Power over fire safety awareness campaign
Ducab, one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality power cables and wires in the Middle East, and the Directorate General of Civil Defence have launched an educational awareness initiative about fire safety. The 'Power Over Fire' campaign will run for 2 months through to June 2013, and include a variety of events in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. » Read more
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is 'Overcrowded'
Inspectors from Trakhees, the regulatory authority in the freehold communities of Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, International City and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, are doing daily rounds in an endeavour to make the communities safer and to stop overcrowding in apartments. » Read more
Cancer risk higher than previously thought
New research conducted by the Marine Environmental Research Institute in the USA shows that during a fire, firefighters are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals created when commercial flame retardants burn. » Read more
Facades... a burning issue
In recent years a number of serious building fires have triggered significant public concern over the safety of façade materials. Andy Dean discusses some of the salient issues involved. » Read more
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The lack of a road safety culture on GCC roads is a major challenge for the region
A senior official of an international road transport association has commented upon road safety in the GCC region. Reversing the lack of road safety culture in the Gulf region is the biggest challenge that GCC governments face in their efforts to make roads safer to drive on, according to Rita Cuypers, the Director of Campaigns and Events at the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). "There seems to be a lack of road safety culture in the GCC countries, which are considered to be dangerous to drive on", she added. Simon Labbett, the Regional Director for the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) UAE, says "Sustained casualty reduction on the roads is not and never will be a quick fix. Countries with the best safety records in the world have achieved this through decades of road improvement and government marketing campaigns."
Fire professionals will make more security buying decisions
HR and fire/safety professionals are set to play an increasing role in security procurement decisions, according to the latest research from Frost & Sullivan.
Key findings from the research cover fundamental changes to the decision-making process within organisations that are moving from single products and systems to converged solutions.
Latest clean fire agent technology approved by Qatar Civil Defense
International Gulf Trading Company (IGTC) - Chubb Fire Qatar has introduced a new fire retardant technology: 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid It is the first company to offer this product to the local market.
Developed by 3M, Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a 'next generation' clean agent which is a direct replacement for Halon in retardant systems that currently use the gas.
New fire training centre opens in Bahrain
UTC Bahrain (part of UTC Fire & Security) has inaugurated a training centre in Bahrain that will provide world-class professional skills and high-value fire and security product training for employees, business partners, end users and consultants in the region.
"There is an expanding need in the Middle East for technically trained professionals who are able to handle residential, commercial and industrial security applications. Our state-of-the-art training centre will help to facilitate in developing these skills for Bahrainis and other professionals in the region," said Otto de Bont, president of UTC Fire & Security's Global Security Products' Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
New Sounder range from Vimpex
Electronic Sounder manufacturer, Vimpex has launched of a new range of sounders called the Banshee Excel.
All sounders, apart from the Bedroom Sounder, come with 32 user-selectable tones incorporating low and high frequencies, European, American and Australian norms and all industry-standard frequency patterns. Tested and approved to EN 54 Part 3, the Banshee Excel range boasts leading acoustics, aesthetically pleasing designs and low power consumption.
New UAE Fire Code announced at first Fire Safety Forum
The UAE held its first forum for fire safety technology recently at the Yas hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Civil Defence Department took the opportunity to formerly announce the UAE's new Fire Code.
The forum was organised by Civil Defence GHQ in cooperation with International Centre of Quality & Productivity in the Middle East. More than one hundred fifty experts and guests from local, regional and international regions participated.