Australian Fire Services Testing
Bruce holds a Masters of Science majoring in Fire & Risk Engineering. He has also completed a Diploma in Engineering majoring in Construction Hydraulics. For 19 years practiced as a consulting engineer, seven years as a hydraulic services designer and 10 years as a fire and risk engineer. Bruce has also practiced as a project manager, project risk facilitator, HAZOP participant and expert witness for building construction disputes.
Prior to his engineering career Bruce was a trade licensed plumber, gasfitter and fire sprinkler fitter. The majority of his trade work was mechanical services plumbing installing water, fuel gas systems, chilled and condenser HVAC systems and refrigeration plant.
For Bruce’s Master’s Thesis he completed a Pilot study of the performance of PVC fire sprinkler pipe under fire conditions. This pilot study was instigated due the reluctance of the fire brigade and building certifiers to accept PVC and copper tube fire sprinkler it was is impossible to braze copper pipe with water in it. Whereas it was a common belief that PVC pipe would melt and copper tube joint would fail in fire conditions. This was a real life experiment with fire. The pilot study proved the PVC sprinkler pipe is a viable and safe alternate to screwed black steel.
In 2000 Bruce established Australian Fire Services Testing (AFST) because he saw problems in the fire industry where designers could not source creditable water main supply modelling for the design engineering of the fire systems. A natural progression for AFTS was to commission and certify fire systems installed by plumbing contractors. AFST was the first fire system certification practice offer plumbing contractor’s fire hydrant system boosting which then allows AFST to fully certify the fire hydrant system installed by the contractor.