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Telgian Fire Safety has appointed Chris Higgins as Vice President, Customer Service. Higgins brings nearly 30 years’ experience to the role and a specialism in team building, leadership development and maximizing the use of employee engagement strategies. In his new position he will be responsible for...

Police forensic teams have been out taking samples from a Dubai Marina residential tower that was engulfed by flames at the weekend. The fire on Saturday morning spread from the 9th floor up to the 15th floor, before fire crews were able to extinguish it. While residents...

A major awareness campaign is calling on school bus operators to prevent fire accidents by installing smoke detectors inside vehicles. The campaign – launched by the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, is also asking for adherence to other safety requirements...

There has been a decrease in fire-related deaths in buildings and facilities across the UAE, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Interior (MoL). A drop of 62% of fire-related deaths has been recorded between 1st January and 30th June 2021, with a...

The passive fire protection market will be driven by technological advancements between 2020 and 2027, according to a new report published by Grand View Research. It also notes that increasing investments in the exploration and production activities by oil and gas companies will also fuel...

A new method called ‘cloud seeding’ is hoping to help mitigate drought conditions worldwide and help reduce the risk of wildfire. It works by using electrical charged from drones to create artificial rain. Meteorological officials showcased how the technology works in the UAE when they released...

A new awareness campaign designed to reduce the practice of modifying residential properties without the necessary license has been launched. The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has worked together with the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority to bring the campaign into reality. It...

Firefighters in Dubai have been tackling a blaze at a residential tower in Dubai Marine that broke out in the early hours of Saturday. A fire at Marina Diamond 2 in the Savorah Street was first reported just before 4am on Saturday morning. Firefighters from Marina...

Fire Middle East magazine is delighted to announce that IFSS Coalition Chair, Gary Strong, will be contributing to FME on a regular basis, discussing the work of the coalition and the five pillars of action framed in the Decade of Action for Fire Safety. On the...

With many fire crews also attending road traffic accidents, developing artificial intelligence to make roads safer could help reduce the number of incidents fire fighting teams are called out to. The UN is urging countries to step up their development of artificial intelligence in a bid...

According to The National Petroleum Company (KNPC) a fire broke out yesterday in the ARDS Residual Oil Desulfurization Unit at the Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery. Writing on Twitter on Monday, the company said: “a fire broke out a short while ago in the ARDS desulfurization unit at...

The 23rd edition of Intersec, marks the first industry event of 2022. It will be taking over the Dubai World Trade Center from the 16-18th January, bringing together leaders in the world of security, safety and emergency services. Fire Middle East magazine – an official regional...

Taiwanese officials have set up an independent commission to investigate a run-down building in the port of Kaohsiung – where last week a fire killed 46 people. Authorities have been scouring the building’s ruins to try to determine the cause of the fatal fire, which broke...

Keith Butler has joined Telgian Engineering & Consulting as Regional Practice Leader, Fire Protection Engineering. The company is a full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consulting firm. Butler brings over 13 years’ experience to the role and a specialism in fire protection engineering for the oil...

Since the start of this year the F1 safety department has been focusing on gloves – specifically gloves with superior fire resistant properties but that won't impact on the drivers’ ability to steer. The move follows Romain Grosjean’s crash at last year’s Bahrain GP where...

A huge fire broke out in a giant gasoline tanker at an oil facility in southern Lebanon on Monday. According to reports no workers were within the vicinity when the blaze ignited and fire engines were able to quell the fire within hours. As part of the...

Advanced RF Technologies, Inc (ADRF) has launched a new long-range annunciator, ANN-L, for its public safety repeaters. Unveiled at this year’s International Wireless Communications Expos (IWCE), the ANN-L is the company’s first annunciator which has the ability to extend the range of visual and audible...

The Al-Istiglal fire station, in West Adullah Al-Mubarak, was opened on Sunday by Fire Force Chief Lt Gen Khalid Al-Mikrad. Mikrad was deputising for Foreign Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. The Deputy Chief for Firefighting Sector, Major General...

In the UK, Profab Access has launched a certified frame system which sets a new standard for fire performance, functionality and innovation. The PRECISION adjustable frame makes installation on site safer, by transforming the process and streamlining the specification process for architects and specifiers. This is...

The launch of INTERSCHUTZ USA has been rescheduled to October 20-22 2022. Producer of the event, Hannover Fairs USA Inc has cited the economic impact of Covid and a reduced foot fall within fire service events for the decision. Ed Nichols, CEO of Hannover Fairs,...

Firefighters from Kuwait Fire Force (KFF) rushed to the scene of a blaze at Safat Squire in the Capital Governorate on Thursday. An under-construction building was ablaze and the fire team were able to successfully rescue seven workers who were trapped on the upper levels...

Intersec has appointed a new Head of Exhibition to lead the show’s ground-breaking event programme. Industry veteran Alex Nicholl has joined the world-leading emergency services, security and safety event for its 23rd edition. Nicholl brings with him a wealth of knowledge from 20 years+ working within...

Johnson Controls is releasing two new Tyco early-suppression, fast-response (ESFR) rapid install sprinklers. The Model ESFR-22 and Model ESFR-25 pendant sprinklers are for protection of warehouse and storage facilities. Both feature custom-welded outlet fitting to simplify the installation process thanks to pre-installed rubber gaskets and a...

Google has rolled out its wildfire layer to Maps globally, building on its wildfire boundary map that was rolled out US-wide last year. The new mapping feature is designed to keep communities safe and educated and to help them make quick, informed decisions during times of...

An update has been released to the Lavender Ribbon Report, by The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The original Report was released in 2018 to provide specific actions that firefighters can take to...

The recent OS Malevich 2.12 update from Ajax Systems has significantly improved the interconnected alarm system of FireProtect detectors. The move came about from a request by its Norwegian partner Elotec, who worked with Ajax last year to implement a project to protect the UNESCO...

Dubai-based Green Sustainable Solutions has announced a new partnership with Hydro Navitas Solutions that will see them sell the Cold Fire wetting agent. Cold Fire wetting agents came about after it was noticed that some trees secreted a sap that offered protection during wildfires. After much...

The firefighting industry continues to move away from AFFF and AR-AFFF foams which contact PFAS, however the challenge has been to find an efficient fluorine-free foam that matches the performance of fluorinated products. Now BIO EX has launched ECOPOL A+ fluorine-free foam, a high performance FFF...

Available from next month, Teledyne FLIR has introduced the radiometric VUE TZ20-R thermal-zoom drone payload. The equipment enables DJI V2 Matrice 200 series and 300 pilots to see and measure thermal details. It features two FLIR Boson thermal cameras that deliver four times more pixels on...

Work to upgrade Media City’s Al Thuraya Tower is on-track to meet its target – with 49% completion of the initial phase of fit-out work. The work is on target to meet its scheduled finish date of the end of the year. The work includes upgrades...

Bullard has introduced a brand new fire helmet to its product line-up in the form of the UST-LW helmet. It features an advanced fibreglass composite material which has shaved up to 300 grams of the weight of the helmet, depending on its specific configuration. At...

Pierce Manufacturing has completed the purchase of an ownership interest in Boise Mobile Equipment (BME). The move will ensure greater collaboration in the wildland fire market between Pierce – an Oshkosh Corporation company – and BME – a fire apparatus manufacturer with over 30 years’...

Streamlight Inc has launched its Vantage 180 X USB rechargeable system, a multi-function light that is both compact and versatile for firefighters battling smoky and low-light environments. The light can be mounted to full-brim fire helmets or used as a handheld or right-angle light. It features...

Emerson Automation Solutions’ new Appleton HEX series LED Hazardous Location Exit Sign has been designed to deliver reliable and bright emergency illumination even if power is lost during a crisis. At the same they also work as standard signage to mark escape routes in oil...

Firefighters in the US are optimistic that the use of fire-proof blankets will save General Sherman – a 75-metre tall giant sequoia in California - along with other trees and buildings in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest. Wildfires are spreading through California’s Sierra Nevada and threatening...

Emergency services in England all failed in their response to the Manchester bombings in May 2017. Four reports running to 1,000 pages have concluded that the response by Greater Manchester Police after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at Manchester Arena was poor, as an inquiry...

AMG is expecting impressive sales growth thanks to growing demand for fire-resistant chemical sealants. Managing Director of Al Muqarram group (AMG) Safdar Badami is anticipating an increase of around 10-15% in sales revenues by the year-end, believing it is likely to hit the AED140 million...

Eighty firefighters from four fire stations were called to tackle a massive fire that erupted in Amgarah industrial area early on Monday morning. According to a statement issued by the Kuwait Fire Force (KFF) the fire took hold in three storage buildings covering an area of...

UL is expanding its existing Abu Dhabi facility to now include a cable fires safety and performance lab. The new laboratory is designed to test electric and optical cables and busways against standards for flame retardant and flame resistant properties. "The opening of our new fire safety...

In the past decade fires in tower blocks have made international headlines from the Abbco Tower in Sharjah and The Torch in Dubai going up in flames through to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London, England which resulted in people losing their lives. What has...

Trelleborg has unveiled its new lightweight, fire-resistant material – the Soteria FRV material – for use in electric vehicle battery protection and increased fire risk applications. The FRV material is flame-resistant to +1100OC for up to 90 minutes with no burn through or expansion during a...

The Kuwait Fire Force (KFF) has announced that it has closed 21 facilities that were in violation of the fire safety and prevention requirements. The recent crackdowns in the governorates of Jahra, Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Farwaniya came after a decision was issued by Lieutenant-General Khaled...

Testing has confirmed that TLX Technologies’ Explosion Proof Actuator with Supervision has met the UL HazLoc, ATEX and IECEx requirements for use in fire suppression systems in hazardous locations. The patented product joins the company's other actuators. The explosion proof actuator with supervision has been designed...

A newbuild emergency response vessel is making waves as it sets the bar high for its capabilities within this sector. Kuwait Oil Co’s KOC Ai Zour was built by Uzmar’s Shipyard in Turkey and to Robert Allan Ltd’s (RAL) design – a Canadian naval architect –...

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is working in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian High Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS) to host a webinar on the HSIC Licensing Requirements. Taking place on September 8th at 7am, all fire protection contractors and consultants who fall under...

The Kingdom’s largest trade fair for security, safety and fire protection has announced it will be returning in September 2022. Intersec Saudi Arabia will be taking place at the Riyadh Exhibition Center from the 13-15 September 2022. The fourth edition of the show was originally intended...

Bosch Remote Services licence holders can now keep a check on the fire safety status of their properties from anywhere thanks to the Bosch Remote Fire Safety app. The free app runs on the new ‘Remote Interact’ feature of the Bosch Remote Services portfolio. It complements...

Saudi Fan Industries is the first manufacturer in the Middle East and Africa to achieve certification in the category for Power Ventilators for Smoke Control Systems, by UL, the global safety science leader. UL tested the company’s HRE (centrifugal single width single inlet smoke fan) and...