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At least 17 military personnel were killed when a fire broke out at a major ammunition depot in Western India. Another 19 people were injured in the blaze. The fire at Pulgaon in Maharastra state broke out before dawn and was not brought under control until late...

A fire in South Western Qatar which ripped through a camp housing labourers working on a waterfront tourism project killed 11 people and injured 19 others. The cause of the blaze has yet to be identified but pictures put online showed charcoal black smoke rising hundreds...

Government officials in the Australian state of New South Wales are seeking tenders for a contract to improve the fire safety of 2454 of vehicles used by private bus operators in the city of Sydney and surrounding metropolitan areas. 17th June is the closing date for the...

The Axis EN fire panel developed and manufactured by Advanced has won the ‘Devices and Fire Alarms Systems’ category of this year’s POLALARM Awards in Poland. Organised by the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians for Technical Security and Security Management, the awards are now in...

Dubai police used its official Twitter account to release two dramatic videos of a fire on board a dhow as it was heading towards the port of Deira. The blaze took hold of the vessel which was transporting an unknown cargo as it was sailing close to the...

Bristol Fire Engineering, a leading fire-fighting solutions manufacturer in the Middle East, said it has received the ‘Dubai Quality Appreciation Award’ from the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai. The company won the award for achieving exceptional business values and showcasing excellence in its all-round...

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced a Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme designed specifically for the Middle East. It will allow firms in the region, that are involved in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire prevention and protection systems, the chance to become third-party...

The recent spate of tall building fires have highlighted the need for ongoing fire safety management, to prevent fires from starting and spreading. In the first of a series of fire safety management briefings, Russ Timpson will highlight the key knowledge Fire Safety Managers need...

In June E2S Warning Signals will launch two new major product families plus the new GRP Xenon beacons for hazardous areas. The new ‘D1x’ family of alarm horns, PA loudspeakers and combined alarm horn/Xenon strobe beacon units has been designed to provide the most effective warning...

Sophisticated “first-of-its-kind” laboratory test equipment used to certify automatic fire sprinkler systems around the world is being produced in Australia and is sought after by manufacturers across the globe. Before a sprinkler asset protection system can be sold it must comply with the ISO6182 performance standard. The...

Every year fire destroys millions of pounds worth of raw material and equipment in the UK. According to the UK’s Chief Fire Officer Association, there were 298 fires in 2013, costing industry untold millions in lost revenue. As well as being a danger to workers,...

There have recently been three incidents of fire in Muscat, Oman, of which two were in Ghala industrial area and one in Ruwi High Street. Even though there were no reports of injuries, properties worth thousands of rials were damaged. Some 15 porta cabins in company...

The owners of a waste dump on fire since 2010 near the American city of St Louis in Missouri have been given 30 days to present new plans for a system to cool the area. Environmentalists fear the underground fire could spread to a nearby West...

Around 90,000 inhabitants of the Canadian oil Town of Fort McMurray had to be evacuated after firefighters were unable to contain a huge wildfire. Five days after it broke out the fire covered an area in excess of 400 square kilometres and Canadian government officials feared...

Roads had to be blocked and nearby buildings evacuated after a fire broke out in a fibreglass factory in Ajman’s new industrial area. The swift precautions taken by Ajman’s Civil Defence firefighters led to the fire being extinguished before it completely gutted the factory or...

Rare and ancient specimens of flora and fauna were destroyed when a fire gutted a natural history museum in New Delhi. There was even an unconfirmed reported that a 160 million-year-old dinosaur fossil had been destroyed. The blaze broke out on the sixth floor of the...

An underground fire that was discovered a year ago in Northern England in a disused coal mine is still burning and experts have no idea when it will stop. The fire was first spotted at Ryton in the county of Tyne and Wear when walkers made...

A spectacular fire raged last night at Port Said after the 13,100 teu Cosco Hope  hit a gantry crane as it tried to exit the Egyptian port. The crane’s boom fell onto containers on the berth, and local media suggests it also hit a fuel tank....

The London Fire Brigade believes it has created a new training course for young people which has been designed to improve confidence and life skills such as communication, working with others, reliability and setting and achieving goals. The week long course held in the Borough of...

Twelve people were killed and eleven injured; six of whom were taken to hospital in a critical condition after a fire broke out in a petrochemical factory in Saudi Arabia. The cause of the blaze at the Jubail United Petrochemical Company plant, in Saudi’s largest industrial area has yet to be...

News reporters covering disasters and tragedies around the world are very rarely popular for their interest … which is often described as ghoulish. However as a  wildfire blaze last week swept through 55,000 acres of land in the American Midwest state Oklahoma one two-man TV crew were hailed as...

A group of 11 women and three children had a miraculous escape when a lift fell six floors early one evening after they went to visit relatives in a building in Ras Al Khaimah An official at the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence said only five...

More than 100 people were killed in a southern Indian temple last weekend after an explosion in a store of fireworks being used in a religious display. A further 350 were injured after a live firecracker entered a much bigger batch of fireworks in the Puttingal...

America’s Solberg Company,   the manufacturer of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, has achieved U.S. Military Certification for its  ARCTIC™ 3% and 6% AFFF products. The ARCTIC range are PFOA and PFOS-free synthetic firefighting foam concentrates used to effectively extinguish Class B fuel fires as they...

In recent weeks two huge fires have hit densely populated areas of Mandaue City in The Philippines but a fire chief has now warned his force could struggle to react quickly to further blazes. Around one hundred houses were burned down in late Feburary in Barangay...

More than 14,000 labourers and staff had to evacuated after a fire broke on the construction site for a new shopping centre which will be the largest in Qatar when it is opens later this year. An official investigation has been launched into the cause of...

E2S Warning signals have introduced three new products to its portfolio of more than 250 different explosion proof and safe warning devices for use in hazardous locations. The new D1x range of alarm hors, PA loudspeakers and and integrated alarm and strobe warning units use the...

A fire started in a protest by rioting prisoners at a penitentiary in Bengkulu in Western Indonesia killed five of the inmates. They had started their unrest in solidarity with a regional drug kingpin had earlier been taken away by officers from Indonesia anti-narcotics agency. As well...

All the 230 residents of the small American town of Callaway in Minnesota had to be evacuated for their own safety after a train was derailed. The Canadian Pacific locomotive and 11 of its carriages left the tracks after it collided with a lorry tanker filled...

A huge fire has destroyed at least three towers in the Ajman One residential district. Towers 6 to 8 caught fire, and authorities are now investigating the cause of the fire. Brigadier Shaikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, said five people sustained...

Abu Dhabi Civil Defence have had to tackle two big fires in the space of a week which fortunately did not involve any serious human injuries. The first was a blaze which broke out on the mezzanine floor of a residential building in the Al Kahlidiya...

Firefighters from The Emirates were singled out for praise for their mental and physical toughness at the end of the UAE’s World Firefighter Challenge 2016 Almost 300 crewmen representing 18 countries from as far away as Canada took part in the challenges which involved emulating real-life...

A new software programme produced by Infographics UK Ltd is helping british Fire and Rescue Services  to meet higher efficiency targets as well as reducing their operational costs. FireWatch v7.6 is now being used by around a third of the UK’s authorities to introduce new contractual...

A lengthy high level investigation, which could take up to many weeks, has started to find the cause of a fire which severely damaged the largest  indoor ‘flea’ market in  Chicago. The building in West Humboldt, which housed small stalls set up by hundreds of merchants...

Swift action by Abu Dhabi’s Civil Defence personnel prevented a massive fire at the Marina Yacht Club turning into a disaster for many boat owners. The fire-fighters were called into action as a blaze broke out on two boats and spread very quickly to six others...

The open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), Milestone Systems, has a long standing partnership with Bosch Security Systems in both the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) and as a Milestone Solution Partner (MSP). Milestone VMS supports dedicated interoperability with the full line of...

Tunnel expert, MarcoPradera, project lead at Siemens shares his experiences from working underground at Switzerland’s most fascinating construction site… the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) which is the centerpiece of the new transalpine railway link in and through Switzerland. GBT runs for an impressive 57 kilometers...

No one was injured but a fire station in Illinois, USA was decimated by a devastating fire Thursday morning. The Stockton Fire Chief reported that when first responders arrived on scene, they found the building engulfed. Luckily not all of the equipment was stored in...

An interesting viewpoint was aired by Ian Dunbar in his most recent blog. And one we thought was well worth sharing. In recent weeks I have spent time in several countries discussing heavy rescue. Of course the popular concept of heavy rescue is dealing with extrication...

Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (Tüpraş) experienced a fire at its İzmit oil refinery located in the northwestern province of Kocaeli.  At 11 million tons of crude oil per year and a 2.91 million cubic meter storage facility, the İzmit facility is the country's largest. Sole Turkish...

The release of a new and updated fire code for the UAE has been delayed for a month as officials continue to study the headline grabbing blaze which spread rapidly through the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve Civil defence officials said the...

Passengers on all international flights to America will be banned from using electronic cigarettes under a new American Federal law which will come into effect on April 3. Some individual airlines have already banned e-cigarettes because of the fire risk they pose but the new regulation...

America’s  giant Wal-Mart shop chain and computer manufacturers Yifang USA INC are facing a legal complaint and possible trial by jury in Los Angeles for negligence after the battery on a Nextbook Tablet exploded and injured a woman as well as burning her home to...

Two Indian girl students were killed and others were injured when a fire broke out  at a medical university in western Russia. The girl both from Maharashtra were studying at the Smolensk Medical Academy which 400 KM from Moscow. A statement later issue by a Russian investigative...

The American Federal Government has taken the steps to improve the safety of Hoverboards, the motorised self balancing two wheeled platforms that have become immensely popular worldwide with both teenagers and adults. Faulty electrical charging equipment used to power hoverboards have been blamed for starting 52...

Concorde Corodex Group, the UAE based supplier of firefighting and rescue equipment have launched a month-long roadshow throughout countries in the Gulf demonstrating some of their equipment. The tour, organised in cooperation with the UAE Defence Council, was launched at Dubai’s Mamzar Beach where an audience...

Japanese manufacturers Tiejin have developed two new fabrics to protect lodges and evacuation shelters in the event of a volcanic eruption. Japan is one of the world’s most active volcanic regions and in the September 2014 eruption of Mt. Ontake, located some 200 kilometers west of...

A total of 12 clothing shops were gutted by a fire which broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Al Ghuwair area of Sharjah. The large fire, which broke out in Sharjahs’ Al Ghuwair market, also destroyed 3 apartments leaving five...

The global computer giants Microsoft could face having to issue new re-charging equipment to more than two million customers who use their tablets for work and the internet. A potential fire source has been discovered  in the cords used to power the Surface Pro 3 tablet...

University students in both Oman and Qatar who wish work in the fire safety industry are to be given a new opportunity to obtain qualifications without having to travel overseas. A five year programme worth a total of £6.5 million will see the University of Central...