David Prosser

Early in 2017 David retired as Senior Product Manager with Tyco Fire Protection Products after almost 34 years’ service. He still remains actively involved with the industry on a part-time basis.

After graduating with Honours degrees in Physics and Electronics Engineering, David commenced his working career as a R&D design engineer with Christchurch-based Wormald Vigilant Ltd. He was project leader for development of the first microprocessor-based fire alarm system in New Zealand. Those were exciting times in the fledgling NZ electronics industry. 

He progressed through a number of roles over the years, during which Vigilant merged with Wormald, then became part of the independent products group under Tyco, and most recently became a business unit of Johnson Controls. His later responsibilities at Tyco encompassed the VIGILANT and TYCO fire detection and evacuation warning product ranges for both Australia and New Zealand.

For over 20 years David has been involved with New Zealand Standards for fire detection, receiving a Standards NZ meritorious Service Award in 2009. He chairs the NZS 4512 project committee, and since 2005 he also chairs the ADG (Alarms and Detection Group) which issues interpretations for the fire detection Standards. He also co-ordinates New Zealand’s input to ISO fire detection Standards.

David has been an enthusiastic supporter of FPANZ for many years, both on Council and the previous National Executive. He is a foundation member of the current Board of Governance.

Outside of work, David is a Lay Minister in the Anglican Church and along with his wife, Glenda, enjoys travel – especially at 3 miles per hour in a narrow-boat around the English canal network.