Author: Mike Dingle

A new conceptual framework could provide vital steps forwards in the bid to improve fire forecasting globally. A paper on plants and fire modelling, published in New Phytologist, revealed that the water and carbon dynamics of plants provide the mechanism that links fire behaviour to plant...

Dubai Airports is looking to inspire more people to enrol on its state-of-the-art emergency services training programme, and start a career at one of the world’s busiest international airports. The recruitment drive is calling for Emiratis to join the programme which includes training from the Higher...

Halma, a global group of life-saving technology companies, has acquired Thermocable (Flexible Elements) Ltd, which will join Halma’s safety sector fire detection company Apollo Fire Detectors Limited. Thermocable’s specialist detection technologies expand the range of devices Apollo offers, helping to keep more people safe from the...

Fire service experts at ESO have been looking forwards to the emerging trends in the fire industry and predicting what fire departments should be preparing for in 2023. Using the expertise of multiple expert team members and millions of data points, ESO has made four bold...

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in the UK have backed walkouts by a majority of 88%, with a turnout of 73%. Both firefighters and control room staff have opted for strike action – set to begin on February 9 – over pay, after rejecting a...

For the first time ever in the show’s history, Fire Middle East magazine took along a camera crew to film short clips with some of the Intersec event’s exhibitors. Short interviews and product demonstrations were captured on film so we could share them with our...

In 2021 the fire pump market was worth an estimated US$8,291.5bn and now experts are forecasting a CAGR value of around 3.2% by 2028. Its market value at the end of the forecast period is predicted to be US$10,016.4bn. One of the key factors behind this anticipated...

Vision Safety has set its sights on major regional fire-alarm system market expansion for this coming year. The wholly owned Imdaad subsidiary specialises in sustainable 360-degree fire detection and protection systems solutions. The company is approved and licensed by Dubai Civil Defense as a Grade A+...

Dubai Civil Defence has shared the difficulties in obtaining compliance to the country’s Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice for existing building facades. Speaking at Intersec, Salma Humaid Saeed, head of drawing and projects at Dubai Civil Defence, noted that while under the Code of...

Following extensive preparations, a formal contract was signed between Unity and SIPC to create the Sohar Emergency Response Organisation (SERO). The contract was signed on the 22 January 2023 by Mr Kevan Whitehead, Managing Director of Unity Fire and Safety Services LLC and Mr Emile Hoogsteden,...

The global wireless fire protection systems market is set to grow to US$4.2 billion by 2030, from US$2.5 billion in 2021. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 9% over the forecast period, according to a research report published by Spherical Insights & Consulting. The...

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey is extending the service life of its vehicles by installing different functions within the scope of sustainability principles. Most recently two diesel tankers of the ESHOT General Directorate have been turned into fire extinguishers after being dormant for a while. The...

The Dubai Smart Civil Defense Readiness project officially launched at Intersec last week. The project uses artificial intelligence to flag potential fire incidents before they even happen. Captain Issa Ahmed Al Mutawa, director of the Supervision Department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Dubai...

Siemens has extended its existing fire detection portfolio with the launch of two new aspirating smoke detectors. FDA261 and FDA262 are particularly suited for protecting critical infrastructure and very large protection areas, such as e-commerce warehouses, data centres or industrial manufacturing sites. The use of a single...

The Intersec Awards form a key part of the Intersec Exhibition and the 2023 show was no different. A number of organisations were honoured at this year’s awards: Fire Product/Service of the Year: Protec Cirrus HYBRID Aspirating Fire and Smoke Detector - Protec Fire Detection Exceptional Community Service...

Johnson Controls is hosting two upcoming webinars to introduce the new ANSUL LVS HF-40 Vehicle System Non-Fluorinated Suppression Agent. Those who sign up to one of the two webinars will gain an understanding of the differences in the design capacity and properties between legacy ANSUL LVS...

Fire protection solutions firm Advanced has appointed Sargunan Sellamuthu as Business Development Manager, in support of its bold growth plans for the Middle East and Africa. With experience in the engineering field, Sellamuthu worked previously for a European safety systems manufacturer. He said: “Advanced is always good...

Registration is now open for the only fire safety event in the UK to make third-party product approvals a condition of exhibiting. FIREX, exclusively supported by the Fire Industry Association, is back at the ExCeL in London on 16-18 May 2023. Free tickets are available...

It’s official: Qatar Airways has become only the second airline in the world to become IATA CEIV Lithium Battery certified. In addition, Qatar Aviation Services is the first ground handling crew to be globally certified. The certification is in recognition of the safe handling and transportation...

The first day of Intersec has been a whirlwind success and the Fire Middle East team have been pleased to renew connections and forge new working relationships too. It's great to see so many industry people gather to share ideas, experiences and best practice. There have...

Zenova has begun production of the FX500 fire extinguisher, with orders already being placed in the UK and the US. According to Zenova a trial showed that the FX500 was capable of extinguishing a lithium fire, and is safe to use on any type of fire...

Big things are about to happen at Intersec so we hope you’re ready! The show opens its doors to the fire industry tomorrow morning and everyone in the know will be there. There’s no better time to reinforce those ever-important business relationships and to forge...

The Abu Dhabi Police’s safety campaign is raising awareness of the importance of smart fire alarm systems. The Hassantuk solution was launched in 2018 by the UAE Civil Defence, to monitor and detect fire and smoke from commercial and residential buildings. Already thousands of homes in Abu...

Engineering company Intelli-Pro equipped 16 companies working in the Egyptian market with firefighting solutions in 2022. By localising these firefighting products millions of dollars can be saved every year. According to Eng. Kareem Ahmed, Founder and Chief Executive at the company, the company won contracts for...

Imagimob has implemented the tinyML fall detection application running on Syntiant’s ultra-low-power NDP120 Neural Decision Processor. The application has been developed in the Imagimob end-to-end tinyML development platform, which includes a built-in fall detection starter project. This project includes an annotated dataset with metadata (video) and...

Telgian Vice President, Account Management, Ralph Bless, provided five days of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) test prep for team members from the Saudi Electric Company fire protection group in Jeddah, KSA. Bless' role was to help prepare the group for...

Dräger has commercialised a firefighting breathing apparatus that uses the world's lightest type 4 composite cylinders, thanks to graphene nanotubes that help minimise the weight. To date, over 16,000 of the apparatus have been distributed to fire services in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Indonesia, the UK,...

Daimler has warned owners of some of its luxury cars that a technical defect could lead to a fire. The company has confirmed that a recall of the affected vehicles is not possible, as the parts needed to fix the problem are not available. Instead,...

Muscat  Municipality has signed an agreement with private security company, Security and Safety Services, to ensure that Oman’s beaches, parks and public places are kept clean, free of vandalism and public nuisance. The first of its kind agreement will see Security and Safety Services carry out...

A team from the Aerospace Engineering study programme at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, has presented a concept for a hybrid firefighting aircraft that combines the advantages of fixed wing and rotor blades. With its design 'Inferno', the team won this year’s Design Challenge...

British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has invested £1.7 Million in a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Dubai for low and medium voltage cable testing to increase test capacity, technology and global reach. The laboratory investment significantly enhances BASEC's service proposition. The first specialised laboratory for...

Johnson Controls has gained accreditation for its OpenBlue suite of connected solutions through WiredScore, a global leader in the assessment and certification of digital connectivity and smart technology in homes and offices worldwide. The Accredited Solutions programme certifies that smart, connected building products perform to...

As part of the International Association of Fire Chief's International Fellowship Program six firefighters from Saudi Arabia have joined the firefighters of Charlotte North Carolina in the USA. After completing an initial training program and skills verification activities, the Saudi firemen will be embedded at fire...

Integrated tech for global security: protection, disruption, sustainability The 24th edition of Intersec will unite the industry and accelerate conversations to explore strategies and source technologies for the challenges faced by global security leaders and professionals. Register your participation and be a part of the success story,...

Alex Nicholl, Show Director for Messe Frankfurt Middle East has revealed that the January 2023 show will put technological breakthroughs at the heart of the proceedings. He said: “We anticipate up to 30,000 security, emergency response, safety and cybersecurity professionals attending Intersec 2023, where technological breakthroughs...

In the early hours of this morning a fierce fire was reported at Emaar's high-rise building. Local reports say the 35-storey building caught alight just after midnight on the 7 November. It is located at the 8 Boulevard Walk Tower in Downtown Dubai. The building is...

Emirates Glass LLC and SCHOTT have signed a deal that will see the former provide Middle East-based architects with high-performance glazing solutions that combine fire resistance with design freedom.  Emirates Glass LLC is one of the leading producers of architectural flat glass in the region and...

Earlier this month Intersec made its return to the forefront of live events for the fire and security industry - and proved that events such as this were much in demand to keep the industry thriving. The event proved to be the ideal platform for industry...

The fourth edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia marked a triumphant return to the global live events stage when it took place at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC) from 13-15 September. Despite a two-year break, the show proved that live events for the industry...

Magirus has announced that it will not be participating in Interschutz 2022, instead focusing on a dedicated product roadshow. The firefighting technology brand has been focusing its efforts on the development of its Next Generation Firefighting portfolio, after the global pandemic depressed the market. In addition...

Registration for FIREX International 2022, taking place on 17-19 May 2022 at ExCeL London, has officially opened. Secure your place today. After almost three years apart, FIREX International returns in-person to London in May for Europe’s largest gathering of fire safety professionals. As always, the event will...

Dubai Municipality has reminded residents about the importance of safety when barbecuing, in an attempt to prevent fire accidents. The civic body issued guidance and stressed the importance of safety whilst barbecuing via their official Twitter account. The government body said: "Spend a wonderful and cozy winter...

The Intersec Expo is nearly ready to open its doors and welcome over 6,000 brands and products to the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Expo runs from 16th to 18th January 2022, and will welcome participants from 120 countries, including personnel from government, industry leaders and...

A Yemen minister has condemned Houthi who attacked and burned 40 homes in the western province of Hodeidah. The attack came as a retaliation to those that have previously opposed the Iran-backed Houthis. The group set ablaze dozens of empty houses belonging to the Yemeni government...

The Special Forces for Environmental Security (SFES) has warned that fines up to SR3000 will be slapped on anyone who violates the Environmental Law by setting fire to undesignated places. The announcement from the SFES urges all the public and visitors of wild parks to preserve...

Flash floods have caused destruction across parts of the Middle East after days of heavy rain, and have affected thousands of people across Oman, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The heavy rainfall began from the beginning of the year, with further heavy rain across the 1st...

The launch of two nuclear reactors at the Barakah power plant in Abu Dhabi in 2021 has demonstrated the growth of nuclear energy in the UAE. With a further five reactors in the Middle East due to become operational over the next two years -...

The National Command Centre in Doha has revealed that around 80-85 per cent of the calls made to the 999 emergency services are unnecessary and often relate to traffic accidents or people making enquiries about certain topics. Second Lieutenant Ahmed Al Mutawa, from the National Command...

Johnson Control's Tyco LFII 4.9K concealed pendent sprinkler has undergone a redesign. The new sprinkler provides more flexibility with installation when cutting fixed sprinkler drops and offers an increased vertical adjustment of 3/4inch (19.1mm). Efficiency is improved thanks to the flat profile of the improved cover...

The Kuwait Fire Force and the National Bank of Kuwait are continuing their safety awareness campaign targeting campers. Volunteers from the two organisations have already visited camping sites in north Kuwait to provide fire safety equipment in preparation for the camping season. This included a...