FPANZ Conference


Weclome to FireNZ 2018 and information for all prospective delegates. Here you can find the latest full conference programme, registration forms, details on accommodation, and the floor plan for the trade show. For further information you can email us info@fpanz.org or call +64 9 414 4450. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Keynote International Guest Speakers

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International Speaker: Arnold Dix - Risk Doctor - Technical / Legal ALARP

Thursday 27th September, 3.45pm – 4.15pm &
Friday 28th September, 10.30am – 11.15am

Arnold Dix is a passionate advocate for safety in complex built structures. With an international reputation as a disaster investigator, consultant and advisor - trained as a Lawyer and Scientist - with a professional background spanning Partnerships in some of the world’s leading Law firms, a barrister and Visiting Professor of Engineering at Tokyo City University His background and professional focus is rather strange but useful. He serves on two NFPA standards (NFPA 130 and 502) at the invitation of the US for nearly 20 years, sits on the Executive of the International Tunnelling Association (UN affiliate), is a registered British Investigator, and founded the ALARP group of companies.

International Speaker: Dr. David Crowder - Head of Fire Investigation and Expert Witness Services, BRE Group

David has overall responsibility for the fire investigation team as well as expert witness services across all disciplines in the BRE Group of companies. 

He specialises in investigating fire development, the performance of fire protection measures and systems during real fire incidents, and the regulatory aspects of performance in these areas. Major fire investigations he has worked on include the Penhallow Hotel fire in Cornwall, the Atherstone-on-Stour warehouse fire, Royal Marsden Hospital, Cutty Sark and the Lakanal fire in Camberwell. 

Research projects include: fire spread in car parks, researching the effectiveness of residential sprinklers, evacuating mobility impaired people from hospitals, developing a fire protection strategy for HMS Victory, developing cost effective water misting systems for use in prison cells and a scoping study on the environmental impact of fires. He holds a PhD in the impact of fire chemistry (flammability and toxicity) in fatal fires, examined via the investigation and reconstruction of real fires.

International Speaker: Jonathan Barnett - Technical Director, RED Fire Engineers, Australia

Jonathan has over 40 years’ experience in fire safety engineering. Previously a professor of fire engineering and mechanical engineering at WPI in the US, Jonathan has researched topics such as computer modelling of fire, structural fire protection and the development of tests for firefighting personal protective equipment. Today he is the Technical Director for RED Fire Engineers in Australia. 

As an expert witness, Jonathan has testified on fire events throughout the world. In 2001 Jonathan was a core team member for the Building Performance Study that investigated the events of 9/11. 

Currently, Jonathan is the national chair of Engineers Australia Society of Fire Safety and a Subject Matter Expert for The Australian Building Codes Board. He is also a founding and life Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (NZ Chapter).

International Speaker: Niall Rowan - Chief Executive Officer, ASFP

Niall started working in fire in 1979 graduating to managing Warringtonfire’s (Exova) test laboratory operations. He drafted the first twelve fire resistance test methods for CEN in the 1990s and from 2007 to 2009 he was President of EGOLF, the European organisation of fire testing laboratories and certification bodies. 

In 2009 Niall became the ASFP’s Technical Officer, responsible for the Association’s technical output, including the recently revised Yellow, Red, and Blue Books, the ASFP Guide to Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors and many other publications. 

Niall took on the role of Chief Operations Officer at the ASFP at the start of 2017 providing leadership and direction to the ASFP’s aims to ensure professionalism in the design, development, specification, installation and maintenance of Passive Fire Protection. 

In early 2018 Niall became the ASFP’s Chief Executive Officer where he continues to work with government, agencies and other stakeholders. He currently spends much of his time involved with fallout from the horrific Grenfell Tower fire and sits on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee which is revising the statutory guidance to the Building Regulations in the wake of the tragedy.

International Speaker: Sean Decrane - Industry Relations, Building & Life Safety Technologies, UL LLC

Thursday 27th September, 11.45am – 12.15pm &
Friday 28th September, 1.45pm – 2.15pm

Sean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He rose through the ranks and serving in various roles including the Director of Training and Acting Chief of Operations. He retired as a Battalion Chief covering Cleveland’s Westside. 

Sean has been very involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He serves on the UL Fire Council, is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board and is currently on a number of technical panels for research and standards. 

Chief DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. Sean served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as the Chair of the fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee. 

Sean has been awarded the 2015 UL Council Member’s Achievement Award, 2014 Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Fire Safety Advocate of the Year Award, the 2013 International Association of Fire Chiefs Life Safety Award and the 2012 ICC-IAFC Life Safety Advocate Award. Sean has delivered a number of keynote addresses including the 2015 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference. Currently Sean has been appointed as the UL Manager for Industry Groups and association and Professional Organizations.


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We wish to acknowledge and thank all of the Key Sponsors for this year’s conference and exhibition.

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Floor Plan


To Book:

- Complete a booking form www.trinitywharf.co.nz
- Email reservations@trinitywharf.co.nz
- Call reservations on +64 7 577 8703 (or NZ Toll Free 0800 577 870)

Trinity Wharf Tauranga - 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga

Trinity Wharf Hotel Tauranga offers 4.5 star luxury Tauranga hotel accommodation and apartments with a stunning waterfront location, flexible conference facilities and a waterfront restaurant and bar, just minutes from the Tauranga city centre and Mount Maunganui beach. From the moment you enter the hotel, views of the Tauranga harbour and the relaxed contemporary vibe are immediately apparent. A leading accommodation and event venue in the Western Bay Of Plenty, Trinity Wharf Tauranga is an urban retreat that captures the very essence of New Zealand hospitality.

To Book:

- visit www.hotelarmitage.co.nz
- email res@hotelarmitage.co.nz
- call reservations on +Telephone: (07) 578 9119 (or Free Phone:0800 276 482)

Hotel Armitage - 9 Willow St, Tauranga

Nestled conveniently in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, your ideal inner city accommodation. The Hotel Armitage is a charming 3.5 star Qualmark rated, 24 hour service hotel with comfortable and spacious accommodation. Complimentary Wi-Fi and car parking.

Special rate from $155.00 per night in room single use
– subject to availability
Rate is including GST and includes 1 full cooked breakfast.
Rate code: FPANZ1809

To Book:

Visit: www.thepacificapartments.co.nz
Email: stay@thepacificapartments.co.nz
Call: 07 9297474

The Pacific Apartments - 8 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui

Only minutes from one of New Zealands most beautiful beaches, 2 minutes from the shops and coffee bars, 10 minutes from Tauranga. The Pacific Apartments is your perfect Mt Maunganui accommodation while you enjoy everything the Mount has to offer. A fantastic 11 floor complex exclusively designed to provide a great experience for both holidaymakers and corporate travellers, with excellent facilities.

Studios $200 per night
One bedrooms $220 per night
Two bedrooms/two bathrooms $320 per night
Three bedrooms/three bathrooms $450 per night
Subject to Availability

Rate Code: FPANZ


Thursday 15th October 2015

7:30am - 8:00am Registration - All Delegates & Speakers
8.15am – 8:30am Opening Address
8.30am – 9:15am Keynote Speaker: NFPA
Presentation - Switch Thinking: How to Engage Untapped Capability
9:15am – 10:00am Speaker: IFE John Buckheit – High Rise Buildings
10:00am – 10:45am Morning Tea – Exhibitors Area
10.45am – 11:15am

Speaker: SFPE Martin Feeney Holmes Fire - ASB North Wharf
A case study for innovation and change during the design and construction process

11.15am – 11:45 am Speaker: IFE Steve Hamm –
Business Community Resilience
11.45am – 12:30pm Speaker: SFPE David Youssef
Docklands High-rise Apartment Fire - Managing Community Consequence Case Study
12.15pm – 12:30pm Winstone Wallboards Speaker: Kevin Sceats
Presentation: Penetrations in Fire Rated Systems.
12.30pm – 1:30pm Lunch – Exhibitors Area
1:30pm – 3:15pm WORKSHOP SESSIONS
  Workshop 1: FPANZ Workshop 2: IFE Workshop 3: SFPE Workshop 4: FPANZ/Design
1:30pm – 2:30pm Session One:
Matthew Wright
Product Compliance the Australian Model
Session One:
Steve Hamm

London Olympics
Session One:
Driving creativity in the film or advertising industry.
Session One:
David Molnar

Victaulic Revit pipe routing, BIM best practices and coordination

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Session Two:
Lance Hunt Portable Fire Equipment Certification/Product Listing

Ela Langford
Evacuation of Buildings and a Code of Practice

Session Two:
Alan Kerr
Rio Olympics

Session Two:
Driving creativity in the highly regulated Aviation Industry.

Session Two
David Molnar - Victaulic

3:15pm - 3 :45pm Afternoon Tea – Exhibitors Area
  WORKSHOP SESSIONS please refer to page 8 for more detail on the workshops
  Workshop 1: FPANZ Workshop 2: IFE Workshop 3: SFPE Workshop 4: FPANZ/Design:
3:45pm – 4:30pm Session Three:
Training in the Industry the Future of Qualifications
Session Three:
Couch Session with John Buckheit, David Youssef and Daryn Glasgow – Q&A
Session Three:
Fire Engineering Case Study
Session Three:
David Molnar - Victaulic


4:30pm – 5:15pm

Session Four:
Aaron Grey
A Software approach to passive system information

Session Four:
Couch Session with John Buckheit, David Youssef and Daryn Glasgow – Q&A

Session Four:
Presentation of Ideas to regulators and obtain feedback

Session Four:
David Molnar - Victaulic

5:15pm – 6:15pm AGM – IFE and SFPE
Drinks and Canapés
– Exhibition Area
6:15pm – 10:30pm

Gala Dinner and Event – TSB Arena

Friday 16th October 2015

7:30am – 8:30am Delegates Breakfast/HOFFE Meeting


Busses depart 8.30am – Return to TSB 12.00pm

#1 BRANZ – Refer to page 10

#2 Pertronic and Fraser Engineering – Refer to page 10


8.30am - 9:10am Speaker: SFPE
Ben Hume and Kevin Weller – FDS and Sprinklers
9.10am – 9:40am Speaker: FPANZ
Satya Nand – COTEC Innovative Solutions Designed into new generation of Passive Fire Protection Coatings.
9.40am - 10:00am Platinum Speaker:
Hans Gerlich - Post-Fire Stability
10.00am - 10:45am Morning Tea – Exhibitors Area
10.45am – 11:15am Speaker: FPANZ David Molnar
Victaulic BIM requirements become the norm, what does that mean for industry?
11.15am - 12:00pm Speaker:
Eddie Tieppo – Xtralis – Innovation and Early Warning Detection.
12.00pm - 12:30pm Speaker: FPANZ
Dr Geoff Thomas – Sustainable Building Features and Fire Safety.
12.30pm – 1:30pm Lunch – Exhibitors Area
1.30pm – 2:00pm Speaker: FPANZ
Peter Whiting BRANZ – Fire Compliance Testing for interior surface finishes.
2:00pm - 2:30pm Platinum Speaker: David Percy Pertronic
2.30pm – 3:00pm Speaker: FPANZ Michael Belsham MBIE
2.30pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea – Exhibitors Area
3.30pm - 4:00pm Speaker: SFPE Mohd Zahir – Carpark Fires
4:00pm - 4:30pm Speaker: SFPE
Geoff Merryweather – Bomb in the Basement –risk assessment of basement plant rooms
4.30pm - 5.00pm Wrap up of Conference