As the Director of Eclipse Fire and with 20 plus 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.
Active involvement on both FP-004 and FP-009 has seen Mark provide significant technical input into both fire sprinkler and fire hydrant system standards as well as understanding some of the limitations of technical development and implementation due to ‘regulatory process’. Additional industry involvement includes participation on the FPA Australia Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) 4/8/9 (wet fire protection) and 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
Mark has been involved with the FRNSW Sprinkler Research Project from the implementation of the research project including planning for the full scale fire testing and assistance with the subsequent content development of the two recently published residential sprinkler standards FPAA101H and FPAA101D. This involved a supporting fire system technical role to both FRNSW and FPA Australia for development of these two design standards for implementation of sprinklers in all residential buildings from 4 storeys up to 25m in effective height.
His passion for the fire protection industry, combined with a self-confessed lack of tolerance for regulatory ‘red tape’ sees him pull no punches when discussing the merits, or lack of, in today’s implementation of fire protection systems. Attendees can expect honest and direct answers to their technical queries during one of Mark’s presentations.