John Ivison and Associates are leaders in fire protection education. John was the director of the School of Loss Control Technology in Scarborough, Ontario. When he relocated to British Columbia in 1979, he designed the Industrial Fire Protection Programme for the BC Fire Academy to enable BC industries to train their industrial fire prevention and protection staff to the same standards as larger sophisticated companies.
For expansion projects designed in house, companies often relied on insurer input to check designs of new plants as they progressed. This often defaulted to a final inspection at the time of commissioning new mills for instance. A decision was made to incorporate the fire protection engineering as a key element of the design process in order to minimise ‘after the fact’ changes that had not been addressed in the design phase. A limitation of this approach was the training of engineers at the graduate and post graduate levels. The decision was made to embark on a programme to that would enable graduate engineers to take further training for fire protection engineering practice.
In conjunction with that programme a number of international symposia were run. These symposia presented ground breaking technologies and included:
- The NRC Fire Risk Assessment Model
- Design Calculations for Fire Resistance
- Fire Science and Fire Investigation- with the University of Edinburgh
- Performance-Based Design for Fire Safety- with the national Research Council of Canada
These sessions were templates for North American practice and have spurred new practice in fire forensics and other areas.