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Security by Design: Cybersecurity & New tech; Mega Events Security; Crisis Management & Health Security – Post Covid-19 feedbacks; Firefighting: Emergency & Security System  Milipol Qatar 2020 has put together a three-day seminar program which will allow experts to outline their strategies for a safer post-COVID 19.  The program...

The Middle East is no stranger to natural disasters, even if the types of emergency change over time. For example, writes James Trevelyan, SVP Global Sales, Speedcast, increasing climate variability and a fast-growing population crowded into a tiny portion of the region’s surface area, have...

The Thomas Bell-Wright fire testing lab in Dubai occupies almost 8,800 m2 on a corner in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area (which is not part of the free zone), and employs approximately 110 people, of which about half are engineers. In this issue Chairman, Tom...

Doors and windows provide more than just access, air and light. Here Paul Duggan, Certification Manager, Warringtonfire and Fawaz Hashim, Senior Engineer, Al Futtaim Element Façade Testing and Advisory Services stress the importance of testing and certification. Robust testing systems supported by third party product certification,...

Despite many fire engineers being highly trained, skilled and experienced, without the right tools at their disposal the process of undertaking routine tasks can be challenging and time-consuming writes Advanced’s general manager for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Steve Carroll, who goes onto...

Firefighting foam has become the only viable means to effectively extinguish a large atmospheric storage tank or spillage fires involving flammable liquids, such as hydrocarbon products. Now Kevan Whitehead, Managing Director of Unity Fire & Safety Services in Oman offers a brief history of this...

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, explores the new and emerging dangers faced by today’s firefighters, and the importance of continuously refining PPE to keep firefighters safe.  The role of firefighters and the hazards they are likely to face are ever-evolving and are becoming...

James Daniels, Fire Safety Manager at Warringtonfire, looks at incorporating fire safety in the design phase of mixed-use buildings and goes on to discuss the fire safety considerations required during the construction stage then deliberates the ongoing fire protection measures required during the occupied life...

TLX Technologies has designed several kinds of supervised latching solenoid actuators for the fire suppression system, one of the most recent ones being the supervised actuator for hazardous locations. While this actuator activates similarly to their other actuators, this solenoid has been designed with special...

Speedcast provides a variety of mission-critical disaster preparedness and recovery solutions for governments, enterprises, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The company understands that in a crisis, the better prepared the team, the better the chance of success at saving more people and business data than those...

More than a dozen sailors and several civilians have been hospitalised following an explosion on a Navy ship in San Diego on the west coast of the USA. A fire broke out aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard sometime around 0830 0n 1112th July, said officials with...

New dates have now been announced for Intersec Saudi Arabia, the largest trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The event is now scheduled to take place on 15-17 March 2021 in Riyadh Saudi Arabi.   The event, after considerable discussion has been postponed due to...

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...

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