Future trends in sprinklers

Along with local initiatives and projects, Australia benefits from overseas research into fire suppression, which is improving the protection of occupants and buildings.

Organisations like the International Fire Suppression Alliance are looking at new ways to deliver more effective fire protection globally, and working with Australian organisations to encourage greater take-up of new technologies.

So what does the future of fire suppression look like, and what will work in Australian buildings?

This session will examine the latest overseas research and identify opportunities for fire protection in Australia.

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Mike Bosma

Executive Vice President Sales - International, Viking Group

Mike started in the sprinkler industry in 1983 and worked with several sprinkler manufactures by in the USA and abroad until joining the Viking Corporation in 1993. Mike has held senior roles in both R&D, Distribution, and Manufacture of Automatic Fire Sprinklers and the related component around the world.

Mike has been actively involved on several industry committees for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), the National Fire Sprinkler Association(NFSA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 25, 76, & 15),  the Factory Mutual Insurance advisory council and, most recently,  The International Fire Sprinkler Alliance.  Mike holds NICET certification in automatic sprinkler design and a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College (December, 1983).


Patrick Conway

ANZ Regional Manager, Viking Group

Patrick is the ANZ Regional Manager for Viking Group, and has over 30 years experience in the electrical and fire market.  He has successfully held technical, sales, and senior management roles within both small and large companies.  He is now involved in the wet and special hazards systems sector of the industry across Australasia and is an active participant in the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.


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Mark Cummings

Director, Eclipse Fire 

As the Director of Eclipse Fire, a Sydney based fire services consultancy and with 25 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.

Industry involvement includes:

  • Current and active involvement on both FP-004 (sprinklers) and FP-009 (hydrants) Australian Standards Committee’s, which has seen Mark provide significant technical input into both standards, as well as experiencing first-hand, the limitations of technical standards development and implementation, due to ‘regulatory process’.
  • Participation on the FPA Australia Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) 4/8/9 (wet fire protection) for FPA Australia.
  • Involvement in design and calculations from the project concept with the FRNSW’s Fire Investigation & Research Unit (FIRU) for the design and construction of the sprinkler systems for the full scale ‘test rig’ at the CSIRO burn facility.
  • Provide technical assistance to the FPA Australia standards technical writing team for the FPAA101D and FPA101H documents.
  • 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

His passion for the fire protection industry, combined with a self-confessed lack of tolerance (OK, patience) for regulatory ‘red tape’ sees him pull no punches when discussing the merits, or lack of, the modern-day modification and implementation of fire protection design standards.

Attendees can expect honest and direct answers to their technical queries during one of Mark’s presentations.


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Matthew Wright

Built Environment Manager, Australasia, UL

Matthew Wright is UL’s Built Environment Manager for Australasia – a position created by UL to spearhead development of UL service offerings tailored to Australia and New Zealand.

With a passion for delivering safety in the built environment, Matthew has held roles implementing and developing requirements and good practice guidance across all building types.  This has included collaborating with national and international stakeholders to build relationships and improve outcomes.

As an influential industry advocate, Matthew has achieved meaningful change in legislation, codes and Standards, including strategic generational change to the fire safety strategies of the National Construction Code, as well as frameworks for practitioner competency.  He has worked in local government and private industry building surveying, as well as roles with the fire brigade and Australia’s peak fire protection association. Matthew’s current role is focused on championing product safety and certification solutions and providing a conduit to contemporary research responding to emerging trends and hazards, building on UL’s global reputation of integrity, safety science and thought leadership.

Matthew holds a Bachelors Degree in Building Surveying, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes and a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety and Risk Engineering.  By ministerial appointment Matthew also served two terms as a member on Victoria’s Building Appeals Board and was Fire Protection Association Australia’s inaugural Building Codes Committee representative for the Australian Building Codes Board.  Matthew was appointed as one of 5 members of an international jury for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “Fire and Risk Engineering Award” and presents regularly at industry events.

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Mark Whybro AFSM BA MBT GIFireE

State Manager - NSW, FPA Australia

Mark Whybro retired from Fire and Rescue NSW in 2021 after 40 years’ service, most recently as Assistant Commissioner with state-wide for prevention and education. He continues to work in public safety: as an Adjunct Fellow helping with fire safety research at Western Sydney University and engaged by FPA Australia to help with the significant building regulatory reform program underway in NSW.

Since its relaunch in 2019, Mark has chaired the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Australia, a strategic partnership between AFAC and FPA Australia, established as the national independent source of information to the community, industry and Governments about the life-saving value of residential sprinklers.