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Elkhart Brass have produced a HydroBlast Remote Control Monitor System for fire protection and cleaning needs.  The product is suitable for fire protection applications, construction equipment and dust mitigation. The HydroBlast Remote Control Monitor is seen to be extremely reliable/ efficient and can be suited to...

Inim’s range of fire panels is now compatible with the Alarm Signalling of CSL. The Italian’s manufacturers range to work with the new DualCom Pro Range as well as WebWay products. Graham Bolton, CSL’s International Director, commented: “We are delighted to announce CSL’s integration with Inim,...

The reference legislation for the Fire Detection and Alarm Systems sector steers designers ever more towards alarm signalling systems that are capable of warning building occupants in a targeted and detailed way, with greater attention paid to the correct distribution of alarm sounders, the appropriate...

Misuse of manual call points or pull stations is a very significant factor in false or nuisance fire alarms. During 2015/2016, the Fire and Rescue Service attended 214,100 fire false alarms in England, which represents 40% of their total attendances during the year. In fact, from 1st January 2019 the London Fire Brigade (LFB)...

This article was created from  A Guide to Best Practice in the Specification and Use of Fire-Resistant Glazed Systems, a well-respected guide produced by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) which represents companies that manufacture, supply or install glass and glazing products throughout the world....

Don Gilbreath, Vice President of Systems with Rajant explains how the company is working on containing wildfires in California.  Whether firefighters are responding to a fire in an urban city or remote local village, it’s critical that they can access vital voice, data, and video communications...

Lithium-ion batteries offer high energy density in a small space that makes them highly suitable for stationary electrical energy storage systems, which, in the wake of the energy transition, are being installed in more and more buildings and infrastructures. However, these positive characteristics have unique...

Emerging evidence continues to show links between exposure to smoke and higher rates of cancer diagnoses amongst the world’s firefighters. Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, discusses how PPE designers and suppliers are working to minimise this threat. In recent years, specialist firefighter PPE...

Firstly, I wish to pass on my personal thanks to all front-line responders during this period. It is often forgotten by the wider populace but you are literally on the front-line and literally run into the burning buildings whilst we evacuate. Your continued efforts and...

Concentrating all or many occupants of many floors of a tall building onto refuge floors during an emergency has become a concept that has gained increased use. However, the refuge floor concept can pose challenges to efficiency, sustainability and life safety goals. In 2011 the...

One of the greatest challenges for the fire engineer is to ensure a well-rounded fire strategy is developed and implemented by the design team that fully considers all potential users and occupants of a building. Protecting vulnerable members within our society, including persons with reduced...

As of May 2020, all buildings above 11m will now require sprinklers. The Approved Document B set out by the Government has reduced the level from 30m to 11m in order to improve health and safety within high-rise buildings. The change has come after pauses...

In addition to the published 3rd edition of the BRANDSCHUTZ pocket in February 2017 the English-language edition FIRE PROTECTION pocket ’Summary of fire protection coatings’ was published and is available as a free PDF-download. > FIRE PROTECTION pocket [PDF] or as a printed brochure in postcard size. We...

In May 2018, Rudolf Hensel GmbH, as the world’s first manufacturer of reactive steel fire protection coating systems, exceeded the American market requirement of up to 4 hours by an additional 90 minutes according to the UL263 standard. The April 2018 test aimed at extending...

As the Abbco Tower building in the UAE engulfed in flames, residents were lucky to escape. The alarm was said to be raised at 17.00GMT on the 5th of May 2020. It took less than 3 hours to get the fire under control. Once all...

Compressed Air Foam manufacturer Intelagard, will give away up to $75,000 in decontamination equipment to first responders to aid in the CAUSE of rebuilding our global economy.  Intelagard is giving away up to $75,000 in fire suppression and decontamination equipment to first responders. Dennis Smagac, President...

Iran’s media reported that while out on a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, a missile was fired and hit a support vessel. 19 Iranians were killed and 15 wounded as a result of this. The friendly fire incident happened on Sunday, 790 miles...

In March 2016 AUDAX-Keck GmbH merged with Rudolf Hensel GmbH. The aim of the merger was to use the current synergies to the benefit of our customers, this means that you have access to RENITHERM® and HENSOTHERM® / HENSOMASTIK® fire protection systems and will therefore...

Firefighters struggled more than two days to extinguish a forest fire that broke out in the 2,600 square kilometre exclusion zone that was established at Chernobyl in Belarus after the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster. There were no reports of injuries among the 200 people who...

A fire which started in a 15-acre rental car storage area at Southwest Florida in America damaged an estimated 3,500 vehicles and needed 80 drops of water from the local fire aviation unit to extinguish. Initial report suggested the blaze was caused by a car being...

Eighteen firefighters and a farm worker acting as their guide died while battling a 1000 hectare forest fire in China's Sichuan province, A year to the week after 30 firefighters died battling a blaze in the same area, the latest victims were reported to have been...

The UK’s national fire safety organisation, the Fire Protection Association is offering businesses its wealth of knowledge and advice. Of particular relevance to the coronavirus crisis is “Unauthorised occupation of non-residential premises” – a guide to managing the risk, which is available as a free...

A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimised for both energy saving and fire safety, as part...

Upgraded solution drives safer, more profitable oil storage terminal operations through automation Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2020 -- Honeywell today announced new capabilities that further improve integration and security, and enable compliant, reliable and accurate tank inventory operations for oil storage terminal operations. Built on...

Nestled in the glorious countryside of Southern Ireland sits the Curragh Race Course. Initially founded in the coffee rooms of Kildare, the Irish Turf Club was quickly established as the governing body for horse racing throughout Ireland. The first recorded race on the plain took...

Intersec Saudi Arabia will be postponed until September, according show organisers Messe Frankfurt. The decision has been made due to growing concerns and travel restrictions brought about by the continuing spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) The show, which was due to open at the RICEC Riyadh...

Play on the third day of the qualifiers for the high profile Australian Open tennis tournament was completely cancelled because of the ‘unhealthy’ quality of the ‘smoke filled’ air caused by the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis. The danger to players had been highlighted 24 hours earlier...

A battery operated mobile phone bank has been blamed for starting a fire in the cabin of a Virgin Atlantic flight that was forced to make an emergency landing at Boston airport in America. Despite smoke filling the jet’s cabin all 217 passengers were safely evacuated...

A fire that raged quickly through a barn at a poultry farm in the American state of Michigan killed around 300,000 hens before firefighters could control it. About 50 people who worked in the cage-free barn were evacuated safely and the fire was prevented from spreading...

Dubai police seized more than 25,000 fake fire prevention products during two raids carried out on warehouses in the Raz Al Khor Industrial area The raids were part of a wider police department exercise to cut down counterfeiting and forgery groups that saw a wide ranger...

2020 will see the realisation of the UAE’s ambition to hold and deliver a world class event showcasing it’s culture, history and future aspirations – Expo 2020. With multiple infrastructure projects improving the connectivity across the region and future projects coming on-line, it re-affirms the...

It is important that the fire service, engineers and designers along with aviation professionals collaborate to achieve creative solutions to allow for innovation and expansion within the aviation industry writes Aaron Johnson, Fire & Building Code Strategist. In 2018, a report released by Aerospace Property Consultants1...

With challenging weather, desert terrain and a 711.7 nautical mile (1,318 kilometre) coastline the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) provides federal search and rescue (SAR) services for all land, sea and mountain rescues. Tom Withington puts the NSRC in the...

Previously damaged buildings stand a much lower chance of retaining essential structural integrity in order to survive a fire event, reflects Jamie Hutchison, Marketing Executive, Belzona UK and as concrete is a globally popular construction material in the world, when a repair is needed reducing...

Wherever a wildfire breaks out it causes turmoil with farmers worrying about their crops and cattle; rural residents fearing for the safety of themselves, families and their homes; while native animals try to flee from the flames. However, to describe the wildfires of 2019 as...

The world’s first ISO approved drone standards have been announced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) following a 12-month period of consultation with drone professionals, academics, businesses and the general public.  The final publication of these new international safety and quality Standards for Unmanned Aircraft...

RISE Fire Research in Sweden run an open database to gather classifications of materials and products that have been tested according to EN 45545-2 – Railway applications – Fire protection on railway vehicles – Part 2: Requirements for fire behaviour of materials and components, Anna...

Mass transit applications are becoming an ever-increasing focus as we look to create the infrastructure to deal with the continuing growth in the world’s population. Here Kelvin Miller, Sales Director at industrial fire detection specialists Patol, considers the increasing role of thermal fire detection in...

NFPA 72 provides the latest safety provisions to meet society’s changing fire detection, signalling, and emergency communications demands. In addition to the core focus on fire alarm systems, the Code includes requirements for mass notification systems used for weather emergencies; terrorist events; biological, chemical, and...

While air travel in all its forms is statistically one of the safest means of transportation, it is a fact that despite our best efforts, aviation incidents and accidents do sometimes occur reflects chris thain, Business Development Manager, Fire Protection Services, G3 Systems Ltd.  At airports...

The United States Fire Administration develops reports on selected, fire related subjects relating to major fires throughout USA. One of the most recent is entitled FIREBOATS THEN AND NOW… The first recorded fireboat was built in 1765 for the Sun Fire Insurance Company in London. This...

Firefighters at Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh airport were praised for their speedy reaction when a plane belonging to Ukraine’s SkyUp airline developed a fire as it was landing. The flames were from a tyre on which hydraulic oil had been leaked but they were extinguished before...

More than 160 people had to be evacuated when fire broke out in a residential building and neighbouring premises  in the Al Hamra area of Umm Al Quwain. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. However, fire chief Colonel DR Sim...

One person died after a car flipped over and caught fire near the Trade Centre roundabout in Dubai causing heavy lunchtime traffic delays in the area. Although firefighters rushed to the scene and controlled the blaze they were not able to save the driver because...

An early morning fire that was reportedly caused by an electrical power surge burned 12 corpses among the 102 bodies being kept in a mortuary at a teaching hospital complex in Osun State, Nigeria. It was only the speeding intervention of the college’s in-house security and...

At least 65 passengers died when a fire ripped through three carriages of a train travelling between the cities of Karachi and Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Sheik Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan’s minister for railways, said that the fire was started by the explosion of a portable gas cyclinder...

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