Author: FME Magazine

One of the leading banks in Europe’s newest nation has selected industry-leading Advanced fire systems to protect its new headquarters. The purpose-built HQ of NLB Bank in Pristina, Kosovo is a landmark building in the heart of the Kosovar capital, and a symbol of the growing...

Technical rescue operations usually take place once the immediate danger of flame is removed, with firefighters often entering enclosed and confined spaces that are very hot and full of toxic smoke.  Bristol’s RescueFlex range has been developed specifically for these types of emergencies and provides...

Ten people were killed by a deadly blaze which ripped through a hotel at Nanching in Eastern China’s Jiangxi Province The blaze lasted two hours at the HNA Platinum Mix Hotel. Many guests were evacuated along with a further 260 residents of a 24-story building attached...

At least 22 girls were killed by a fire at a government-run home for abused teens in the Guatemala City suburb of San Jose Pinula. The blaze was started by the residents themselves setting fire to mattresses during an overnight riot which broke out as they...

One person was killed and two others were severely injured when a wall collapsed during a fire at a chemical processing factory in the Indian City of Ahmedabad. A fire official said the blaze has been started by a small explosion in a chemical mixing ...

A fire which destroyed a temporary accommodation collection of caravans in Khor Kalba, Sharjah, was reported to have made 100 workers homeless. None of the residents were injured because most of them working at the time for the Sharjah Institute of Heritage. However, all of them...

A crowd that had gathered in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City to watch the premiere of the new King Kong movie fled in panic after a large model of the famous gorilla caught fire. The 16 foot tall ape was set ablaze by flames which were...

Referred to as a miraculous outcome, all 49 passengers and crew survived after a plane crash landed and split into pieces at an airport in South Sudan on Monday. Passengers were pulled from the burning wreckage after the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines crashed at...

In common with other products in Hochiki Europe’s FIREscape LED emergency lighting range, FIREscape lite is an energy-efficient, standalone product designed to offer flexibility during refurbishments and compliance with the latest fire standards, despite not requiring a control panel. “Small developments tend to have relatively straightforward life...

To ensure optimum fire detection in its large atrium, the impressive new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse has installed four Fireray beam smoke detectors from FFE. The new 10 storey, 633,000-square-foot courthouse, which is situated in downtown Los Angeles, contains 24 courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers...

Several people were slightly injured after inhaling fumes following an explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power plant on the north west coast of France, but there is believed to be no nuclear risk. France Ouest newspaper reported that the blast had occurred in the engine room...

Pontypool-based manufacturer Flamgard Calidair will provide fire and shut off dampers to the Chernobyl site, the world’s largest movable structure designed to facilitate monitoring and demolition of the previous containment building following the 1986 disaster, while securing remaining radioactive material. The €1.5bn multinational engineering project,...

The UK is highly experienced in creating a safe environment and planning for, and responding to, major emergencies as and when they happen. It now stands ready to meet the needs and aspirations and become the partner of choice for businesses and organisations in Dubai....

A huge explosion in an illegal cannabis factory inside a block of flats at Hornchurch in London required more than 70 firefighters to tackle the blaze it started. Witnesses said that the front of the flats had been blown across the streets by the blast which...

A month long spell of frost, fog and freezing temperatures is reported to have  made the air quality in England’s capital London more polluted than Beijing in China. Residents have been blamed by the government for contributing to the decline by using wood burning stoves to...

Official statistics produced by Investec at the end of Intersec are forecasting that the annual fire and safety market turnover in the Middle East will grow from $2.5 billion in 2016 to  $4.4 billion in 2021. Around half of the money will be spend on fire management systems,...

All passengers and their cars escaped injury and damage when a fire started on a ferry operating in the Solent waterway between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The fire broke out in a wing of the ship’s bridge as it was on en...

At least 16 people were killed and some 40 injured after a bus carrying Hungarian students, their teachers and some parents burst into flames on a highway in northern Italy,. Girolamo Lacquaniti, from Verona city’s highway police,and  the bus went off the road near a highway...

An official ‘state of catastrophe’ has been declared in central Chile where firefighters have been trying to control forest fires described as the ‘worst in decades’. In the O’Higgins region just to the south of the Chilean capital Santiago more than 175 square miles of landed...

With temperatures falling below freezing point in London in early January the city’s brigade issued a strong warning about the dangers of fire being caused by electrical heaters. Figures released at the start of the month showed that fires that had started in  heaters had led...

Civil defence teams had to rescue six residents from  a two-storey villa in the Al Muroor area of Abu Dhabi after a blaze quickly spread upwards from the ground floor. A neighbour reported seeing a fireman on a ladder rescue a three-year-old girl from the roof,...

The long awaited new fire safety codes for construction in the UAE will be published on January 22nd at the Intersec Fire safety conference to be held at Dubai’s International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Updating the code has been a priority for Dubai Civil Defence since New...

An estimated 20 firefighters were killed when a high-rise building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, but the final death toll will not be revealed until after thousands of tons of rubble have been scoured. Two hundred firefighters had been battling the blaze in the landmark...

21st century firefighter helmets are a blend of centuries old practical styling and modern materials and technologies. European fire helmets have moved further away from the classic look which is still favoured in the USA but, around the world, manufacturers strive to produce headgear which...

Search & Rescue is a misnomer when relating it to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as, in reality, it can currently only perform the Search role - not the Rescue nor Recovery – yet. So really its Search & Rescue mission should be described as Search and...

Design fires have great influences on the fire safety concepts and safety measures, and are the basis for any assessment and calculation in tunnel fire safety design. However, the costs of full scale carriage fire tests are large and the number is typically limited. Ying...

We all know how vital it is that electrical cables meet the correct criteria for all construction projects. Now Jonathan Rawlinson, Technical Manager of Prysmian UK takes a look at the importance of reducing the risk in building design with fire resistant cable fixings. Lives and...

Offshore platform managers are now engaged in radical cost-cutting exercises, but even the most insignificant shortcut on procedures can result in disaster. When it comes to fire safety, full functionality is non-negotiable writes Simon Rooks, Operations Director oil and gas, Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions. The...

The humble warehouse has gone through many changes in the past 20 years; some obvious and others more subtle, yet more profound, in terms of the risk to a business operation. It is perhaps time that as fire professionals we stop to take another look...

A report produced in November 2016 by a group of fire resistant glazing experts looks at the current state of play in the way glass is used in fire-sensitive areas of buildings and questions whether the current regulations are fit for purpose. A major trend in...

To ensure a successful fire safety regime is implemented within a shopping mall it is vital to develop a sound understanding of the key elements that provide the basis to develop and implement a successful fire strategy. Regular contributor to FME and Associate Director of...

It is essential that a public address system delivers announcements which can be comfortably heard by all people with normal hearing in all parts of the area which it is intended to cover. alison cousins, of Baldwin Boxall explores how clarity and quality of sound...

In the winter months when air temperatures fall below zero forest fires are a rarity in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. However, since the first week of November residents of the high altitude remote areas of Dharchula and Munsiyari have reported seeing smoke from forest...

At least 23 passengers were killed and 17 more were missing after a ferry caught fire just 15 minutes after setting sail from the Maura Angke port in Jakarta, in Indonesia. The Zahro Express ferry was carrying more than 230 people to New Year celebrations at...

Four firefighters suffered injuries while trying to extinguish a blaze in a chemical factory at Ganga Nagar near the city airport of Kolkata in India. The injuries occurred when the original fire was later followed by an explosion. After treatment at a local hospital the firefighters were...

Fire safety experts have welcomed a ruling that makes smoke alarms compulsory in all homes built in Sharjah from next year. The Emirate’s Civil Defence said that as of 2018 all new apartments and villas must have smoke detectors throughout to increase protection for tenants. "It will...

The London Fire Brigade has received official approval of a draft plan which it says outlines a “ four year vision to make the capital the world’s safest global city”. The plan, approved by members of the London’s Fire Authority, has a main two-pronged approach to...

The recent arrest of four suspected arsonists may give Swedish police strong clues as to the reason why nearly 200 cars have been deliberately set on fire in Copenhagen in 2016. A lot of the fires have been started in a poor ‘no go’ areas of...

Three people died and 14,000 others were forced to feel their homes as wildfires swept through one of America’s most famous rural holiday resorts. The flames which flashed through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were driven by wind gusts of up to 90 miles an...

Balconies are a growing feature of urban development as designers strive to harness precious outdoor space, especially in high rise buildings. But careful consideration must be given to materials and structural design to mitigate the risk of a balcony fire spreading to other parts of...

The night sky over Dubai was lit on 13th December up by another big tower block fire which engulfed the last 12 floors of a residential building. The scene of the blaze was the Oceana Block on the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah. Civil Defence firefighters were...

Mass transit design has become more complex over the years with hubs becoming recognisable, focal points to a city’s architecture. It is an opportunity to welcome people to the city and impress on visitors a strategic vision where the boundaries of design are stretched to...

After a summer of severe wildfires decimating thousands of hectares of land on the continent of North America scientists and weather experts have warned there could be a slow but steady growth of such outbreaks throughout the 21st century. The prediction from the Massachusetts based Union...

An English pensioner’s eight-year labour of love building an iconic Austin-Healey kit car in his garage ended in a fireball that not only destroyed the vehicle but also wrecked his £550,000 home. After spending thousands of hours on the  project Rob Avant, aged 70, was just...

Five members of a family, including the parents and a 16-month-old baby were reported to be fighting for their lives after fire swept through their house in Swindon, England. The cause of the blaze which is thought to have started in the kitchen shortly after midnight...

The Solberg Company, an innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, announced the company has achieved CAN/ULC S560; Standard for Category 3 Foam Liquid Concentrates Certification on the company’s ARCTIC™ 3% and ARCTIC 6% MIL-SPEC AFFF foam concentrates.  ARCTIC™ foam concentrates from SOLBERG are PFOS-free synthetic firefighting...

A report into an aborted take off and subsequent engine fire on a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has been blamed on a weakness discovered in an alloy used in making a turbine disc 30 years ago, which fell apart. Investigators looking into why 170 passengers...

Multiple car crashes on the Sheikh Zayed Road around the Al Manara Rd interchange towards Sharjah and also at the Abu Dhabi Junction appear to have been caused by smoke from a fire in a local restaurant. A Dubai Civil Defence spokesman said: “City firefighters were...

The under-construction  Mall of Qatar has experienced its second fire in the past six months. The incident occurred at a store that is undergoing fit outs. In April a much-larger blaze took hours for Civil Defence to put out and 14,000 labourers and staff were safely evacuated....

The extent of the damage caused by a fire which destroyed part of the main building at Gower College in the Welsh city of Swansea could have been reduced had local fire hydrants been position better. About 100 firefighter tackled the blaze which started in the...