Flame Security International

About FSI

Flame Security International (FSI) is dedicated to developing highly innovative products and services that solve major problems, especially the increasing threat of fire to humans and the environment.


Flame Security International (FSI) traces its origins back to 2006 in Sweden. FSI’s Swedish shareholders originally developed and sold a flame retarded textile product to IKEA in Älmhult to protect carpets and textile wall hangings in its show rooms.

A version of this textile product was also used to protect the huge straw Gavle Goat from multiple arson attempts during this famous annual Christmas festival held in central Gävle, Sweden.

During 2017, the Australian founders of FSI joined with the Swedish founders to create a new business headquartered at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. UNSW and FSI has since established a substantial R&D team dedicated to a wide range of fire detection, suppression and protection products. This team has since re-engineered and improved upon the original Swedish products using world class PhD chemists and chemical engineers. This has been made possible by FSI’s investors who are principally Swedish, American and Australian sophisticated investors.

In addition to FSI’s investors, FSI and UNSW are working with State Governments, other research organisations in Sweden and Australia as well as range of industry partners, manufacturers and distributors to invent and commercialise fire detection and protection products and services.  Some of these organisations can be seen here on the Australian Government CRC Project Selection Round Outcomes web page.

Leadership Team

Les Field

Professor of Chemistry UNSW
Executive Chairman

Tony Overstead

BA (Mil) MCom UNSW
CEO and Cofounder

Justin Rooney

BBus (Fin & Eco) UTS
Managing Director

Grant Partners

The University of NSW

The ARC Fire Training centre at the University of NSW (UNSW) is a world-leading centre for innovation in fire safety technologies.

Also, UNSW is the top engineering university in the Southern Hemisphere and is based in Sydney, Australia. Flame Security International (FSI) has teamed up with chemical and mechanical engineers at UNSW and together develop highly innovative fire protection products.

Grant and private investor funding has enabled FSI & UNSW to establish the largest fire protection Research and Development (R&D) team in Australia, possibly worldwide.

All products are manufactured in Australia and Sweden to the highest sustainability criteria possible.

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Together with UNSW, FSI has been awarded a record amount of R&D grant funding from the Australian government to develop ground breaking, environmentally friendly fire protection products. This is through the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) and the subject of these grants are:

  • Textiles & Polymers (CRC-P 5)
  • Autonomous Intelligent Fire Protections Systems (CRC-P 6)
  • Solar Skin (CRC-P 8).