Working at the interface: when systems connect

The interfacing of systems is a growing feature of fire safety strategies.

While it increases complexity, it aims to ensure that fire safety measures work together in the most efficient way to provide protection and safety to occupants.

However, system interfacing is often set up badly and is poorly understood by those who are designing, installing, and maintaining these systems or assessing their performance.

In this tech session we’ll examine the issues that can arise between systems, how we must design the interface to provide compliance and integrity, and how they might be managed in systems that are already installed.

D Isaac FA 2022

David Isaac

National Training Specialist – Fire Electrical, Fire Industry Academy

David Isaac is the National Training Specialist – Fire Electrical for the Fire Industry Academy.

David is a systems application specialist in his field and an industry veteran with more than 50 years of experience in electrical systems design installation and commissioning for building services, heavy industrial installations, and essential services systems including fire detection, warning, and smoke control systems.

David is an Accredited Practitioner Fire Safety F011196D ‘Detection & Alarm Systems’ – Advanced Level 3 under the FPA Australia Fire Systems Design Accreditation Scheme for NSW and Victoria.

David holds post-trade electrical engineering certificates in ‘Building Services’ and ‘Heavy Industrial Installations’.

David is an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Registered cabler and holds electrical licenses in NSW, Queensland, and New Zealand.

In 2016 the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) awarded David with the AV Viscogliosi award which recognises “Excellence for outstanding service to fire protection”.

In 2019, David was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fire Protection Association of Australia.

David is a participating member of:

Australian Standards Committee FP002 – ‘Fire Detection, Warning, Control & Intercom Systems’ which writes the suite of Australian Standards on fire detection and alarm systems.

Australian Standards Sub-Committee ME-062 advising the committee on the electrical performance and compliance for AS 1668.1 ‘The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings Part 1: Fire and smoke control in buildings.’

Australian Standard Committee FP-004 – Automatic Fire Sprinkler Installations – Electrical liaison position between committees FP-002 and FP-004.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) Technical Advisory Committee TAC/2.

A former FPAA representative to Australian Communications Industry Forum Cabling Advisory Group (ACIF/CAG) telecommunications industry cabling Standards.

David served as a volunteer in the NSW Rural Fire Service from 1978 to 1989.

In the last 30 years, David has held senior management roles for major international fire detection system manufacturers and operated in private consulting, advising corporations on building fire safety measures (safety services).

In the last 20 years, David has been an active participant in Fire Industry Associations and the Standards writing processes in Australia.

David is a consumer advocate and has published several articles on the imperative of uniformity and Code compliance of fire safety measures.  David is well known for his technical expertise and has had several engagements as an expert witness.

David is a major stakeholder in regulatory reform for residential smoke alarm installations and has appeared in several Television and ABC radio programs since 2006.

E-mail: [email protected]


Duncan Glendinning

Owner/Director, Fire Risk Solutions

Duncan Glendinning is the Director of Fire Risk Solutions, a Fire Safety Services consulting practice that provides specialised fire safety consulting services to residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Prior to owning Fire Risk Solutions, Duncan’s work career has included various roles within the Tyco / Wormald / Fire Control group and prior to Fire Risk Solutions, Senior Fire Services Consultant with Eagle Consulting Group.  Engagements have included expert witness reporting, annual compliance assessments, fire safety upgrading and resolution of non-compliances reported to Owners and Endusers.

Current responsibilities cover the myriad of issues faced by Owners and Property Managers encompassing matters comprising passive fire safety issues through active systems, risk management and performance based solutions.

Duncan has previously held roles with the NSW FPAA committee and more recently has joined the FPAA NSW Accreditation Reference Group, whose primary role is to assist FPAA corporate with the development of realistic guidance on issues currently facing many Fire Safety Assessor practitioners and allied service providers.


Scott West

National Technical Manager, Cee3

Scott West is the National Technical Manager for the fire services consultancy company, CEE3.

Scott holds more than 20 years’ experience in the fire protection industry and electrical trades – working nine of those years in the fire industry installing and servicing fire detection, smoke control systems and occupant warning systems.

Over the last 6 years, Scott has become a specialist in essential services systems and annual certification nationally, with deep expertise in facilitating large system integration and system interface testing in major retail, commercial and industrial properties across Australia.

Scott currently holds an electrical contractor’s license in NSW. Completing post trade electrical engineering certificates and is an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Registered cabler.