Fire Safety for Automated Car Stackers

The fire hazard posed by automated vehicle storage systems can be significant for both occupants and firefighters. The purpose of this talk is to provide delegates with an understanding of the risks and challenges associated with automated car stackers from three perspectives - the fire brigade, fire protection engineers and fire safety engineers.

This insight will allow delegates to better understand the suppression options available and fire safety measures that are required to protect these special hazards.

About the Speakers

Douglas White | Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls

Douglas brings over 20 years of professional sales and project management experience within the fire protection industry. Currently the Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls, he is responsible for raising product awareness and driving new system integrations for clients across various market verticals such as commercial, industrial, residential, defence and hospitality, as well as oil and gas.

Equipped with strong fire design and application background, Douglas is focused on collaborating with subject matter experts and end users to develop effective fire protection design and solutions – from concept to completion. He has previously worked with many large organisations including the Australian Department of Defence, Woolworths and Optus, and consulted on numerous complex projects such as AFFF systems for helicopter hangars and sprinkler and gaseous suppression systems for large-scale data centres.

Throughout his career, he has carved a niche specialisation for special hazards fire protection. Douglas is passionate about the application of integrated technology and he believes the future of fire protection lies in the reducing of response times to detect and suppress fire. Douglas understands that fire protection is of upmost importance to building owners, facility managers, developers and occupants. He is deeply committed to safety and giving people confidence in places where they work and live.

As an avid fire safety advocate, Douglas sits on the FPAA committee for fire sprinklers and plays a pivotal role in the development of fire suppression standards within Australia and New Zealand markets. Douglas is recognised as a Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Stephen Burton FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | Managing Director, FERM Engineering

Commencing his career in engineering with BHP Steel, Stephen has successfully run a private practice Ferm Engineering for the last 18 years with the goals of educating engineers through membership activities, technical training events and student mentoring programs to ensure Engineering remains a career of choice for generations to come.

With over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, Stephen’s expertise includes building services, fire and life safety, cooling and ventilation, control systems, fire protection, computer modeling and risk analysis as key elements associated with mechanical, electrical and fire services.

Stephan’s work mantra is to create efficient service delivery, having respect for other professionals and continually pursues the improvement of the bureaucracy and state red tape. He is a 16-year member of the Society of Fire Safety and supports programs to emphasise Fire Safety Engineers’ roles and contributions to the community to better protect us all.

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