Author: FME Magazine

The release of a new and updated fire code for the UAE has been delayed for a month as officials continue to study the headline grabbing blaze which spread rapidly through the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve Civil defence officials said the...

Passengers on all international flights to America will be banned from using electronic cigarettes under a new American Federal law which will come into effect on April 3. Some individual airlines have already banned e-cigarettes because of the fire risk they pose but the new regulation...

America’s  giant Wal-Mart shop chain and computer manufacturers Yifang USA INC are facing a legal complaint and possible trial by jury in Los Angeles for negligence after the battery on a Nextbook Tablet exploded and injured a woman as well as burning her home to...

Two Indian girl students were killed and others were injured when a fire broke out  at a medical university in western Russia. The girl both from Maharashtra were studying at the Smolensk Medical Academy which 400 KM from Moscow. A statement later issue by a Russian investigative...

The American Federal Government has taken the steps to improve the safety of Hoverboards, the motorised self balancing two wheeled platforms that have become immensely popular worldwide with both teenagers and adults. Faulty electrical charging equipment used to power hoverboards have been blamed for starting 52...

Concorde Corodex Group, the UAE based supplier of firefighting and rescue equipment have launched a month-long roadshow throughout countries in the Gulf demonstrating some of their equipment. The tour, organised in cooperation with the UAE Defence Council, was launched at Dubai’s Mamzar Beach where an audience...

Firefighters managed to contain a fire aboard a 45,705 dwt product tanker Nuevo Pemex IV which started in the morning of February 22nd while the vessel was being dismantled in a Veracruz shipyard in Mexico, according to the Talleres Navales del Golfo shipyard. Image Courtesy: Youtube/ Videonotas Acp The 1989-built vessel, which was...

Japanese manufacturers Tiejin have developed two new fabrics to protect lodges and evacuation shelters in the event of a volcanic eruption. Japan is one of the world’s most active volcanic regions and in the September 2014 eruption of Mt. Ontake, located some 200 kilometers west of...

A total of 12 clothing shops were gutted by a fire which broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Al Ghuwair area of Sharjah. The large fire, which broke out in Sharjahs’ Al Ghuwair market, also destroyed 3 apartments leaving five...

The European Parliament has approved plans for a review of fire safety standards for building materials used within the European Union. The EU’s Construction Products Regulations have not been revised since they were issued in 2002 and even then the data they were based was largely...

The global computer giants Microsoft could face having to issue new re-charging equipment to more than two million customers who use their tablets for work and the internet. A potential fire source has been discovered  in the cords used to power the Surface Pro 3 tablet...

University students in both Oman and Qatar who wish work in the fire safety industry are to be given a new opportunity to obtain qualifications without having to travel overseas. A five year programme worth a total of £6.5 million will see the University of Central...

The British building science research centre BRE has developed a new rig to test the fire protection systems used on steel frame beams that are critical role in maintaining the load bearing capacity of multi storey buildings during a fire. The rig can apply loads of...

Nevada-based AM Fire and Electronics Services were faced with some unique challenge when they were contracted to install a code-complaint fire system at the International Peace Education Centre (IPEC) in Las Vegas. The three-storey building houses which covers 8,500 square metres in total incudes a wide...

The power management company Eaton has launched a new user-friendly monitoring system for emergency lighting, which aims to eradicate the cost and time pressures that can be associated with manual maintenance checks in commercial buildings. The new CGLine+ controller will support the monitoring of up to...

The hot arid desert sunshine is often partly to blame for the fast spread of fires in the Middle East. However,  it was a bitterly cold snow blizzard which killed 19 people on America’s East Coast at the weekend, that caused problems for some  firefighters. Initially...

New features at Intersec 2016 include a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion at the Fire & Rescue Section, and a Jobs and Careers Pavilion, bringing thousands of safety and security professionals in touch with the right career opportunities. More than 1,200 exhibitors from 57 countries are...

No structure best depicts affluence and wealth more than the Dubai Mall which is the latest addition to a development set to have a huge impact on the infrastructure of Dubai City with an additional 12 million sq feet of high end retail fashion space....

A fire started on the lower floor of the Address Downtown hotel and black smoke and ash drifted across Dubai just a few hours before the city's spectacular new year fireworks lit up the sky. As the flames leapt up the outside and spread to...

In the past decades, research on tunnel fire has mainly focused on design fires and smoke control in longitudinally ventilated tunnels. There is a clear lack of research on detailed ceiling jet characteristics in tunnel fires. This investigation, conducted by Ying Zhen Li and Haukur...

Flame detectors use optical sensors to detect flames due to fire and are key components of a fire detection system in for example, the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. A variety of sensor technologies are available. In this article Dr. Daniel Waldron, Research Engineer with...

No structure best depicts affluence and wealth more than the Dubai Mall which is the latest addition to a development set to have a huge impact on the infrastructure of Dubai City with an additional 12 million sq feet of high end retail fashion space....

By Ian Dunbar, Rescue Consultant at Holmatro and regular contributor to FME. Before joining Holmatro he was a Training Officer in the UK fire & rescue service with a background in both technical as well as medical rescue. Ian provides Consultation & Training to emergency...

Although Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been variously adopted in the Fire Engineering sector, most of the BIM-related activities are still focused on stand-alone, contractor-owned models. At BuroHappold, explains Peter Stephenson, Associate Director, our designers use BIM to shape smart integrated environments. One key benefit...

Scheduled to be held from 17th -19th, 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will feature a selection of 4 insightful conferences and workshops covering key topics in occupational health and safety, fire safety, critical infrastructure protection and safety design in buildings. Some of the high-profile speakers confirmed for...

One of the most dangerous aspects of a fire is the toxic gases that can arise from the process of combustion.  BASF is the largest chemical producer in the world and its Fire Technology Laboratory in Ludwigshafen, Germany, conducts fire testing on materials to assess the fire behaviour and flammability...

An early morning blast occurred at a pesticide plant in the city of Jilin, Jilin Province in northeastern China. A fire broke out following the explosion, with emergency crews now working at the scene. At least four people were injured in the blast, CCTV reported....

The Ministry of Interior, represented by the Civil Defense General Command, will be organising the UAE International Firefighter Challenge 2016, in collaboration with the UAE-based 911 Firefighting Group. This event will take place on March 15th-17th, 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC),...

E2S Warning Signals, the independent audible and visual warning signals manufacturer, has introduced a SIL 2 version of its flagship BEx range of explosion proof alarm horn sounders and Xenon strobe beacons. The new IECEx and ATEX certified BEx horns and strobes are the perfect...

Fighting fires anywhere presents firefighters with a level of unpredictability but as Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager, Bristol Uniforms explains, at sea, the level of unpredictability is substantially greater. Every fire is different with the risks and hazards very much dependent on a range of factors including...

Modern mass transportation hubs, including railway stations and airports, form part of a progressive infrastructure network often encompassing contemporary retail and leisure facilities thus creating a unique passenger experience. This coming together of a mixed occupancy environment provides particular challenges to the design team, including...

Many rural and small urban fire brigades have already embraced the use of Class A foam as part of their everyday operational tactics reports Dave Pelton of Solberg. Their use of Class A foam, quite simply, makes good sense for them. For any brigade that...

Exova Warringtonfire, the global fire engineering consultancy, has been granted House of Expertise status in the Emirate of Dubai. This recognition by the Dubai Civil Defense further enhances the company’s credentials in fire engineering consulting. Exova Warringtonfire is now licensed to carry out its full...

Within the EU project SESBE, SP Fire Research has investigated the possibility of coating façade elements with TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxides), in order to delay or prevent fire propagation from a burning building to adjacent ones. Ignition tests using PMMA (plexiglass) coated with TCO show...

Fluid injection injuries can be extremely harmful with all cases requiring emergency surgery.   But Pirtek has devised a solution. A typical example of how and when workers are at risk of receiving a fluid injection injury is through hydraulic hose failures. The velocity of fluid...

As part of its fire protection system, the landmark Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens has selected FFE’s Fireray beam smoke detectors. The gallery was designed by renowned British architect Zaha Hadid and combines a renovated 19th Century brick structure with a 21st Century ‘sail-like’ structure. Bright...

The Fire Service College (FSC), the home of firefighter development in the UK, has become the first centre in Europe to achieve Pro Board accreditation to certify to the US based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards. The NFPA is a leading world authority on...