Author: FME Magazine

At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured after a suspected arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan. Police said that after a man broke into the Kyoto Animation studio and sprayed an unidentified liquid inside the three-storey building which was...

Volvo has launched a worldwide recall of more than half a million four-cylinder diesel cars after discovering a fault that could lead to them catching fire. The cars sold over the past five years have a plastic engine manifold which the Swedish manufacturers says ‘can...

One of America’s leading nuclear research stations had to be shut down as a precaution after a wildfire blazed through 90,000 acres of grassland nearby. All the laboratory staff were evacuated safely as from the site in the state of Idaho and firefighters prevented the flames...

The chief architect of France’s historic monuments is afraid the vaulted ceilings of the fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris could collapse in the heat wave that has been sweeping across Europe. Phillippe Villeneuve said the Cathedral’s walls are still saturated with water sprayed by...

Fire is often associated with heavy materials and firefighting equipment losses and casualties and is a key public security concern for authorities all over the world and the use of fireproof material can be traced back to ancient Rome reflects Hakan Ozyigit, Regional Director of...

As an architect or engineer, when you design a facility’s life safety system, your primary goal is to achieve compliance with state and local fire code requirements explains Rodger Reiswig, SET, Fellow and Vice President, Industry Relations, Johnson Controls. While that approach can help ensure...

Female firefighters are at a high-risk of developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and experiencing suicidal thoughts, compared to male firefighters, according to a new study published in May 2019 in the Occupational Medicine Journal. The study found that almost one in three (30%) female firefighters...

Old or new, all buildings are at an increased risk of fire during refurbishment. Here, Paul Henson, Sales and Marketing Director at Ramtech Electronics, looks at the importance of protecting occupants and assets during construction work. 2019 should go down in history as a turning point...

Tayfun Eren, Product Manager for the Prysmian Group examines the EU standard 50575 of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR): More safety in buildings. People spend 90 percent of their time in buildings where around 90 percent of all fires occur. The leading cause of death in...

With the international investment in aviation projects continuing, the cliché that the world is becoming a smaller place still remains relevant today writes Dermot Gallagher, Senior Fire Engineer in the UAE, Exova Warringtonfire. Tourism destinations have been competing to attract international tourists and their resulting...

More than a year of investigations into the March 2018 shopping mall fire in Kemerovo, Siberia, which killed 64 people and injured 79 others, have highlighted safety concerns that have to be taken into account not just in the rest of Russia but also worldwide. Physically...

Local legislation could impede first responders from having priority on commercial networks because of national laws to protect net neutrality. A new white paper from The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) says countries are increasingly looking at the option of using existing commercial mobile networks for broadband...

Securex West Africa welcomed more than 2,300 industry professionals, who met to share leading technologies within a buoyant regional market. The ninth edition of the show took place at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria from the 16th to 17th April. Over two bustling days of...

Perimeter Solutions, one of the world’s leading producers of fire retardants, foams, and water enhancing gels for managing wildland, industrial, and municipal fires, today announced the appointment of industry veteran Tamer Gaber as Regional Sales Representative for the Middle East and Sandeep GR as Regional...

All the 100 passengers and crew were evacuated safely after a Fokker 100 airliner caught fire as it landed at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. Iran’s emergency department said the cause of the flames and sparks which shot from the back of the plane as it touched down...

Computer manufacturers Hewlett Packard (HP) has issued a recall of 78,500 laptop batteries in the United States that have been identified as posing fire and burn hazards. The recall follows a report that in 2018 there were eight incidents of HP battery packs overheating, melting or...

Drought hit California suffered its worst ever year for wildfires in 2018 as new statistics have revealed that 1.8 million acres of land was burned which far surpassed the previous record for the American State of 1.3 million acres which was set 12 months earlier. More...

Twenty passengers were killed and ten others injured after the bus on which they were travelling caught fire as it was about to leave a terminus in the Peruvian capital Lima. Reports said the fire which quickly reduced the vessel to just a skeleton started with...

One worker was killed and four others suffered severe breathing problems after a fire broke out in a perfume warehouse in Ajman’s Al Jarf industrial area. Firefighters extinguished the blaze inside 30 minutes preventing it spreading to other buildings nearby but the incident caused Civil Defence...

A series of early warning infrared transit heat sensors are protecting the conveyors at the last remaining coal fired power station at Aberthaw in Wales. The coal-fired facility has a capacity to generate 1,500MW of electricity – sufficient to meet the needs of some 1.5...

The Emirates Fire and Rescue Company (EFRC), a pioneer in the field of fire life and safety consultancy, providing smart safety 360 services, recently made a historic achievement after being accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) as one of its Recognised Training Providers...

Earlier this year, Johnson Controls partnered with a third-party consulting firm and research group to successfully test a new technology that could potentially save countless lives with early fire identification and intervention for rapid fire protection to the external facade of a building. The standalone system...

Firefighting as an organised operation is as ancient as known history can tell us explains Ashley Price, Vice President, Fire Science Academy, KSA. The first historical accounts of organised fire brigade operation are believed to be from the Roman period in 115 BC, however, almost...

2015 was a landmark year for tall buildings reflects Peter Stephenson, Business Development Manager, Warrington Fire. Across the globe 106 tall buildings (above 200 metres or 656 feet in height) were completed. This surpassed the previous record of 99 (2014). The vast majority of new...

Miguel Coll reflects on how autonomous fire suppression is revolutionising exterior fire protection. Miguel is the Global Director Engineered Systems Product Management with Johnson Controls. The middle east is no stranger to industrial and economic growth. With this growth comes rapid new building construction. Consider the...

The “High-rise” or “Skyscraper” is not, as some would believe, a modern invention. They have been around since the height of the Roman Empire and were built more out of necessity than aesthetics. When you have a large population that require to be housed in...

In this vital article, Roy Savio Fernandes, SFPE with Jensen Hughes in Dubai, illustrates the changes adopted in the 2019 edition of NFPA 72 whilst considering occupant notification signals and standard updates from latest version of NFPA and explains the various requirements of fire alarm...

The Fraport Aviation Academy - operated by Fraport Slovenija – has opened its doors. The area with more than 12,000 m2 and numerous training models in 3D – from pump systems, aircraft parts to a three-storey fire house – offers a wide-ranging training programmme for aviation...

Senior fire defence officials from all across the UAE attended a two-day seminar at the Civil Defence Academy in Abu Dhabi where they were updated on the latest developments in the fire safety and prevention industry. The event was organised by the global safety science company...

Just three of 12 fire doors tested by the government in the UK were able to resist flames and smoke for the 30 minutes required by building regulations for flat front doors. Two of the doors tested, all of which were glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite fire...

Exhibitors and organisers are celebrating another successful year at Intersec 2019. A record number of attendees from all over the world flocked to the International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai. With 35,889 visitors from 126 countries, this represents a 23 per cent increase on 2018. Attending...

Fourteen crew members were reported to have died after a major fire broke out on two Tanzania registered ships in the Black Sea’s Kerch Strai which separates Crimea and Russia. One of the vessels was a liquified natural gas carrier and the other an oil tanker....

An eight storey tall building used by the Fox News network and two other television companies in the American capital Washington had to be evacuated after a fire broke out. The fire was started by a faulty electrical panel in one of the TV studios but...

A large fire that broke out in the French ski resort of Corchevel killed two people and injured 22 others, four of them seriously. The blaze occurred on the upper floors of a building above a Chanel retail store which were being used to accommodate 60...

Over 3,500  Audi cars manufactured between 2005 and 2011  are being recalled in the UAE over safety fears regarding potentially explosive airbags. The Ministry of Economy’s Consumer Protection Department  ordered the recall of  Audi A4, A4 Cabriolet and A6 models because The airbags were found to...

Spanning 60,000sqm Intersec 2019 covers the six show sections Fire & Rescue (431 exhibitors), Commercial Security (375 exhibitors), Safety & Health (142 exhibitors), Information Security (120 exhibitors), Homeland Security & Policing (90 exhibitors), and Physical and Perimeter Security (54 exhibitors). The dedicated showpiece event is often...

The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, Intersec 2019 opened in Dubai on 20 January. The three-day show features 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries. The annual event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police...

It’s been another successful show at Intersec Dubai for media partner Fire Middle East. The team was kept busy meeting advertisers and handing out the latest edition of Fire Middle East magazine. Hot off the press, the January 2019 issue of Fire Middle East (FME) contained...

Colonel Expert Ali Hassan Al Mutawa, Assistant Director General for Protection and Safety at the Dubai Civil Defence, explained the authority’s plans for Intersec 2019: “The Dubai Civil Defence has been providing a number of solutions and innovations in the field of safety and fire...

A three-day focused conference on the Future of Security will feature strategic and technological discussions raising key issues on Artificial Intelligence, Thought Leadership, Security Integration in Everyday life, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Data Protection, IOT and much more. SIRA Forumreturns to keep the industry updated with...

The Intersec 2019 Press Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 16that 10:30 a.m. Intersec 2019 marks 21 years since Intersec Dubai first debuted in the UAE, and over the years the show has transformed into a trade and networking platform for the safety, security and fire...

The Fire Station Manager for the Jabal Omar Development Company in the Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia, Iqbal Ali, looks out of the window of his office at the thousands of Haj pilgrims making their way towards the Holy Mosque and the Holy...

Following the major fire at the Kings Dock car park of the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK, on 31st December 2017, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MF&RS) investigated the incident and commissioned a report, just published, which considered the fire protection issues influencing the incident...

3,236 Ro-Ro accidents reported to the Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) between 2011 and 2018: 20% of them are fire related 15% are collisions 14% regarding damage to ship  Based on this research, EMSA has developed a methodology to analyse data reported in the European Marine Casualty...

The threat and consequences of fire in any building are serious, but as Steve Carroll, General Manager, Advanced in the Middle East, considers, historic structures pose a particularly complex challenge for the people and systems charged with protecting them. Not only do these buildings tend to...