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Twenty passengers were killed and ten others injured after the bus on which they were travelling caught fire as it was about to leave a terminus in the Peruvian capital Lima. Reports said the fire which quickly reduced the vessel to just a skeleton started with...

One worker was killed and four others suffered severe breathing problems after a fire broke out in a perfume warehouse in Ajman’s Al Jarf industrial area. Firefighters extinguished the blaze inside 30 minutes preventing it spreading to other buildings nearby but the incident caused Civil Defence...

A series of early warning infrared transit heat sensors are protecting the conveyors at the last remaining coal fired power station at Aberthaw in Wales. The coal-fired facility has a capacity to generate 1,500MW of electricity – sufficient to meet the needs of some 1.5...

The Emirates Fire and Rescue Company (EFRC), a pioneer in the field of fire life and safety consultancy, providing smart safety 360 services, recently made a historic achievement after being accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) as one of its Recognised Training Providers...

Earlier this year, Johnson Controls partnered with a third-party consulting firm and research group to successfully test a new technology that could potentially save countless lives with early fire identification and intervention for rapid fire protection to the external facade of a building. The standalone system...

The Fraport Aviation Academy - operated by Fraport Slovenija – has opened its doors. The area with more than 12,000 m2 and numerous training models in 3D – from pump systems, aircraft parts to a three-storey fire house – offers a wide-ranging training programmme for aviation...

Senior fire defence officials from all across the UAE attended a two-day seminar at the Civil Defence Academy in Abu Dhabi where they were updated on the latest developments in the fire safety and prevention industry. The event was organised by the global safety science company...

Just three of 12 fire doors tested by the government in the UK were able to resist flames and smoke for the 30 minutes required by building regulations for flat front doors. Two of the doors tested, all of which were glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite fire...

Fourteen crew members were reported to have died after a major fire broke out on two Tanzania registered ships in the Black Sea’s Kerch Strai which separates Crimea and Russia. One of the vessels was a liquified natural gas carrier and the other an oil tanker....

An eight storey tall building used by the Fox News network and two other television companies in the American capital Washington had to be evacuated after a fire broke out. The fire was started by a faulty electrical panel in one of the TV studios but...

A large fire that broke out in the French ski resort of Corchevel killed two people and injured 22 others, four of them seriously. The blaze occurred on the upper floors of a building above a Chanel retail store which were being used to accommodate 60...

Over 3,500  Audi cars manufactured between 2005 and 2011  are being recalled in the UAE over safety fears regarding potentially explosive airbags. The Ministry of Economy’s Consumer Protection Department  ordered the recall of  Audi A4, A4 Cabriolet and A6 models because The airbags were found to...

The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, Intersec 2019 opened in Dubai on 20 January. The three-day show features 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries. The annual event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police...

It’s been another successful show at Intersec Dubai for media partner Fire Middle East. The team was kept busy meeting advertisers and handing out the latest edition of Fire Middle East magazine. Hot off the press, the January 2019 issue of Fire Middle East (FME) contained...

More than 50 people died and 100 more suffered second degree burns after an oil tanker caught fire when it collided with a car near the city of Kisantu in the Congo. The explosion in the tanker quickly spread burning oil into many of the houses...

A fire in a plant nursery near Souq Al Jubail in Sharjah gutted the contents of many nurseries within only 30 minutes of the flames being spotted. The fast spread of the blaze was blamed on heavy winds that swept through the area at the time...

Former Secretary General of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) and previously a Director of the UK’s Fire Protection Association, Stewart Kidd shares his thoughts ...

As of July 11, 2018, it is mandatory to install of fire suppression systems to new vehicle types of single-deck, double-deck, rigid or articulated vehicles of category M2 or M3 and specifically vehicles having a capacity exceeding 22 passengers in addition to the driver -...

One of Russia’s biggest metallurgical plants in which 1800 workers produce zinc, lead and cadmium is facing closure after a part of it was engulfed by a major fire. The damage to the factory in the North Caucasus city of Vladikavkas did not halt production but...

The International Water Mist Association (IWMA) will come to Italy once again to hold a one-day-seminar on “Fire Protection with Water Mist”. The seminar, which will be free of charge, will take place at FAST (Fondazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Tecniche) in Milan on 11th...

As the annual wildfire season approaches the Indian state of Kerala new equipment has been lined up to battle the blazes without using traditional water hoses which have contributed to creating floods in the past. The government has bought two mini firefighting vehicles which will battle...

Jane Embury, marketing director, Wrightstyle, looks back at one of the worst fire tragedies in the British Isles. Last year saw the appalling catastrophe of Grenfell Tower, which will no doubt see the introduction of new fire regulations for the manufacture and installation of external cladding. Tragically,...

A fire which started in the early hours of the morning completely gutted a plastics warehouse in Ajman’s new industrial area but no human casualties were reported. The fierceness of the blaze was fuelled because the warehouse was filled with flammable items and that caused Brigadier...

An early morning fire which ripped through a villa in Abu Dhabi killed eight members of an Emirati family, in the latest in a string of fire deaths across the country this year. Another member of the family was injured and transported to hospital. A Civil...

InfoBuild’s Editorial Director praises Qatar’s construction growth, as in excess of 11,000 participants shared professional products and skills at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre. “There is great growth in the country, with many construction sites and a great vision for the future. I look forward...

A firefighter fell to his death while battling a blaze on the upper floors of a government building in Johannesburg. The fire broke out on the 23rd floor of a tower block which is shared by the South African departments of health, human settlements and co-operative...

The Ford motor company in the US has started a recall involving the recall of nearly 2 million pick-up trucks after identifying a seat belt defect that could trigger vehicle fires. The recall affects the crown jewel of Ford's lineup: the F-150 pickup which  is the...

Firefighters in Germany struggled to contain a wildfire in a woodland site as it approached Berlin because the flames set off World War II ammunition. The flames covered land the size of 500 football pitches but firefighters were prevented from entering certain areas because of exploding...

Texas police officer Sam Click was hailed a hero after he came across a home engulfed in flames and smashed his way through the back door to rescue five children between six months and ten years old. His first reaction had been to make an emergency...

At least four people were killed and 16 others injured when fire broke out on the 12th floor of the Crystal Tower, a residential building in the Elphinstone Road are of Bombay. The fire was reported to have been started by an electrical wiring fault near...

Firefighters from the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence department extinguished a fierce fire in an apartment block at Al Nakheel. Eight people were trapped inside the building but were rescued without needing medical aid. The cause of the fire was put under investigation but a report suggested...

The London Fire Brigade is urging the British Government to make the installation of water sprinkler systems mandatory in new schools and when older establishments are being refurbished. The campaign was announced after the release of figures from 2017 showed there were 108 incidents of fires...

A seven-month-old baby boy died after a fire broke out at his Fujairah home. The child was asleep in a room on the second floor of the two-storey villa in the Al Faseel area when an air-conditioning unit caught fire. Firefighters and paramedics were sent to...

A growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles are driving on roads and a new research project funded by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova – Strategic vehicle research and innovation (FFI), where risks posed by lithium-ion vehicle batteries will be addressed and investigated. RISE Research Institutes of...

Since 2016, the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) honours young researchers who dedicate their master and Ph.D. theses to the water mist technology. The deadline to hand in submissions for the 2019 prize will be 30th April 2019. This prize is awarded once a year and...

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...

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...