Tony Marlow, the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design: BS9251:2021 trainer
Tony has been a CIBSE Trainer since 2011 and is also a trainer for the online learning course Fire Sprinkler Systems to BS EN 12845.
Tony Marlow: I have been involved in the fire sprinkler industry for decades working as a designer, engineering manager, contracts manager, supervision engineer for the LPCB in their sprinkler installer approval scheme and, for the last 17 years, training sprinkler designers. I am a specialist surveyor in the fire insurance industry and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
IM: What do you enjoy most about being a CIBSE trainer?
TM: Sharing my knowledge with engineers, consultants and building control officers from various backgrounds about fire sprinkler systems and encouraging them to use their new knowledge in their dealings with contractors and specifiers.
IM: Sounds great! Do you encounter any challenges as a trainer?
TM: I like the interaction with attendees and always encourage them to ask questions if only to clear up any misunderstandings or misconceptions they might have with fire sprinkler systems and codes.
IM: You sound very passionate about the fire sprinkler systems, do you have a favourite part about it?
TM: Showing how a well-designed sprinkler system contributes to a safer built environment and how the hydraulic requirements and calculations play a part in those systems.
IM: Why do you think that it’s important that building services professionals keep up with their professional development?
TM: To keep abreast of current thinking and codes and to understand how fires can spread and what can be done to mitigate or prevent them.
Clearly the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster is showing that not enough importance has been given to these in the recent past.
IM: If you could go back to your younger self when you started working in building services, what advice would you give yourself?
TM: I would have paid more attention to IT and BIM.
IM: Lastly, what would you tell someone who is just about to start or consider working in building services?
TM: It is an exciting industry to get into, but you must keep up to date with current developments in technology, materials and changing codes, and always remember the fundamental requirement of making buildings safe for everyone.IM: Thank you for your time, Tony!