Author: FME Magazine

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...

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...