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A firefighter fell to his death while battling a blaze on the upper floors of a government building in Johannesburg. The fire broke out on the 23rd floor of a tower block which is shared by the South African departments of health, human settlements and co-operative...

The Ford motor company in the US has started a recall involving the recall of nearly 2 million pick-up trucks after identifying a seat belt defect that could trigger vehicle fires. The recall affects the crown jewel of Ford's lineup: the F-150 pickup which  is the...

Firefighters in Germany struggled to contain a wildfire in a woodland site as it approached Berlin because the flames set off World War II ammunition. The flames covered land the size of 500 football pitches but firefighters were prevented from entering certain areas because of exploding...

Texas police officer Sam Click was hailed a hero after he came across a home engulfed in flames and smashed his way through the back door to rescue five children between six months and ten years old. His first reaction had been to make an emergency...

At least four people were killed and 16 others injured when fire broke out on the 12th floor of the Crystal Tower, a residential building in the Elphinstone Road are of Bombay. The fire was reported to have been started by an electrical wiring fault near...

Firefighters from the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence department extinguished a fierce fire in an apartment block at Al Nakheel. Eight people were trapped inside the building but were rescued without needing medical aid. The cause of the fire was put under investigation but a report suggested...

The London Fire Brigade is urging the British Government to make the installation of water sprinkler systems mandatory in new schools and when older establishments are being refurbished. The campaign was announced after the release of figures from 2017 showed there were 108 incidents of fires...

A seven-month-old baby boy died after a fire broke out at his Fujairah home. The child was asleep in a room on the second floor of the two-storey villa in the Al Faseel area when an air-conditioning unit caught fire. Firefighters and paramedics were sent to...

A growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles are driving on roads and a new research project funded by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova – Strategic vehicle research and innovation (FFI), where risks posed by lithium-ion vehicle batteries will be addressed and investigated. RISE Research Institutes of...

Since 2016, the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) honours young researchers who dedicate their master and Ph.D. theses to the water mist technology. The deadline to hand in submissions for the 2019 prize will be 30th April 2019. This prize is awarded once a year and...

A dozen workers were injured after an explosion caused a fire to rip through the storage facility at a petrochemical factory close to Cairo’s main airport. Ambulances and fire trucks fought the blaze they were alerted to the fire which covered the scene with a cloud...

Figures released by Ireland’s Department of Housing revealed that the number of people who lost their lives in home fires more than doubled to 41 in 2017 compared to just 20 victims in 2016. And in a campaign to persuade householders to  install fire safety equipment...

Firefighters from two areas of Abu Dhabi’s Civil Defence were praised after they extinguished a fire which erupted in the bows of a merchant ship that was moored in the Emirate’s Icad IIb area. The cause of the fierce blaze is under investigation but it was put...

An off-duty RAK Civil Defence firefighter was hailed a hero after he put out a fire that broke out in his neighbour's house in the Al Dheit area of Ras Al Khaimah. Using equipment stored in his own home Mustafa Al Balooshi extinguished the blaze which...

At the height of the summer tourism industry across Europe, Jane Embury, marketing director for Wrightstyle, reflects on one of the worst fire tragedies in the British Isles. Last year, in the UK, saw the appalling catastrophe of Grenfell Tower, which will no doubt see the...

More that 70 people were reported to have died when a wildfire  ripped through the village of Mati on the Attica coastline of Greece and trapped many residents in their home and cars. Some desparate families that tried to reach the village’s harbour and beach found...

New Tyco® ESFR-22 sprinklers from Johnson Controls added to the Tyco family of storage sprinklers Johnson Controls announces its new Tyco® Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR)-22 pendent sprinklers has joined the Tyco line of storage sprinklers. The ESFR-22 can be installed in storage facilities with a ceiling...

A major fire in a hospital or healthcare facility is horrific and there has been too many global incidents resulting in loss of life in recent years. Having worked in the fire industry for over 30 years and had responsibility for licensing, registering, auditing and...

In this article Steve North, Founder, and Rescue Director of International Road Rescue and Trauma Consultancy (IRRTC) looks at modern vehicles and the technology that is built in to them to protect the occupants. Commonly known in the vehicle and rescue industry as New Vehicle...

In recent years, the issue of cleaning and maintaining firefighter PPE has moved firmly into the spotlight, with the emergence of a possible link between contaminated kit and long-term health. Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, looks at the importance of keeping PPE...

Ideally, clean room solutions integrate all the building systems for regulating, controlling and monitoring the space thus minimising risks, increasing efficiency and ensuring compliance to regulations. FME asked Siemens Building Technologies to explain the processes in more detail. For sensitive, valuable goods, the clean room is...

The clean rooms that I am used to dealing with are in an industrial environment and staffed by the white-clad, respirator wearing professionals that are synonymous with this area write FME’s very own international Health & Safety expert Toby Hayward. However, when researching this feature,...

Creating new businesses and industries to replace their traditional economic reliance upon oil and gas production, has become a central theme in the growth policies of several MENA Countries in recent years. None more so than in Saudi Arabia, where two huge projects will be providing...

The figures attached to this year’s wildfire season in the United States have again been huge. One blaze in Colorado scorched over 36,000 acres, nearly 50 deaths have been recorded, tens of thousands of homes evacuated or destroyed and in California alone insurance claims have...

The big cities of this world boast stunning skylines. They are like fingerprints. The problem is that the average fire ladder extends to 30 metres only while a high-rise building is – by definition – 45 metres or higher writes Bettina McDowell, Secretary General of...

Dafo Brand AB in Sweden has separated its vehicle fire detection and suppression operations from its core fire safety equipment business to become Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection AB. “The purpose of this change is to more closely focus on the long term continuous development of...

A raging early morning fire killed 28 valuable racehorses as they were trapped inside a training centre barn in upstate New York just hours after many of them had been in action at the Pocono Downs track in Pennsylvania. Flames emerging from the barn were spotted...

An early morning fire which swept through the Nairobi’s Gikomba Open air market, the largest in Kenya, killed 15 people and injured 70 others even though firefighters managed to contain the flames within an hour and half. The victims were all either traders or members of...

A fire which  broke out in a  new 40-storey  tower which is under construction in Jumeirah Village Circle was extinguished in under two hours by Dubai Civil Defence. Firefighters from Al Barsha and Al Marsa fought the blaze and no injuries were reported. Forensic experts were...

A complete family of 19, has survived a massive fire at their two-storey house in Al-Muraydah district of Ras-Al-Khaimah. Responding to an emergency call RAK fire and rescue teams found three rooms completely gutted by the fire. However they were able to rescue all the house's occupants...

The civil defence authorities in Sharjah and Ajman have announced they will intensify their fire prevention inspection and awareness campaigns which target commercial and industrial establishments. The move follows the introduction in 2017 of a new regulation which obliges the owners of commercial and industrial buildings...

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a firefighter has a 29% higher risk of contracting various types of cancer than the rest of the US population. They have a 1.39 chance higher of developing skin cancer and are 1.31 times...

Firefighters from the UAE and Saudi Arabia were praised after they worked together to put out a huge blaze that broke out in a warehouse on the border between the two countries. A plume of thick black smoke accompanied the blaze in the Saudi customs facility...

A raging early morning fire killed 28 valuable racehorses as they were trapped inside a training centre barn in upstate New York just hours after many of them had been in action at the Pocono   Downs track in Pennsylvania. Flames emerging from the barn were spotted...

A large fire at one of Europe’s most popular outdoor amusement parks forced the evacuation of an estimated 25,000 visitors. Seven firefighters were injured tackling the blaze at Europa-Park in the town of Rust in southwest Germany. The fire which started at a storage site quickly...

Just two weeks before it is due to host one of this year’s World Cup soccer matches between Iran and Spain the Russian City of Kazan in Tatarstan has been rocked by a massive fire that broke out in a shopping mall. There were no reports...

Over recent years, studies have shown that heat stress is especially life-threatening for firefighters and is the number-one cause of firefighter casualties.  Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, looks at the latest advances in the fight against heat stress. Heat stress is a potentially...

Even in major cities across the world it can take as long as 15-20 minutes for an emergency response to arrive at the scene of an accident from the time of call and, in rural or remote areas, much longer. Here Neil Pedersen of the...

As a fresh-faced cadet, FME’s international Health & Safety Expert Toby Hayward was told by his first instructor at South Shields Training College “You are the fire brigade – you can forget calling us!” He recalls it was a sobering thought!  The reality in deep sea...

Aaron Johnson,  International Fire Strategist and jill cotton, a web-technology specialist and communications director at InspectionReportsOnline.net (IROL) examine the concept of web-based reporting technologies and its benefits, issues, concerns and the implementation of these systems.   There’s no doubt the activities put in place by our fire...

We effectively manage risk in our lives on a daily basis; whether it’s putting a car seat belt on or choosing a safe place to cross the road. But when it comes to entering a building, we put some of that responsibility into someone else’s...

Two successful large-scale ESFR sprinkler pre tests and four successful large-scale ESFR sprinkler verification tests show that sprinkler protection of the AutoStore storage system is viable even in facilities with very high ceiling heights. The autostore storage system is developed by the Norwegian company Autstore A/S...

The recent fire on board the ultra large container vessel, Maersk Honam, in the Arabian Sea sent a few shockwaves around the boardrooms of the rapidly expanding logistics businesses in the gulf region. Losing 7,500 40ft containers will have disrupted an industry that has started to...

The storage and warehousing of goods and materials has developed over time along with the evolution of mankind. Peter Stephenson, Assistant Director, BuroHappold examines the fire safety challenges associated with automated storage facilities. Automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS or AS/RS) commonly consist of a variety...

Nigeria’s rating as the country in the world that sees more people killed by fires than any other has been reinforced by recent figures disclosed by the Lagos State Government. In the past year the area around the Nigerian Capital saw a total of 84 people...

Residents living close to the Jebel Ali Industrial Area were told not to panic or fear alarm should they see fire flaring in the neighbourhood over a two week period. The warning that flames would often be visible was issued by the Dubai Supply Authority as...

At least 64 people died in a fire that tore through a shopping and entertainment complex in the Siberian coal-mining city of Kemerovo. As many as 41 children were among the victims of the blaze which swept through the 1500 square metre building and took fire...

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...

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