The Institution of Fire Engineers' Information Series features monthly presentations on topics of interest in firefighting.

The previous two presentations can be found here(external link) and here(external link).

February’s presentation will be held on Thursday 23rd Feb at 7pm via Teams here(external link). It will feature George Hare, Fire Research Engineer – BRANZ Ltd.

George will be presenting on “Lithium-ion batteries: What’s the problem?”.

A recording of the presentation will be uploaded onto this page following the presentation.

After arriving in New Zealand in 2006, George spent more than five years as a volunteer firefighter in both rural and urban brigades. Moving to the Wellington region in 2016, George joined the Fire Testing team in the BRANZ Consultancy Services group, providing independent fire testing and assessments of products, primarily to AS 1530.4.

In 2019, George moved across to the Industry Research side of BRANZ, joining the Better Buildings Research team, with an initial focus on risk-informed fire engineering design.

Recent work includes fire-safe use of mass timber, looking at both fire resistance and flame spread. His interests include facade fire safety, lithium-ion battery fire hazards (he is a member of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies sub-group in AFAC) and he is currently beginning research into potential unintended consequences of high-performance construction.

 

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