industry, with over 30 years’ experience in consulting and contracting, working with companies such as Sydney and Melbourne Airports, Sydney Metro, Arcadis, WSP, and Exova Warringtonfire.

He has worked on several major infrastructure projects including the North West Rail Link, iconic structures such as Places of Worship – Qatar and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and a variety of building types, including large complex residential towers, aged care facilities, industrial developments, and government buildings.

David is a fire safety engineer and an accredited FPAS practitioner in fire systems design and fire systems certification, and has been a long-term contributor to our Technical Advisory Committees.

With hands-on knowledge of the fire protection sector, a passion for education and technical consistency, and a strong working knowledge of standards and regulations, David will provide excellent support and counsel to the current technical team.