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Meet The Team

In a service based business like ours the team is everything. Of course you need good systems, high standards and a strong customer focus, but without without skilled people who know what they're doing and who actually enjoy helping each other to solve problems there's nothing to distinguish your team from all the others out there who do the same thing.


That's why our philosophy is to recruit, train and continually invest in the right people who have positive customer service focused attitudes. We believe in growing people to be the best they can be.

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Managing Director

Mark Bishop


Mark has over 30 years of experience in contract and client relationship management, gained from operating his own businesses and in various customer-facing positions.


He has spent the last twelve years in fire protection as Managing Director of First Fire Systems Ltd.


As a hands-on owner operator, with a sales and service background, Mark has a significant investment in the business and recognises the essential role that customer service plays in its success.

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General Manager

Clint Monk

Clint has over 20 years of fire industry experience, having worked in all types of roles in the industry and for some major fire companies over this time.He has vast knowledge and expertise in all areas, including Installation, design, estimation, project management, key accounts and operations.


Clint has a strong drive to create profitable business units and to develop key staff to achieve optimum results for the company.


Client service and satisfaction is number one to him and he is always striving to achieve this. He also understands that to operate a great business you need a happy cohesive team coupled with exceptional customer service.

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Technical Services Manager

Ameet Kant

Ameet has been a senior service technician employed by First Fire for over ten years. 


In this role he has been responsible for fault finding, installation, repairs, and maintenance of every type of fire alarm panel installed in the Auckland region. 


Ameet is highly respected by his peers and is the go-to person for complicated fault finding, programming and general problem-solving requirements. 


He is currently operating in the Alarm Service Managers role for the company.

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Alarms Installation Manager

Sam Kumar

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in the industry starting on the tools in Fiji

He moved to NZ, and then later into a project management role and has been project managing in NZ for the last 10 years,


Sam is a very technical and competent team member and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the business.

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Sprinkler Projects Manager

Amos Corbett

Amos has just over 8 years’ experience in fire sprinkler systems,

He spent several years on the tools before stepping up to an estimating role and then into project management in both minor works and contracts type projects.


Amos joined the team in June 2019 and brings with him a strong focus on customer satisfaction and prides himself on his professional and thorough attitude.

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Sales Estimator

Matt Taylor

Matt has been involved in the fire industry for over 15 years.

Originally starting on the tools as a sprinkler fitter, Matt progressed into the office where he has covered a range of roles from project management through to Sprinkler Service Manager.


Matt now focuses on new business opportunities as well as estimating new fire sprinkler alterations/extensions and faults.

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Sprinkler Service Manager

Xavier Cowley


Fire Alarm Estimator
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Kunal Dutt


Kunal has worked in the Fire Protection Industry since 2007 and has vast knowledge of Fire Alarm Systems. His career experience is broad, initially as a Senior Alarms Technician within the projects area of the business, and then moving into the challenging and rewarding Service division.


His current work as an Alarms Estimator involves identifying remedials and methods of rectification, and also scoping and pricing minor projects works and tenders.

He is qualified to  Fire Detection and Alarm System Level 4  and is also  qualified to issue producer statements.

Company Founder

Stephen Pountney

14th Aug 1950 – 30th Jan 2014

A company founder who tragically passed away on 30th January 2014 after a short battle with Cancer.


Stephen was a highly respected and valued member of our senior management team with strong ethics and a passion for the Fire Protection Industry. Stephen dedicated more than 50 years of his life to the Fire Protection Industry, achieving numerous qualifications including IQP, Producer Statement Authorship and registered Assessor for the National Certification for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Level 4 and Fire Protection Systems Technology, Level 4.


He had also served on the Disputes Committee for NZS4512 in the Auckland Region.

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