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Climate change’s adverse effects are increasingly noticeable in our daily lives, particularly with abrupt changes in ecosystems and the magnitude of catastrophic events. Wildfires have been one of these events that have experienced a significant growth in frequency and size, burning hectares of forest lands...

On the 15th of May 2024, in Riyadh, Fire Middle East magazine will host the inaugural Fire Middle East Conference, utilising a network of over 20 years in the making, with input from industry veterans in the form of an advisory board, guidance and backing...

Fire is a powerful adversary that can wreak havoc on life, property, and the environment. In industrial and high-hazard facilities, the risk of a fast-growing and potentially huge fire is ever-present; consequently, quick, effective fire protection systems are paramount. The deluge system stands out as...

Reacton® Fire Suppression and partners Tabra Trading recently won one of the world’s largest retrofit bus fire protection projects in history. Winning the Emirates Transport tender to fit over 2,300 school buses was monumental not only for Reacton but for the future of bus fire...

Blaine Hoyt, HRS Systems, Inc. explores the imperative of optimising automatic fire sprinkler systems. Water-based suppression and control mode systems are vital in fire safety, significantly reducing loss of life and property damage. However, their effectiveness depends on the precision of their design. In designing water-based...

For centuries, building owners have relied on traditional fire sprinklers and their supporting systems for the protection of the structure, and its occupants, as well as a wide range of materials and flammable contents. Fire sprinklers continue to protect property and save countless lives each...

“Strong demand for Potter Global Technologies’ life safety products has accelerated our expansion plans in the Middle East,” said Gerry Connolly, CEO of Potter Global Technologies adding: “Potter is committed to providing improved support to our area partners with localised product inventories and professional in-region...

Adlington, United Kingdom: Global manufacturer of flame-resistant fabrics, Carrington Textiles, is exhibiting its latest developments in stretch FR and sustainable workwear products, at Intersec in Dubai in January 2024. The company’s latest innovation, Flametougher 290AS Flex, represents a significant advancement in electrical arc flash protection with...

Founded in 1979, FireDos has over 100 employees working at the company’s headquarters in Woelfersheim, Germany, as well as two production facilities in Germany and Poland, all of which specialise in the development and production of innovative and reliable proportioning systems, extinguishing monitors, and trailers...

Sasi Kumar, Commercial Manager for the Middle East and Africa at Advanced, explains how wireless fire alarm technology is experiencing real growth in the Middle East with customers recognising its benefits including its robust performance. Wireless fire alarm technology is gaining ground in the Middle East...

Fire is a powerful adversary that can wreak havoc on life, property, and the environment. In industrial and high-hazard facilities, the risk of a fast-growing and potentially huge fire is ever-present; consequently, quick, effective fire protection systems are paramount. The deluge system stands out as...

Vimal Fire Controls is a 42-year-old leading fire safety company, commanding a global presence and epitomising commitment to deploying cutting-edge technologies and ultra-modern innovative solutions. Vimal Fire Controls is India’s only company to provide conceptual designing, integrated R&D, manufacturing, installation, live demos, and commissioning. It is...

Remote resorts and hotel destinations offer unique tourism experiences providing a haven of tranquillity away from the vigour of urban living. Still, they also come with inherent risks, particularly regarding fire and emergency response reflects Peter Stephenson, BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering, FIFireE, Director, Fire Safety...

Reacton® Fire Suppression and partners Tabra Trading recently won one of the world’s largest retrofit bus fire protection projects in history. Winning the Emirates Transport tender to fit over 2,300 school buses was monumental not only for Reacton but for the future of Bus fire...

There has been an increased awareness regarding the impacts for fires, both in the finance industry as well as within governments. This is leading to newer regulations and evolving conformity regimes. Developers are now asking contractors about evidence of fire safety. With changing supply chains...

Containerised fire pump systems offer a safe, reliable, and cost-effective solution writes Steven Baird, global product manager – of fire systems at Armstrong Fluid Technology. Just like any other ecosystem, the buildings we occupy are carefully constructed from many components, all of which must work cohesively...

While there are unique challenges in any profession and position, for those individuals who work in a regulatory or other similar compliance role, there are common struggles, that over time, can impact focus, productivity and cause mental fatigue; eventually leading to other ill-effects if left...

Emirates Safety Laboratory (ESL) is a new facility for undertaking products/systems fire testing and conformity assessment body (CAB) certification. We now learn more about ESL from Major General Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa – director general assistant for fire and rescue. Located in Al Warsan 3, Dubai...

THE GROWTH OF THE DATA CENTRE MARKET Post covid-19, reliance on data and digital services has increased dramatically with the revolution in work, education, and entertainment. As a result, countries are highly invested in network solutions to keep pace with this rapid development and the data...

With an expanding presence across the uae, ife regional president for gcc uae branch, terry johnson, highlights the UAE mission to assist dubai civil defence (dcd) in making dubai the safest city in the world. Dubai isn't just known for its awe-inspiring architecture, innovative infrastructure, and...

The idea of an unmanned cargo ship, offering numerous advantages in terms of efficiency and safety, must be tantalising to many shipping companies. If in the future this were to happen, it would mean the removal of the human factor which causes a large number...

This article, Bob Rea QFSM’s fourth exclusive piece for FME, begins with him thinking about the effects of the devastating earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria in February this year and reflecting on the impacts of training programmes he has been responsible for. Recognising how...

The uk firefighter Contamination Survey was conducted between November 2019 and February 2020. This valuable research and the resulting report “Contamination of UK firefighters personal protective equipment and workplaces” published in January 2023 which provides comprehensive insight into the subject and will hopefully inspire positive...

An examination of flame retardant fabric terms, fibres, tests and norms. Common causes of ignition of a firefighter’s top layer apart from flames, flying cinders and smouldering materials include exposure to spark or spatter from cutting and other associated activities, ignition of flammable contamination on the...

Esther Gitau, Testing Technician, Emirates Safety Laboratory (ESL) explains ASTM E108 - a standard test method for evaluating the fire performance of roof coverings which determines the fire characteristics of various roof coverings, including asphalt shingles, tiles, slates, metals, and wood. This test method evaluates the...

During 2022 FIRE Middle East featured a series written by Abhishek Chhabra, Market Development Manager, Thomas Bell-Wright Consultants, introducing compliance in passive fire protection. This year, he will continue to build on the same, aiming to act as a guide to managers and leaders alike.  If...

We all see them every day as we travel along various highways; the massive concrete structures that so neatly keep all our online purchases organised and ready for delivery. On the outside, these mammoth buildings all appear quite similar and each stand proud with their...

When Dubai boldly launched itself as a shopping destination in the 1990s, few expected that the city would soon rival Milan, Paris or New York – but 30 years on, it has helped catalyse an architectural and cultural revolution across the Middle East. Now as...

While with London Fire Brigade, IFE chief executive Steve Hamm, along with IFE technical advisor Paul Trew, were both involved in fire safety planning at the 2012 London Olympics in the UK. Here Paul reflects on the experience and lessons learned and the role that...

Stewart Kidd, a loss prevention consultant with extensive experience of managing fire safety and security in the Middle and Far East and Chair of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association Water Mist Working Group in the UK, examines the concerns which may be inhibiting the...

2022 has seen another reduction in wildfires over all in Australia since the unprecedented season of 2021 through 2020, mostly because of  La Niña.  The most searched for phrase on the internet from the country this year has been “When will the rain stop?”, but...

Since the very first firefighter helmets were introduced across the USA and Europe in the 1820s, fire helmets have evolved significantly in response to the introduction of new materials and technology, and to suit the changing nature of incidents and operations. Adil Afzal, MSA Safety’s...

… an internationally recognised radio distress signal used by many professions including seafarers, aviators and firefighters who are in a life-threatening situation or the situation they are in could become life-threatening. It is a signal no one wants to hear on the radio, and one...

False fire alarms can cost companies money in both operation and reputation, as well as putting lives at risk. Sasi Kumar, Commercial Manager Middle East and Africa, Advanced explains. False fire alarms are a global problem. In the UK alone, they cost more than 1 billion...

Whether a manual hand pump, horse-drawn steam pumper, or a 400 HP engine, the apparatus sporting that iconic fire engine red paint – and in some cases white, yellow, or even lime – has been rushing down our streets and safeguarding human life and critical...

Foam-based fire protection systems provide an important role in the protection of life, property and business continuity for facilities manufacturing and using Class B ignitable liquids. The risks posed would not normally be managed by water alone and the scalable nature of a foam system...

The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) provides FME readers with vital technical insight on critical testing and the difference between medium voltage and low voltage cables, plus the additional testing needed for medium voltage and the role of an independent third party and accredited...

This article is part of an exclusive series by Abhishek Chhabra, Business Development Manager, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants. Here he considers the compartmentation solutions that lets us 'see' through the passive fire protection focusing solely on understanding how fire resistance for glazing gets evaluated and...

The history of MSA Safety in the Middle East fire market and its plans for the future with Yassin Afroukh, the Middle East Sales Manager at MSA Safety. How and when was MSA founded? MSA Safety began as the Mine Safety Appliances Company in 1914, following a mining...

A phone call from a close friend and colleague is the catalyst for this article from Bob Rea QFSM, MBA, the third in his series.   “Bob, I have a job for you! You are the only one I can think of who can bridge the...

As the movement towards clean energy gains momentum and interest and uptake of alternative energy sources grows across the globe, so too does a serious and unmitigated electrical safety risk for fire and emergency service personnel writes Jim Foran, Director, PVSTOP International.  Photovoltaic (pv) systems, commonly...

The Smithsonian Institution was established with funds from Englishman, James Smithson, a British scientist who left his estate, which totalled half a million dollars, to the United States to found an establishment for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." On August 10, 1846, the U.S....

From flame-free fittings to provision of training, ways to enhance fire safety should be a top priority for all building projects and construction sites writes Chris Meir, Sales Director, Conex Banninger Middle East. In a region where daring designs and ambitious architectural feats dominate the construction...

Visitors to any major city throughout the world will see some of the most beautiful buildings glistening in the sun with their seemingly endless matrix of reflective glass and trim. These massive structures are true engineering marvels both in terms of their breathtaking architecture and...

Aircraft are a very visible high value asset, and few would argue against protecting them from fire during maintenance and storage in hangars. Whilst the fuel load will be reduced during storage, the residual fuel is still of concern. As with other active fire suppression...

The versatility of helicopters makes them an ideal mode of transportation to remote land-based and off-shore locations both for resort visitors and for emergency response operations. The GACAR Part 138, covers all aspects of civil aviation activity in KSA along with local building/fire codes and...

The international connectivity to the Middle East continues to support the global aviation market as the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic lessen and is re-emerging as one of the major markets as the sector bounces back from the global turndown. As well as the...

In a reflective mood, BOB REA QFSM, MIFireE, shares a personal thought after an exposure to a recent event when he had cause to reflect on some words written by a family member which made him realise how important every interaction we have with people...

Sprinklers have become much more widely recognised in building codes, with buildings of certain types and uses now routinely being protected with sprinklers however, Alan Brinson asks, could there also be a disruptive technology out there that could replace sprinklers? Since I set up the European...

Qatar is set to become the first Middle Eastern country to host the Men’s FIFA World Cup, as hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of football supporters from across the globe are set to descend upon the country in November and December 2022. Much has...