Crossfire is a leading Fire Engineering practice based in Auckland, New Zealand. Founded by Michael Dixon in 2012, with Jeff Parkinson joining soon after, the firm is well-known for its reliability and innovation in fire safety design and advice.
The team is experienced in commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, residential and institutional buildings.
We believe that the best fire safety outcomes are produced from an holistic approach based firmly on the client's objectives. When all the elements of code compliance, business continuity and property protection are considered the fire safety strategy produced can be appropriately priced to deliver value. Being involved early in every project is our aim so that the overall building design has to accept fewer compromises than when fire safety is a last minute addition.
Architects value fire engineers who listen, are flexible in their design thinking and detailed in design delivery.
The team is drawn from a range of backgrounds including operational fire service, regulatory and engineering consultancies and thus gives a well-rounded range of skills.
We welcome enquiries from individuals seeking employment or engineers wanting to transition into the field of fire safety.
Director - Principal Fire Engineer
Michael founded Crossfire in 2012.
His vision to remain at the forefront of good practice in the industry and to seek cost-appropriate solutions to fire engineering has earned Crossfire the strong reputation it enjoys today.
Michael’s professional career started after studying Engineering at the University of Auckland supplemented by a Masters in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Michael’s deep insight into specialist fire engineering has seen him innovate and lead the introduction of new methodologies over his career. He has advised on complex systems such as specialised fire detection, gas flooding, and engineered pressurisation systems.
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ chapter was headed by Michael during 2008-9 and he has been a committee member from 2000 to 2012.
Michael is a sought-after expert and has advised the University of Canterbury on its Fire Engineering degree material. He was one of the principal authors of the IPENZ/SFPE PN22 guidance on design documentation.
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Phone: 021 320 123
Director - General Manager
Jeff is a Chartered Professional Fire Engineer (NZ) with over 22 years experience in the fire sector. Although he initially trained in the UK as a Building Surveyor, Jeff elected to pursue public safety roles in the UK and the NZ Fire Service. At Crossfire, Jeff is the General Manager and Project Director delivering fire engineering and fire services design using both the Acceptable Solutions (C/ASx) and Verification Method (C/VM2) for our clients.
Jeff has a Masters degree in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury and is an experienced user of fire and smoke modelling computer packages such as B-RISK, FDS, Pyrosim, Pathfinder and Firewind as well as using spreadsheet and hand calculations to create and verify designs.
His track record working for the UK Fire Service and the NZ Fire Service Fire Engineering Unit aligns strongly with the Crossfire’s delivery of practical, workable solutions for clients. Jeff has given design review advice to Building Consent Authorities since 2009.
He is a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ), a Professional Member and Executive Committee member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE - NZ Chapter), an assessed Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the Engineering Council (UK). Jeff has over 12 years’ experience as an operational UK firefighter and officer and has training qualifications as a Compartment Fire Behaviour Instructor.
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Phone: 021 320 207
Andrew is an experienced fire engineer who has developed fire strategies for a number of high profile projects, over a range of sectors and has a proven track record of securing regulatory approval for complex fire safety engineering design solutions.
Andrew enjoys the creativity and lateral thinking required to develop a harmonised fire safety design that works in synergy with the Architectural and other engineering disciplines. He has a keen interest in inclusive life-cycle design and ensuring fire design solutions are sustainable for end-users of buildings.
Prior to joining Crossfire, Andrew worked with another local specialist fire consultancy where he established himself as a creative customer focussed design consultant.
Before emigrating to New Zealand, Andrew worked with the multi-discipline firm Buro Happold Engineering in London, UK where he developed performance-based fire engineering solutions for a number of landmark projects including venues for the London 2012 Olympics, McLaren Automotive Group Production Centre and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Andrew is active in professional development and has presented at International technical conferences including the FireNZ conference and the SFPE Europe Conference.
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Phone: 021 320 299
Senior Fire Engineer
Absar is an internationally experienced Fire Engineer who has worked in Europe (Belgium & The Netherlands) and New Zealand. He is the Crossfire expert on the design and optimisation of smoke control systems for underground structures.
Using his extensive experience in performance-based fire engineering design and fire modelling, Absar specialises in computational fluid dynamics alongside egress modelling. This has been put into practice in diverse buildings including sports facilities at Bruce Pulman Park where the indoor courts and associated conference rooms together hold over 6,000 visitors. He has also worked as lead fire engineer on commercial buildings, residential developments, shopping centres, warehousing and underground railway stations. His advice has been sought out for redevelopments where additional floors are added to existing structures under change of use situations.
Of particular note is the work Absar did on a large retirement village during which he determined the heat transfer and temperature of the unprotected steel beam above the non-fire stopped Gib ceiling using the Hera Radiation Barrier method to mitigate the cost for intumescent coating.
Absar holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering and an international Masters in Fire Safety Engineering, a joint degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium, LTH Sweden & Edinburgh University which was awarded with Distinction in 2013. He is a Member of Engineering New Zealand.
Absar is a keen hobbyist/amateur photographer and was among 10 photographers selected after a competition by Panuku Auckland to have his work displayed at Queen’s Wharf during summer 2017-2018. He loves to travel with his family and has traveled to over 20 countries and 100+ cities.
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Phone: 021 320 102
Senior Fire Engineer
Jonathon is a Masters qualified Fire Engineer. He took his undergraduate honours degree at University of Auckland studying mechatronics engineering and has completed the Masters in Fire Engineering at Canterbury University while working full time at Crossfire.
Work projects include FDS and B-RISK fire and smoke simulations, pedestrian modelling in Pathfinder and undertaking fire designs using the acceptable solutions or the verification method.
Jonathon is currently working on a number of high profile retail, educational and industrial projects for Crossfire’s key clients; this includes new buildings, building refurbishments and internal fit-outs in existing buildings.
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Phone: 021 320 190
Ben knew from his first year’s study that he wanted to be a fire engineer. His solid grounding in mechanical engineering at Auckland University led quickly to the Canterbury University Masters of Engineering studies course which he began while still in his third year undergraduate studies. He will complete the Masters in Fire Engineering course during 2022.
An intern Fire Engineer position in 2017 at Norman, Disney and Young was translated into part-time and later a full time job. Ben joined Crossfire in April 2020.
Ben’s extensive technical skills have been applied to diverse property types from tower fit-outs to residential apartments, and from schools to offices. He has worked on projects in new builds and refurbishments gaining familiarity with industry software.
Ben enjoys both sport and music as hobbies. He represented New Zealand at lacrosse and formerly played cello in the Philharmonic Society Orchestra. He continues to play soccer for fitness, co-ordination and what he calls “discipline”.
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Phone: 021 321 275
Bing started his career in Christchurch following his graduation from Auckland University in 2013 as a structural engineer. He is now a Fire Engineer.
Working with Caliber Consulting on the reconstruction of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, Bing gained experience working for the New Zealand Earthquake Commission on the Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP). His team provided engineering advice including identifying earthquake damage to properties and writing repair and remediation strategies prior to applying for building consent.
Bing worked on over 25 projects during his three years in Christchurch including schools, shops, commercial buildings and private residences.
In his last year of undergraduate study, he developed an interest in the structural behaviour of steel structures in fires, which led him to pursue further studies in the field of fire engineering. He has a Masters degree in Engineering studies with a major in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury when working in Christchurch through part time study.
Leaving Christchurch in November 2016 Bing joined Crossfire as Fire Engineer.
In his spare time, Bing enjoys tramping and is also a pool swimmer for fitness.
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Phone: 021 320 107
Chloe started with the Crossfire team in May 2020 and has a background in structural engineering. She is now transitioning to Fire Engineering and is completing a Master of Engineering Studies endorsed in Fire at the University of Canterbury.
Chloe has an undergraduate degree from the University of Auckland specializing in civil engineering and graduated with First Class Honours. On graduation, she was awarded a Downer Scholarship as a student intern and worked as a site engineer on projects including Holcim Dome at the Ports of Auckland and the Mount Roskill cycle way.
Before joining Crossfire, she worked at Aurecon Group in Auckland for three years on a range of new build projects, construction monitoring and fit-outs to existing buildings. Her major projects include the structural design of the Auckland Dental School for the University of Otago and Marist Primary School; design of seismic restraint of services for Auckland District Health Board.
Chloe combined her love of travel and engineering, working in London for Furness Partnership for a year, adding experience in heritage and listed buildings before returning to New Zealand in 2020.
In her spare time, Chloe enjoys travelling and hiking as many of New Zealand’s Great Walks as she can.
Xu joined the Crossfire team in 2017 having completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Fire Engineering degree course at University of Canterbury. He has studied in his native China and at Buffalo University, New York, USA gaining Bachelor and Masters degrees in automation and electrical engineering.
His background in product design for Dali infrared thermal detectors and vehicle air conditioning for manufacturing firms has influenced his interest in laboratory work and technical measurement and analysis. His coursework at Canterbury included the study of fire dynamics, computer fire modelling, fire safety systems and the behaviour of structures in fire. Xu is now continuing his study at Canterbury to complete his Masters in Fire Engineering while working full time at Crossfire.
He moved to New Zealand to join his wife in 2016 and they both have a love of travel and he enjoys boxing in his spare time.
Jen graduated with BEng (Hons) from the University of Auckland majoring in Mechatronics Engineering. He is currently in the process of finishing his Masters of Engineering Studies endorsed in Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
He first realised his passion for optimal building designs during his undergrad years where he had the opportunity to work in the building services sector. It was also in his undergrad years that he learnt about fire engineering as a potential career prospect while partaking an elective course in Building Services.
Jen first started as a graduate fire engineer in a local fire engineering consultant firm in 2016 during a time when Auckland experienced a major development reform. This was when he learnt that as a professional fire engineer, he was able to ensure safety in buildings through his work and by making the small changes to help make a difference for the better.
His experiences to date involve working on retirement village, residential apartments and commercial projects. The projects were mainly within the Acceptable Solutions C/ASx environment but with a twist of Verification Method C/VM2 where necessary. He is keen on improving his skills in fire engineering, particularly in the performance-based designs.
Outside of work, Jen has a passion for music and aspire to improve his photography skills. He also has the desire to travel and understand that life is also about having fun.
Steven is a qualified mechanical engineer now transitioning to Fire Engineering training on the Canterbury University Masters in Fire Engineering course. His experience has been gained since 2016 with leading firms in Auckland and Wellington.
His has an undergraduate honours degree from the University of Auckland specialising in mechanical engineering and has worked in leading firms in New Zealand. He has worked on Civil Engineering projects as well as more recently as an Environmental Technician specialising in site surveys for asbestos contamination. Steven is a skilled AutoCAD operator.
Outside work, he is a proficient off-road motorcyclist doing regular adventure competitions and has studied Goju Ryu Karate since 2005 - he is a 3rd Dan Black Belt. He is also a leader for the middle school youth ministry at his church.
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Phone: 021 320 115
Kerie Dixon is our accounts manager, keeping track of the money side of the Crossfire business. She started working with us almost by accident. When Michael first started the business he was very busy doing everything and as his loving wife, Kerie realised that she could help him by taking on some of the accounting role.
Her passion is travel - both around the Asia Pacific locale and also further afield. While working with Singapore Airlines, Kerie got to know Singapore but her favourite destination is Fiji. She’s travelled to many destinations over the years! The airline business gave her an early taste for accounting as she used to audit the tickets issued by travel agents - looking for mistakes and making corrections.
She laughingly describes herself as the “social secretary” for the Crossfire team, organising monthly team lunches at a local eatery, where she enjoys catching up with us all and hearing our news. If she had a magic wand, Kerie would wave it to force the team to send her their spend receipts more promptly at the end of the month!
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Phone: 021 102 8001
Nicole is the Crossfire Practice Manager and takes responsibility to manage and monitor the workflow of your jobs. She expertly leads our administration, HR and internal marketing so our business runs efficiently.
She studied for a Diploma in Graphic Design specialising in design layout, photography and children’s book illustration and has worked in office administration, design and marketing for much of her career.
Before joining Crossfire Engineering, Nicole worked as a Practice Manager for a medical practice and as an office administrator in the real estate industry.
A native of South Africa, Nicole and her family have lived in Auckland for 17 years. She enjoys shooting portraits and camping with her young family around New Zealand.
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Phone: 09 948 4403