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Part 1 – Post Fire Damage Decontamination PETER STEPHENSON, Associate Director, BuroHappold Engineering As professionals in the fire industry we can influence fire safety in the built environment in many ways including building design, product specification & performance, system commissioning & testing, management systems &...

What do data centres, clean rooms, manufacturing centres and hospitals have in common? They are critical facilities, where the financial and operational repercussions of equipment-related damages and downtime can be devastating and they all present their own challenges in terms of fire suppression, with the...

This article explores the challenge of effectively marking evacuation routes, particularly vertical escape routes in high-rise buildings. Those responsible for fire safety management face many challenges while developing the emergency plans for the buildings they take under their responsibility to ensure the safety of the building’s...

Forming a vital role in the fire strategy for a building, the fire door will provide and maintain an effective fire separating function between the building compartments, minimising the fire spread within the room of origin and restricting the passage of smoke in the event...

Even the shortest period of downtime can damage the reputation of a data centre or enterprise, resulting in the loss of customer trust and subsequent business. Alan Elder, Fellow Engineer, Tyco Systems examines a research study on the impact of sound on computer hard disk...

THE UNIVERSITY OF Edinburgh is home to the most powerful supercomputer in the UK. The £43m Advanced Research Computing High End Resource (ARCHER) system is capable of more than one thousand trillion calculations every second and can carry out complex computations which provide high performance...

INTERSEC SAUDI ARABIA concluded its debut run recording 6,131 Saudi trade buyers visiting the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events during the first week of May. Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...

Following a recent spate of fires in Sharjah’s industrial areas owners of businesses are to be charged for the cost of firefighting in their establishments. The new rule which came into force on July 1 says payment will be due when it is found that a...

Seventy firefighters had to battle a huge blaze at London's Camden Lock Market which is famous area for tourists who want to shop and eat out. The fire was believed to have started at Gilgamesh, an upmarket restaurant selling Indian food dishes inside Camden’s huge market...

Eighteen people were killed and 30 others were injured in what has been described as one of the worst motorway crashes in Germany’s recent history. Their tourist coach burst into flames after it collided into the back of a slow moving articulated lorry in Bavaria. The cause...

It has been estimated that it could take the British government more than a year to complete its official report into the Grenfell tower block fire in London , however, there has been a rapid response to the blaze which is confirmed to have killed...

A 37-year-old Bangladeshi worker died due to suffocation after a fire erupted in his wooden room attached to a car wash centre in Sharjah where he was working Sharjah Civil Defence rushed to the site of the fire but on arrival found that workers in the...

A massive fire broke out at an oil and diesel factory in Sharjah's Industrial Area 10 but no casualties were reported. Civil Defence firefighters recognised that fierceness of the blaze would destroy the factory and concentrated their efforts on preventing it spreading to nearby warehouses. The blaze...

A boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens of others. The plant owned by Multifabs Limited had been producing knitwear for clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands and Britain. The company said the boiler,...

An American living in Michigan thought it would be straight forward task to kill a swarm of wasps in his garage. He acquired a smoke bomb and ignited it, but within minutes the smoke triggered  a fierce blaze when it set off a display of fireworks...

Families were immediately evacuated after a fire broke out in a first floor flat in Al Muraqabbat , Dubai. The four-storey building was gutted in the blaze but no injuries were reported caused by the fire even though a total of 24 people including two children...

The Saudi government has awarded contracts to major regional and international firms for development of five airports in the Kingdom, reported Arab News, citing the Transport Minister Sulaiman Al Hamdan. These include a contract to operate the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, operation...

Three members of a family trapped in a fire that broke out in their villa were rescued by a team of Dubai Ambulance services. Arriving at the building within four minutes of hearing it was emergency medical technician, Naser Al Marzouki, pulled a women  off the...

A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Michigan after smoke was detected coming from an overhead bin on a flight from New York to San Francisco. The culprit was a lithium battery in a passenger’s laptop and it was the 13th such incident...

A new order issued by Sharjah Municipality has told all residents and owners of residential units must have smoke detectors fitted in their premises by October 1. Three, as yet unnamed, companies, have already been approved to sell smoke detection devices and there are plans to...

Next week, over 16,000 fire safety professionals will meet at the global centre of excellence for fire safety, FIREX International. This world-renowned show features experts from across the industry, the latest products and solutions with exclusive show discounts from over 120 companies, CPD accredited seminars,...

One thousand emergency and military personnel in Sri Lanka had to dig for five days to recover the bodies of people who died after a fire undermined the wall of a rubbish dump causing it to collapse on a shanty town. Initial estimates suggested more than...

Twelve children, all only aged between three and four years old, suffered injuries in a flash fire from a science experiment at a church school in the Houston area of America. Six needed hospital treatment for burns, five others were treated privately while one other was...

Quick thinking by an English schoolboy saved the lives of 60 of his fellow pupils as they were travelling in a coach along a road near East Grinstead in the county of Sussex. The student thought he could smell smoke inside the vehicle and he reported...

Two Pakistani children, aged seven and nine , were killed when a fire erupted and gutted their traditional family house in the Al Ghafiya area in Sharjah. The blaze started in the house’s narrow backyard and the children and their parents quickly evacuated the building when...

America’s federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering asking the manufacturers of the hoverboard children’s toy to recall some of their products. The move follows the death of a 4-year-old, with two others left critically injured after a house fire in Pennsylvania. The blaze started after...

Intersec Saudi Arabia is set to become an annual showcase for the global fire protection, security and safety industry after its debut in Jeddah attracted double the anticipated visitor numbers. Hoping to win a slice of the Kingdom’s annual US$ 5.5 million safety and security market...

FIREX International and Autonomous FM add another phenomenal inspirational speaker to the 2017 June Keynote programme. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, will join Professor Brian Cox OBE, Dame Kelly Holmes and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE on stage to...

International testing organisation Exova Warringtonfire, together with certification body Exova BM TRADA, will be providing expert guidance and a series of innovative, live demonstrations at FIREX International 2017 in London, 20-22 June. Each day, Q-Mark and Certifire approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice...

The Aviation Industry Corp of China has unveiled the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in the hope of being able to handle forest fires more efficiently. The AG600 which  is 37 metres long and has a wingspan of 38.8 metres can collect 12 tonnes of water...

Damage worth nearly US$40 million was caused by a fire which roared through a massive apartment building in the American state of Maryland. The block, called Fuse 47, was being constructed to create more than 270 housing units and had been due to open to...

An Ethiopian maid died and three others sustained minor to serious injuries after an explosion caused by a leak from a gas cylinder in the kitchen of a villa in Al Jarf area of Ajman.  Reports said the loud boom of the explosion caused panic...

A temporary camp housing around 1500 migrants near Dunkirk in Northern France was completely destroyed by a fire which swept through more than 300 wooden huts. Ten people were injured by the blaze and taken to hospital but emergency accommodation had to be arranged for all...

Over 200 motorbikes and mopeds were destroyed by a fire which broke in an authorised parking area at Raipur railway station in India. More than 1000 two-wheelers were in the parking lot at the time but while firefighters tackled the flames railway workers moved more than...

A Dubai civil defence team took only 20 minutes to control a massive fire which broke out at fuel depot in Al Nahda, Dubai . Soon after the blaze started a series of explosion were heard and traffic in the area was brought to a halt...

Whether fighting petrochemical fires, or undertaking technical rescue operations in confined spaces, having the right PPE for the job in hand is crucial for firefighters across the region. Gone are the days of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to PPE. Instead, PPE must be tailored to suit...

As the preparations for Expo 2020 continue to gain momentum the remarkable achievements in the transportation sector across the region still amaze, writes Peter Stephenson, Associate Director Buro Happold Engineering. With multiple infrastructure projects improving the connectivity across the region and future projects coming on-line, it...

Paul Duffy, technical support manager at global fire systems business Advanced, discusses what makes the fire panel business key for specifiers and engineers from today’s basics to the future of the industry.  The humble fire panel is usually the only electronic system that must be installed...

Having developed specialist skills, experience and knowledge gained from working in difficult and potentially dangerous confined spaces, Senior Consultant with MRS Training & Rescue (formerly known as Mines Rescue Service), Captain Michael Lloyd, RD**, MNM, FNI., shares experiences and observations with FME readers. Over 100 years...

In the short term suppliers of fire safety equipment to the mining and ore processing industries in the Middle East could see their markets grow. Analysts are forecasting a huge expansion in the extraction of underground resources in Iran and Saudi Arabia over the next five...

The International Water Mist Association (IWMA) has won CV Magazine’s 2017 Health & Safety Award. IWMA has been named “Best Fire Suppression Technology Advocacy – Germany and has received the “Award for Excellence in Sustainable Safety Technology Development”. CV Magazine’s aim has been to “cast a light...

Firefighters have to expect the unexpected every time they go out on a mission and when it comes to protecting and saving lives, there are many challenges faced every day. That’s why Dräger is driven to prepare and protect you for any mission – and...

The inaugural Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Conference took place in Dubai in March during which Tyco’s diversity programme, the Women’s Growth Network, which is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2017, was highlighted at the conference. Tyco’s Women’s Growth Network champions the value, growth and...

In what turned out to be a very busy 2016 wildfire season in North America, the 14 in-service BAE Systems Regional Aircraft-built BAe 146-200s and Avro RJ85s of Neptune Aviation and Conair/Aero-Flite flew a combined total of well over 5,800 tanker missions, dropping in excess...

Chinese Superleague football club Shanghai are going to have play their next home game at an ‘away venue’ after a large area of their 33,000 capacity Hongkou Football Stadium was gutted by a fire. The blaze started in one corner of the stadium which, when it...

A senior London fire chief has warned that skin creams used to treat common conditions like eczema and psoriasis could leave people at risk of setting themselves on fire. At least 37 deaths since 2010 have been linked to the creams which contain paraffin, which can...

The Government of Sharjah has approved the US$400 million (Dh1.46b) budget for the expansion of Sharjah International Airport, according to MEED (Middle East Economic Digest), quoting Adel Abdullah Ali, Air Arabia’s Chief Executive Officer. According to the airline CEO, the expansion project is expected to...

Dubai Civil Defence has honoured an Emirati man who rescued 18 sailors after he noticed smoke coming from their cargo ship and heard sailors shouting for help. General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of the Dubai Civil Defence, honoured Ahmad Mohammad Al Muhairi, who was...

The UAE Ministry of Interior recorded a 31% drop in fire accidents in buildings and establishments in 2016, compared to the previous year. Fire accidents dropped from 3,388  to 2,352 in 2016 while fatalities caused by blazes also fell from 23 to 16. Issuing the figure the...

Officials from America’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have spent the past twenty years recording details of not only the physical cause of firefighter fatalities but also whether they were as a result of firefighters deciding themselves to take risks to protect lives...