Author: FME Magazine

Welding work on an escalator was identified as the cause of a fire which swept through a hotel and casino complex in the Philippine capital Manila. Five people died and more than 20 people needed hospital treatment for injuries at the Manila Waterfront Pavilion, but 300...

The Dubai Civil Defence has announced plans to launch a new centre for studies and research this year which will analyse fire accidents and develop new fire safety techniques. After eight years in preparation, the centre will be headed by trained staff who earned their postgraduate...

Reflections of Bettina McDowell, General Manager of the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) When I was nine years old, I happened to watch the news one evening and watched a high-rise office block in flames. I remember the reporter saying that the firefghters could not reach...

Fire alarm systems are essential for the safety of people in a building. An emerging fire can put all the people in danger in minutes, therefore fire incidents should be detected early. With developing technology, high rise smart buildings are more common nowadays. So fire...

Five people including two children died when they were asphyxiated in a fire that gutted part of their apartment building in the Al Butainah area of Sharjah. Four other residents were treated for burn injuries in hospital. Civil Defence director Colonel Sami Al Naqbi said that...

Two teenagers suffered second-degree burns after the butane lighter gas they were inhaling inside a car, with its windows locked, triggered a fire in Sharjah. The face of one of the boys was so badly burned that Dr Safwat Al Husseini, plastic surgery consultant at Al...

The Emirates based hospitality company Time Hotels have introduced a brand new fire safety message to increase guests’ safety in its 859 bedrooms. It has produced a two minute long 3D animated video, available in every room which explains to guests general fire safety instructions and...

Fire safety is a subject which, unfortunately, still all too frequently grabs headlines around the world. However, with ever-evolving fire protection technology, practices and specialist standards, levels of safety are constantly improving. This said, notes Stephen Beadle of Detectortesters (No Climb Products Ltd.) there is...

Ancient sculptures in the famous Meenakshi Temple in the Indian city of Madurai escaped serious damage despite being engulfed by flames and smoke during a fire. The night time blaze which took 60 firefighters five hours to control gutted a row of 30 shops housed in...

A fire in an industrial biomass storage facility may take a massive financial toll. Biomass material is destroyed in the fire and the storage facility may be damaged, which often causes a long production down-time. In addition, people and environment may be harmed due to...

It has become common place to read reports online and in printed media about “Toxic AFFF” or “Health Concerns associated with firefighting foam”, with many of these originating from the USA or Australia. Here andy hall of Hall Fire Safety Consultants reports that he is...

No sooner had the 20th edition of Intersec Dubai closed its doors, with reports of record visitor and exhibitor numbers, the organisers of one of the world’s most impressive trade events for fire, safety and security the 21st edition will be held at the World...

At least 37 people were killed and 140 more suffered injuries when a when fire ripped through a hospital in the South Korean city of Milyang. The blaze was suspected to have start in the first floor emergency room of the facility which has mainly dealt...

A new website database has been launched to enable firefighters around the globe to learn from past incidents and help prevent injuries and losses of life caused by blazes in the future. The site, www.ife.org.uk, which has been created by the British-based Institute of Fire Engineers,...

The International Water Mist Association (IWMA) was founded on 15th April 1998 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary - for a whole week between 9th and 15th April.  And with everybody who would like to join in. The idea is to sponsor activities and to donate...

The absence of a sprinkler system has been blamed for the devastating spread of a blaze which destroyed around 1400 vehicles in a multi storey car park in Liverpool in the UK. A witness told police she had first seen flames emerging from under the bonnet...

Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, will open for the 20th time in Dubai on Sunday 21st January, with its double digit annual growth over the last 20 years mirrored by the rapid transformation of the Middle East market....

Organisers of the 18th International Water Mist Conference (IWMC) which will take place in London, UK, on 19th and 20th September 2018 at the Grange City Hotel have issued a Call for Papers. The Abstract deadline is 16th April and speakers will be notified by...

A fire which broke out at an eight-story building in the central South Korean city of Jecheon, killed 29 people and injured 29 others. A fire official said many of the victims had been using a public bath on the second and third floors of the...

Thirty two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker were left missing feared dead after the vessel was involved in a collision with a cargo ship 160 nautical miles off Shanghai on the East Coast of China. The tanker, the Panamanian-flagged Sanchi which was carrying 136,000...

A fire that broke out in an upmarket rooftop restaurant in Mumbai’s financial district left 15 people dead and more than a dozen more injured. Fire official Balkrishna Kadam said that an artificial bamboo ceiling above the diners had burned quickly and collapsed as people were...

Two hundred workers from the Abu Dhabi Contracting Company were left homeless after a fire ripped through an accommodation centre in Al Reef, 45 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi city centre. The centre built out of porta cabins has several blocks each consisting of around 30...

A Securiton aspirating smoke detection (ASD) system from Patol is protecting the inmates and staff at one of the UK’s largest prisons. HMP Northumberland category C prison, with its capacity for 1,348 male offenders, is Britain’s seventh largest jail.  When Sodexo Justice Services - the private...

Siemens is modernising locations of Australia’s largest museum organisation ensuring history doesn’t fade into the past Museums Victoria in Melbourne, the largest public museum organisation in Australia, attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors each year. The government of the State of Victoria commissioned Siemens to perform a...

Firefighters in Ras Al Khaimah respond to emergency incident calls faster than many other civil defence forces around the world. Captain Omar Mattar, head of civil protection in RAK has revealed that while the global average response time is eight minutes, the firefighters in the Emirate...

Dany Cotton, the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, has not ruled out the possibly that there will be another Tower block blaze like the one at Grenfell which killed 71 people in June. Speaking six months after the tragedy she told SKY TV news that...

The Intersec Conferences which will run at the Intersec Exhibition 2018 will bring together key government officials, experts, thought leaders, anaylsts and industry players to discuss and debate the way forward for the region’s safety and security industry. The conferences that will be held as a...

A new inspection committee is to be set up in Sharjah to check that high rise towers do not have the type of aluminium cladding that was a key element in the fire which caused extensive damage to the Downtown Address Hotel in Dubai and...

Andy Hall, founder of Hall Fire & Safety Consultants has been asking himself this question for several years. With over 25 years in fire and safety globally, and a primary interest in foam and foam systems Andy has now chosen to share his thoughts with...

Guaranteeing the safety of our educational facilities has always been a challenge. Today the size of our universities, the diverse nature of the buildings involved and the sheer number of people present only serve to increase the complexity of this challenge. Protection is vital, however,...

The German manufacturer BMW has started a recall of more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in North America  two due to the risk of fires starting under their hoods. The danger has been identified in 16 different 6-cylinder models of the vehicles BMW produced and...

London’s Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton has called upon the UK government to make fire sprinkler fitting mandatory in all new and refurbished school buildings in England in line with the regulations currently in force in Scotland and Wales. Fire safety in public buildings in the...

Wildfires that have swept through the California counties of Sonoma and Napa have claimed more than 40 deaths and destroyed many acres of the area’s famous wine producing vineyards. The blazes have also destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, making them the deadliest and most destructive group...

BAE Systems-built and supported BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtankers continue to play a pivotal role in combating the ever increasing numbers and costs of wildfires across North America. By September this year wildfires in the USA had cost the United States Forest Service (USFS) $2.35 billion, topping...

David Boxall, the ‘Boxall’ in ‘Baldwin Boxall’ has become the first recipient of the Warren-Barnett Technical Innovation Award. David having spent a lifetime dedicated to the technology of the PA industry, was nominated by Peter Mapp to be the ideal first recipient of this new...

CNPP has become one of only 18 training providers worldwide and the first training organisation in France recognised for the preparation of IECEx certification assessment. Active in explosion safety since its inception in 1956, CNPP supports its customers through experimentation, regulation, operational advice, assessment and...

In a break from tradition and after a most tumultuous year, a group of women from the UK’s Police, Fire and Ambulance Services have been jointly awarded Woman of Achievement Award 2017, in gratitude and recognition of their leadership and dedication in the face of...

A year after UL opened its Middle East Electrical laboratory in Abu Dhabi, this first industrial lab in the region is keeping busy providing safety tests to help deliver a sustainable future. The purpose-built lab tests electrical items found in most buildings to prevent against...

Dubai Police have said a discarded cigarette was the cause of a fire which engulfed 38 flats at the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina in the first week of August. Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the cigarette butt landed on...

A new joint electronic platform has been set up in Wasit police station to strengthen the cooperation and emergency response times of Sharjah Police and the Sharjah Civil defence. The platform will receive reports of crime incidents and fire accidents and will also manage the visuals...

The UK Government has published terms of reference for a review that will urgently assess the effectiveness of current building and fire regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings. This will include addressing whether the Government’s large-scale...

As wildfires continue to rage over several southern states in America a blaze that torched homes in Los Angeles has been labelled ‘the worst’ in city’s history. The fire started in the La Tuna canyon on the edge of America’s second largest city and spread over...

Causes of data centre fires are diverse, although by far the most common are overheating and electrical faults, and specialised fire systems combining both detection and alarm and suppression control are needed to protect this vital infrastructure. Smoke spread in the building must be managed, fires...

Dubai’s nightime skies were lit up by flames for three hours after a large area of the 1,100 feet tall Torch Tower burst into flames for the second time inside three years. A fast response by the Emirate’s firefighters prevented a repeat of London’s Grenfell Tower...

The DLV 2000, built by shipyard Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, combines S-lay, heavy lift, large deck space and accommodation, with efficient transit speed to effectively execute projects in all major oil and gas basins around the globe. Key features of the vessel include its 2,200-ton crane,...

For one week from the April 22sd 2018 the port of Dakar will host a celebration of the global maritime industry. The 24th Congress of the International Association of Maritime Pilots (IMPA) will at its core, discuss and explore key issues effecting all maritime pilots...

The velodrome built in Rio de Janeiro to stage the cycling events at the 2016 Olympic Games has been extensively damaged by fire. The blaze was caused by a flying lantern that fell on the building which was constructed using a special pine wood imported from...

More than 22,000 people had to be evacuated from the Tomorrowland electronic musical festival near the Spanish city of Barcelona after a fire engulfed the stage. Footage of the blaze showed one side of the stage engulfed in giant flames with a shower of sparks raining...

Royal Dutch Shell has suspended the loading of oil products from its massive Pernis refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam after a fire caused the shut down of most of its production. Firefighters took more than six hours to bring the blaze, thought to have...

Dubai’s nightime skies have been lit up by flames for three hours after a large area of the 1,100 feet tall Torch Tower burst into flames for the second time inside three years. A fast response by the Emirate’s firefighters prevented a repeat of London’s Grenfell...