Advancing Fire Safety
Holmes Fire is a fire engineering consultancy firm with unrivalled talent, advancing fire safety design through a collaborative approach.
Our in-house expertise enables us the flexibility to offer comprehensive fire safety engineering solutions, enhancing the functionality of design whilst always prioritising occupant safety.
As part of the international Holmes Group, we service projects throughout Australia, the US and New Zealand.
We have a reputation for technical excellence. We provide an approach that encourages performance-based solutions to deliver innovation, design flexibility, greater value and compliance as an alternative to prescriptive building codes.
Our team strives to provide the highest level of professional service and success for our clients, building meaningful relationships along the way.
Sarnia has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Sarnia has been involved in assembly, commercial, industrial, storage, health care, residential, utilities and services, retail, and heritage projects, providing fire engineering alternative solutions, BCA assessments and, fire safety upgrades to provide innovative and cost effective solutions for fire safety.
Sarnia has significant experience in the use of zone and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) fire models as well as with egress assessment methods and models and is able to use these fire engineering tools to investigate fire and occupant behaviour.
Sarnia is a Fellow of the institution of Engineers Australia, she is also a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), a Registered Engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NER) in Fire Safety, and is registered by Engineers Australia as an APEC Engineer in Australia. Additionally Sarnia is on the Society of Fire’s National Committee and the NSW committee, she is a Registered Professional Engineer (Fire Engineering) of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Registered Building Practitioner (Engineer / Fire Safety) with the Building Practitioners Board of Victoria.
Branch Manager Wellington | Project Director
Since graduating with a master’s in fire engineering (2006), Paul worked as a research associate with the University of Ulster on a program to develop innovative techniques and technology to minimise the influence of concrete spalling under fire conditions to existing tunnel structures. This included the implementation of large scale fire tests for experimental data analysis, networking and working closely with industrial partners in executing data and participating in major research funding programs within Europe.
Paul has also previously worked as a lead fire design and forensic consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. His role involved building fire design services in relation to the applicable building code and fire code based on legal prerequisites. Providing forensic engineering services for building owners, tenants, lawyers and insurers to determine the probable fire origin, and likely causation and fire spread mechanisms. Responsibilities of fire investigation included the examination and documentation of fire scenes, coordinating with testing laboratories, liaison with relevant authorities (private and public) and the preparation of reports that may be used in civil or criminal litigation.
Paul is the Wellington Branch Manager, however also has a role as a Project Director with over 11 years of experience in the NZ industry. His experience has involved local and national based projects, working in all sectors, serving building facilities, property portfolios and industrial installations. Paul’s key projects range from commercial refurbishments to healthcare, shopping complexes, industrial and high rise residential developments; applying either Building Code Technical Guidance (C/AS1-7), Verification Method designs (C/VM2) or Specific Fire Engineering Design based upon sound fire engineering principles/computational analysis and international best practice.
Starting with a clean piece of paper for each design, Paul’s approach is to ultimately meet both the clients and architects needs and expectations in key operational performance, whilst still meeting statutory compliance requirements. Having experience in the New Zealand, Australasian, North American, UK and Irish fire safety design markets, he is able to bring International best practice to the all projects that he is involved with.
Paul is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (CMEngNZ), and a Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
As Project Director of our Seattle office, Keryn brings expertise in leading performance-based designs and cultivating strong working relationships. She provides fire and life safety solutions that meet her client’s goals for a wide range of building types—including high-rises, open office buildings, major retail developments, and adaptive reuse projects. Throughout her tenure at Holmes (in both Auckland and Seattle), Keryn has applied her knowledge of the balancing act of smoke modeling and egress design for complex, award-winning buildings. She also mentors budding fire engineers and introduces undergraduate students to the possibilities of a career in fire engineering. Her dedication to the profession earned her the President’s Award, the highest accolade granted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers in New Zealand. When she’s not running simulations, Keryn can be found running long distances on mountain trails.
Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in Fire Engineering, and a PhD in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Jeremy is specialised in structural fire engineering. He has taught this topic at the University of Canterbury for several years and contributed to the New Zealand and international design guides. Jeremy has developed expertise in assessing and designing the structural behaviour in fire of concrete, steel, and timber constructions.
Jeremy also has in-depth knowledge of the building regulations in New Zealand. He has been working for several building consent authorities to review the fire safety aspect of the building consent applications and to develop the fire related council policies. Jeremy has clear understanding of the requirements from the Building Act and the building consent review process, and he can provide advice and assistance on means to meet the regulatory requirements.
Jeremy is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), an International Professional Engineer, and a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand.