Author: Mike Dingle

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...

Another week and it’s another big announcement from Intersec as the show reveals yet another high profile guest speaker. Following on the back of the announcement that the show has lined up Sir Alex Younger, former MI6 Chief to headline, we can also reveal that Britain’s...

In London, the London Fire Brigade has backed the Transport for London ban on private e-scooters which prevents them from being taken on to the capital’s transport network. The ban, which came into force at the start of this week, comes off the back of an...

ILUS International has announced the launch of a handheld firefighting nozzle with integrated low-pressure water misting capabilities for electric vehicle fires, flammable gas fires and more. The company acquired FireBug in January 2021, who already had its own patented water mist technology. Now, it has launched...

Advanced has delivered a range of fire and life safety solutions to protect 26,000m of office space housed across four seven-storey buildings at the Dubai Hills Estate Business Park. The solutions deployed include EN 54-approved Axis EN fire panels with integrated voice evacuation and fire telephone...

With less than a month to go until Intersec takes place in Dubai, there’s still time to register to attend the show, and join the Agile First Responders conference which is happening over three days of the show. Emergency response excellence and innovation will be looking...

Tesla is currently being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission over claims that it failed to accurately inform people about the potential risks of fire to its solar panels. The investigation was launched in light of a 2019 whistleblowing complaint by a former Tesla ...

Technical Trading Company has launched a new refilling facility at its Fire & Safety Service Centre, to provide comprehensive services to fire and safety customers. The refill facility is for FM200/NOVEC-1230 fire suppression systems and is the first of its kind in Oman. It has the...

The General Directorate of Civil Defence, Bahrain, has announced the launch of a number of e-services through the ‘bahrain.bh’ national portal. According to Brigadier Ali Muhammad Al Houti, Director-General of Civil Defence, the move is in cooperation with the Information and eGovernment Authority. The services which...

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute has made available its online training course Fire Services Considerations with Lithium-Ion Battery ESS. The online course centres around a deflagration incident at a lithium-ion battery energy storage system facility. Through the course, the Institute is able to share analysis and...

British and Saudi firefighters have joined forces to train for the Formula 1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah. Nine members of Britam Arabia have been undergoing specialist training as fire marshals in support of the Saudi Civil Defence at the sporting event. Britam Arabia is a...

G3 Systems Ltd has designed new specially constructed deployable dog kennels to help improve the living conditions of service dogs, including trained dogs working within fire and rescue services. Fire and rescue services may use highly trained dogs for complete urban search and rescue roles, and...

If you’ve made changes to a building to ensure it’s Covid-secure for post-lockdown, have you stopped to consider whether you may have swapped one hazard for another. Whether a building is changing its use or layout, including temporary constructions, Mr. Ashraf Yehia, Managing Director from...

Polypipe Middle East has launched a brand new high-performing drainage system to the Middle East market which also brings enhanced fire retardancy benefits. The Terrain Q is a polypropylene drainage system which is easy to install and incorporates multi-layer technology. The blue external layer is made...

A UK university has developed a natural solution for fire-resistant fabrics. The University of Huddersfield worked in collaboration with Camira, a UK-based textile firm and Future Fashion Factory to develop a new finish that meets the same high performance standards for fire-resistance but has a much...

Ingram Micro has announced that its Dubai warehouse has been awarded the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) FSR (C) certification. The award acknowledges the high-security standards and fire detection and suppression methods used by the warehouse in the handling and shipping of Ingram Micro’s products. Dr....

The latest firefighting solution doesn’t involved expensive equipment, tools or technology. It seems that sheep could actually be a powerful weapon to manage wildfires – and it’s cost efficient and effective for fire fuel mitigation. In California, Cuyama Lamb is an agriculture company with around 700...

Intersec has announced one the first international headliners for its Dubai show: Sir Alex Younger, former MI6 chief. Although this is the first time Younger has spoken to a UAE audience, he’s no stranger to the Middle East. Throughout his career he was posted to...

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Wildfire Safety Operations Center is currently testing out artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities in its network of high def cameras across Northern and Central California. Working in collaboration with ALERTWildfire and Alchera, the company is looking at how AI...

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) - the research arm of the NFPA - has received funding from three sources to support its advisory projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FEMA AFG), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National...

Authorities in Kuwait have arrested a civil servant working within the firefighting service on suspicion of embezzling KD2million. The suspect worked as a clerk within the payroll department of the Kuwait Fire Force and is thought to have inflated his salary multiple times over a period...

Air Systems International has introduced its latest product to the Multi-Air Command Kit line – the MACK-5500. Multi-Air Command Kits (MACKS) are portable air distribution units designed with the toughest air handling needs in mind. The newest model offers all of the features and functionality of the...

Kuwait Fire Force is collaborating with National Bank of Kuwait to launch a safety awareness campaign ahead of the camping season. Volunteers from National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) will be joining the Kuwait Fire Force Team in visiting camp sites throughout the season. The teams...

Though the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) has drawn to a close, the topic of climate change continues to be a hot topic. Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance explains why fire resilience plays a crucial role in sustainability. “There is no...

Naval Support Activity Bahrain Fire and Emergency Services has been awarded the Fire Department of the Year: Small Category in the US Department of Defence (DOD)'s 2020 DOD Fire and Emergency Services Awards. Bahrain’s services scored an amazing 104 out of a possible 105 on the...

Fire broke out on Monday evening at RAK oil factory in UAE’s industrial area of Al Jazirah Al Hamra. The police operation room received a report of a massive blaze at 7.30pm and fire crews were quickly dispatched to the area. Those in attendance included Brigadier...

When comparing materials for fire suppression, you are essentially asking two questions. One: ‘is this material better to work with?’ Two: ‘Is this material better at protecting buildings?’ Alternatives to traditional steel have to be able to answer these challenges. They must provide safer, more efficient...

Rosenbauer is working to expand its electric vehicle fleet for fire departments and following on from the RT tank firefighting vehicle and a logistics vehicle they’re now working on refining the first electrified L32Z-XS aerial ladder. High quality OEM components are used for the electrical aerial...

Thanks to increasingly stringent fire standards and environmental regulations, the fire protections market is seeing an increase in demand. Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Global Fire Protection Coatings Growth Opportunities, estimated that the market is anticipated to grow to $2.74bn in revenue by 2027 up from $1.94bn...

Qatar Airways Cargo is to replace its entire fleet of Unit Load Devices (ULD) with new Fire Resistant Containers (FRC) from Safran Cabin. The move underpins the airline’s commitment to taking the lead on safety issues as it looks to counter the risks involved of...

A leading paint manufacturer in the MENA region has had its Firedamp W3 fire-proofing paint certified as a Clean Air Gold. The certification, by Intertek, acknowledges the high-quality of the paint and its eco credentials. It also makes it one of the first fire-proofing paints to...

Emergency services, security and safety professionals are to benefit from Intersec’s dedicated conference programme. Taking place 16-18 January 2022, Intersec is the leading event for the industry, and extensive redevelopment of the show has seen a dynamic conference programme be put in place for visitors to...

Kuwait’s Public Fire Service have had a busy few days dealing with a spate of fires. Early on Friday, firefighting and marine rescue teams jumped into action after a fire broke out onboard a yacht. The teams were able to isolate the burning yacht to...

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will be hosting its one-day online conference, Global Trends and Research, tomorrow Tuesday 2 November. The event is the 6th in an 11-event, year-long 125th Anniversary Conference Series and will feature educational sessions, presentations, panel discussions, sponsor demos, chat facilities...

London Fire Brigade has made a raft of changes following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report and the HMICFRS 2019 inspection report. One such change is the introduction of new technology that will allow control officers to live stream vital incident footage from the...

Telgian Fire Safety has appointed Chris Higgins as Vice President, Customer Service. Higgins brings nearly 30 years’ experience to the role and a specialism in team building, leadership development and maximizing the use of employee engagement strategies. In his new position he will be responsible for...

Police forensic teams have been out taking samples from a Dubai Marina residential tower that was engulfed by flames at the weekend. The fire on Saturday morning spread from the 9th floor up to the 15th floor, before fire crews were able to extinguish it. While residents...

A major awareness campaign is calling on school bus operators to prevent fire accidents by installing smoke detectors inside vehicles. The campaign – launched by the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, is also asking for adherence to other safety requirements...