Many believe having equipment, no matter how old or imperfect, is better than nothing. Image courtesy of GESA Advisory Council Member, Jesse Hunter (Ecuador) Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Donations – An Essential Guide

Firefighters around the world may share a common commitment, but they don’t all have the resources to get the job done.  To address this issue, Emergency Services personnel from developing nations often…

Use of search cameras during USAR operations
In Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations, and in particular structural collapse incidents, search cameras are one of the important technical search tools can help the USAR team to narrow down the search area and locate trapped victims inside debris…
A true revised mindset on vehicle rescue and extrication

In looking over my career in emergency services, both as a provider and as an educator, involved with vehicle rescue, much of the tool evolutions or the methodology of how we have made space to disentangle injured vehicle occupants has…

Becoming green and the challenges for optical flame detection

We are all too aware of the drivers to become greener. In some cases, the introduction of new equipment and the transition to alternative fuels is bringing significant challenges for optical flame detection. This article will highlight just a few…

Thermal image of the fire room that clearly shows the thermal layer descending downwards toward the high heat release rate fuels in the room. This photo was taken seconds before the fire transitioned to fully developed state. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 3

Thus far, we have learned how to properly interpret thermal data during a scan, we have learned how to conduct a scan during size-up, and now we will complete this series by explaining how to scan the interior environment. These…

Approved fire suppression for electrical cabinets and data panels

Electrical fires are incredibly challenging to predict and once started, if left to burn undetected, their effects can destroy equipment beyond repair and spread quickly to nearby equipment or structures. Outdated infrastructure, faulty wires, poor maintenance and overloaded circuits are…

A guide to foam and foam proportioning equipment – Part 2
Following on from the first article we will now turn our attention to the effects of viscosity on foam proportioning. Viscosity refers to a fluid’s thickness or resistance to deformation. The higher its viscosity, the less is its ability to…
Electric detection technology provides intelligent fire protection for commercial kitchens 

The latest fire-protection systems provide real-time monitoring capabilities, streamline maintenance and evolve with kitchens as they change.  The global pandemic has created economic challenges in the hospitality sector, with many restaurant teams working tirelessly to recover from losses and remain…

Specialist demonstration tables

Live fire training is on top of every Chief Fire Officer’s list when it comes to ensuring that their responders are well prepared to engage with the risks posed by a serious incident. Petrochemical firefighting and other large-scale liquid or…

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Fire Rover leads the change from ‘water, water, water’ to early detection and active response 

Every industry faces fire risks, but in the waste and recycling industry, fires occur almost daily. These fires can spark from hazards such as pressurized tanks, chemicals, hot-work activities, fertilizers, cigarette butts and an emerging culprit, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. If…

Reasonable skill and care or fit for purpose?

The term ‘fitness for purpose’ means there is an implied condition that the product or service is reasonably suitable for the purpose intended (customer’s requirements, needs, or desires). The principle of fitness for purpose is basic and the properties must…

Expect building failure – firefighters must always expect and plan for worst-case scenarios

Fires in residential high-rise buildings present tremendous challenges to firefighters, where inappropriate structural design, construction omissions and poor maintenance lead to widespread systemic failure. However, firefighters are now facing even greater challenges in these buildings due to more recent shifts…

Maintaining fire-resistance protection in multi-family and other occupancies

To some degree, existing fire-resistance-rated assemblies and their components have been forgotten. That’s what this article is about: maintaining protection using fire-resistance-rated assemblies in existing buildings. Fire test standards for protection Structures can be built with wood, steel and concrete,…

Putting in place fire-protection measures for lithium-ion battery energy storage systems

Incidents involving lithium-ion batteries have hit the headlines in recent years – think spontaneously exploding mobile phones and laptops on planes and electric vehicle fires after an impact or crash. Adding to this volatile mix is a relatively new technology,…

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 one of the largest users of firefighting foam…

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…

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…

FireDos GEN III foam proportioner.

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…


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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