Take a read of all the latest articles written by Trafalgar Group owner, John Rakic. 

A Guide to Fire Stopping of Service Penetrations for Active Fire Protection Companies

By John Rakic


We can thank Fredrick Grinnell all those years ago, as he is credited for being the creator of the first practical automatic fire sprinkler.


Here in Australia, the Wormalds have been leaders in fire protection design, installation, and servicing since their inception in 1989 as Wormald Brothers. The company was formed more than 125 years ago now, by Joseph Dawson Wormald and Henry Percy Wormald, to introduce Grinnell’s sprinkler technology to Oceania.


So called active or water-based fire protection systems have saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars of property. For an effective fire protection strategy, we need early detection; safe egress paths, smoke control measures, fire compartments, fire brigade intervention and fire stopping of opening in fire barriers around services through which fire and smoke can spread. Read more.




Passive Fire Protection in Australia: Serious Regulatory Change is Here Now!

The best part of my 32 years of work as both a Mechanical & Fire Safety Engineer have been in my beloved passive fire protection field... Read more.

Open State Cavity Barriers for Use Behind Cladding on Australian Buildings

This technical overview has been prepared in response to some confusion around the use of so called “open state” cavity barriers used to help compartmentalise the cavity... Read more.

Cavity Barriers and Their Application Here in Australia

Passive fire compartments, fire containment barriers and separate fire cells (or zones) are well known in the industry. For those who don't know, the principles are relatively... Read more.

Part 1: Understanding Fire Rated Access Panels

The NCC is Australia has made it clear; fire testing needs to be current and conducted in accordance with AS1530 Pat 4 – 2014... Read more.

Electrical Services Passing Through Fire Rated Barriers

We have all heard all the fuss about so called combustible cladding on buildings here in Australia, and some of us would have seen the tragic events unfold... Read more.

Fire Collars

There is more to compliance than just whacking a fire collar on a plastic pipe and walking away. This article is written to assist those working with fire collars... Read more.

Fire Regulatory Change and Cladding Recommendations

Building Regulations historically have changed following public disdain for multiple fatality tragedies and typically in the wake of these tragedies... Read more.

Fire Rated Board

There is a lot of confusion about so called “fire rated boards” and I think it is prudent to discuss a little about fire ratings and the use of so-called fire rated board products... Read more.

Part 2: Understanding Fire Rated Access Panels

The NCC in Australia has made it clear; fire testing needs to be current and conducted in accordance with the latest version fo the fire test standard, AS1530 Part 4 - 2014... Read more.

NCBP Debacle

There would not be too many people who have not heard about the tragic events of the Grenfell fire which took the lives of so many innocent people in the UK... Read more.

Passive Fire Protection of Steel Structures

As I sit at my trusty laptop, on Sunday morning, watching the sunrise through my window, I take a moment to stop and pay my respects... Read more.

The new passive fire protection landscape in Australia

NCC2022 is all but here; do you know what all the fuss is about and what other NCC changes have been implemented pertaining to FRL’s? This is article is a MUST read... Read more.

Fire Rated Joints in Walls and Floors

Control, movement or expansion joints are an important part of good building practice. They are used to allow for movement and expansion and stop unsightly cracking... Read more.

Holy, whole and holes?

Whether you are the builder, plumber, electrician, mechanical services contractor or anyone involved with building services, this should be a useful guide to understanding the BASIC questions... Read more.

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