Author: FME Magazine

Experts speaking at the Middle East Facades Summit held at Dubai World Trade Centre called for strict enforcement of  tough building regulations to prevent more fires breaking out in the region’s many high rise buildings. Their message was safety rules should be followed to the letter,...

Finding the right cost-effective detector for hazardous areas in offshore environments is not always straightforward, but LGM Products’ HDL probe heat detectors offer an excellent new detection solution. These ATEx and IECEx approved explosion proof detectors can be used in a range of settings including fire alarm, fire...

A huge fire broke out in a labour camp in the Gasidat area in Ras Al Khaimah and more than 90 blue collar workers evacuated safely and quickly. The Central Operations Room of the RAK Police was alerted to the blaze, which broke out behind the...

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which paved the way for the building of the modern city a 120 metre long wooden replica of 17th-century London, mounted on a barge on the Thames, was set alight. Thousands of spectators along the river...

LifeLocator® TRx, is the portable rugged search and rescue tool that detects the presence of life under collapsed structures. Using the principles of ultra-wideband (UWB) ground penetrating radar, the LifeLocator TRx can detect movement in up to 39 feet (12 meters) of debris and breathing...

Russian emergency services said a fire that swept through a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow killed 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan. The fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of the warehouse, where many flammable liquids and paper products were being stored. It...

The wildfire blazes that have been raging for the past two months through drought-stricken California and neighbouring American states has added a famous name to its victims. US National Park Service officials had to close one of the entrances to the 3,500 square mile Yellowstone National...

Just two weeks after it was first launched Samsung has suspended worldwide sales of their top of the range Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after receiving reports that because of battery faults 35 have exploded and created a fire risk. The Korean company has stopped short of...

A preliminary report into the crash of an Emirates Boeing 777-300 passenger at Dubai International has found that the pilot was attempting to abort its landing when it hit the runway and then burst into flames. The report released by the General Civil Aviation Authority indicated...

Day one of the 16th International Water Mist Conference is “Applications Day”. The presentations on systems in practice show just how versatile the technology is. Ragnar Wighus, IWMA president, will evaluate the current state of water mist and have a look at the way ahead. There will be...

EN54-13 is a European standard that ensures optimal fire system performance at all times, lives are properly protected in a real fire situation and complete peace of mind for specifiers, installers and end-users but it is widely misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented. To ensure everyone can check...

It has been estimated that it could take up to four months to repair the damage after a fire broke out in an American oil refinery sited 60 miles west of New Orleans. The blaze severely damaged a heavy oil hydrocracker used by Motiva Enterprises to...

A total of 82 cars were destroyed after a fire broke out during The Boomtown Fair music festival which held annually in field just a few miles from Winchester city centre in the South of England. More than 50,000 people attended the four-day event and one...

At least 12 newborn babies were killed in a middle of the night fire which broke out at the Yarmouk Maternity Hospital in Baghdad. Officials from the Iraq Health authority said later that they believed the blaze was started by faulty electrical wiring. Further deaths were avoided...

As part of their commitment to enhance consistent safety at both land and at sea Coltraco Ultrasonics have released the Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe Zone 1. The Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicator is designed to provide enhanced Speed, Operation and Performance under high intensity...

Firetrace International, the global manufacturer of fire suppression solutions for commercial, industrial, government and military applications, has achieved FM approval for its advanced E4 engineered clean agent total flooding system. E4 obtained the FM Approval for its high-­performance 500 PSI / 35 bar 3M™ Novec ™ 1230 systems. With the...

To accommodate the changing role of the firefighter, brand new Xenon range; a complete collection of multi-layered, interactive and multifunctional fire garments covering structural, rescue and USAR has been launched by Ballyclare. The range has been extended to include an advanced new layered system. This includes...

At the second annual BRE Fire Research Conference experts discussed newly published and current BRE research related to both passive and active fire protection, ranging from roof void compartmentation and fire safety in open plan flats, to sprinkler systems in housing and the problem of...

Critical assets in the Ministry of Education and Science building in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, are being protected by industry-leading ExGo suppression control panels from Advanced. The Ministry charged with regulating education and promoting scientific work in Bulgaria was founded in 1879 as the Ministry of...

A devastating wildfire which started in a forest ravaged more than 4,000 hectares of land on the Canary island of La Palma. One park ranger was killed in the blaze and as it moved close to a small village around 2,500 people had to be evacuated...

Firefighters from Dubai’s Civil Defence were involved in a five-hour long fight to control a blaze which broke out in a multi-storey building  which is under construction in Jumeirah Village Circle. It was the latest in a series of fires – the most recent being the...

A birthday party in the French city of Rouen ended in disaster after an explosion sparked off a fire in the night club where the celebration was being held. More than 80 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at the Cuba Libre Club which led...

At least 16 people aboard a hot air balloon died when it  caught fire and crashed in a corn field in central Texas, in the deadliest such accident in the USA in decades. Caldwell County sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call about an apparent vehicle...

Over 1,200 visitors had to be evacuated from a water park in Taiwan after solar panels caught fire during a heatwave that has seen record power consumption as the islanders struggle to keep cool. The fire in Taipei is thought to  have been sparked by soaring...

A small fire in the basement of the Australian team building at The Olympic Games athletes village prompted the evacuation of 100 team members. The smell of smoke which  filled the stairwells of the property was first noticed by the team’s medical staff and because an...

Investigators say they have found the fire source on the French cruise ship La Boreal that led to a rare passenger evacuation at sea near the Falkland Islands last November. The fire in the engine room left the ship drifting without propulsion and, with the help...

Contractors in Abu Dhabi who erect makeshift accommodation to house their labourers have been urged to include fire safety measures in their plans. The advice was issued after a fire broke out in 50 labour units and a bus in Al Hamra. The incident caused no...

A discarded cigarette butt has been identified by the property managers as the cause of the fire that broke out last week at the 75-storey Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina. The blaze started in an apartment on the 61st floor, and quickly spread to eight other...

Commuters who regularly use London’s busiest railway junction at Clapham had a fortunate escape when a fire caused it to be closed for more than five hours. That was because the blaze in a nearby industrial estate which created dense clouds of smoke did not break...

Dubai firefighters reacted quickly to extinguish a blaze which broke out at the 75-storey residential Sulafa Tower in the Marina on Wednesday afternoon. Although the blaze broke out on the 60th floor and quickly spread to eight others, the fire was brought under control within three hours. At...

A fire in a warehouse in the As Salaha area of Barka in Oman took more than eight hours to be put under control. That was because the building was used to store woods and plastic which caused a fierce blaze and heavy material losses, but...

A live demonstration formed the centre point of the first Cortech Open Innovation Event (COIE) to be hosted in the Middle East - in Muscat. Involving a combination of software and the latest manufacturer technology, the demonstration addressed many of the challenges faced by modern...

In recent years firefighters have often been heard to say “I’m feeling hotter in my turnout gear”. It is thought that this can be largely attributed to fires burning hotter with ambient air temperatures also continuing to rise. Safety Components, a leader in firefighting fabric...

Year on year, the objectives of security, safety and fire protection companies to penetrate or increase their market share in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have shown an exponential growth. Responding to this, Messe Frankfurt have announced the launch of a new exhibition, Intersec Saudi...

The winner of this year’s “IWMA Young Talent Award / Master” is Daniel Alexander Martin. with his winning master thesis “The Use of a Water Mist Curtain as a Radiation Shield”. Daniel has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an International...

A new fire erupted at an Iranian petrochemical factory in the southwestern oil-rich province of Khuzestan after firefighters put out a blaze earlier in the day at the facility on 7th July. Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, said an oil tank caught fire later in...

Research shaping the future of fire safety design and management was outlined to a packed auditorium at the second annual BRE Fire Research Conference which took place recently (June 2016). Experts discussed newly published and current BRE research related to both passive and active fire protection,...

The American Independence Day Fourth of July celebration in Plymouth, Mass, had to be abandoned after a barge in the city’s harbour at the center of a fireworks display exploded and caught fire. Thousands of visitors who had gone to the harbour specifically to watch the...

A fire which broke out in a workshop used for repairing cars in Dubai’s Umm Ramool  industrial area spread so quickly that within two hours it had destroyed 14 other shops in the same complex. Although they were called to the fire at 6 am Dubai...

Ballyclare, the Stockport-based English manufacturer of high visibility fire, safety and foul weather clothing supplied to the fire police, ambulance, rail and power industries, has expanded  its European operation by opening an office in Germany. And, during a visit to their production facility by their local...

The London Fire Brigade has launched a new ten year plan to make it the most diverse and inclusive fire service in the United Kingdom. Under the plan fire chief hope that a hardline approach to cutdown bullying and harrassment of staff will attract new recruits...

Education officials and politicians in Kenya are trying to establish a common cause behind a series of arson attacks in schools which has seen 16 fires reported this year in the county of Kisii in the South West of the country. It is currently believed that...

Sheffield based BLE Smoke & Fire Curtains has landed a contract to install some of its largest ever fire products at a new concert hall complex which is under construction in Copenhagen Harbour in Denmark. Eight curtain measuring 120 metres are to be installed into the...

The lives were saved of around 240 passengers and crew on board a jet which caught fire while making an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The Singapore Airlines flight which was heading for Milan had left Changi two hours earlier but the pilot had to...

Soon after a wildfire engulfed 35,000 acres of land  at Erskine in the American state of California firefighters confirmed that two people had died in the blaze. However they feared that they would find more victims as the fire had destroyed more than 150 homes, many...

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices to help users to be compliant with BS 5839-1 rules and regulations when installing fire detection and notification devices. In addition to the guide, there is an installation checklist enabling installers...

Williams Fire & Hazard Control will once again be hosting its world renowned XTREME Industrial Fire & Hazard Training School in September 2016, at the Gesip Fire Training Facility in Northern France.  Attendees of the five-day course will benefit from the combined experience of Williams’...

The sky above the City of Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province was engulfed by black smoke after a fire broke out in large chemical factory. Dramatic images showed clouds of smoke and uncontrollable flames which witnesses said could be seen from miles away. It took dozens...

A total of 21 flights into Dubai International Airport had to be diverted away for more than an hour during a busy weekend in June after an unmanned drone was flown into their airspace. Fourteen of the planes were sent to Al Maktoum aiport in Jebel...

A 45-year-old woman and her two teenage daughters from the Camaro Islands died after a fire broke out in their villa at the Al Gafiah area of Sharjah. After receiving an emergency call Sharjah Civil Defence dispatched fire rescue units and an ambulance to the property...