Timothy R. Collins, P.E.,
TC Fire Protection Engineering, PC
79 Bedford Avenue
Garden City Park, NY 11040
B.S., Fire Protection
Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1983
Architectural/Civil Engineering Technology, Roger Williams University,
Bristol, RI, 1978
Principal, TC Fire
Protection, 2009 to Present.
Self-employed as a Fire Protection Engineer providing services to
clients including preparation of Fire Safety Plans, Fire Protection
Plans, Emergency Action Plans, design of fire protections systems, code
consulting on the new and old Building and Fire codes, negotiating code
applications and equivalencies with authorities having jurisdiction and
commissioning and testing/approval of new and existing fire protection
systems for multiple occupancies. Review of post-fire data, based on
site and evidence investigation, for litigation support. Marketing and
sales of all services to clients. As a sole proprietor of my
professional business services, my rates are very competitive.
Director New York Office,
Hughes Associates, Inc., 2000 to 2009.
As Director of HAI=s
New York office, my primary responsibilities included providing fire
protection engineering consulting, design and applications for fire
protection, prevention, detection and suppression projects on a
multitude of occupancies including many high-rise buildings. I have
prepared detailed code analysis reports on fire protection/life safety
requirements for building designs and construction/renovation projects
with special expertise in obtaining equivalencies for fire
protection/construction elements and systems. I conducted project/design
code compliance comparison between present and older New York City and
New York State Building and Fire codes for a variety of projects for
Architectural firms. Preparing fire alarm system designs and performing
commissioning and construction coordination for al types of fire
protection systems is a true expertise of mine that results in projects
that are not only code compliant but are installed on time and budget.
My fire alarm designs/systems are quickly and readily tested and
approved by the authorities having jurisdiction earning me a reputation
with Building/Fire officials as a respected fire alarm/protection
engineer in the industry. I have reviewed post-fire data, based on site
and evidence investigation, for litigation support. As Director, I was
responsible for marketing and sales of all services to clients. My
average annual gross sales exceeded seven hundred thousand dollars and
included a multitude of fire protection/life safety services for a
variety of clients.
Engineer, Rolf Jensen & Associates, 1992-2000.
Primary responsibilities included the analysis, review, design and
specification preparation of fire protection systems and their
application in accordance with governing codes and standards of
practice. Designed applications for interface and networking with
building automation and security systems. Prepared Master Plans,
conducted code consultation, project management, and fire protection
engineering practices. Responsible for developing a client base and
marketing/sales of fire protection services. My annual average gross
sales exceeded four hundred thousand dollars.
Fire Protection Engineer,
Lehr Associates, Consulting Engineers, 1988-1992.
Provided fire alarm system design, project management, plans review,
submission compliance with design documentation, proposal and bid
qualification. Performed system testing, construction support services
and commissioning through to final Fire and Building Department
approval/sign-off. Consulted clients on necessary measures needed to
comply with and obtain approval of Fire Department Letter of Defect and
Violation Orders. Prepared code equivalency and variance requests to
Fire and Building Departments for approval. Responsible for supervising
and mentoring engineering staff on multiple projects and engineering
tasks. Performed marketing efforts and develop a client base hat
included architects, building developers and managers and private sector
firms and entities.
Senior Sales Engineer,
Firecom, Inc., Fire Alarm System Manufacturing, 1987-1988.
As a Senior Sales Engineer I developed a major client base for the
company through marketing and sales services of fire alarm and security
systems for this major manufacturer of their own fire alarm system.
Worked in fabrication shop and was partially responsible for research
and development of fire alarm products. Coordinated scheduling of
delivery of materials to the job site. Performed project management and
systems commissioning services through to final approval of the
Systems Sales Engineer, Tech
Works Corp., Fire Alarm Sales & Service, 1984-1987.
Designed and sold fire alarm, card access, CCTV, and specialty security
systems. Prepared system submittals and made appropriate changes to the
drawings being reviewed by all bodies having jurisdiction on assigned
projects. Provided construction support services through to project
completion and sign-off by the Fire and Buildings Department.
Firecraft, Inc., Fire Alarm Sales & Service, 1983-1984.
Provided design of fire protection and alarm systems for all types of
structures, such as high-rise office and apartment buildings, hospitals,
schools and other places of assembly. Performed sales, service,
customer relations and ordering of materials functions for fire
protection devices and equipment. Prepared system riser drawings, panel
wiring diagrams, system control panel module connections and follow-up
to ensure proper circuitry configuration.
P.E.* Licensed Professional
Engineer in the State of New York
* Passed the Fire Protection Professional Engineering (P.E.) exam
SET NICET Level IV Certified, Fire Alarm Systems Technology, Senior
Engineering Technician (SET), Certification #078632
OSHA 10 Certified, Site Safety Management
Technical Advisory Committee Member, five committees, New York City Fire
Department, authoring of New York City Fire Code 2004-08, 2010-Present
Committee member, New York City Building Code, Technical Advisory
Committee for Fire Alarm Systems Applications and Installations, 2010 -
Committee Member, New York City Building Department Fire Alarm Steering
Committee, revise the fire alarm code 1992-1998
Instructor (1990-1999): New York University (NYU), School of Continuing
Course: Fire Alarm and Security Systems Design, Technology and Code
Program: NYU Fire Protection certificate program Member, National Fire
Instructor (Spring 2009), 9-week course, 2-hrs per class, one class per
week: To IEEE & IAS society members and other engineering professionals
(70+ students) on ‘Fire Alarm Systems’ Components, Concepts and
Design/Code Applications. This course was IACET approved for Continuing
Education Units. In addition to teaching fire alarm systems
technology/applications, the course also included a detailed review of
the fire alarm and code compliance/design requirements of the new (ICC
based) 2008 New York City Building and Fire Codes.
Member, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
- President of NY Metro Chapter 2006-07
(Our Chapter received a ‘Silver Excellence’ award during my Presidency)
- Treasurer of NY Metro Chapter 2005-06
- Secretary of NY Metro Chapter 2004-05
Member, National Fire Protection Association
Member of the NY Chapter of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, AFAA,
Member of the Fire Safety Directors Association of New York (FSDA)
Member of the NYC Fire Department Industry Advisory Board: 1989 – 1992,
Timothy R. Collins, P.E., FSFPE, SET
P: 917-533-9188 (USA)
Empire State Building