Author: FME Magazine

What has happened to our firefighting foam agent?

Andy Hall, founder of Hall Fire & Safety Consultants has been asking himself this question for several years. With over 25 years in fire and safety globally, and a primary interest in foam and foam systems Andy has now chosen to share his thoughts with...

Protecting our past & our future

Guaranteeing the safety of our educational facilities has always been a challenge. Today the size of our universities, the diverse nature of the buildings involved and the sheer number of people present only serve to increase the complexity of this challenge. Protection is vital, however,...

BMW recall

The German manufacturer BMW has started a recall of more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in North America  two due to the risk of fires starting under their hoods. The danger has been identified in 16 different 6-cylinder models of the vehicles BMW produced and...

Sprinklers should be installed in schools

London’s Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton has called upon the UK government to make fire sprinkler fitting mandatory in all new and refurbished school buildings in England in line with the regulations currently in force in Scotland and Wales. Fire safety in public buildings in the...

Wildfire chaos around the globe

Wildfires that have swept through the California counties of Sonoma and Napa have claimed more than 40 deaths and destroyed many acres of the area’s famous wine producing vineyards. The blazes have also destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, making them the deadliest and most destructive group...

Fighting increasing number of wildfires

BAE Systems-built and supported BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtankers continue to play a pivotal role in combating the ever increasing numbers and costs of wildfires across North America. By September this year wildfires in the USA had cost the United States Forest Service (USFS) $2.35 billion, topping...

First Recipient of Innovation Award

David Boxall, the ‘Boxall’ in ‘Baldwin Boxall’ has become the first recipient of the Warren-Barnett Technical Innovation Award. David having spent a lifetime dedicated to the technology of the PA industry, was nominated by Peter Mapp to be the ideal first recipient of this new...

One of only 18

CNPP has become one of only 18 training providers worldwide and the first training organisation in France recognised for the preparation of IECEx certification assessment. Active in explosion safety since its inception in 1956, CNPP supports its customers through experimentation, regulation, operational advice, assessment and...

Deserving winners of achievement award

In a break from tradition and after a most tumultuous year, a group of women from the UK’s Police, Fire and Ambulance Services have been jointly awarded Woman of Achievement Award 2017, in gratitude and recognition of their leadership and dedication in the face of...

Busy providing electrical safety tests

A year after UL opened its Middle East Electrical laboratory in Abu Dhabi, this first industrial lab in the region is keeping busy providing safety tests to help deliver a sustainable future. The purpose-built lab tests electrical items found in most buildings to prevent against...

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...