School of Civil Engineering

Improving Fire and Life Safety in a Vertical World

Speaker bio
Mr. Francis has 23 years’ experience as a firefighter in Australia, coupled with formal tertiary qualifications in Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University and has attended and assisted to manage a large range of emergency situations across Australia including major Cyclones, significant flood events, wild fire campaigns and a huge variety of Fire/Chemical/Rescue type incidents.
He has participated in the co‐development of a high rise training course aimed at bridging the gap between fire fighters and the complexities of building fire safety systems. Recently he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which involved extensive research and travel in 2017 focusing on the subject of Evacuation from Tall Buildings and large structures.
The presentation will use the information collated during a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 on High‐rise Fire Safety and Evacuation (International
Perspective ‐ 11 Countries)1. The specific topics of the seminar include:

  • Evolving Evacuation Methods from High‐rise Buildings
  • A Proactive Approach to improving Fire and Life Safety
  • Occupant Evacuation Lifts
  • High‐rise firefighting techniques
  • Case Studies (depending on time availability)

1 Report available for download at:

All interested persons are invited to assist
The Seminar is free of charge

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Friday, 8 February 2019


AEB Seminar Room 502
Advanced Engineering Building (49)