Author: FME Magazine

Discarded cigarette was the culprit

Dubai Police have said a discarded cigarette was the cause of a fire which engulfed 38 flats at the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina in the first week of August. Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the cigarette butt landed on...

Strengthening reporting and response times

A new joint electronic platform has been set up in Wasit police station to strengthen the cooperation and emergency response times of Sharjah Police and the Sharjah Civil defence. The platform will receive reports of crime incidents and fire accidents and will also manage the visuals...

Considerable step change required

The UK Government has published terms of reference for a review that will urgently assess the effectiveness of current building and fire regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings. This will include addressing whether the Government’s large-scale...

The worst in LA’s history

As wildfires continue to rage over several southern states in America a blaze that torched homes in Los Angeles has been labelled ‘the worst’ in city’s history. The fire started in the La Tuna canyon on the edge of America’s second largest city and spread over...

Data centre fire protection

Causes of data centre fires are diverse, although by far the most common are overheating and electrical faults, and specialised fire systems combining both detection and alarm and suppression control are needed to protect this vital infrastructure. Smoke spread in the building must be managed, fires...

Two high rise fires in two days

Dubai’s nightime skies were lit up by flames for three hours after a large area of the 1,100 feet tall Torch Tower burst into flames for the second time inside three years. A fast response by the Emirate’s firefighters prevented a repeat of London’s Grenfell Tower...

Protecting prestigious new ship

The DLV 2000, built by shipyard Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, combines S-lay, heavy lift, large deck space and accommodation, with efficient transit speed to effectively execute projects in all major oil and gas basins around the globe. Key features of the vessel include its 2,200-ton crane,...

Global maritime & ports event

For one week from the April 22sd 2018 the port of Dakar will host a celebration of the global maritime industry. The 24th Congress of the International Association of Maritime Pilots (IMPA) will at its core, discuss and explore key issues effecting all maritime pilots...

Olympic velodrome in flames

The velodrome built in Rio de Janeiro to stage the cycling events at the 2016 Olympic Games has been extensively damaged by fire. The blaze was caused by a flying lantern that fell on the building which was constructed using a special pine wood imported from...

Fire engulfs stage

More than 22,000 people had to be evacuated from the Tomorrowland electronic musical festival near the Spanish city of Barcelona after a fire engulfed the stage. Footage of the blaze showed one side of the stage engulfed in giant flames with a shower of sparks raining...

Oil refinery shuts down

Royal Dutch Shell has suspended the loading of oil products from its massive Pernis refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam after a fire caused the shut down of most of its production. Firefighters took more than six hours to bring the blaze, thought to have...

Torch in flames again

Dubai’s nightime skies have been lit up by flames for three hours after a large area of the 1,100 feet tall Torch Tower burst into flames for the second time inside three years. A fast response by the Emirate’s firefighters prevented a repeat of London’s Grenfell...

Picking up the pieces

Part 1 – Post Fire Damage Decontamination PETER STEPHENSON, Associate Director, BuroHappold Engineering As professionals in the fire industry we can influence fire safety in the built environment in many ways including building design, product specification & performance, system commissioning & testing, management systems &...

A proactive & preventative approach

What do data centres, clean rooms, manufacturing centres and hospitals have in common? They are critical facilities, where the financial and operational repercussions of equipment-related damages and downtime can be devastating and they all present their own challenges in terms of fire suppression, with the...

Escape routes are key

This article explores the challenge of effectively marking evacuation routes, particularly vertical escape routes in high-rise buildings. Those responsible for fire safety management face many challenges while developing the emergency plans for the buildings they take under their responsibility to ensure the safety of the building’s...

An essential piece of the puzzle

Forming a vital role in the fire strategy for a building, the fire door will provide and maintain an effective fire separating function between the building compartments, minimising the fire spread within the room of origin and restricting the passage of smoke in the event...

Damage, disruption & downtime

Even the shortest period of downtime can damage the reputation of a data centre or enterprise, resulting in the loss of customer trust and subsequent business. Alan Elder, Fellow Engineer, Tyco Systems examines a research study on the impact of sound on computer hard disk...

Safeguarding a supercomputer

THE UNIVERSITY OF Edinburgh is home to the most powerful supercomputer in the UK. The £43m Advanced Research Computing High End Resource (ARCHER) system is capable of more than one thousand trillion calculations every second and can carry out complex computations which provide high performance...

A dedicated networking platform for the Kingdom

INTERSEC SAUDI ARABIA concluded its debut run recording 6,131 Saudi trade buyers visiting the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events during the first week of May. Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...

Firefighting charges introduced

Following a recent spate of fires in Sharjah’s industrial areas owners of businesses are to be charged for the cost of firefighting in their establishments. The new rule which came into force on July 1 says payment will be due when it is found that a...

Blaze in world famous market

Seventy firefighters had to battle a huge blaze at London's Camden Lock Market which is famous area for tourists who want to shop and eat out. The fire was believed to have started at Gilgamesh, an upmarket restaurant selling Indian food dishes inside Camden’s huge market...

Worst motorway crash

Eighteen people were killed and 30 others were injured in what has been described as one of the worst motorway crashes in Germany’s recent history. Their tourist coach burst into flames after it collided into the back of a slow moving articulated lorry in Bavaria. The cause...

Grenfell Tower report

It has been estimated that it could take the British government more than a year to complete its official report into the Grenfell tower block fire in London , however, there has been a rapid response to the blaze which is confirmed to have killed...

Workers extinguish fire

A 37-year-old Bangladeshi worker died due to suffocation after a fire erupted in his wooden room attached to a car wash centre in Sharjah where he was working Sharjah Civil Defence rushed to the site of the fire but on arrival found that workers in the...

Four fires in a month

A massive fire broke out at an oil and diesel factory in Sharjah's Industrial Area 10 but no casualties were reported. Civil Defence firefighters recognised that fierceness of the blaze would destroy the factory and concentrated their efforts on preventing it spreading to nearby warehouses. The blaze...

Fatal boiler explosion

A boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens of others. The plant owned by Multifabs Limited had been producing knitwear for clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands and Britain. The company said the boiler,...

Smoke bomb guts garage

An American living in Michigan thought it would be straight forward task to kill a swarm of wasps in his garage. He acquired a smoke bomb and ignited it, but within minutes the smoke triggered  a fierce blaze when it set off a display of fireworks...

Four storey building gutted

Families were immediately evacuated after a fire broke out in a first floor flat in Al Muraqabbat , Dubai. The four-storey building was gutted in the blaze but no injuries were reported caused by the fire even though a total of 24 people including two children...

Saudi airports’ update

The Saudi government has awarded contracts to major regional and international firms for development of five airports in the Kingdom, reported Arab News, citing the Transport Minister Sulaiman Al Hamdan. These include a contract to operate the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, operation...

Ambulance team to the rescue

Three members of a family trapped in a fire that broke out in their villa were rescued by a team of Dubai Ambulance services. Arriving at the building within four minutes of hearing it was emergency medical technician, Naser Al Marzouki, pulled a women  off the...

Lithium battery fire

A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Michigan after smoke was detected coming from an overhead bin on a flight from New York to San Francisco. The culprit was a lithium battery in a passenger’s laptop and it was the 13th such incident...

Stricter rules governing detectors

A new order issued by Sharjah Municipality has told all residents and owners of residential units must have smoke detectors fitted in their premises by October 1. Three, as yet unnamed, companies, have already been approved to sell smoke detection devices and there are plans to...

Driving global expertise in life safety

Next week, over 16,000 fire safety professionals will meet at the global centre of excellence for fire safety, FIREX International. This world-renowned show features experts from across the industry, the latest products and solutions with exclusive show discounts from over 120 companies, CPD accredited seminars,...

Fatal rubbish dump fire

One thousand emergency and military personnel in Sri Lanka had to dig for five days to recover the bodies of people who died after a fire undermined the wall of a rubbish dump causing it to collapse on a shanty town. Initial estimates suggested more than...

School fire

Twelve children, all only aged between three and four years old, suffered injuries in a flash fire from a science experiment at a church school in the Houston area of America. Six needed hospital treatment for burns, five others were treated privately while one other was...

Quick thinking

Quick thinking by an English schoolboy saved the lives of 60 of his fellow pupils as they were travelling in a coach along a road near East Grinstead in the county of Sussex. The student thought he could smell smoke inside the vehicle and he reported...

2 children die in fire

Two Pakistani children, aged seven and nine , were killed when a fire erupted and gutted their traditional family house in the Al Ghafiya area in Sharjah. The blaze started in the house’s narrow backyard and the children and their parents quickly evacuated the building when...

Hoverboard recall

America’s federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering asking the manufacturers of the hoverboard children’s toy to recall some of their products. The move follows the death of a 4-year-old, with two others left critically injured after a house fire in Pennsylvania. The blaze started after...

A remarkable feat

Intersec Saudi Arabia is set to become an annual showcase for the global fire protection, security and safety industry after its debut in Jeddah attracted double the anticipated visitor numbers. Hoping to win a slice of the Kingdom’s annual US$ 5.5 million safety and security market...

FIREX Announce keynote speakers

FIREX International and Autonomous FM add another phenomenal inspirational speaker to the 2017 June Keynote programme. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, will join Professor Brian Cox OBE, Dame Kelly Holmes and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE on stage to...

Passive fire protection installation

International testing organisation Exova Warringtonfire, together with certification body Exova BM TRADA, will be providing expert guidance and a series of innovative, live demonstrations at FIREX International 2017 in London, 20-22 June. Each day, Q-Mark and Certifire approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice...

Amphibious, firefighting plane

The Aviation Industry Corp of China has unveiled the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in the hope of being able to handle forest fires more efficiently. The AG600 which  is 37 metres long and has a wingspan of 38.8 metres can collect 12 tonnes of water...

Massive construction site fire

Damage worth nearly US$40 million was caused by a fire which roared through a massive apartment building in the American state of Maryland. The block, called Fuse 47, was being constructed to create more than 270 housing units and had been due to open to...

Fatal fire in Ajman

An Ethiopian maid died and three others sustained minor to serious injuries after an explosion caused by a leak from a gas cylinder in the kitchen of a villa in Al Jarf area of Ajman.  Reports said the loud boom of the explosion caused panic...

Migrant camp fire

A temporary camp housing around 1500 migrants near Dunkirk in Northern France was completely destroyed by a fire which swept through more than 300 wooden huts. Ten people were injured by the blaze and taken to hospital but emergency accommodation had to be arranged for all...

Motorbikes destroyed in fire

Over 200 motorbikes and mopeds were destroyed by a fire which broke in an authorised parking area at Raipur railway station in India. More than 1000 two-wheelers were in the parking lot at the time but while firefighters tackled the flames railway workers moved more than...

Fuel depot fire

A Dubai civil defence team took only 20 minutes to control a massive fire which broke out at fuel depot in Al Nahda, Dubai . Soon after the blaze started a series of explosion were heard and traffic in the area was brought to a halt...

Right kit for the right job

Whether fighting petrochemical fires, or undertaking technical rescue operations in confined spaces, having the right PPE for the job in hand is crucial for firefighters across the region. Gone are the days of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to PPE. Instead, PPE must be tailored to suit...

Ensuring safety & connectivity

As the preparations for Expo 2020 continue to gain momentum the remarkable achievements in the transportation sector across the region still amaze, writes Peter Stephenson, Associate Director Buro Happold Engineering. With multiple infrastructure projects improving the connectivity across the region and future projects coming on-line, it...

Valuable & sophisticated

Paul Duffy, technical support manager at global fire systems business Advanced, discusses what makes the fire panel business key for specifiers and engineers from today’s basics to the future of the industry.  The humble fire panel is usually the only electronic system that must be installed...