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  • 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,......

  • 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......

  • The confined space conundrum

    Having developed specialist skills, experience and knowledge gained from working in difficult and potentially dangerous confined spaces, Senior Consultant with MRS Training & Rescue (formerly known as Mines Rescue Service), Captain Michael Lloyd, RD**, MNM, FNI., shares experiences and observations with FME readers. Over 100......

  • Expansion in extraction

    In the short term suppliers of fire safety equipment to the mining and ore processing industries in the Middle East could see their markets grow. Analysts are forecasting a huge expansion in the extraction of underground resources in Iran and Saudi Arabia over the next......

  • Heads up

    21st century firefighter helmets are a blend of centuries old practical styling and modern materials and technologies. European fire helmets have moved further away from the classic look which is still favoured in the USA but, around the world, manufacturers strive to produce headgear which......

  • A contradiction of terms

    Search & Rescue is a misnomer when relating it to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as, in reality, it can currently only perform the Search role – not the Rescue nor Recovery – yet. So really its Search & Rescue mission should be described as Search and......

  • Modelling of fire development

    Design fires have great influences on the fire safety concepts and safety measures, and are the basis for any assessment and calculation in tunnel fire safety design. However, the costs of full scale carriage fire tests are large and the number is typically limited. Ying......

  • Fixings command equal diligence

    We all know how vital it is that electrical cables meet the correct criteria for all construction projects. Now Jonathan Rawlinson, Technical Manager of Prysmian UK takes a look at the importance of reducing the risk in building design with fire resistant cable fixings. Lives......

  • Invisible killers offshore

    Offshore platform managers are now engaged in radical cost-cutting exercises, but even the most insignificant shortcut on procedures can result in disaster. When it comes to fire safety, full functionality is non-negotiable writes Simon Rooks, Operations Director oil and gas, Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions.......

  • An evolution of risks & solutions

    The humble warehouse has gone through many changes in the past 20 years; some obvious and others more subtle, yet more profound, in terms of the risk to a business operation. It is perhaps time that as fire professionals we stop to take another look......

  • A cracking question

    A report produced in November 2016 by a group of fire resistant glazing experts looks at the current state of play in the way glass is used in fire-sensitive areas of buildings and questions whether the current regulations are fit for purpose. A major trend......

  • The all important Fire Strategy

    To ensure a successful fire safety regime is implemented within a shopping mall it is vital to develop a sound understanding of the key elements that provide the basis to develop and implement a successful fire strategy. Regular contributor to FME and Associate Director of......

  • Clear & present danger

    It is essential that a public address system delivers announcements which can be comfortably heard by all people with normal hearing in all parts of the area which it is intended to cover. alison cousins, of Baldwin Boxall explores how clarity and quality of sound......

  • 13 Hazard Areas

    Do you know the protection level of the buildings within your response area? Do you know which structures present the greatest risk of fire incident or safety to life? Are your tenants, employees and customers really safe, or are they truly at risk, with just......

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