Issue 17: June/July 12
Changing approaches to the fire safety design of high rise buildings should not lower safety standards argues Niall Rowan
City scapes outlined by super high rise buildings are a common sight throughout the Middle East. These buildings allow for diverse facilities with an endless combination of visitors, residents and staff within the building at any one time some of whom may be physically impaired and find it difficult to exit in a hurry. Alison Cousin’s discusses how technology is overcoming the challenges.
￼Paul Grimwood is a former London Fire Brigade firefighter and operational high-rise firefighting training instructor with four decades of experience, having attended high-rise fires in London and also in several US cities. He is currently a Principal Fire Safety Engineer with Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Along with a team of Fire Chiefs from the USA, Paul has delivered a highly sought high-rise firefighting training course (HRFTI) to fire authorities around the world. In this feature Paul outlines some of the difficulties involved in tackling high-rise fires.
The middle east has witnessed a proliferation of high-rise building developments in recent years and now has one of the largest densities of this type of structure anywhere in the world. Designed for a variety of domestic, retail and other commercial purposes, many of them combine a wide range of inhabitants and uses.