Dike protection using medium expansion foam systems.

Meeting the challenges of transitioning to Fluorine Free Foam agents

With some of the largest oil, gas and petrochemical complexes, multiple power stations powered by hydrocarbon fuels, and some of the busiest airports in the world, the Middle East Region is also…

The unseen heroes that save lives and property

Recent devastating and tragic events around the world continue to highlight the importance of fire safety and regulatory compliance. Fire doors, when correctly installed and using fully tested products, not only preserve life from smoke and fire but contain devastating…

Adaptive learning – the future of e-learning is here
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic practical training sessions have been limited by travel bans, distancing requirements and other government restrictions, limiting the practical experience firefighters have been able to gather. For that very reason, training providers including RelyOn Nutec…
Advanced patient care using 360° spherical visual technology in medical special operations

A major earthquake has just occurred and caused heavy damage to several buildings around the US Embassy. You and your team have been assigned to conduct a search and rescue mission. Being first on scene with the proper equipment, and…

Low-pressure watermist systems offer greater effectiveness, quick response, and reduced water usage. Image courtesy of VID Fire-Kill

Alternatives to foam for hangar fire protection

For the past several years a perfect storm has been brewing within the aviation hangar industry. A perfect storm, a term popularized by Sebastian Junger in his book of the same name, is the rare combination of events that lead…

A guide to foam and foam proportioning equipment – Part 1
Fire presents many challenges, not least because of the variables that determine which suppression medium is appropriate for a given fire situation. Our objective in this two-part article is to provide guidance based on a hazard-specific approach and help you…
New beam detector technology for fire protection in hazardous areas

Precisely to give a safe and quality response to the needs of particular sites, a new generation of beam detectors has been developed and is increasingly being used in these areas.  These models of beam detectors have the characteristic of…

Rail infrastructure fire safety – building for the future, learning from the past
This article by Sulaiman AlMohammadi (Saudi Arabia Railways) and Peter Stephenson (Warringtonfire), gives an overview of the development of the rail infrastructure in the UK and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and compares current fire and life-safety guidance in…
Conduct bariatric rescues safely and with dignity

As rising obesity levels continue to cause medical and economic issues across the region, one company is addressing the problem with a product to aid in the movement and rescue of bariatric persons.  The EvacPro+, developed by British company 3ET,…

Acetylene Cylinders [Size DA10].

Compressed and liquified gases

When Fire and Rescue Services are called to restore order at an industrial site, such as a warehousing complex, production/manufacturing plant or a public highway, as part of the dynamic risk assessment the incident commander must consider the hazards that…

Don’t rely on a wake-up call: Hotels have no room to compromise on fire protection

Cooking equipment, careless smoking and electrical malfunctions are three of the leading causes of fire in hotels. Aside from the serious threat to life and property posed by genuine fires, failure to provide and maintain high-quality fire-protection measures has other…

An innovative flame detector solution for helidecks and aircraft hangars

Applications that demand heightened immunity to false alarms include the use of helicopters offshore and aircraft hangars, both military and commercial. The Civil Aviation Authority publication CAP 437 ‘Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas’ has become an accepted worldwide source…

Recommendations to reduce fire fatalities

From the previous phase of this work a number of recommendations were made to reduce fire fatalities. These were assessed to identify their potential effectiveness during a review of Fire Investigation reports. The review resulted in further recommendations and a…

Integration of innovation and technology and USAR coordination in major disasters
The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Coordination Mechanism introduced by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is critical for international disaster response, to provide effective and efficient tactical operations to lessen victim mortality.  The INSARAG Coordination…
Fig. 2: Depiction of typical fire-resistant polymeric cables in vertical installation after fire exposure.

Is your life-safety equipment ‘fit for purpose’?

Life-safety, firefighting and critical emergency systems depend on the unfailing reliability of electric cables during a fire. Should these essential cable systems fail, the critical equipment they supply also fails, putting occupants, emergency responders and property at risk.  A fragmented…

Firefighting PPE in the mining industry

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager for MSA Bristol, a global leader of cutting-edge firefighter protection, talks to Matt Campbell, Emergency Services Principal at Rio Tinto in Australia, about the role of Emergency Responders in the mining industry and their specific…

Understanding char loss and fall-off for fire-safe design of timber structures

Engineered timber is in high demand while the awareness of environmental pressures is growing. Worldwide research has studied the fire behaviour of timber but char fall-off remains one of the critical factors by delaying or preventing self-extinction. This article highlights…

The reliability of fire protection features in high-rise buildings

One of the key components of fire safety in high-rise buildings is the reliability of the fire protection systems and features. We tend to use the terms reliability, redundancy and resilience interchangeably and in fact they are all aspects of…

FlameSpec HD: flame detection with advanced video security

Fire & Gas Detection Technologies Inc. (FGD) is addressing the daily problems that impact productivity, safety and the bottom line with new innovative solutions in flame detection and analysis. The FGD focus is to provide equipment that will be used…

Optical view of a firefighter conducting a scan prior to the firefighters making entry for VES.

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 2

In Part 1 of our article, we discussed the importance of proper interpretation of the image along with understanding the key attributes of thermal imaging. We also discussed some ‘behavioural problems’ that occur during a scan such as failing to…


Gulf Fire is the only quarterly journal specific to the Middle East Fire market dedicated to both fire protection and firefighting. The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focussing on the latest technology, training methods and equipment as well as highlighting sector specific issues from around the region. Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make Gulf Fire Magazine the first choice read for fire protection and firefighting professionals.

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